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Building Unity for Peace

Level 2, Rooms #1 & 2, Esch Hurvis

We will explore key “pro-peace” issues and actions that could be a focus in our statewide “Unity Plan.”

Contact:
Timothy Cordon
Phone: 608-630-3633

Building Unity

Biographies:

Dena Eakles (They, Them, Their)

Dena Eakles is the author of The Peace Warrior; founder of Echo Valley Farm, a community sustained farm in southwestern Wisconsin; and founder of Echo Valley Hope, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance sustainable living and peace. You can find their blog at letkindnesswin.com
 



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Dena Eakles

Pam Richard

Administrator for Peace Action - Wisconsin. She also serves on the boards of Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, United Nations Association.

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FOR EARTH'S SAKE! Driving Rights of Nature into Law

Level 2, Room #3, Meade Witter

 

What are Rights of Nature? Why are they the only things that will preserve and protect our planet? 

“Rights of Nature” (RoN) law is a way to bring traditional community values such as CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, UNPOLLUTED FOOD SOURCES into spaces of power. It puts value in natural systems and gives them “standing” in court. We will talk about the global RoN movement, the Great Lakes RoN Coalition, RoN legal tools and how you can enact RoN in your communities, municipalities, townships, counties, and tribes. We will have a discussion period following our presentations.

Biographies:

Juliee de la Terre


Juliee holds an M.S. from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her four decades of activism include: global conservation efforts (Community Conservation organizer), frac sand mining opposition (speaker), Enbridge pipeline expansion WI (opponent and organizer), Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Rights of Nature Symposia, UW Madison and Viterbo University (presenter and organizer), Soil and Water Conservation Washington, DC (presenter), Northwest Indian College Vine Deloria Symposium (Presenter), Ho-Chunk Nation Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment and youth movement (facilitator)

She is in partnership with Earth Law Center to initiate the Great Lakes Rights of Nature Coalition working with concerned people all around the Great Lakes ecosystem to acknowledge the rights of the Great Lakes watershed to exist, persist and flourish and remove rights from Corporations which are damaging that ecosystem. She is currently working with Viterbo University and Ho-Chunk tribal members on supporting a native and non-native youth-led Rights of Nature Effort.


Email: julieedelaterre@gmail.com
Phone: 608-625-6061

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Juliee de le Terre
Larry Littlegeorge

Larry is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. He has been an activist against frac sand mining, creating an event in 2014 devoted to attempting to unite the Wisconsin federally recognized tribes into a confederation that would use their combined treaties to force the federal government to stop frac sand mining within the state.
 
His current activities include working on the Rights of Nature project; and working within the United Church of Christ to gain support for repudiating the centuries old ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ that continues to frame social and legal mistreatment of indigenous peoples in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific.

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Alder Alex Schultz


Alex Schultz is the Alder for District 9 in Appleton and was first elected to office in 2019. Currently in his 3rd consecutive term, Alder Schultz has authored and introduced multiple pieces of local legislation to combat Climate Change. Most notably were his successful efforts to create the Appleton Taskforce on Resiliency, Mitigation and Climate Adaptation and launching the first NoMowMay initiative in the States. As a leader on Common Council he continues to look for opportunities to place Appleton at the forefront of progressive action on climate and the environment.

Phone: 920-221-1233
Facebook: www.facebook.com/schultzfor9

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Alder Alex Schultz

Win Big: Learn AI Tactics Now!

Level 2, Room #4, Cinema Room

 

November 2024 heralds the most pivotal elections of the century. It's not just a battle of ballots; it's a showdown powered by the unmatched prowess of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology. Over the past 18 months, the landscape of technology has evolved exponentially, presenting us with fresh challenges and unprecedented opportunities. Join us at our exclusive workshop to unlock the secrets of leveraging AI, eLearning, and other cutting-edge technologies. Be at the forefront of change, equipped with the knowledge and strategies inspired by the legendary Obama playbook. Our moment to shine hinges on our mastery of these digital tools.
 

Biography:

Roe Parker

Parker is a master, certified educator, progressive, and a long-time Democrat. His political experience was gained as a county board supervisor and leader/staff member in 9 political campaigns-presidential-congressional-state-local. Party members also elected him as a representative to state and national conventions. As a community organizer, Roe pioneered the emergency food pantry and community garden movements in Wisconsin. He is a prior member of several unions. 

Roe is the founder of the innovative Badger Learning Center (BLC) (www.badgerlearningcenter.org). BLC is the premier Wisconsin resource for online learning and training resources..

Badger Learning Center
1560 Partridge Hill Drive
Oregon, WI  53575-2568

Phone: 608-354-5283
Email: roeparker@gmail.com
Website: www.badgerlearningcenter.org 


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Roe Parker

The Medical and Political History of Abortion in Wisconsin: 1849 to Now

Level 3, Room # 2, Nathan Marsh Pusey

We will explore the history of abortion in Wisconsin from statehood until now, from both a medical and political perspective, and explore what this means for women, families, and communities in modern day Wisconsin.

Biography:

Kristin Lyerly, MD, MPH

Dr. Kristin Lyerly is an obstetrician/gynecologist with a master’s degree in public health who is a first generation college student with her roots firmly planted in Wisconsin’s farming and paper industries. She has a strong history of advocacy and leadership within the women’s health arena, happily juxtaposed with her role as the mother of four sons. She also has a special interest in mentorship, particularly the intersection of family medicine and OB/Gyn physicians as they care for women in rural and underserved regions.

Phone: 608-354-6918
Email: kristinforwisconsin@gmail.com

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Dr. Kristin Lyerly

Building Unity for Justice

Level 3, Room #3, Kraemer Conference Room


We will explore key “pro-justice” issues and actions that could be a focus in our statewide “Unity Plan.”

Contact:
Timothy Cordon
Phone: 608-630-3633

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Building Unity

Biography:

Bobby J. Ayala

Ayala was waived into adult court as a juvenile. During his 27 years in prison, he earned a paralegal degree and multiple tech-related certificates. He also supported fellow inmates as an academic tutor. He is now a talented web developer. As an Indigenous American, Bobby is dedicated to his traditional ways, including ceremony and community. He currently serves as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a Community Engagement Specialist for EXPO. With his unique perspective and deep empathy, Bobby strives to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by incarceration.

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Biography:

Josephine Webster

Josephine Webster is a Native American Woman from the Oneida Nation who is a passionate advocate and organizer dedicated to helping others heal from trauma and reforming the justice system. With a background in community advocacy and activism, she has worked tirelessly to address issues of intergenerational trauma, as well as inequality, systemic bias, and injustices within the legal system. Josephine’s Commitment to healing, fairness, and equity, drives her efforts to promote breaking intergenerational traumas, prioritizing rehabilitation, and equal access to resources for all individuals. Through her leadership, she strives to create a more just and equitable society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. 


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Youth in Politics

Level 4, Room #2, Arthur Vining Davis

Have you ever wondered how to get the newer generations to get more involved in politics? We have a lot of untapped potential, and it is often times untapped because of improper messaging, a gap in understanding between generations, and sometimes just plain not listening. Come and learn how this gap can be bridged, and what exactly is on the minds of many young folks today. Learn what can be done to motivate young people like myself into becoming voters, activists, and generally more involved.

Biography:

Nolan Madrigrano

Madrigrano is a 19 year old college student and activist. He is a Co-Chair and Founding Member of the Lawrence University Young Democratic Socialists of America as well as the Secretary Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Progressive Caucus. Nolan is unabashedly progressive and is especially passionate about issues such as workplace democracy, marijuana legalization, healthcare for all, and much more.
 

Nolan Madrigrano