Friday, August 12, 2016

VT WILPF Gathering August 27-31, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016
3 pm: Arrival and registration: 
6 pm: Dinner and welcome

Sunday, August 28
9 am:  Introduction to Weaving project in the Bone and Rag Shop, small barn. Gatherers are invited to bring fabrics to add to the communal weaving that will be made this weekend.  Also, the Bone and Rag Shop will be an Art Gallery this weekend so if you have art work that you would like to show, please bring it.
10 am: Animal tracking with So Sinopoulos (Robin’s niece) and So’s partner Pinar Ates Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Lunch time:  Optional: Potluck in town (8/28 is the 5th anniversary of  the onslaught of hurricane Irene in the Rochester Valley. A day long series of events, commemorating the volunteerism that arose from the hurricane, will take place).
3 pm:  trees: Robin and Beth Adams: As the Gathering is taking place, a river restoration project will be going on in the lower field, funded by the federal government. Trees with ‘root-wads’ are being uprooted from the farm property to stem erosion on the West branch of the White River. Robin will speak about Ebenezer Sparhawk, the settler of Wing Farm in 1790 and the first cutter of trees on the property.  Beth will talk about protecting and restoring the temperate forests.
6 pm: dinner
7:30 pm Barbara Soros, our Paris correspondent, will discuss what’s happening in Europe especially the significance of the Brexit vote.  Mary HH will add information on how our European sections are responding to these changes.

Monday
9:30 Joan Ecklein and Sandy Baird:  Socialisms past and present (and future?) comparisons and reminiscences between the GDR (Joan will speak about her experiences in the German Democratic Republic: i.e. East Germany), and Cuba (Sandy has travelled frequently to Cuba). The efforts of the WILPF issue committee Cuba and the Bolivarian Revolution will be discussed.
11 am Nancy Wrenn will share her vision of a new "military" force, focused on preparation and response to climate change, not security. WILPF president Mary Hansen Harrison will connect this idea to the goals of WILPF issue committee Earth Democracy.
Lunch 12:30
2 pm: Hattie Nestel:  How we defeated the Kinder-Morgan pipeline from behind bars.
4:30 pm: Cyndy Bittinger:  history of the women who have dared to run for the US presidency
5:30 pm:  Early Dinner
6:30: Burlington Quaker and friend Ruah Swennerfelt has just published a book: Rising to the Challenge: the Transition Movement and people of faith. https://transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2016-06/ruah-swennerfelt-transition-movement-and-people-faith. She will read from parts of it and describe her journey meeting people whose faith has led them into this grassroots environmental movement. THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FEDERATED CHURCH IN ROCHESTER.
Tuesday
10 am Paki  Weiland, solidarity activist will report on her travels to El Salvador and Gaza, and Alice Slater (New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and serves on the Coordinating Committee of Abolition 2000) will speak about new initiatives towards nuclear disarmament. (tentative)
2 pm: Sha’an Mouliert, long time racial justice activist and participant in WILPF’s delegation to the UN’s Durban Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerances (8/31 – 9/7. 2001) will talk about the history of truth and reconciliation as techniques to bring about racial justice, both within WILPF and in the greater world. We will view the 18 min WiLPF video on that subject.
4:30 pm: Marj Van Cleef: The latest on drone warfare, and what WILPF’s DISARM Issue Committee is doing.
6 pm:  Dinner
7:30  Secrecy and the Security State: Charlotte Dennett and Kristina Borgesson: two investigative reporters tell their stories and connect them to current events.
Wednesday
10:00 Closing: where is WILPF and the movement headed? Mary HH and others.
12 noon.  Lunch of leftovers. 
Goodby, everyone!!

Gathering 2016: cost and registration


IMPORTANT: Non-WILPF members (ie those without paid up 2015 membership) will be charged $35 a night (members $25)! (Day visitors $15) You can become a member when you arrive.
Many of you have already sent in registration information. If you have not given me complete information (ie arrival and departure dates) please send me an email at robinlloyd8@gmail.com.If this is a difficulty phone me at (c) 802-355-3256 and leave the relevant information including your phone number and email. (My cell phone does not work at the farm: you can leave a message there at 802-767-3270) You can pay on arrival.

Please make payments payable to Robin Lloyd.

Tell me days you plan to attend.

Costs include your sharing in food preparation. 
There are around 20 beds (most of them double) in two houses on the property, and there is plenty of room for camping or sleeping in the barn.
* Each night: For WILPF members: $25 including three meals and sleeping inside a house
* Campers: $15 per day including board
* Day rate (staying elsewhere): $15 including lunch
(Nice B&B accommodations available nearby at The Gathering Inn, Kathleen and Rick 802-767-3734)

As beds are limited, and most rooms have double beds, please specify whether you require a bed or are able to sleep on your own air mattress or pad within the house. (Cots are also available.) Willingness to share a room is very helpful.

Meals: Do you have any special dietary needs or allergies we should be aware of?


Transportation: Need a pick up? (Call Robin well ahead of time so she can schedule a ride.)