Two Rivers Folk School is happy to be a part of Mother Earth Fest, April 20 in St. Paul, MN this year. www.motherearthfest.org
When: 9-5 April 20
Where: Wellstone Center, West Side of St. Paul, 179 Robie St.
TRFS has an outdoor tent and area for traditional skills demonstrations. So far we have whittling, felting, spoon carving, herbal craft, toys from salvage and a couple other demonstrations in the works. If you'd like to demonstrate your traditional skill, please contact me. We'd love to have you!
We hope to see many people at this wonderful inaugural event. It's organized by a wide coalition of groups and organizations. It will be a fantastic day!
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, will be sharing the story of the Rights of Mother Earth movement from its beginnings in Ecuador and Bolivia more than ten years ago to its application in the United States today. The Rights of Mother Earth provide a legal framework that is transformational - if the Earth is not seen just as property but as a sentient being with rights to live and flourish, then adverse development projects can be halted and a healthy future can take root. Tom Goldtooth has been taking a leadership role globally and domestically in this work and we are honored to have him join us.
Micha X. Peled, Filmmaker. The first two documentaries in his globalization trilogy-Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town (SFIFF 2001) and China Blue (SF Asian-American FF 2005)-exposed the effects of multinational corporate profiteering on workers,
whether Americans at Walmart or young Levi's jeans factory workers in China. Bitter Seeds, the final film in the trilogy, is a vibrant investigation of the predicament of central Indian cotton farmers, caught up in a vicious cycle courtesy of Monsan to's genetically modified seeds. Refused loans by the banks, the farmers borrow from illegal moneylenders at exorbitant interest and inevitably fall into irredeemable debt, further aggravated by low yields and a need for more fertilizer and water. For the most desperate, the way out is suicide by drinking pesticide-such deaths now number over 250,000. The tiny miracle in this seemingly hopeless globalization tragedy is the daughter of one such suicide victim. Eighteen-year-old Manjusha yearns to be a journalist to expose the reasons for the suicides, but she has is up against family objections and village traditions. Peled's latest heroine fights on the frontline of this global human and environmental crisis, driven by a desire to voice the perspective and preserve the dignity of the powerless. Following the film screening there will be a Q & A session and panel discussion.
NEW - Computer Recycling Station - Bring in your old computers. Sorry no monitors.