`Warm-up’ events will start Saturday | AspenTimes.com

`Warm-up’ events will start Saturday

John Colson

The Stepstone Center and Mountain Folks for Global Justice will warm up for their People’s Summit on Globalization with a couple of events over the coming week.

This Saturday, there will be a nonviolence training session at Carbondale Town Hall, from noon to 6 p.m.

The leader of the session will be John Bach, described by the organizers as “a longtime Quaker peace activist who spent three years in prison as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.” Bach is credited with 20 years of experience in nonviolence training on a variety of national and international issues.

The suggested donation from participants is $10.

On Sunday, a Homegrown Musical Benefit is planned for the patio of the Ship of Fools restaurant on Main Street in Carbondale, from noon to 6 p.m.

The lineup features folk musician Matt Johnson, the “soulful” band Trunk, the politico-musical antics of Steve Skinner and the “kinda grassy” tunes of the Lone Pint Bluegrass Band, according to a flier on the event. The cover charge is $5 per person.

Proceeds from both events will be used to fund the upcoming “People’s Summit on Globalization, Alternatives to a Corporate Vision,” planned to coincide with the Aspen Institute’s 50th anniversary, Aug. 19-22.

The summit is designed to be an “alternative forum” to the Aspen Institute’s symposium, “Globalization and the Human Condition.” The symposium features such personalities as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President Jimmy Carter, James Wolfensohn of the World Bank, and CEO Gerald Levin of the Time Warner corporation.

“With the exception of a few notables, such as former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and former World Bank representative Herman Daly, not one representative from our growing movement of fair trade, environmental, human rights or labor advocacy groups has been invited to speak or present views at the Aspen Institute’s event,” declared a recent Mountain Folks mailing.

“In response, we have created The People’s Summit on Globalization, a forum for a true debate and discussion on the issue of globalization and the corporate-dominated global economic model.”

More information on the organizations and their plans for the Summit is available at (970) 963-3483.

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