The Water Protector Rally at the state capital initiates the beginning of a one-year campaign to build collective momentum toward positive changes in the Sacramento River Watershed for the ecosystem, our communities, and future generations.

See below for the schedule for the day: 

10:00-10:45am: Billy Bensing
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Billy began playing guitar at ten. His first paid gig was in France, as a teenager. Though he was born in the U.S., he did a bit of world traveling thanks to his adventurous mother, Noelle. Teaming up with singer/songwriter, Brian Lambert, he worked his trade for several years in the Los Angeles area. Taking the advice of his friend Christopher Taylor, he visited the Gold Country of Northern California. Ready to leave the big city anyway, Bensing instantly made plans to relocate to the beautiful foothills of Grass Valley. He has been there ever since, working full-time as a performer and guitar instructor.

10:45-10:55am: Michael DiMartino Opening Ceremony
Michael DiMartino has been producing events for 30 years. These events range from small cultural arts related events to large international festivals including Mexico, Brazil, Egypt and Morocco. He also founded Global Rhythms, a world music radio show that lasted for 3 years in the 1990’s and GAIA-Vision, a TV show dedicated to performing, visual and healing arts that ran in 12 cities in New England for over 4 years. Michael also worked for the Robert Frost library in Amherst Massachusetts as a media assistant and over the last 30 years he has also produced two full length musicals and over 20 different Cd’s for various musical talent. Mr. DiMartino also founded World Beat Ensemble an educational program that has presented in over a hundred different schools, institutions and venues. In the past he has worked for the Massachusetts five college system doing music related support for the dance department.

10:55-11:00am: Nick Whiterabbit

Whiterabbit is one of the many Water Protectors whose life was changed after “making a stand” at Standing Rock. After walking a path; he then realized why his why his name is Whiterabbit! He’s voicing for his sisters who go missing (#MMIW) to bring awareness, and more. “The time to act is NOW”… (we’re alone on the government side)… it is time for Mother Earth to heal.




11:00-11:15am: Jose Munoz

Jose Ajpu Federico Munoz is a Day Keeper of the Mayan Calendar for the Maya Chorti, quiche, Mam and Kakchiquel people.  Additionally, Jose is the carrier of the spoken word of Mayan History from the years of 1444 to 1529 for which he works in what he calls the Northern Territories which range from Guatemala to the west of Alaska and to the East of Montreal.



11:15-11:45pm: Neena McNair Family Drum

We sing and drum to bless and heal ourselves, to unify the community of all nations, to honor our Elders and our traditions. We gather to deepen and strengthen the commitment we have, not only to each other as spiritual human beings, but to maintain a pure dedication to the healing that comes through the drum, for all living things. We raise our voices in resonance with the heartbeat of the Mother Earth, as a reminder that Native America is diverse and alive. We offer ourselves as a conduit for the songs, in order to share and educate others in the nature way. Striving to maintain integrity throughout, always with the deepest respect, our intention is to preserve each song’s unique message and sound, so the songs will not be forgotten and we might be reminded of the healing magic that binds all living things together. With Neena McNair, Susanne Swallow, Dianna Suarez, Jane Baylis-Garcia, Anno Nakai, and Teresita Callen.

11:45-12:00pm: Les Hall
Les Hall

Les Hall is a member of the Mountain Maidu Tribe and former board member of the Maidu Summit Consortium. He will be speaking about indigenous land stewardship. 




12:00-12:15pm: Reinette Senum
reinetteIn 1994 Reinette Senum would become the first woman to cross Alaska alone. It would be during this isolated winter solo trek, filmed by Reinette for National Geographic, that she would learn, of all things, the power of community. Ultimately, lessons learned along the trail would become the catalyst for Reinette’s community work later in life.For the last dozen years Reinette’s focus has been on building her hometown, Nevada City, California, as a more resilient community through creative and unconventional means.  Through risk assessment, public outreach, and a daily hands-on approach, Reinette has been on the forefront of curating Nevada City towards a more sustainable and connected future.



12:15-12:30pm: Rachel Linden
Rachel Linden is the Executive Director of the non-profit, Green Lifestyles Network (GLN). Green Lifestyles Network connects people around the world through stories of sustainable living. A peace-based media organization, GLN focuses on advocacy and opportunities for individuals, businesses, corporations and NGOs to become part of greener solutions via media that inspires, educates, and challenges people to take action in their lives and in the world around them. In addition, Rachel is an organic micro farmer, amateur herbalist, community advocate and extreme salad wizard. She believes in the capacity of unity for good, that knowledge is power and in nature’s ability to heal. She appreciates warm weather, good food, clever humor and a well-designed shoe. She likes pretty things, nice words, under dogs and grand ventures. Her hope is in the conductivity of kindness and the resilience of the planet. She offers a collaborative approach for the many harmonious manifestations of peace, happiness and health.



