April 23rd, 10-4, Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast
with Heather Retberg, Bonnie Preston, and honored guests: Laila Johnson and Logan Perkins; and a panel of town organizers from communities across the state.
Join keynote speaker Laila Johnson, from Wisconsin, to share her knowledge on transformational conflict and community self-governance. Local lawyer extraordinaire, Logan Perkins, will help you learn more about the rights you’ve asserted under the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance and how to defend them as a community and as individuals. Bonnie and Heather will pass on what they’ve learned about community self-governance, home rule, and state law so you’ll be prepared for the questions raised by your selectmen, city councilors, and your fellow citizens. They and a panel of town organizers will share experiences, answer questions, and help you stand up for the ordinance if you have already passed it, allay fears if you have not yet passed it, and give you some experience confronting and working with an opponent.
Plan to come wherever you are in the process of protecting our traditional foodways: if you have passed the ordinance, if you are ready to work on it, if you are thinking about it, or if you are just curious about it.
This will be a bring-your-own-lunch event, but we will provide morning coffee and something to go with it, and dessert/afternoon snack, almost certainly involving chocolate. Please let us know if you’re coming, so we can plan accordingly. E-mail or call 374-3636.
Hope to see you there! Bring friends, especially from nearby towns that may be helped by the ordinance. This will be a great opportunity to meet people who will be a support network as we all work to advance our food rights.