Monday, July 27, 2009
Sander Hicks is a 9/11 truth activist and the author of The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle Blowers, and the Cover-up (2005). He is the founder of Soft Skull Press and Vox Pop in Brooklyn. Sander has reported for Alternet, GNN, Long Island Press, New York Press, and INN World Report Television (FSTV, Dish Network). Sander will also appear on a Green media panel at Green Fest.
DJ Green Arrow is an activist and Hip Hop artist. He will perform a 48 hour rap during Green Fest and again in September at the "Real Change and Transparency" Conference in New York City, where he lives. Green will be taking pledges for every hour he raps, with proceeds benefiting 9/11 First Responders.
Fri., Aug. 7, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, Workshop Session 1Building Local Sovereignty over Gas Drilling, Mary Jo Long, Mike Bernhard, Rachel Treichler— Kanakadea 105
Fri., Aug. 7, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm, Forum 1
Forum on the Politics of Sustainability: Virginia Rasmussen, "Who Has the Power to Implement Sustainability?" and Cyril Mychelako, "Rights for Nature," Music: Deborah Magone — Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Sat., Aug. 8, 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Workshop Session 3Natural Gas 101: Basics of the Social and Environmental Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction, Andrew Byers and Dirk Trachy— Kanakadea 104
Sat., Aug. 8, 9:45 am — 11:00 am, Forum 2
Forum on Sustainable Energy, Presenters: Art Weaver, "Renewable Energy, the Audacity of Hope, the Reality of Change," and Dan Miner, "The Post Carbon Future," Music: Lucky Pluckers— Solar Stage
Sat., Aug. 8, 11:15 am - 12:15 am, Workshop Session 4Marcellus Shale Basics, Chris Burger — Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Sat., Aug. 8, 1:45 pm - 2:45pm, Workshop Session 5Watershed Protection, with Local Examples, Stephen Lewandowski— Kanakadea 104
Sat., Aug. 8, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Workshop Session 6
Dynamic Conversation about Community Participation, Hydraulic Fracturing, and the Next Ten Years, Andrew Byers and Dirk Trachy — Kanakadea 105
Sat., Aug. 8, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm, Forum 3
Forum on Politics and Nature, Joel Kovel and Tony Gronowicz,
Music: Crow Weaver—Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Sun., Aug. 9, 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Workshop Session 7
"My Name is Allegany County, " Anti-Nuclear Campaign, Meg Krywe, Burton Stein, others TBA — Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Sun., Aug. 9, 9:45 am — 11:15 am, Forum 4
Forum on Sovereignty and Sustainability with Bill Kauffman, "Look Homeward, Greens: Why Localism Matters," Peter Jemison and Lyn Gerry. Poetry by Mike Czarnecki —Solar Stage
Sun., Aug. 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 am, Workshop Session 8
Post Carbon Cities, Dan Miner— Kanakadea 104Treaty of Canandaigua, Peter Jemison— Kanakadea 105
Sun., Aug. 9, 1:45 pm — 3:30 pm, Forum 5
Forum on Visioning a Green Future
Concert: Leonard Lehrman and Helene Williams, Presentations: Steve Welzer and Jason Nabewaniec—Howell Hall, Second Floor
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Fri., Aug. 7, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, Workshop Session 1
Gaza's Dilemma, Ismail Mehr — Nevins Theater, Powell Center
Sat., Aug. 8, 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Workshop Session 3
Organizing for Peace, Dianne Roe, Paul Zulkowitz— Knight Club, Powell Campus Center
Sat., Aug. 8, 11:15 am - 12:15 am, Workshop Session 4In Defense of Palestinian Homes and Communities, Beth Harris— Kenyon/Allen Room, Powell Campus Center
Beth Harris is a founding member of the Central New York Campaign to End the Occupation of Palestine and professor of politics at Ithaca College. Beth lives in Ithaca, NY.
Ismail Mehr is chief of anesthesiology at Saint James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, NY. He led a team of 9 physicians and 2 non medical personnel on a relief mission to Gaza in conjuction with the Islamic Medical Association of North America just as Israel's military assault on Gaza ended early this year. Ismail lives in Hornell, NY.
