PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGN
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Youth and Community Activist Program
On April 12th-14th 2002 the Town Hall Coalition sponsored the first annual Youth Activist Convergence in Sebastopol. This youth-inspired, youth-driven event brought together students and educators, representatives of over 75 non-profit organizations, and community members for a weekend of workshops, keynote speakers, musical events, and hands-on demonstrations. Twenty-two workshops were held during the weekend focusing on environmental dilemmas and solutions, social issues, political topics, and economic realms. The weekend concluded with the creation of the Youth Activist Manifesto, the unifying vision for creating positive change on local and global levels. We would like to thank all of the supporters and donors to this project as we look forward to another year of youth-inspired activism!
The Youth Activist Convergence is part of the Town Hall Coalition’s “Participatory Democracy Campaign” launched in 2001. The campaign’s primary purpose is to enable people to become informed, activate, organize, and participate in decision-making processes at the local, state, and national levels. It is also to serve as a guide for those wanting to run for numerous non-partisan elected positions throughout Sonoma County and North Coast region.
WILDLANDS PROTECTION PROJECT
“I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned.” Luther Burbank (From a letter sent home to Massachusetts, soon after arriving in Sonoma County 1875)
Town Hall Coalition is working with government and environmental groups to accumulate existing documents that identify areas containing critical wildlife habitat, headwaters of streams and creeks, native forests and wildlands, endangered species, etc. Our research will provide an important resource for the Town Hall’s library of information and pro-active Wildlands Protection advocacy and education program. Our goal is to inform property owners about the benefits of putting both public and private conservation easements on their properties and support the acquisition of ecologically rich wildlands for public parks.
If you are interested in finding out more about putting a “Forever Wild” conservation on your property please contact one of the local Land Trusts. Find out how conservation easements can lower your property and income taxes. Here is a partial list of local Land Trusts and contact information for the Open Space District:
Bodega Land Trust: PO Box 254 Bodega, CA 94922 Phone: 707-876-1806
Land Paths: PO Box 4648 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 Phone: 707-544-7248
Mendocino Land Trust: PO Box 1094 Mendocino, CA 95460 Phone: 707- 962-0470
Sonoma Land Trust: 1122 Sonoma Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Phone: 707-526-6930
Agriculture Preservation and Open Space Dist.: 747 Mendocino Ave., Suite 100 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Phone: 707-524-7360