This conference’s co-hosts at the podium are two extraordinary guides: Sherri Mitchell is a Penobscot leader and indigenous rights lawyer, and Chuck Collins, policy analyst for the Institute for Policy Studies and author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. Joining them Saturday morning will be Christine Hanna, the new Executive Director of Yes! magazine, a powerful voice for systemic localized re-visioning of our world.

  Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island

Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island

Sherri Mitchell, Wena'hamu'gwasit, was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian Reservation, at Indian Island in Maine. She is a powerful leader, indigenous rights protector, and wise truth teller. She received her J.D. and a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy and has practiced law in a public and civil capacity for many years. She is the co-host of the popular weekly podcast “Love and Revolution Radio”, and the author of forthcoming book, Sacred Instructions. She founded the Land Peace Foundation to provide low cost legal assistance, alternative dispute resolution, and training programs to Indigenous populations, groups, and organizations, in order to protect human rights, homelands, sacred sites, resources and way of life. She is also featured in the film “Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: Change the Story Change the World,” that will be shown Saturday evening of the conference.


Chuck Collins is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Institute for Policy Studies, the author of many books, including Born on Third Base, and a contributor to the newly-released Community Resilience Reader. Chuck has dedicated his life to understanding the basis of economic inequality in the US, and has pioneered countless efforts to connect investors, business leaders, and one-percenters to the common wealth of their place in the world. He has organized and led many activities against corporate practices and economic policies that increase economic inequality. Collins gave away all of his inherited wealth at an early age and has committed his life to resistance and justice: resistance to the dominant culture of wealth accumulation, and justice for people and places.


Christine Hanna is the Executive Director of Yes! magazine, which reframes "the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions." Their online and print materials provide in-depth analysis, tools for engaged citizens, and "stories about real people working for a better world." Hanna is also a fellow at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and former Managing Director of the sustainability think tank, Sightline.

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