Dianne Roe is a founding member of the Central New York Campaign to End the Occupation of Palestine. She has visited Hebron in Palestine a number of times with Christian Peacemaker Teams. Dianne Roe lives in Corning, NY.
zool (Paul H.) Zulkowitz is a life-long antiwar, human rights and environmental activist. Retired from a "Hollywood-on-Hudson" film production career, zool, a member of the Directors Guild of America, is a gardener, sculptor and special events producer. zool is active with many local and international groups, including, among others, the Green Party, Jews Against the Occupation, Witness Against Torture, and Code Pink Women for Peace (with whom he has recently traveled to the Middle East as a member of an Israel/Gaza peace delegation). He lives in Woodmere, NY and Washington, DC.
Steve is the Program Director of the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative. He is a founder of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Alliance and the Coalition for Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. He has worked as an environmental educator and consultant in the western Finger Lakes for thirty-five years, and has worked closely with protection efforts for Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, and Honeoye Lakes. Steve has served on the Boards of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Friends of Ganondagan State Historic Site, Pegasus Early Music, and the 1816 Quaker Meetinghouse Committee. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and did graduate work with Louis Jones in the Cooperstown Graduate Programs in American Folk Culture and with Howard Nemerov and William Gass at Washington University in St. Louis.
Hartsville Sweetwater Home Brewing will be one of the 40 exhibitors in Green Fest's Green Fair. For information about all our exhibitors, visit http://nygreenfest.org/exhibitors09.html
Green Fest 2009 will be held on the campus of Alfred University in Alfred, NY, 80 miles south of Rochester. Workshops and forums will be held in the Powell Campus Center (middle photo above), Kanakadea Hall (left photo) and Steinheim (right photo). Exhibits will be on the lawn in front of the Powell Campus Center and in the lobby. Outdoor performances will take place on a solar-powered stage on lawn. A live webcam of the Powell Campus Center can be viewed at http://www.alfred.edu/virtual_tour/webcam.cfm.
Click here for directions to Green Fest.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
A Green Fair, with exhibitors, music and performances will take place at the center of Green Fest, August 7 - 9, 2009, on the Alfred University Campus Green in Alfred, NY.
The following exhibitors are confirmed for Green Fest 2009:
Alternative fuel and electric vehicles
Autonomedia, book publishers
Beyond Oil NYC, a Sierra Club NYC project
Chelsea Green Press, book publishers
Campus Sustainability Workbook, Karen Monroe author, Joel Cera illustrator
Carol Doscher, artist
Chenango, Delaware Otsego Gas Group, activist organization
Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County, activist organization
DJ Green Arrow, artist
Flowering Heart of Carapace Farm, wool, felt and toys
Foothills Publishing, poetry press
Gaia Girls Books, Lee Welles, author
Green Alfred, student organization
Green Party of New York State, activist organization
Green Party of the United States, activist organization
Hartsville Sweetwater Home Brewing, Peter Reynolds and Chris Romanchock
Home Comfort-All Star Energy, energy efficiency consultants
Hyland Woodcraft Fine Furniture, Sean Hyland, craftsman
Linda Huey, ceramic pottery sculpture
Tom Keough, artist
Barry Miller, wind engineer
Natural Medicine Books, Pat O'Brien, author
New York Nut Growers Association, activist organization
Tom Persichilli, musical instruments, sculpture and fine woodworking
Positive News, alternative newspaper
Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy, activist organization
Pluto Press, book publishers
Reusable Materials Depot (RePo), student organization
Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance, activist organization
Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group, activist organization
Solar is Hot, solar installation services
Unwelcome Guests, alternative radio program
UpsideDownWorld, media collectiveWindy Ridge Natural Farms
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Alfred University campus will be swarming with crafters, artists, exhibitors, activist groups, environmentally-conscious people, Green Party members and those interested in sustainability practices Aug. 7-9 during Green Fest 2009.This is the first time the event has taken place outside of the Ithaca area and means extra space and more accommodation options because of the new location. . . .
With 45 different workshops and forums and 77 presentors scheduled, events will delve into a variety of topics, including; Marcellus Shale gas drilling, protecting water sheds, the Treaty of Canandaigua, Global Warming and the Allegany County anti-nuclear campaign.
