KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents
“Civilization and Resistance”
Hosted by Claire Cummings
Thursday, June 14, 7:30 pm
King Middle School Auditorium
1781 Rose Street
$12 advance tickets: >brownpapertickets.com< t: 800-838-3006 or:
Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore,
in SF - Modern Times Bookstore ($15 at door)
Derrick Jensen is the most potent voice of the growing deep ecology movement.
Winner of numerous awards and honors including the Eric Hoffer Book Award and
Press Action’s Person of the Year, he is the author of some fifteen books, including
Endgame, A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Walking on
Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution, and the new Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings
on Environmental Revolution.
Derrick Jensen is a force for the common good. His books are mandatory reading in
the study of culture and change. He is a contemporary philosopher with his feet firmly
on the ground”.
— Terry Tempest Williams
“The primordial language of the universe is the language expressed in the night
sky, in the dawn and sunset, in the flight of the eagle: it resonates in the song of the
meadow lark, in the fragile bloom of the orchid…the mountains, the valleys, and the
rivers…and this book.” —Father Thomas Berry, author
Jensen raises vital questions that must be asked, and moreover, that must be
answered. In this mad venture, we are all complicit, if only in our silence. Jensen
shatters this silence.”
— Mumia Abu-Jamal
If any voice can help us break free of this culture of denial, this is it. Stunningly
original, grippingly personal, this book will shock you to your core while at the
same time quickening your deepest yearnings for reconnection with the Earth and
all its creatures, Jensen has achieved the impossible: a book that is simultaneously
horrifying and uplifting, terrifying and beautiful. I could not put it down. Passages will
stay with me forever.”
— Frances Moore Lappé
“Jensen is the ONLY person who says it right, who gets it completely right.”
— Claire Cummings
Claire Cummings is an author, journalist, lawyer, and lifelong social activist. Her book Uncertain Peril won the 2009 American Book Award and an award by the Society for Economic Botany. She has been honored for radio journalism and awarded a Kellogg Food and Society Fellowship.
Since graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 1965, Claire has been a life-long social activist. As a young mother she worked in the peace and civil rights movements, then for farm labor rights while living on a farm in Northern California. As a lawyer, Claire represented and advised traditional native people on cultural preservation. In Hawai‘i Claire represented the Halawa Valley Coalition and The Hawai‘i La‘ieikawai Association opposing the H3 freeway and founded the first native Hawaiian Land Trust Hui Aina o Hana. Claire worked extensively with the Winnenmen Wintu tribe in Northern California, preventing development on Mt. Shasta and creating the first cultural conservation easement on private forest land to protect their sacred sites. She represented the Apache Survival Coalition and founded The Cultural Conservancy, a native land rights organization.
Claire has served on the board and as general counsel for many environmental groups, including The Elmwood Institute, Food First, and Earth Island Institute as well as local groups. In addition to extensive public speaking Claire writes for radio, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Her stories focus on the relationship between people, plants, and place, and how these stories can connect us to each other and to the land. www.clairehopecummings.com