2013 GSR Lineup

Featured Speakers:

 1.                 Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Climatologist, Climate Change in Our Own Backyard and Its Consequences à Wednesday, 2PM (Atwood Theatre)


  1. 2.                  Francisco Cerezo, Comite Cerezo, Drugs, Guns, and US Policies in Mexico:  Lessons from the Mexican Human Rights Organization Comite Cerezo  à Wed 12:30 – 1:45 (Voyager or Alumni)


  1. 3.                  Reyna Crow, Idle No More, Stopping Environmental Destruction by the Fossil Fuel Industry in the US and Canada    Indigenous peoples, leading environmental struggles across North America, are challenging destructive petrochemical exploitation and violations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change – I am changing the things I cannot accept” AND Northwoods Wolf Alliance, Why Wolves Should Not Be Hunted in Minnesota à Tue or Th 3:30, Th 11am (Atwood Theatre)


  1. 4.                  Michael G. Starkey – SAVE THE FROGS! – The Amphibian Extinction Crisis: Current threats facing amphibian populations, and what you can do about it!  (Santa Cruz, CA) àWed or Th           SCTCC


  1. 5.                  J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy, Beyond Coal: The Urgency of Changing to Renewable Energy   Monday, 2 or 3PM (Alumni Room)


  1. 6.                  Keno Evol (Spoken Word Artist) Artist, Performer, Poet, Educator, Spoken word artist, Dancer, and Director Antoine “Keno Evol” Duke has competed nationally as a spoken word artist to do Social Justice Education through theater and art for creativity and social change to become better human beings.           3PM Monday Atwood Theater (and SCTCC)


  1. 7.                  Sharon Sobotta, Director of the Women’s Center, St. Mary’s College, Reporter for Pacifica KPFA (Berkeley) and Free Speech Radio (NYC)   Power to the People: The role of independent media in giving voice to change makers and in exposing sexist, racist and xenophobic policies  From police brutality to Stand Your Ground laws, fossil fuel extraction to wars in the middle east, racist/sexist policies continue to take a toll on the lives of people(s) of color.  Independent media exposes these policies and gives voice to change makers. à Tue 2pm 


  1. 8.                  Naomi Maina, Social Responsibility Club, AFRICOM: The Militarization and Recolonization of Africa à Tue or Th 9:30am


  1. 9.                  Becca Kotz and Sara Menning – Students Against Trafficking & Sexploitation -
The Business & Economics of Sex Trafficking: Supply & Demand àTue 5pm


  1. Darrell Paulsen, Nikki Villavicencio-Tollison, and Galen Smith, MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Disability Rights                          SCTCC


  1. Antonia Mkunya, Street Children in Tanzania àAnytime or day after 2pm


  1. Child Soldiers in Liberia – Talent Emergence International


  1. 13.              Kurtis Hanna, Minnesota NORML                SCTCC


  1. Michelle Gross, Communities United Against Police Brutality àWed 3pm


  1. Emily Farell and Madeline Lohman , The Advocates for Human Rights – Human Rights at Home àTh 2pm


  1. ‎Pepperwolf and Lucia Smith, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) – Drones 101 à Tue 9:30, 11, 12:30 or 2                                         SCTCC


  1. 17.              Elizabeth Burr and Margaret Sarfehjooy, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) – Middle East Tensions and U.S. Connections à Tue or Th 12:30pm


  1. Lyra Schneider – Modern Madness: A critique of corporate/state psychiatry  A trans feminine activist for social change, Schneider challenges the language of “mental illness,” how it can be used to contain, control, and repress, and what alternative language and approaches are necessary. 


  1. 19.              Kim Socha and Dallas Rising, Animal Rights Coalition, Questions of Consent: Women and Animals Under Patriarchal Systems of Domination


  1. 20.              Erin Parrish ,Minnesota Women’s Consortium, “Build from the Inside Out”: Integrating Difference into Feminist Coalition Leadership à Th 11,12:30 or 2


  1. 21.              Jamie Utt, Change from Within, The Wall: Understanding and Dismantling Barriers to Accountable Relationships Across Difference à Mon or Tue


  1. Maureen Hackett, Howling for Wolves, Why Wolves Should Not be Hunted in Minnesota       SCTCC


  1. Meredith Aby, Minnesota Anti-War Committee, US Militarism:  Tthe Role of the US Abroad & What You Can Do to Work for Peace


  1. Michael and Cynthia Orange, Vietnam Veterans Against the War,  Shock Waves: Learning to Live with Psychic Trauma and the Moral Wounds of War                     SCTCC


  1. Joanna Lowry, Committee to Stop FBI Repression (whistleblowers info?)


  1. 26.              Bob Tammen, Sierra Club, Global Mining and Local Values:  Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Conflict in Minnesota                                      SCTCC


