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Left Coast Forum

Join us at the Left Coast Forum for a panel on Building a Local Peace Economy

From Eco villages and community land trusts to worm farms and worker co-ops, people all over LA, the country, and the world are coming together to reimagine economy from the ground up – from the dominant extractive, exploitative system currently in place to a regenerative system that values people and the planet. We are hoping to explore connections and make visible local initiatives. We invite you to bring your own passions, questions, talents and resources to explore ways we can come together to co-create the beautiful world we know is possible.

Jodie Evans is the co-founder of CODEPINK. She works tirelessly to end the war economy and grow local peace economies. She is deeply engaged in radical activism to end war and the war machine. Whether in boardrooms or war zones, legislative offices or neighborhood streets, Jodie’s enthusiasm for a world at peace infuses conciliation, optimism and activism wherever she goes. She gets her mail in Venice, California and travels the world connecting for peace.

Mary Sutton is life-long activist with a strong commitment to social and economic justice. She grew up in Minnesota where, in the 1980s, she was involved in the movement against apartheid in South Africa. Sutton was active in the movement to stop prison and jail expansion in Los Angeles for almost a decade. She worked to mobilize a broad coalition of community-based organizations to stop LA Counties massive $2 billion jail construction plan, and to push for available funds to build community-based solutions.

Diana Benitez is the GIS Specialist at Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that works at the intersection of solidarity economic development and racial justice She is an urban planner and critical cartographer based in Los Angeles, California working to create health, affordable and safe communities by addressing disparities. She previously worked at the Ralph andGoldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and T.R.U.S.T. South Los Angeles Community Land Trust. Diana has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from UCLA and a BA in Urban and Regional Planning with a Geographic Information Sciences Minor from California State University Northridge.

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