Climate Cafe focuses on healing division

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BRATTLEBORO — The Climate Caf and Brooks Memorial Library will co-host activist, spiritual teacher and transformational change maker, Sherri Mitchell, Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset, who will give a talk on "Healing Our Divisions and Biases and Unifying Our Movements," on May 22, at 7 p.m. in the Main Room of Brooks Memorial Library at 224 Main St.

As always, the Caf is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

An activist, spiritual teacher, and transformational change maker who has spoken and taught around the world on issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change for more than 25 years, Mitchell will talk about the divisions and biases, including hidden biases, that have been built into our societies and ideologies.

She will look at the divisions created by our shared history, the biases informed by that history, and the ways that they prevent us from joining our movements, with special emphasis on how colonization has affected our thinking and the ways that we engage one another and the world around us, as well as the work required to decolonize our hearts and minds.

Participants will learn how to find interest convergence points that enable us to work with one another across these divisions, and how to manage the intersectionality of the emerging movement of movements.

Mitchell's new book, "Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change," has just been released.

Born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation (Penawahpskek), Mitchell received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People's Law and Policy from the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

She is the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of indigenous land and water rights and the preservation of the indigenous way of life. Mitchell has also served as a law clerk to the Solicitor of the United States Department of Interior; as an associate with Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan Law Firm; as a civil rights educator for the Maine Attorney General's Office, and; as the staff attorney for the Native American Unit of Pine Tree Legal. Recipient of numerous awards, Mitchell is the cohost of the syndicated radio program Love (and revolution) Radio, which focuses on real-life stories of heart-based activism and revolutionary spiritual change.

The Climate Caf is a project of Post Oil Solutions that convenes the fourth Tuesday of most months.

For more information, contact Tim Stevenson at bereal@vermontel.net or 802-869-2141.

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