Whether one wants to learn how to build a small wind turbine, make tofu, beer or felt, grow nut trees, perform yoga, sit in on a presentation about the history of Belmont’s Pollywogg Holler or learn how to draw political cartoons, people will come from all over the state — and as far as New York City and central Pennsylvania — to demonstrate and discuss their personal and professional talents, interests and knowledge.
“There is something for just about everybody,” said Treichler, who admits there are too many topics to list.
She said a solar-powered photovoltaic stage will be showcased with musical performances spanning over the weekend. There will also be an alternative vehicle show Saturday afternoon with the possibility of a parade.Click here for the full article
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Steve Welzer was the co- editor of the Green Horizon Quarterly from 2003 to 2008. He is a founder of the Green Party of New Jersey and a member of the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States. He is the editor of The GreenGram, the newsletter of Green Party of New Jersey and writes for Synthesis/Regeneration, a magazine of Green social thought. He was a Green Party candidate for congress from New Jersey in 2008. Steve lives in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Jason Nabewaniec is a Co-Chair of the Green Party US. He works as a design engineer in the public sector and is finishing his Master's thesis in Environmental, Health and Safety Management at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Powell Campus Center on the Alfred University campus will be the central location for Green Fest 2009. Workshops and presentations will also be held in Kanakadea Hall, Steinheim, and Howell Hall and outdoors on our solar stage and the lawns. The Green Fair will be located on the campus green. The Green Book Fair will be located in the lobby of the Powell Campus Center. Dormitory accommodations are in the Brick Residence Hall.
C. Douglas Clarke
Mary Joy Cody-Fagan
DJ Green Arrow
G. Peter Jemison
Tony and Mary Lipnicki
Rafter T. Sass
Zool (Paul H.) Zulkowitz
The registration fee for the entire Green Fest weekend is only $85. This includes all plenary sessions, workshops and activities. Meals and lodging are additional, but very reasonable. If you would like to reserve a camping space, dorm room or meals, you may do so online at http://nygreenfest.org/registration.html, or by printing out and mailing in our registration form.
Dorm rooms and the Saxon Inn are available for lodging on campus. Camping is available at a beautiful lake 2 miles from campus. Transportation will be provided from the campus to the campground. Local bed and breakfasts are also available. Meals prepared from locally-grown food will be served at the Alfred University dining hall. Meals may also be obtained from area restaurants and grocery stores.
Dormitory lodging is available on campus in the Brick Residence Hall, across the campus green from the Powell Campus Center for $25 per person per night. Kids 4-12 are $11.00 per night. Kids 3 and under are free. Bring your own sheets, blankets and towels. Bed linens are available for $10. Apartment suites on campus are also available for $35 per person per night. Each suite has 3 doubles, 1 bath, 1 kitchen, and A/C . There is a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children per room, 6 adults and 6 children per suite. On campus lodging must be reserved before August 3, 2009.
CAMPING: Tent camping is available for $10 per person at Foster Lake, a 25-acre lake 5 min. from the Alfred University campus. Children 12 and under camp for free. Fires are allowed in the grills. Boating is available. Swimming is not allowed in 2009 due to water quality concerns. Transportation will be provided to and from the lake upon request. Showers for campers are available on campus in the McLane Athletic Center. Campers and RV's may stay at Foster Lake or in assigned parking lot on campus (no hook-ups). Camping must be reserved before August 3, 2009.
Line Bus runs several buses daily between Alfred, Westchester, New York City and Long Island. The bus stop in Alfred is just a couple of blocks from the Green Fest location. Click here for driving directions to Alfred. Offers and requests for rides may be posted on the Green Fest ride board.
Joel Kovel is the editor of the quarterly journal, Capitalism Nature Socialism. From 1988 to 2009, he was Professor of Social Studies at Bard College. Joel has published nine books and over a hundred articles and reviews. His books include White Racism, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 1972; Against the State of Nuclear Terror; In Nicaragua; The Radical Spirit; History and Spirit (1991); Red Hunting in the Promised Land (1994), a study of anticommunist repression in America; The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or The End of the World (Zed, 2002); and Overcoming Zionism (2007). As an activist, Joel has been engaged in struggles for peace and justice since the Vietnam War era. He has worked within the antiwar and antinuclear movements, the solidarity movements in Central America and the Caribbean, the movements for democratic media, and, increasingly, for ecological transformation. Joel joined the Green Party since 1990. In 1998, he was the Green Party candidate for US Senator from New York, and in 2000 sought the party's Presidential nomination.
