2017 Annual Peace Conference

PLEASE NOTE: The Peace Conference is October 7, 2017! The Nebraska Report was printed with the wrong date. 

Saturday, October 7th • Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln

The catastrophic hurricanes that just pummeled Texas and Florida have given us an early peek at what climate change holds in store for our world. Back-to-back Category 4 landfalls with 130-mile winds and record precipitation (Houston got four feet of rain) should alert even the most skeptical that there’s something unusual going on with the weather. The stable climate we’ve taken for granted for centuries is changing before our eyes and shifting under our very feet. It’s time accordingly we take a long, hard look at our behavior as a species and start thinking about how we’re going to adapt to this harsher, more dangerous future.

The 2017 Annual Peace Conference Saturday, October 7 in Lincoln at Trinity United Methodist Church will give Nebraskans an opportunity to consider these matters in depth with a ‘double-header’ keynote presentation by two leading activists who are dedicating their lives to the protection of our food and water.

Casey Camp-Horinek is a councilwoman for the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma. A long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist and actress, she is the traditional “Drumkeeper” for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta (Woman’s Scalp Dance Society) and helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family and her community. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues. In April of 2008 Camp-Horinek, as a delegate of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), was chosen to speak to the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous Issues and present IEN’s global platform regarding the environment and Native rights.

Now 70 years old and a great-grandmother, she is also a “Water Protector” who was arrested last October at Standing Rock for nonviolently opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Probably no other person on earth is better equipped to speak to Nebraskans for Peace on the subject of “Living Within the Natural Laws”—the title of her Annual Peace Conference keynote address.

Local food activist Michael Brownlee of Boulder, Colorado will deliver the second keynote in this morning double-header with a talk entitled, “A Revolutionary Approach to Reclaiming Our Democracy… Beginning with Local Food and Farming.” A leader in food localization efforts since 2006, Brownlee is the author of The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times (North Atlantic Books, Fall 2016)—a manifesto for localizing the nation’s food supply and a strategic guide for those who are in a position to be catalysts in this process. With Lynette Marie Hanthorn, he is the co-creator of the online “Local Food Summit” (August 2017), featuring more than 90 pre-recorded presentations and interviews from leaders at the front lines of the local food movement in the U.S. and around the globe (www.thelocalfoodsummit.com). Together they are now offering an online course for emerging foodshed catalysts, “Igniting the Local Food Revolution in Your Community.”

The morning keynotes will be followed by lunch and an address by Winnebago Tribe Member and NFP Advisory Board Member Frank LaMere on the 20-year-long struggle to close and rehabilitate the border town Whiteclay.

For the afternoon segment of the conference, a choice of eight “Peace & Justice Workshops” treating a variety of issues will be offered, including ones by Casey Camp-Horinek on “What Kind of Legacy Are You Going to Leave Behind?” and Michael Brownlee on “Becoming a Local Food Catalyst.” The other six workshops are entitled “Starving the Hungry; Feeding the Guns: The 2018 Federal Budget”; “In the Era of Trump: The Future of Healthcare”; “Fixing the Child Welfare System at Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services”; “Will Nebraska Still Be a Home for Immigrants?”; “Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbors”; and “Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate”.

Once again, this year’s Annual Peace Conference is being cosponsored by the University of Nebraska-Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work, and CEUs are being offered to all certified Masters Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Practitioners in Iowa and Nebraska.

Registration for the conference is $20 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. The all-day conference will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane in Lincoln from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can contact the NFP State Office by phone at 402-475-4620 or by email at nfpstate@nebraskansforpeace.org to register, or download the registration brochure on the website: http://nebraskansforpeace.org/annual_peace_conference


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