Prout news from Nirainjana

Regional Secretary, Dada Gunamaya, and Nirainjana attended the first ever Northeast Climate Confluence that took place at the Epworth Methodist Retreat Center in High Falls, New York.  Dada taught yoga classes every morning and Nirainjana taught Kaoshikii to the participants: http://www.flickr. com/photos/ nirainjana/ sets/72157606890 536981/show/Dada Narada Muni's video "Introduction to Proutist Economics" was shown to 25 participants followed by a lively discussion and a request to see his most recent video "Cooperatives in Venezuela".  Both videos were very well received with interest in learning more about Progressive Utilisation Theory.Approximately 250 people came together in High Falls, New York for the Climate Confluence. The Confluence ran from July 31st to August 3rd, with workshops, trainings and panels ranging from immigration raids and the prison-industrial complex to mountain top removal and disaster relief. This wide range of workshops aimed to address, as the organizers put it, "the root causes of climate change.""The same system that wages a daily war on our communities is poised to destroy our very life blood: the earth, the water, our food, and our culture," says Sundeep Sood, Confluence organizer. "By combining our knowledge and energy we will create real solutions and decrease our dependence on the institutions that are attacking the planet and all life." With these ideas in mind people of all ages and backgrounds from across the Northeast came to the Epworth Center in High Falls to create the kind of world they want to see. The Confluence opened on Thursday night with a speech from Tom Porter, the elder of the Mohawk Nation. He blessed the event and gave permission for the Confluence to take place on land that had once been part of the Mohawk Nation. In his beautiful speech he expressed hope for the future and a willingness to work with those attending the Confluence to help build a better world. The three workshop streams, Ice Storms to ICE Raids, Self Sufficient Communities and Connecting Grassroots struggles all had a great variety of workshops and came up with concrete action plans for future activism on a variety of issues. Most people would agree with Dan Cabrera when he said, "I was able to learn so much about important issues at the Confluence, and also meet so many great people to network with. It was definitely the highlight of my summer."The Confluence occurred concurrently with convergences in Oregon and England, and other climate convergences are planned for the coming weeks in Australia, Virginia, Quebec and Hamburg, Germany. There are already plans in the works for a 2009 Northeast Climate Confluence, which promises to be even larger than this year's. All Margiis and Acaryas are welcome to attend the house blessing ceremony of Dinesh and Nirainjana scheduled for 6:30pm on Saturday, September 27th in White Plains, New York.   Come early at 5pm to hear Robert Hoch of the White Plains Historical Society talk about the historical significance of the hill where we are located, Horton's Mill, used by George Washington for storing ammunition during the Revolutionary War and the Battle of White Plains in October of 1776.  Learn also about the First Peoples who were here before the colonialists arrived. RSVP is required at nirainjana@yahoo. com. We will send the address and directions to those who RSVP.  Thank you!