  1. CSB/SJU, Human Trafficking Committee


  1. 28.              Chante Wolf, Veterans for Peace, Are We Witnessing a War Against the Feminine?  àTue 11am



  1. Sherburne-Wright County NOW


  1. Aaron Zellhoefer – Repression of Environmental and Animal Rights Activists


  1. Mackenzie A. Lecy, Extending the Link, CSB/SJU- Documentary: “Khulla”- meaning “open” in Bengali

Films to be screened include the following:  

Girl Rising:  A ground-breaking film by Academy Award Winner Richard Robbins, tells the stories of 9 girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers, narrated by 9 reknown actresses, Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. àMonday 5-7  Atwood Theater

Do the Math:  Bill McKibbon and the Fight Over Climate Change  The math is simple. To avoid climate catastrophe, we have to limit carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere to 350 parts per million or below. The only problem? We’re presently at 400 parts per million — and climbing. Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and 350.org, the organization he founded, hits the road to build a movement to challenge the fossil fuel industry.  An astonishingly clear breakdown of the facts — and the stakes – Do the Math shows how an unprecedented global movement is rising up to keep CO2 emissions down.  (2013 – Purchased by SCSU)


The War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. It exposes the surprisingly worsening and threatening reality for whistleblowers and the press. 


It’s a Girl:  In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girlsare missing in the world today because of “gendercide”.  Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or family members.  The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.  (2012  Purchased by SCSU)

The Atomic States of America convincingly encapsulates both the history of this allegedly clean source of energy and our collective denial of a potentially looming disaster at our aging sites.  Given the recent Fukishima disaster and despite the known risks of utilizing nuclear power, our country’s rapidly increasing energy needs are fueling a nuclear renaissance.  (2012 – SCSU has purchased a copy)


Greedy Lying Bastards investigates the corporations who fund politicians, scientists, think tanks, and others to create a campaign of deceit regarding the science of climate change and its dire impact on the planet.  From ExxonMobil to the Koch brothers to the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme court that put profits before people and the future of the earth.


Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability.  In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act  which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.  (Screening school purchase $250 or $100 for program)


The Naked Option:   Fueled by the determination for a better future, grassroots women in Nigeria’s Niger Delta use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, in their deadly struggle to hold the oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. The women, at the risk of being raped, beaten or killed, are trained and armed, but not with anything you can see. Through the leadership of the courageous, charismatic, and inexhaustible Emem J. Okon, these women are taking over where men have failed, peacefully transforming their ‘naked power’ into 21st century political action and mobilization.  (2010 – Purchased by SCSU)


The Invisible War: (Received the 2013 Ridenhour Film whistleblower film award)  investigates the troubling epidemic of rape in the military while speaking with courageous victims who have refused to be intimidated into silence. In 2009 alone, 16,150 service members were sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that female soldiers in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a male soldier than shot by an enemy combatant. Despite the overwhelming evidence presented by these victimized soldiers, however, only 2% of rape accusations in the military end in prosecution. In some cases, male soldiers have even been awarded medals for bravery and professionalism while being investigated for rape. In addition to hearing from women who have been sexually assaulted while serving their country, we also learn how systemic corruption allows the vast majority of their attackers to walk free and what is now being done to ensure that no crime goes unpunished.  (SCSU film)


Trashed   Jeremy Irons travels on a meticulous, brave investigative journey around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution, from China and Indonesia, to Lebanon, taking us from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.  Where do fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste end up?  In the North Pacific he faces the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the effects of plastic waste on marine life, and how chlorinated dioxins and other man-made Persistent Organic Pollutants are attracted to the plastic fragments. Meanwhile, global warming, accelerated by emissions from landfill and incineration, is melting the ice-caps and releasing decades of these old poisons, stored in the ice, back into the sea. Having faced the worst Jeremy Irons searches for solutions. From individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to increasing anti-waste legislation, to an entire city which is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.

The Suffering Grasses and the Crisis in Syria

The Annual Ridenhour Whistleblower Awards 2013 video: 


SHORT VIDEO:  The World Must Stand Together (Global Zero campaign)  2 minutes  Zero Nuclear Weapons   (many famous film stars statement and Obama’s words)



Good Earth Food Coop booth


Possible Keynote Speakers:  Richard Carlbom          

Other ideas and possible sessions:

Preeti Yonjon – Root Causes of the War in Nepal                 South Asian Immigrants

Menan Jangu to skype in from Tanzania about environmental issues there?

Michael Birchard from No Hennepin CC

Aadikaar – Luna co-founder – rights in Nepal.

Food issues – Organic Consumers Association – food labeling – GMOs – vegetarian/vegan – land grabs

Water shortages


Alumni logo for the posters


Default – MEF film on student loans. 


Bees & North Dakota


SCSU Choir  – songs about social justice, peace, environment, animals, & activist songs



Everything at SCTCC will be interpreted!  SCSU will need to pay for interpreters for the keynote.  


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