PeaceSmiths sent 3 representatives to WISE sustainability conference

April 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm 1 comment

WISE conference: Dorothy Reilly and Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile

WISE conference: Dorothy Reilly and Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile

This past weekend, March 27th to March 29th, PeaceSmiths sent three representatives to an exciting, local gathering, WISE: First New York Women’s Conference for Sustainability. The event was co-hosted by Stony Brook Southampton and Stony Brook University Center for Wine, Food, and Culture. The conference opened with a ceremony, honoring the four directions, led by Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile. Ms. Haile welcomed the conference attendees on behalf of the Shinnecock Nation, whom she noted had been caring for the land for 10,000 years.

At the conference, local activist Christie Brinkley read from a press report noting that just be before the conference, there was a “more than minor” safety violation at the Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut. Ms. Brinkley expressed concern that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not catch the problem, and that the company, Dominion, stated they had discovered the problem themselves. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has previously said that in case of a large radiation leak at Millstone power plant, radiation sickness and contamination of food and water could extend to a 50 mile radius, which would affect large portions of Suffolk County.

Christie Brinkley expressed her total disagreement with nuclear energy, noting safety concerns, and the fact that the Better Business Bureau will not allow nuclear plants to describe their product as “good, clean energy.” She added, “There is a movement trying to say that nuclear power plants are the answer to global warming and it’s just not true.” Ms. Brinkley has had extensive experience studying and advocating against nuclear energy in her work with STAR, Standing for Truth about Radiation, and with The Tooth Fairy Project (which documents the extent and effects of radiation by examining the amount of radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth.)

Another celebrity speaker at the conference was Rha Goddess, a Hip Hop performer, inventor of floetry, and a motivational speaker.  Rha Goddess gave an inspirational talk about women’s leadership to the whole group. Rha Goddess also held an optional workshop for women to find their voices. A dozen women who attended the workshop, including PeaceSmiths Coordinator Kimberly Wilder, were able to perform a group poem on stage.

Some of the other speakers at the conference were: noted paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey; Beth Fiteni of Neighborhood Network; Alanna Hartzog of Earth Rights Institute; Rachel Harris of WEDO; attorney/scientist Sarah Newkirk; Harriet Fulbright (via satellite); and Johnanne Winchester, Vice President of International Alliances of the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations. Performances included: folk music by Australian singer/songwriter Katherine Buckell and the dance, “Four Screaming Women”, by Jane Comfort & Company.

PeaceSmiths board members Doriane Gloria and Anne Mayer-Kristiansen attended the event. PeaceSmiths was impressed with the learning, networking, and creating that happened in one weekend.  Dorothy Reilly, founder of WISE, Women’s Initiative for a Sustainable Earth, and her fellow event organizers are planning for next year already, and several projects are planned based on networking that happened at the conference.

PeaceSmiths, Inc. will hold a forum on environmental issues on Thursday, April 16th at 8pm in Amityville at the First United Methodist Church. The event is called “How-To Save The Earth in Two Minutes”, and is open to audience participation. More information can be found at the PeaceSmiths hotline (631) 798-0778 or


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