Cindy Sheehan, best known as an anti-war activist, will visit Oakhurst from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Positive Living Center, 49269 Golden Oak Drive to discuss the "Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities," organization.
Sheehan is touring the west coast to bring together individuals in order to create a national and global network to promote successful approaches to generating peace and building of healthy, sustainable communities.
"I'm interested in people who are looking to unite communities and that is what Cindy is about," said Marianna Burrett of Tend the Earth, one of the speakers at the event. "This gathering is about building communities ... not so much about the war. This tour is focused on community food production and education. Oakhurst artist and presenter Judy DeRosa said Sheehan was invited to Oakhurst to participate in a discussion with people who are doing good work in the Mountain Area and to share the positive actions being taken in communities throughout the country.
Sheehan came to notice in August of 2005 when she spearheaded an anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside then President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. The anti-war activist was protesting the Iraq war following the death of her son, Casey Sheehan, during enemy action.
Although she is involved with building communities, the war is still a large concern to her.
"We have marched millions of miles," she says on her Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities (Revcoms) website. "We have signed thousands of petitions, we have worked for hundreds of candidates who promised 'change' and we are still being robbed of our basic necessities." Other presenters at the event include Barney Berrier, speaking on alternative energy; DeRosa, speaking on the Creativity Circle; Jimmy Collier, a performer at Carnegie Hall and Sesame Street; and peace organizer Jim Landis.
North Fork representatives will talk about North Fork Shares, the local currency alternative, the North Fork Studio, Upcountry Co-op, the Kern Family Farm, the North Fork School Garden and the North Fork Community Development Council.
There is no admission fee but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for a pot luck. Details: Sue Kern, (559) 877-5800.