A Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community. FREE and OPEN to the public.
Genauer organized the recent "Food Justice for Thought" series of community dialogues in New Mexico. In addition to working on a number of small organic and sustainable farms throughout northern New Mexico since 2007, he has volunteered with school gardens, helped launch a sustainable food cafe at Northern New Mexico College, and served as national media coordinator for the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. Working with Food and Water Watch New Mexico, Ethan helped lead the grassroots mobilization for GMO food labeling in the 2013 legislature. He also produces the web site OccupyNewMexico.org and has led its cutting-edge video-journalism documenting New Mexico social and environmental justice movements as well as many journey programs. Ethan will facilitate the March 3rd Journey Santa Fe with other food justice speakers:
Terra Matthews is a junior First Nations student living in the U.S. since 2007. She is an Indigenous Liberal Arts Major, an activist and a concerned tribal member. She notes: "I am writing to you about Idle No More and the world wide Indigenous Rights movement taking place in Canada between the First Nations and the Canadian Government. I am a First Nations person living in the U.S. since 2007. I left everything to start a new life and education in Phoenix, Az then moved to Santa Fe to attend I.A.I.A Indigenous rights and human right violations, land and water rights are being taken over in a bid for the depleting oil reserves in Canada while big oil business is eagerly awaiting the green light to destroy our environment and precious ecosystems, to our traditional hunting and fishing territories which First Nations have a responsibility to protect. . As a First Nations student living in Santa Fe, I felt the need for us students to organize to speak out about what is happening in my home country. I planned a Rally and Round Dance at I.A.I.A. this Friday Jan. 11th at noon and am wondering if you would be interested in covering the story. We are students gathering peacefully and in solidarity and unity to unite with Indigenous people all over the world in taking a stand against assimilation and gross violations against land and water protection".
Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray
has a diverse background as an activist for human rights, a farmer, project manager, doula, massage therapist, and mother of six. She has been working in the area of traditional agricultural revival and seed saving for the last 15 years. She was honored to be a member of the Native Delegation to Terra Madre Slow Foods Conference in 2006 and 2010, in Turin, Italy. Honored for her work in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, New York, Gray co-founded Kanenhi:io Ionkwaienthonhakie (We Are Planting Good Seeds), which built a substantial community greenhouse, established a community farmers’ market on the reservation, and supports community gardens, and individual family farms. In 2009 Gray moved to Northern New Mexico and co-founded the Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute with her partner Emigdio Ballon (www.4bridges.org
). Together they operate an educational farm in Santa Cruz, NM, and organize service learning projects in the U.S. and South America. She also serves as Four Bridges President/Program Manager, Conference Coordinator for the annual Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference, is a trained massage therapist, and currently studying for her Doula Certification with Dona International.
Tarman will present many aspects of on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and discuss violence against women in New Mexico.
Olivia Romo, Taos native and sophomore at UNM, will recite her poetry. Tarman has been coordinator of the local Amnesty International
group since 2007. She notes, " We have taken up actions to end the death penalty, close GTMO, ensure accountability for torture, presented films
and speakers on Abu Ghraib, military commissions, Anna Baltzer a witness in Palestine, tabled at film and book signing events.
We are open to
the public and meet the last Monday of the month at 5:30 pm.
Sharpe has lived and worked in many countries as scholar, journalist and foreign service officer, in India South Asia and Pakistan. She has witnessed
first hand the cruel and unfair circumstances many women around the world face every day. Sharpe is the principal translator for Four Walls and a Black Veil,
the Oxford University Press Collection of the work of Pakistani Poet Fahmida Riaz. She contributes to Whirrledview, an e-zine specializing in diplomacy
and foreign policy and is the author of A Partial Rainbow Makes No Sense, (among others) a book of poems that "guides the reader
through the wrenching but necessary spectrum of human emotions."
Bacon is the co-host of the KSFR weekly radio program, Living On the Edge, with Xubi Wilson and former candidate for the New Mexico Green Party.
David Bacon at a Rally for GMO Food Labeling (3/9/2013; photo by Ethan Au Green for Food Justice For Thought)
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