Liberating Wealth as a Prayer for the Earth: Part 3
Peter’s life work is about the convening of people across differences of history, race, class and ideology to reconcile matters of consequence to their shared future. Peter is a core team member of First Light, an ambitious effort between 65 organizations in Maine and the Wabanaki people to increase their presence and sovereignty on the land. He has played significant roles in similar efforts in Alaska and Oregon. Peter was also the founding director of Center for Whole Communities and a vice president at Trust for Public Land. He is the author of 4 books on people and place and the owner of Knoll Farm, an organic fruit farm and community gathering place in the mountains of Vermont where he and his partner, Helen, raised their family.
Brittany Koteles is the Director of the Nuns & Nones Land Justice Project, which works with Catholic religious communities to incorporate land justice into their land legacies, centering racial and ecological healing in the property discernment process. With a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, she comes to this work through years of exploration at the intersection of social justice and spirituality. Previously, she led the U.S. Fellowship program for Ashoka. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she authored Stories of Scale, a book about Spanish social entrepreneurship, during her tenure as a Fulbright scholar at ESADE's Center for Social Innovation in Barcelona. Brittany is an auntie, neighbor, writer, facilitator, and runner. She lives on Potawatomi land in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Woman Stands Shining Pat McCabe
Woman Stands Shining Pat McCabe
Woman Stands Shining Pat McCabe (she/her) - is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human. You can learn more about her work on her website here.
Neil Thapar (he/him) - a land justice attorney who advises and advocates for decommodified relationships to land that promote affordability, community ownership, and long-term sustainable stewardship. Neil currently serves as Director of Land & Financial Redistribution at MINNOW. From worker-owned farms to community land trusts, Neil builds partnerships to surpass the legal and policy challenges standing in the way of transformative change. At Minnow, Neil works directly with client farmers, indigenous communities, and BIPOC-led organizations to develop the legal tools or infrastructure needed to acquire and collectively hold land. He also redirects philanthropic assets to finance these shifts, in collaboration with The People’s Land Fund, the California Tribal Fund and other cause-aligned partners. Neil earned a B.A. in Economics and International Area Studies from UCLA, and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law. He also holds a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, where he authored thirteen case studies to introduce social justice to the existing curriculum.