12:30-12:45pm: Eah

eahErika “Eah” Herren is a passionate composer and performer. She is also an active recording artist and music teacher. Her primary focus is the Celtic folk harp, though she also sings, while playing the piano and guitar. She has been performing since 1997, at a wide range of events, both solo and in various groups. Eah’s music spans across many genres, from classical to soulful jazz, funk to global-folk-fusion. She especially revels in taking her audience on a journey of epic-landscape-rock, with her band Amerus. Eah is based in Northern California. Being a dual-citizen of Sweden, she has lived abroad for many years. Her music is greatly inspired by her travels. She loves to sing in Swedish, while sharing the rich musical heritage of her mother’s homeland. Visit www.harpsofherren.com





12:45-1:00pm: Poyom Riles

Poyom Riles is a professional engineer specializing in hydrology, open channel hydraulics/hydrodynamics, channel stability and sediment transport. He has experience in river restoration, stormwater management, LID, and sustainable design.




1:00-1:30pm: Angelina Cook

Angelina Cook is a Watershed Advocate working to accelerate restoration of Mount Shasta’s volcanic ecosystems. She is also a climate Program Coordinator at Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, a Campaign Director at McCloud Watershed Council, a former Instructor at College of the Siskiyous. She studied Climate Change and Renewable Energy at Monterey Institute of International Studies. 



1:30-1:45pm: Lewis Elbinger
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Lewis Elbinger is a career diplomat and Mount Shasta resident, and was a Green Party candidate for the 1st District US Congressional seat. He promoted Eco-tourism incentives and protecting our food and water supplies and believes in building bridges between left and right.




1:45-2:00pm: Eah

See above! Join Eah for a second set! 

2:00-2:15pm: Dianna Suarez

2:15-2:30pm: Barbara Daly

Barbara has lived in the Delta since 1991. She began attending North Delta CARES meetings held at the Clarksburg Community Church in 2009 and started organizing North Delta CARES meetings in 2013. As an important addition to North Delta CARES meetings, she has had representatives of various water solution alternatives outside of the CA WaterFix.




2:30-3:00pm: Jenn Rogar

Jenn Rogar began as a topical songwriter in the tradition of Buffy Sainte Marie, Woody Guthrie, Holly Near, Dianne Patterson, Joanne Rand, Alice DiMicile, Sarah Vaughn, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Bob Dylan, Kate Wolf, Phil Ochs and Joan Baez. In the tradition of those folks, Jenn believes that it is not enough to just write and sing songs about the injustice in the world, but to lend your voice and body to those causes which support human rights.


3:00-3:15pm: Austin Bennet

3:15-3:30pm: Bob Saunders
Bob Saunders is an activist, organizer and planner who has been involved with many civil rights, social justice and human rights causes, including Occupy Sacramento, Crunch Nestle’ Alliance, The Anti-Monsanto Project, the Anti-Police Brutality Movement, the Family Rights/Children’s Rights Movement, the Court Reform movement, Reforming Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Movement, the Homeless Rights movement, among others.  He works with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and volunteers as a Legal Observer and on the Board of several different organizations. Additionally, Bob has a background in the non-profit industry working as a fundraiser, campaign organizer and manager, event manager, and as a communications manager.   He has many years of experience in event organization, planning and management, team building and team leading, logistics, lobbying, public relations, writing press releases, conducting media interviews, and writing and research.  Bob strongly believes in and practices the theory of, “Chop Wood, Carry Water.”


3:30-4:00pmDove Mosis- & Maiden Space, Hip Hop Medicine


4:00-4:30pm: Kevin Danaher

kevin-headshot-1Dr. Kevin Danaher is a Co-Founder of Global Exchange, FairTradeUSA, the Green Festivals, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, and the Green Guardians. He has played a major role in Global Exchange’s 30-year record of merging social enterprise with human rights activism. His 1983 PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz was based on his dissertation, The Political Economy of U.S. Policy Toward South Africa, which allowed him to synergize his academic work and his international activism in the anti-apartheid movement. He has travelled widely in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, China, Europe and most U.S. states. He is the author or editor of 13 books on the global political-economy, including his two latest“The Green Festival Reader: Fresh Ideas from Agents of Change”; and “Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots”. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, and he has spoken at colleges and community organizations in 47 states and many foreign countries. Described by The New York Times as the “Paul Revere of globalization’s woes,” Dr. Danaher’s analytical expertise, sense of humor and blunt eloquence make him an exceptionally dynamic speaker.


4:30-4:45pm: Angela Laws

4:45-5:00pm: Stacy Ruehl

stacy-r.-Stacy Ruehl has over twenty years of cultivation experience, from commercial vegetable & flower nursery to large warehouse cannabis grows.  Enhancing her knowledge & expertise she has become a UC Master Gardener and a Certified Permaculture Designer.  Fueled by her passion for regenerative agriculture, helping, teaching, and continuous improvement Stacy started Fleurish Advisors, a permaculture consulting company that specializes in edible landscaping & cannabis cultivation. 



5:00-5:15pm: Joanie Blaxter

5:15-5:30pm: Jose Munoz

See above for information about Jose! 

5:30-6:00pm: James Israel



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