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Nonprofit produces Women & the Environment Symposium

February 20, 2017
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Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke. Courtesy WMEAC

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will begin its Women & the Environment Symposium this week.

The sixth-annual, week-long symposium, which explores the intersection between women and gender issues and environmental concerns, kicks off on Thursday with a celebration at Harmony Hall and will conclude with the Hidden Heroines Awards reception and a keynote address by prominent Native American environmental activist Winona LaDuke on March 2.

LaDuke is the founder and executive director of Honor The Earth, an organization committed to creating awareness and gaining support for native environmental issues and sustainability, including climate change, renewable energy and environmental justice with indigenous communities.

WMEAC said she’s successfully fought against the Sandpiper pipeline and is working against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

She’s also a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

Mary Robinson, WMEAC’s development director, said LaDuke is “one of the most important environmental activists of our time.”

There will also be a handful of events throughout the week promoting environmental advocacy.

Grand Rapids-based WMEAC said the purpose of the symposium is to help women “determine their activism passions” and “teach them how to become a proper advocate for these causes.”

Stand Up and Raise a Glass
Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m.
Harmony Hall
Free event

Women Stand: Service and Self-Care
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Pyramid Scheme
Free event

Women Stand for:
 An Advocacy Workshop
Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
Tickets: $5

Women Stand Up for Action: An Advocacy Action Day
Feb. 28, all day
Free event

Women & the Environment Symposium film and panel
March 1, 7-9 p.m.
Grand Rapids: Wealthy Theatre
Holland: Park Theatre
Tickets: $5

Hidden Heroines Awards and keynote with reception
March 2, keynote from 5:30-7 p.m., reception from 7-9 p.m.
GVSU Loosemore Auditorium
Tickets: $35 for WMEAC members, $40 for non-members

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