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Why a Speakers’ Bureau?
In 2006, the Southeastern Wisconsin Initiative for Fair Trade opened Four Corners of the World, a Fair Trade store which markets fairly produced and traded products. A second objective of the store is to provide education to the public regarding fair trade and sustainable policies and practices as an alternative global economy. To accomplish the goal of educating the public, the following speakers are available to groups and institutions at no charge. If interested in retaining a speaker on Fair Trade, immigration, and/or sustainability, call Four Corners: (414) 443-9606 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walt Chossek serves as a Director and Treasurer on the board of the Mt. Meru Coffee Project, Inc. (MMCP). MMCP is an economic and social justice fair trade project developed as part of the companion relationship between the Greater Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and the Diocese of Meru, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT). He also serves as the Treasurer and Communications Coordinator for the Synod/Diocese Partnership Committee. Walt has traveled to the Meru Area five times including visits with coffee farmers and cooperatives participating in the Project. He is a certified public accountant and graduate in economics and accounting from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
Tim Dewane is the Director of Shalom–Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office for the School Sisters of Notre Dame–Central Province. Tim’s particular area of focus is human dignity, economic justice, and living your faith in the modern world. He participates in local, state, and national anti-human trafficking efforts and serves on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee John Paul II Speaker’s Bureau. Tim has experience speaking to youth and adults on human trafficking/modern slavery; fair trade; making a difference one green habit at a time; and living your faith in the modern world/Catholic social teaching.
Nancy Flores is the sanctuary/statewide organizer for Voces de la Frontera. She works with families who have been affected by the deportation of a loved one or are in removal proceedings themselves. Additionally, the New Sanctuary Movement at Voces de la Frontera offers monthly interfaith prayer vigils, a monthly support group, accompaniment to immigration court in Chicago, and reliable attorney referrals to families that need representation. On a statewide level, she coordinates the Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. This network of progressive organizations strategically fights against anti-immigrant state legislation and advocates for legislation that would benefit the immigrant community such as driver cards and instate tuition for undocumented students. She started organizing her community when she was in high school and began the first Latino Student Organization at Badger High School. She has a passion for social justice, traveling and learning about new cultures. Nancy is a first generation Mexican-American born in California but raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. (Donations to the New Sanctuary Movement at Voces de la Frontera appreciated.)
Judy Howden provides audiences with a different kind of speaker option as she shows and tells the stories behind the fair trade products sold at Four Corners. She explains where products come from, what materials are used to make them, and how they sustain the lives of workers, their families and communities, as well as the environment. This show & tell is most effective when coupled with the off-site sale option. Judy speaks to both young and mature audiences.
Suzanne, Moynihan, SSND, currently facilitates presentations on the Universe Story and its implications for our planet, as articulated by Thomas Berry. She is presently the Director of Sunseed Eco-Education Ministries, which works to effect transformative change through spiritually-based educational programming involving adults and youth, and thereby empowers them to live on Earth in a mutually enhancing way. Sunseed Eco-Education Ministries was founded and continues to be supported by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Debra Schneider is on the board of the Waukesha County Green Team–a vehicle for networking, education, awareness and visible environmental transformation. She is an organic Master Gardener (SEW-MG) actively working with permaculture design, including the keeping of chickens and bees. She initiated awareness for and the development of local community gardens and has long experience working with youth and interactive youth programs. Debra also works within the community as an advocate for change. She has an MA in theology/ethics from MU and a background in business management and consulting. Topics include permaculture, community gardening, organic gardening, environmental justice related to communities/food, and facilitation for group dynamics and process change.
Margaret Swedish is the founder of Spirituality and Ecological Hope, a project sponsored by the Center for New Creation. This project focuses on the moral, ethical, and spiritual implications for U.S. society of the ecological crises of our times and seeks to articulate a ‘spirituality’ (values, framework of meaning) for a new way of life that can support the earth community as it goes through a time of great upheaval, recreating the relationship between the human and the ecosystems of the planet in a mutually life-enhancing manner. Margaret recently published Living Beyond the ‘End of the World: A Spirituality of Hope, that explores the converging trends of ecological crises and the non-sustainability of the U.S. way of life while offering a spirituality for living beyond the ‘end of the world.’
Interfaith Earth Network is a program of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee whose mission is to inspire and support people of all faiths and faith communities to care for Earth based on their sacred teachings. Through education, advocacy, action and networking, they are catalyst for people of faith to live, work and worship in environmentally sustainable ways. They have a full Speakers’ Bureau also available to groups that includes representatives from various environmental organizations as well as faith groups that speak on topics of environmental sustainability. Please contact Kirsten Shead of IEN directly at email@example.com.
Not free but worth the stipend she charges:
Sister Josephe Marie Flynn is the author of the true story, Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death. She is also the chair of the Justice for Immigrants Committee at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Her talks focus on the injustice in America’s harsh detention and deportation system and the frighteningly arbitrary asylum process.