We had a great time celebrating our 20th anniversary at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley December 9th. From the tasty food catered by Cafe Platano to our wonderful speakers Avi Lewis, Jeff Haas and Rebecca Solnit, to music that made us move from DJ Sandina, it was a fantastic night all around!
We are also glad that we were able to record the evening’s program. If you missed the event, or wanted to relive our speakers’ inspiring words, scroll below to see Avi Lewis, Jeff Haas, and Rebecca Solnit share their thoughts about community organizing, solidarity, and hope.
Special thanks to our sponsors and Event Committee members for helping us put together a successful celebration, to our dedicated Board of Directors for traveling from across the country to attend, to our numerous volunteers who made sure the event ran smoothly, and to our speakers for lending their voices to the social movement our partners have built.
We appreciate your support of our work to protect important coastal ecosystems and empower communities in Central America, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us again next year.
And if you haven’t yet had a chance to make a year-end gift, help us start 2017 on solid financial footing by making a donation today.
Thank you to all who came out and made it a party!
Filmmaker Avi Lewis spoke about his short film “Keepers of the Future.” Through interviews with community leaders, the film traces the history of EcoViva’s grassroots partners in El Salvador and the social movement they have built. Because we are working to share “Keepers of the Future” with wider audience by entering it into film festivals, it is not yet publicly available. However, you can see a sneak peek of it here.
EcoViva’s Board Chair Jeff Haas reflects on his time serving on the board and working alongside EcoViva’s partners in El Salvador to foster sustainable, community-led development and conservation.
Author and activist Rebecca Solnit shared her speech “Hope from the South,” about finding hope and inspiration in the struggles of Latin America.