Speakers Confirmed for Phila. Premiere of “Bidder 70”
Your invitation to attend the Philadelphia premiere of “Bidder 70” on Thursday May 23rd, 2013 at 7 pm at Wooden Shoe Books at 704 South Street, is incomplete.
We told you everything you need to know about this event last week here — Philadelphia Premiere of Bidder 70: Tim DeChristopher and Peaceful Uprising — but we left out the speakers! This lineup represents, again, the growing convergence of the combined forces opposing extreme energy extraction and fighting for our future:
Mountaintop Removal and Divestment Speaker:
Matthew Armstead is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer living in West Philadelphia. He works with Earth Quaker Action Team in a nonviolent direct action campaign to stop PNC Bank from financing mountaintop removal coal mining, and is a Training Associate with Training for Change.
Kevin Starbard has been both an Animal Rights and Environmental activist for over 25 years. He is an assistant organizer for Sea Shepherd Philadelphia, and is in the beginning stages of creating a local chapter of Rising Tide, a grassroots network of groups and individuals who take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change.
The Whole Fracking Enchilada Speaker:
Iris Marie Bloom is a lifelong social justice activist, writer, and peace worker. She worked for American Committee on Africa and War Resisters League in New York before New Society Publishers brought her to Philadelphia. Iris founded Women’s Anti-Violence Education (WAVE) in Philly, and now directs Protecting Our Waters. POW defends our communities, air, water, animal and human health, and climate against shale gas extraction, processing, distribution and use.
OK, since the speakers are supposed to speak for exactly three minutes each, perhaps that’s a bit of a buildup. The vital speakers are Tim DeChristopher and you, in discussion sparked by the documentary film “Bidder 70.” But we thought you’d want to know.