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In 2012 Illahee examined several systems -- democracy, economy, education, health care, national defense -- that are resistant to criticism or change. We found that they are no longer just issues or complex problems to be solved, they’ve become commodities that are increasingly controlled by a small subset of society.

Who influences, controls, and owns other key aspects of our lives:  what we eat, the information we access, the environment, our own finances,  and our politicians? In short, who owns us? And what can we do about it?


Illahee 2013 Lecture Series

All lectures begin at 7pm at the First Congregational Church, 1123 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR



Raj Patel

Who Owns Our Food?
January 23, 2013

AWARD-WINNING author, activist, and food policy expert, Raj Patel has made the global food system his passion. After working for the World Bank and World Trade Organization, Patel became a harsh critic of their methods and protested against them around the world. His thoughts on food, hunger, and globalization have appeared in a number of US and international news sources including the LA Times, NY Times, and The Guardian. Read full bio.



Buck Parker
Who Owns Our Environment?
February 27, 2013

A NATIVE OREGONIAN, Vawter “Buck” Parker has worked with Earthjustice since 1980, first as a Litigation coordinator and then Executive Director (1997-2007). During his tenure as Executive Director, he greatly expanded Earthjustice's legislative and communications staffs and led the organization during the critical years of the administration of President George W. Bush. Read full bio.


John Stauber
Who Controls Our Media?
March 19, 2013


Founder of the Center for Media Democracy, John Stauber is an independent writer, organizer and activist.  He has co-authored six books including the best-sellers Toxic Sludge Is Good for You in 1995,  Trust Us We’re Experts in 2001 and a New York Times best-seller Weapons of Mass Deception in 2003.  In 1993 he founded the non-profit Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin to investigate and expose organized corporate and government propaganda, running it until retiring in 2009.  He lives in rural Wisconsin. Read full bio.


Catherine Austin Fitts
Who Owns Our Finances?
April 24, 2013

MANAGING MEMBER of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC, Catherine Austin Fitts is also publisher of the Solari Report. She served as Assistant Secretary of Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner in the first Bush Administration and managing director of Wall Street firm Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. Fitts has designed and closed over $25 billion of transactions and investments to-date and has led portfolio and investment strategy for $300 billion of financial assets and liabilities. Read full bio.

Jeffrey Clements
Who Owns Our Government?
May 8, 2013

AN ATTORNEY AND AUTHOR, Clements is the co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and self-government. Clements is the author of Corporations Are Not People (2012). Read full bio.



Venue Information:
All lectures will take place at the First Congregational Church
1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon




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