Jayden Foytlin is a 16-yr-old climate justice activist and two time flood survivor from Deep South Louisiana. She is currently one of 21 plaintiffs involved in a landmark case suing the US government for its contribution to climate change and climate disaster. Jayden has been highlighted in Vogue, CBS’ 60 Minutes, The Guardian, among others. In November of 2018 she was named among Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21, which spotlights “extraordinary young women, girls, and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.”
Cherri Foytlin is an afro-indigenous (Din’e) organizer, writer, speaker, and mother of six who lives in southwest Louisiana. She is the author of “Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion,” and regularly contributes to BridgetheGulfProject.org, and other written platforms. In the Spring of 2011, she walked to Washington D.C. from New Orleans (1,243 miles) to educate and call for action to regarding the BP Deep Water Drilling Disaster. More recently, as a founder of the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp she has helped to lead an inspiring direct action campaign to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. She is also the executive director of Louisiana Rise, an organization dedicated to a just transition for local Louisiana communities, an advisory member for Another Gulf is Possible, the National Poor People’s Campaign, and a National team member for Extinction Rebellion US.
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Winnie Overbeek has been the International Coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement since January 2011. WRM is an international initiative that aims to contribute to struggles, reflections and political actions of forest-dependent peoples, indigenous, peasants and other communities in the global South. WRM is part of a global movement for social and environmental justice and respect for human and collective rights. WRM is the southern hub of the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees.
WRM was founded in 1986 by activists from different parts of the world in response to the ongoing destruction of forests in the global South and excessive consumption of tropical timber products in the global North.
Its main role is to support struggles that defend the collective rights and self-determination of indigenous peoples and peasant communities who live in and with the forest over their territories, lives and cultures.
Winnie is based in the Brazilian town of Vitoria in the Espirito Santo state. He is also an active member of the Brazilian Alert against the Green Desert Network that provides support to communities affected by against-large scale tree plantations and other large-scale (agro) industrial projects.
Winnie will speak about monoculture timber plantations and communities taking their land back from those companies, governments that stole it for the timber plantations and the situation in Bolsanoro's Brazil including the Amazon region. He also will talk about the Business for Nature schemes that use trees as a false solution to climate change.
Shawnee/Cayuga poet and indigenous activist Barney Bush was born in Herod, Illinois. He earned a BA at Fort Lewis College and an MA in English and Fine Arts at the University of Idaho. Bush took nature, family, and his Native American heritage as subject matter. His collections of poetry include By Due Process (2004), Petroglyphs (1982). Nato Records recorded several of his musical and spoken-word performances, including Left for Dead: Prisoners of the American Dream (1994). Several anthologies, including Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry (1988) and Songs From This Earth on Turtle’s Back: Contemporary American Indian Poetry (1983), have featured his work.
Bush is a member of the Society of Artists, Composers and Editors of Music. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He helped establish the Institute of the Southern Plains, a Cheyenne Indian school located in Oklahoma, and helped many universities develop Native American studies programs. He taught at the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and serves as chair of the Council of the Vinyard Indian Settlement. Bush currently lives and works on the ancestral homelands in the Southern Illinois.