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Preparing the Harvest: an update on the work of the Women’s Congress


Anger that is motivated by compassion or a desire to correct social injustice, and does not seek to harm the other person, is a good anger that is worth having.
– His Holiness, the Dalai Lama


Dear Friend of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations,

 

After a winter of fermentation and a springtime of planting, we are now ready for a busy summer and fall, harvesting new ideas and actions. The past months have been very productive and innovative. We are excited about the work going forward and to be working with you! In this issue of the newsletter, we are delighted to send you a Summary of the 2014 Women’s Congress for Future Generations.

 

I believe you will find it a compelling reminder of why this event touched our hearts so deeply. Much of the work we are now engaged in took root at the Women’s Congress and is now bearing fruit! Thank YOU!

 

This fall we have two special events in the Twin Cities. Read on to learn more about these two exciting gatherings!

 

Thank you for your camaraderie over the winter to allow for the fallow time that is so necessary when doing this important work. One of the gifts of the Feminine in each of us is the reminder that we must honor the need for deep inner work or the fruit of our work will not mature and be full of flavor!

 

May each of you find your place in the movement that is nothing less than an ‘all hands on deck’ moment. Together we are powerful beyond measure.

 

Ann Manning
Initiative Director
Women’s Congress for Future Generations and Future First MN


Save the Date 

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photo by brian james roller

An all-day workshop on Saturday, September 19th where we will share with you the Women’s Congress Companion for Political Change, and take a deeper dive in how to use the Legal Principles for Mining, Fracking, and Pipelines: Defending our Communities and Future Generations (more below). 

Saturday, September 19th Workshop

At a gathering on May 21st, Carolyn shared the Legal Principles for Mining, Fracking, and Pipelines to an audience of over 150 people and received a standing ovation. Attendees asked valuable questions, many of which will guide this workshop. It’s clear there is a deep hunger for opening new spaces for our work, for aligning the law with justice. At the 2014 Congress, we rediscovered the power of moral clarity – now it’s up to us to do the hard yet rewarding work of putting that into action! To be effective, the ‘hows’ must be on the edge of the unknown, as we learn to live with uncertainty. Our work includes becoming keen observers of what works, what doesn’t and adjusting our strategies accordingly.

This workshop will explore the concepts in the Companion for Political Change and Legal Principles, including:

  • The Importance of the Commons
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent – and how to withdraw consent!
  • Public Trust theory of Government
  • Precautionary Principle
  • Guardianship of Future Generations

We’ll also deep dive into the how to’s’ of applying these ideas, which can only be sourced from each other’s unique experience and wisdom. As the dark-seeing owl says: Power is in communion.

More Information and Registration Coming Soon!

Wish to read more about the Legal Principles?

WCFFG contributor and SEHN Program Director Kaitlin Butler writes about them in:
Walking the Property Line in the U.S. Oil and Gas Rush
(first published in SEHN’s May 2015 newsletter)


Help Us Continue This Work 

Updates on Work and Upcoming Events  

the Future First 2014 Women’s Congress

Check out a summary prepared to capture some of the experience and of some of the work moving forward. Share your thoughts and ideas
 

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to Legal Principles

for Mining, Fracking and Pipelines: Defending our Communities and Future Generations.

Registration opens soon!
 
Save the Date 
Wednesday evening October 21st

We’ll host a special evening with Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director of SEHN, the ‘doctor on call’ to the environmental health movement.

Stay tuned for more information!