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E-M:/ Invitation to Backyard ECO Conference 2006



You are invited to Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination's 2006 Backyard ECO-Conference, May 12 -14 at Camp Neyati, Clare County. The ECO-Conference has been an annual gathering of Great Lakes environmental activists, novices, elders and youth since 1983, and features speakers, panel presentations, arts and music, a youth program for ages 8-15, and great food prepared by the ECO cooks led by Connie Beauvais. There's time for reflection, walking in the woods, and strategizing action plans.

Registration and directions to the camp are available on our ECO brochure, which can be downloaded at www.caccmi.org.

Featured speakers this year are:

Friday night: James Olson, lead lawyer for Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation in their lawsuit to stop Nestle from taking water out of the Great Lakes to sell, speaks on "The Water Commons: Public Trust or Private Plunder"

Saturday:
Paul Gunter from Nuclear Information and Resource Service:  "Nuclear Renaissance or Nuclear Relapse?" He will also focus on the campaign to stop the aging Palisades nuclear plant from relicensing.

Terry Miller and Michele Hurd Riddick from Lone Tree Council  and Sue Cameron from Citizens Against Toxic Substances speak on "The Tittabawassee's Toxic Legacy", (DOW's dioxin poisoning in Michigan and the Saginaw Bay).

Bill Freese, long-time Great Lakes activist  will speak on the Huron Environmental Action League's ongoing campaign to limit mercury contamination by Lafarge in Alpena.

Alexis Raney from Save the Wild U.P. will address mining issues in Michigan's U.P.: "Protecting the Headwaters".

Robert Shimek of Indigenous Environmental Network speaks Saturday night on "Guarding the Commons for the Seventh Generation."  He is a Red Lake Ojibwe and leads the mining campaign for IEN, and has also worked on energy, water, forestry and environmental justice issues.

Guy Williams, a founding board member and Chair of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, speaks Sunday morning on "The Campaign for State Action on Environmental Justice."

Victor McManemy and Tim Joseph make powerful campfire music and Gretchen Michaels brings out the Great Lakes artist in us all. Our youth program is led by Holly White and her staff.

Join us for a great northwoods weekend!

Kay Cumbow, Director
Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
8735 Maple Grove Road,
Lake, MI 48632
www.caccmi.org