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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Harrisburg Human Justice Forum - April 10th, 2011 at the Midtown Scholar

On Sunday, April 10th, an array of Harrisburg’s best minds will sit down and discuss challenges facing the city and ways to overcome them through the grassroots level in the first Harrisburg Human Justice Forum, presented by Interfaith Alliance and the Midtown Scholar. With the conversation directed towards what each citizen of Harrisburg can do to make the city the best it can be, the forum will aim to put the power of change into the hands of the people.

From 5 pm until 9 pm, the evening will be about learning of opportunities in Harrisburg to make a difference, with dozens of local groups available to explain their goals and room for volunteers. In
addition, a handful of panelists, all experts in their respective fields, will engage with various issues related to human justice in the city, including educational reform, racial reconciliation, the support
of health clinics in parts of the city, beautification projects, advocacy, and so on. Throughout the evening, guests of the event will be treated to several local musical groups and numerous refreshments.

This forum will be the best chance this year for the people of Harrisburg to see the opportunities to get involved in, and to act on those opportunities.

For more information, please visit http://www.humanjusticeforum.com, or email the forum’s director, Ryan Gerber, at ryan@humanjusticeforum.com.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Transition Training in New Jersey

Genesis Farm is hosting a spring Transition Training with Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn. These are the people who trained me, Tony and five others in the area. Please consider attending this four day workshop. Genesis Farm has funds available for those unable to pay the full price.

Transition Training

Introduction to Deep Transition - Spring 2011 back
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The Emergence of Community Resilience
  • Date: April 28-May 1, 2011 (Thursday to Sunday)
  • Time: Thursday, 7 pm - Sunday, 4 pm
  • Cost: $285. Meals: $62.50 (3 lunches, 2 dinners). Limited lodging available; $55/night, includes breakfast.

FREE garden space near Shiremanstown...

George Weigel has posted on his blog about the generous offer of 2 acres of garden space from Ames-True Temper. Go to this link for all the details.

From his blog:

Here’s a deal that’s almost too good to be true… a free garden plot, free water and free use of tools.
All you’ve got to do is round up a few seeds and plants and get up the gumption to go to Ames True Temper near Shiremanstown to take advantage of this generous offer.

Ames True Temper just got Hampden Twp. approval to turn a nearly 2-acre grass plot next to its headquarters at 465 Railroad Ave. into a fenced-in community garden of 150 raised beds.

The company is giving FREE USE of these plots to anyone in the area who’d like to sign up. There’s no catch, no hidden motive, no surprise expense that you find out about later.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

POSTPONED! Please see his latest email below:

From Peter:


I have been talking to some people around the state and several of them have convinced me to wait until next week to ride to Harrisburg for the protest regarding gas and state forests. The hope is it will maximize organization.

Ed Perry of the NWF and Dave Masur have helped me contact more people and get a slightly more coordinated timeline. Though I feel that this needs to happen ASAP, a bit more coordination could result in a better press and
government impact. I apologize for the delay. I can't state what day it will be right now but as soon as I know, you will know too.

Much thanks for your patience and your support! I look forward to seeing those of you who can come.

Peter Buckland


From: Peter Dawson Buckland <pdb118@PSU.EDU>
Date: February 24, 2011 11:31:45 PM EST

Subject: [ACTNET-FRAC-NEWS] Not just Marcellus. It's beyond Marcellus.

Reply-To: Peter Dawson Buckland <pdb118@PSU.EDU>


I want you to know that I am going next Thursday to Harrisburg to speak to Governor Corbett about opening up State Forest Land to Natural Gas Drilling.


I am tired of this. Beneath the Marcellus Shale is the Utica Shale on which my beloved home, the Rothrock State Forest rests. My heart, my family, the breath of our air has been compromised in Moshannon and Tioga and Sprowl and Forbes and Bald Eagle and Allegheny enough. This boy who has ridden and loved these forests can't take it anymore.

So if you'd care to join me, please do. Next Thursday we will be going to the Governor's Office. Not just the Capitol Building. We are going to the office and we are going to talk to him about this because it's too much. The water. Traffic. Noise. Deer killed. Fish kills. Price gouging. Market manipulations. Campaign rigging and contributions.

To prove the point, I will be riding my bike from my house in State College starting at about 4 am and arriving there in the late morning. No fossil fuels. I will have a prepared letter for the governor. Until he meets with me/us, I will not leave.

Others are coming. Maybe just my wife. But I want YOU to join me! Tomorrow I am calling everyone I can to get us together to fight this thing.

What do you say?


Visioning a Farmers Market Garden

We recorded our meeting on February 24th at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg. This is the unedited process of working through a series of questions and how a group of people came up with beautiful answers! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thanks to Scott who operated the recorder!

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