Aug 20, 2020 -
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Crystal Ballroom

Keynote Speakers:

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Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia Ann McKinney (born March 17, 1955) is an American politician and activist currently teaching at North South University, Bangladesh. She served six terms in the United States House of Representatives for the democratic party.

As the first black woman from the state of Georgia ever to fill a Congressional seat, Cynthia McKinney has proven a maverick presence on Capitol Hill. A liberal Democrat, McKinney first represented Georgia’s 11th district. McKinney’s trademark gold running shoes and braided hair became symbols of her challenge to the mostly white, mostly male U.S. Congress. Though McKinney was defeated in her reelection bid of 2002, after controversy over her criticisms of President Bush’s foreign policy. she won reelection in 2004 and returned to Congress determined to continue her fight, which later lead to running for President for the Green Party in 2008.

Live Speakers, Art, Music, Comedy, Book Signing & More

The Crystal Ballroom on August 22, 2019

Dress to the Nines for a night of dinner, dancing, and lively panel discussions in Portland, Oregon next summer – save the date and book your trip in advance! This event is centered around free speech and conscious community. We will have a raffles, silent auction, live music, dancing, author book signing, and inspirational environmental and humanitarian speakers! Our goal is to build bridges across the globe to unite around our common human interests of health, sustainability, and harmony with nature. More details coming soon, so stay tuned on the Shakti Newsletter!

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Gloria Flora

In her 22-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Gloria Flora became nationally known for her leadership in ecosystem management and for her courageous principled stands. As supervisor of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in north-central Montana, she made a landmark decision to prohibit natural gas leasing along the spectacular 356,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front near the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a place often described as an American Serengeti for its abundant populations of wildlife, birds and fish.

In 2000, she made national headlines again when she resigned as Forest Supervisor of the largest national forest in the lower 48 states – the Humboldt-Toiyabe – to call attention to antigovernment zealots engaged in the harassment and intimidation of Forest Service employees and destruction of natural resources on public lands.

A popular and inspirational speaker, Gloria encourages people from all walks of life to recognize and celebrate our deep relationship with landscapes and the wealth of natural capital we enjoy from them; not just for us, but for future generations of all species.

Gloria recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. She serves on the Montana Climate Change Advisory Committee and works throughout the U.S. with the Center for Climate Strategies in assisting states develop climate change action plans.

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