Tony Gronowicz teaches U.S. history, global civilization, political science and human geography at the City University of New York. He edited Oswald Garrison Villard: The Dilemmas of the Absolute Pacifist in Two World Wars (1983); and authored Race and Class Politics in New York City Before the Civil War (1998) and Last Western Empire: A History of the United States from Spring to its Fall (2006). Tony was the 2005 Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City and a 1996 Green Party candidate for State Assembly. He serves on the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States.
Crow Weaver is the founder of the Native Earthling Band in Ithaca. He was born in Virginia and grew up listening to blues, deep southern rock, and rockin' gospel. He started playing guitar when he was 13 and later picked up silver and Native American flutes. He has explored his Native American and Celtic ancestry to create a blend of spiritually-minded, earthy and edgy rock-and-roll. He calls his music Tribal Rock, as it transcends all race and creed to bring people together as one.
Tom Persichilli and Meg Krywe are members of the Lucky Pluckers, a band that performs folk/rock/old-timey music on mostly acoustic instruments built by Tom. Meg will speak at Green Fest about her work in the fight against a nuclear waste dump in Allegany County.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Bill Kauffman is the author of eight books, including With Good Intentions? Reflections on the Myth of Progress in America (1998), Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town’s Fight to Survive (2003), Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists (2006), which the American Library Association named one of the best books of 2006 and which won the Andrew Eiseman Writers Award, Ain’t My America: The Long Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism (Henry Holt/ Metropolitan/2008), which Barnes & Noble named one of the best books of 2008; and Forgotten Founder: Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin (2008). Bill is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the American Conservative, the Independent, Counterpunch and Orion. Bill is a critic of development, writes approvingly of distributism and agrarianism, and is strongly anti-corporate. He has described his politics as "a blend of Catholic Worker, Old Right libertarian, Yorker transcendentalist, and delirious localist."
G. Peter Jemison is the manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, a recreation of a 17th-century Seneca village, located in Victor, New York. He is the editor of Treaty of Canandaigua 1794: 200 Years of Treaty Relations between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States (2002), and the director of the film, Hanondagonyes 'Town Destroyer,' in which Seneca tribe members re-enact events of the 18th-century colonial wars and the campaign against them. Peter represents the Seneca Nation on repatriation issues, and serves on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and formerly served on the board of directors of the American Association of Museums. He is also an artist whose work has been widely shown for more than two decades. His paintings and drawings have shown in solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. He was the founding director of the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York City.
Lyn Gerry is the host and producer of the Unwelcome Guests radio program about wealth, power, and peoples' resistance to the corporate world order. Unwelcome Guests is broadcast on 20 radio stations across the US, including WEOS Geneva, WXXE-FM Syracuse and Ithaca Community Radio. Lyn is a founder and collective member of the A-Infos Radio Project, and a founder of the revived Watkins Glen Farmers Market.
Michael Czarnecki is a poet and a poetry publisher from Wheeler, NY. Mike, his wife Carolyn, and their sons Grayson and Chapin operate Foothills Publishing, now in its 24th year publishing poetry.
Art Weaver is President of Renovus Energy, a renewable energy systems design and installation company in Ithaca, NY. Prior to founding Renovus Energy, Art was a staff scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron, conducting research in x-ray biophysics and proteomics. The accelerating pace of environmental degradation and social upheaval caused by increasing global population, in conjunction with a diminishing global petroleum resource, motivated Art to establish Renovus Energy.
Dan Miner is the chair of the Sierra Club NYC Group, and founded its Beyond Oil NYC campaign. He is the organizer of the Peak Oil NYC Meetup, the NYC affiliate of Post Carbon Institute. Dan, an attorney, is Senior Vice President of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation.
Carl Lundgren is the Chair of the Bronx County Green Party and a member of the best (and possibly the only) country band in the Bronx, Troy Willy.
