Changing the Climate: (r)Evolution for social and environmental justice

Date(s) - Friday 03/22/2013 - 03/24/2013
8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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We are entering a great crisis, perhaps the greatest in history, with a collapsing economic system, endless war, and looming over it all, the disintegration of ecosystems and climate chaos. Join us on the horizon where all our movements for a better world converge!

For three days at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, a diverse and multigenerational group of activists, educators, and artists will come together to discuss, plan and act around the most difficult and important questions of our times: How can we connect the local to the global? How can diverse movements and organizations work together toward common goals? 


Friday, March 22nd
1-4pm: Arrivals, Check-in, and Sanctuary TV: Creative Resistance and Community Voices [Sanctuary Cafe and Stage]

4:30pm: Convocation: Convergence begins! [Sanctuary Cafe]

5pm: Connecting with the Land: Exhibit Opening and Reception: Agricultural Stewardship Association, with the Produce Product [Sanctuary Cafe]

6pm: Dinner [Missing Link Church]

7-9pm: Exodus! Russell Maroon Shoatz and breaking out of the prison industrial complex: A book launch event featuring Colia Clark, Theresa Shoatz, and Milk Not Jails [Sanctuary Stage] 

Saturday March 23
8am: Breakfast [Missing Link]

9am: Call for Convergence: the planetary crisis and opportunity, capitalism and the ecosocialist alternative [Sanctuary stage]

10am: Horizons of Hope: introducing the different tracks.

TRACK 1: Growing a new world: Soil science, Permaculture and Community Gardens [Coordinator: Salvatore Engel-diMauro (Saed)

10:30 am – NoonDesign for an Edible Future: Using Practical Permaculture Principles to Make Design Decisions,” with Rebekah Rice and Saed [outside Perennial Garden @ at 6th/ Glen St. rain or shine!]

1:00- 2:30 pm “Urban Regeneration Strategies,” Scott Kellogg [Sanctuary stage/ outside]

2:45- 4:15 pm “Bio-Remediation,” with Holly Gardner [cafe/ outside]


TRACK 2: Re-imagining Troy: local activism for social and environmental transformation [Coordinator: Jim Welch]

10:30am – NOON “Recognizing the Commons,with Jim Welch [Sanctuary stage]

1:00- 2:30 pm “Conversations on Tactics and Results,moderated by Kwame Somburu [Missing Link Street Ministry]

2:45 – 4:15 pm “Conversations on Building Networks for New Paradigms,” moderated by Andrew Lynn [Sanctuary stage]


TRACK 3: Vision/Theory: exploring ecosocialism, ecofeminism, and the vision and theory which unite our practice [Coordinator: Joel Kovel, Terisa Turner and Leigh Brownhill]

10:30am – NOON EcoSocialism: Basic Concepts,” with Joel Kovel [Troy Bike Rescue]

1:00- 4:15 pm “Preparing a Declaration,” with Abraham Mwaura [Troy Bike Rescue]


TRACK 4: Independent Media: Be the Media! workshop series [Coordinator: DeeDee Halleck]

10:30am – NOON Freedom to Connect,” with Dee Dee Halleck [Sanctuary basement]

1:00- 2:30 pm “Media Makers Share Their Histories, Dreams and Disasters:” Past and Future of Community Media Spaces

2:45 – 4:15 pm “Media Makers Share Their Histories, Dreams and Disasters:” Radio Activism

TRACK 5: Youth Games, Seed Starting, Art and More! [Coordinator: Rebekah Rice]

10:30am – NOON Magic Garden Tile Making,” with Jillian Hirsch, [Missing Link Street Ministry]

1:00- 2:30 pm All About Food: Planning, Growing, DIY Snacks,” with Rebekah Rice [cafe/outside]

2:45 – 4:15 pm “Community Clay Workshop,” with Rebekah Rice and Jillian Hirsch, [Missing Link Street Ministry]


4:30pm: Weaving the threads together: All tracks meet together. [Sanctuary Cafe]

Optional activity: Community Service on the Block: join Troy Bike Rescue, Collard City Growers Vegetable Garden, Perennial Garden @ at 6th/ Glen St., Freedom square, to participate in hands-on activities/ work party!

6pm: Community Potluck Meal and Social Time [Sanctuary Cafe]

8-10 pm: Sanctuary Soul Session: Weaving the Circle of Culture for Planetary Transformation: Benjamin Barson and the Eco-liberation Quartet, Seth Tobocman with Spoken Word Comic Art, and the poetry of Susan Deer Cloud [Sanctuary stage]

Sunday March 24
9am: Breakfast [Cafe/Gallery]

10am-12pm: Convergence Crescendo: Connecting the dots with strategic vision, and planning for the immediate and long term future, locally, regionally and globally. [Cafe/Gallery]

12pm: Lunch catered by Food Not Bombs! [Gafe/Gallery] and
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Ecosocialists choose the path of revolution, to bring about a free and cooperative society in harmony with nature, across the globe. On this path we see dawn on many horizons: We move toward them, work to realize them, and come together to seek transformation. We call this process of coming together a convergence.

A convergence is an exchange of ideas, strategies and skills, planned and spontaneous, grounded in a site of ecosocialist production and creativity – a skeleton for collective evolution toward an ecosocialist horizon.

Troy is a city with a proud history; a former economic center that played a major role in the anti-slavery struggles leading to the Civil War, in the labor movement, in the battle for womens’ suffrage . Now, much of the city has been gutted by a chronic economic crisis. But zones of resistance and renewal are rising. Here, a new world is being built in the shell of the old, and you are invited to join that transformation: from communities to continents, to reclaim the commons, and put the evolution back in revolution. All are welcome, and childcare is provided.

RSVP required for food and lodging. For registration and more information, visit:

The convergence is located at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, just outside downtown Troy, New York. Troy is accessible by bus and train. If you require transport from the bus or train station to The Sanctuary for Independent Media, please contact us at “[email protected]”. If you are driving and have extra space in your vehicle, please contact us as soon as possible for carpooling information. You can also use the facebook event page as a place to look for rides. More detailed directions to The Sanctuary for Independent Media are available on their website here: “”


There are several options for lodging if you will be coming from out of town. If you would like to stay at a nearby hotel, please contact Ben Barson, at 973 896 7697 / [email protected]
We can subsidize a limited amount of lodging expenses. If you are in need of this, please contact us as soon as possible at “[email protected]”.


We will do our best to organize the financial aspects of this convergence along the original communist lines: “from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs.” No one will be turned away for lack of money. In order to cover a fraction of our own expenses, we will be asking for a base rate on a sliding scale, from $30 to $70 from each attendant, which will cover all your food. If this is not possible for you, simply let us know what you can and can’t do. We can also to some extent (depending on our ability and your need) subsidize your transportation. If you require this assistance, please contact us as soon as possible at “[email protected]”. If you would like to support the work of Ecosocialist Horizons with a larger donation, that is very welcome! (Note: Ecosocialist Horizons is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations are tax deductible.)

A convergence hosted by Ecosocialist Horizons.