Dem sch mtng 6-4-15

The committee met Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015. Present were Barbara Schlachter, Mary Beth Versgrove, Paula Sanchini, Dawn Jones, Donna Rupp, Deborah Dee and Katharine Nicholson. Deborah reported on a conversation she had with a Fairfield group fighting CAFO’s. Mary Beth reported on a conversation she had with Stacy at the Democracy School.

Deb’s report on Fairfield’s actions and Saturday events

Our tasks before then are to make a list of organizations and groups that may be interested in helping sponsor a local 1 ½ day Democracy School and to check out some of the Paul Cienfeugos links to see if/how we can use his expertise.

Info about Paul is from Fairfield activist Fred Rosenberg, via Deb


  1. Paul Cienfuegos interviews: (part 1 of at least 4–each one is short.)B. Paul’s Workshops and Talks

I lead a diverse variety of workshops and other offerings – and not just about challenging corporate rule. I also have many decades of experience leading workshops which help people come to terms with their difficult feelings about the current state of our world, from despair and rage to grief and numbness. As well as teaching active listening skills to activists. I would thoroughly enjoy working with you to create a special event in your community. Please get in touch!

(Click on each offering below to see a detailed description of that offering, or simply scroll down the page to view them all.)





Fairfield Event this Saturday ( I, Dawn, plan to go.)

The day begins at 9:00 AM with a tour of the Maharishi World Peace Vedic Organic Greenhouse. Subsequent sessions will be at the Fairfield Hy Vee Club Room, 1300 W. Burlington Avenue.

On Saturday, June 6, Tom Fiegen, candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in the November, 2016 election, is holding a series of public sessions on sustainability and local food systems. Tom is eager to explore ideas for what can be done on a policy level to make American agriculture more ‘farmer friendly,’ and improve the quality of life in our state. The public is invited!

Tom, the oldest of 11 children, was raised on an old fashioned family farm near Iowa’s northwest border. He has become a recognized expert in agricultural economics, and for the past 27 years, he has assisted families and farmers in crisis.  He served two years in the Iowa Senate, ran in the 2010 primary race for the Senate seat occupied by Senator Chuck Grassley, and owns a Cedar Rapids law office. He is a ‘down to earth’ practical Iowan, a member of the Tipton Lion’s Club, and a future-sensitive visionary who offers real prospects for the changes we need here in Iowa – and the nation.

The day begins at 9:00 AM with a tour of the Maharishi World Peace Vedic Organic Greenhouse. Subsequent sessions will be at the Fairfield Hy Vee Club Room, 1300 W. Burlington Avenue.  At 3:50 PM, Chad Romer will speak about “Carry on Bags” a project for which the Fairfield HyVee, First United Methodist Church, and Fairfield Schools have teamed up to feed youth who lack food on weekends. Anyone who cares about agriculture, sustainable food systems, and Iowa’s future, please attend!

Tom Fiegen Day Schedule

9:00-10:15 AM: Maharishi World Peace Vedic Organic Greenhouse

  • Tour by Maharishi Vedic City Mayor Bob Wynne
  • 2047 140th St., Fairfield 52556

10:30-12:00 PM Local Food Systems

  • Barbara Stone, Director, SE Iowa Food Hub,
  • Stuart Valentine, Director, BioMimicry Local Food Systems Challenge,
  • Fred Rosenberg, M.U.M. Permaculture Club Newsletter

12:00-1:30 Bring Your Own Lunch (or purchase at HyVee Food Court)

  • Suzan Erem, President, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust

1:30-2:30 PM Break

2:40-3:40 Genetic Engineering

  • Steve Druker, Executive Director, author of new book: Twisted Genes, Altered Truth
  • Anne Dietrich, Director, Truth in Labeling Coalition

3:50-4:50 PM Addressing Hunger

  • Chad Romer, Director, Carry on Bags
  • Harold and Louise Frakes, Owners, A Place in the Heart/Brighton Community Garden; Steve Winn, Director, Fairfield Soup Kitchen

5:00-6:00 PM Open Discussion

  • What Fairfield, Iowa can Teach the Country, and ways in which the Federal Government Can Help

The next meeting will be at our usual location (Trinity Church) at 1:00 p.m. Thursday June 11. It is scheduled for 90 minutes.

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