Program (the music is by Elie Siegmeister unless otherwise noted):
A Song to Begin - by Gerhard Bronner (Helene Williams-Leonard Lehrman)
Johnny Appleseed (Rosemary Benet,)
Two Songs of the City (Langston Hughes):
Chalk Marks on the Sidewalk
A Dream Deferred - by Leonard Lehrman (Langston Hughes)
Abraham Lincoln (Rosemary & Stephen Vincent Benet, ed. Leonard Lehrman)
Conspiritor Reality - from ALGER by Leonard Lehrman & Kim Rich
Guns Don't Kill People - by So-Hee Youn (Jamie Jackson)
Conscience - by Leonard Lehrman (Abel Meeropol)
John Reed (Abel Meeropol)
Why Am I Painting the Living Room - by Lou & Peter Berryman
Where Do I Belong? - If I Can't Dance from E.G.: A Musical Portrait of Emma Goldman - by Leonard Lehrman & Karen Ruoff Kramer
Elie Siegmeister (Leonard Lehrman)
Leonard Lehrman, the former Assistant Chorus Master of the Metropolitan Opera, founded and directs the Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus. He is also the Co-Director of the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case, and Co-Author of the forthcoming bio-bibliography of Elie Siegmeister (1909-91), one of America's most prolific and socially-conscious composers. Leonard was Siegmeister's youngest and longest composition student (he also studied at Harvard, Cornell, Indiana, and with Nadia Boulanger in France), and has organized 23 of the 36 concerts honoring the Siegmeister Centennial this year, throughout the US and Europe, including this one. With Helene Williams, Leonard co-founded the Elie Siegmeister Society and Court Street Music in Valley Stream, Long Island. Leonard's own works (192 to date, including 10 operas) have been heard in 24 US States, 9 European countries, Russia, Israel, Australia, at the UN, and at the annual Northeast Naturist Festival in Moravia each August since2003. His current project is the opera ALGER, on Alger Hiss.
Helene Williams is co-founder of the Bronx Opera Company, Court Street Music, and the Elie Siegmeister Society. A faculty member at Queensborough Community College, she majored in Drama at CCNY and appeared Off-Off-Broadway and in summer stock, as well as on TV and in films. A professional concert, theater and opera singer, she has performed throughout Latin America, Australia, Israel; and all across Europe and North America in Leonard Lehrman's E.G.: A Musical Portrait of Emma Goldman, New World, and Superspy!: The S-e-c-r-e-t Musical. Since beginning to work with Leonard in January 1987, she has performed together with him over 400 times; they were married July 14, 2002. They have recorded for Opus One, Premier, Capstone, Albany, and Original Cast Records. A Bronx Council on the Arts Career Development winner, Helene founded and directs Accent Reduction in English Speech.
Virginia Rasmussen is a principal with POCLAD, the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy and co-founded the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Corporations v. Democracy campaign. She previously directed the Education Program at the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod and headed the Environmental Studies Program at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. Virginia lives in Alfred and is a trustee of the village of Alfred.
Cyril Mychelako is an editor at www.UpsideDownWorld.org, an online magazine covering politics and activism in Latin America. He won two Project Censored awards this year for his critical coverage of the "Rights to Nature" clauses in Ecuador's constitution and for an article about the Bush Administration withholding lifesaving aid from Haiti. His writing and analysis has appeared in publications such as the BBC, The New York Times Online, The Miami Herald, New Politics, www.CommonDreams.org, NACLA online, and Z Magazine. In 2006, he worked as an Intag Solidarity Network human rights observer - working in solidarity with communities resisting mining in Ecuador. Cyril worked in the Southern Tier in the summer of 2007 to end the war in Iraq. He serves on the board of the Canary Institute, a transnational collective of individuals engaged in research, writing, teaching, solidarity, and action that address the problem of catastrophic systemic collapse.
Deborah performs solo and with her rock band, The Deborah Magone Band. Deborah's CD, "Blues, Boogie & More......", was chosen as "2004 Best Blues CD" by Walkin' Willie of WDYN 90.1 in Rochester. Her television show "Greenline" aired on Greece, NY Cable Access Channel 12 and Rochester RCTV Channel 15. Her show, Iraq: War of Choice, can be viewed on Google Video.