Schedule

Resist in the Wayne!

Appalachia Resist! Action Camp

May 19-22, 2017

Friday May 19th

4pm

Arrival, camp set-up, mill about, feel shy, say hi to old friends, meet new people!

6pm

Dinner

7pm

Welcome!

Friday Evening Panel: Lessons Learned from Long-Term Encampments and Blockades, Featuring long term organizers from past and continuing direct action campaigns, including the fight against I69, the Zad, #NoDapl, and Forest Defense. What strategic lessons can be learned as our communities envision encampments and blockades going forward?

 

Saturday May 20th

8am

Breakfast

9am

Morning Orientation

Discuss Saturday’s schedule, important announcements, you won’t want to miss this!

10-11:30am – Workshop Bloc One

Microaggressions 101: Queerly Challenging Discrimination and Privilege in Everyday Life, with Delfin. Join us to learn how our everyday individual interactions can communicate discrimination or bias unconsciously. We will discuss microaggressions related to race, gender, sexuality, and other systems of privilege as well as explore resilience and ways to counter microaggressions.

 

Eco-elitism in the U.S.: The Performance of Privilege Through Environmentalism, with Joshelyn.

What is environmental racism? How have mainstream environmentalist movements been framed and marketed to exclude people of color? In this workshop, participants will examine how mainstream green movements have reinforced classism, racism, and other spectrums of privilege. Participants will receive a crash course in the history of environmental racism in the U.S. and learn about key stakeholders today. Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with others and explore their positionality as well as how they have been affected by environmental injustices.  Finally, participants will leave with the tools to be able to acknowledge their particular set of privileges and transform into action and cross-movement solidarity. Those interested in developing best practices around applying an anti-racist lens on environmentalism are encouraged to attend.

 

11:30-12:30pm

Lunch

12:30-2pm – Workshop Bloc Two

Intro to Strategic Direct Action, Part 1, with Madeline and Widdow. This workshop is welcoming to folks from all organizing backgrounds and levels of experience, but is most geared towards introducing strategic direct action to new participants. If you are new to strategic direct action, curious, unsure, this is the workshop for you!  If you are an old hand, experienced perspectives are also welcome! A workshop goal is to demystify basic dynamics, anatomy, and principles of some direct action strategies, and most of all to share basic skills so that participants leave the workshop feeling confident planning their own actions! Focus of training: action planning, strategy of diversity of tactics, (not) dealing with the police in action scenarios, consensus decision making within an action. Highly interactive and hands on!

Note: Please plan to come to both sections of this training. The skills build upon each other and culminate in a mock action at the end of the second workshop section.

Intro to Blockades, Part 1, Come learn about different kinds of blockades, when they might be strategic, and how to make them.  A hands-on and welcoming learning environment for folks building blockades for the first time.

Note: please plan to come to both sections of this training. It’s really one long training that attempts to give participants time to learn to build a blockade together.

Intro to Climbing, Come learn your knots and how to go up a tree and come down safely! A great place to start learning this skill from supportive and skilled people.

 

Plant Walk, with Norah. Take a walk in the woods and learn to identify plants! Restorative! Useful! Fun!

2:15-3:45pm – Workshop Bloc Three

Intro to Strategic Direct Action, Part 2

 

Intro to Blockades, Part 2

Intro to Climbing

 

Plant Walk

4-5pm

Caucus Time

5-6pm

Art Making

6pm

Dinner

7-8:30pm

Saturday Evening Panel: Toward Collective Liberation: Cross-Movement Solidarity, with Cindy, Michael, and Peggy, moderated by Jolana.  As Audre Lourde said, “We don’t live single issue lives”.  This panel will feature organizers who work across a variety of struggles and communities. Panelists will discuss mutual aid self care, what it means to utilize a diversity of tactics, and what real solidarity can look like.

8:30-???

Campfire, music, hanging out, making friends, making art, talking about your feelings, sleeping. The world is your oyster!

Sunday May 21st

Note: On Sunday, there will be a 6-hour medic affinity group training offered, from 10 AM – 4:30 PM.  Please check in at the medic area to ask more about this training and to register for it.

8am

Breakfast

9am

Morning Orientation

Discuss Saturday’s schedule, important announcements

10-11:30am – Workshop Bloc One

Legal Observer Training, with Ashley. Receive training from the National Lawyer’s Guild on how to be a professional witness to protests and uprisings. As a legal observer, you will be able to help hold law enforcement, politicians, and civilians accountable in how they interact with grassroots activists and instances of civil disobedience.

How to Have a Good Meeting (aka Facilitation Training), with Crissa. The secret to having productive meetings can be found in the magic of facilitation. This workshop will go over the secrets of good facilitation and touch on how to structure meetings to maximize equal participation. We will also briefly go over the consensus decision-making process.

Security Culture Basics, with the Earth First! Roadshow: “Security culture” is a set of customs shared by a community whose members may be targeted by state or private powerholders, designed to minimize risk. Learn more about what this means, when, how, and why it is a necessity for effective organizing. when and why we use it, and how to strive towards derailing and avoiding state and corporate surveillance. A necessity for effective organizing.

11:30-12:30pm

Lunch

12:30-2:00pm – Workshop Bloc Two

Environmental Justice Panel, with Teresa Mills of Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Felicia Mettler from TorchCanDo, and Jill Hunkler from Keep Wayne Wild.  Hear from local and regional grassroots organizers who have responded to living in communities heavily impacted by environmental injustice by organizing their neighbors and communities to resist the oil and gas industry.

 

Public Lands? Stolen Lands! Approaching Land Defense with an Anti-Colonial Stance

Any discussion of land defense on this continent is inherently linked to a discussion of colonization and ongoing struggles for indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. The Bureau of Land Management in Ohio is currently leasing off “public lands” for fracking and oil and gas development.  But “public lands” are stolen lands.  What does the fight for the Wayne look like knowing that the concept of “national forest” is colonial?  How can settler land defenders not continue colonial harm and not repeat colonial logic and messages in their campaigns?  What does it look like to work in practical solidarity with existing fights for indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice? This is a facilitated ongoing discussion with a focus on practical action, not academic debate..

2:15-3:45pm – Workshop Bloc Three

Accomplices, Not Allies: Revolutionary Solidarity. Too often, the concept of “ally” becomes a passive badge that reinforces rigid identity roles, and creates a strict division between who is “helping” and who “needs help”. Yet any serious critique of “ally politics” must also be a bold confrontation against racism, colonization, gender violence and white supremacy.  How can we step up the concept of “solidarity” — not merely in name but unfailingly in practice, whether on the streets or elsewhere. Everywhere. We need to have each other’s backs. The Workshop will discuss practical ways in which those of us fighting for justice can respect and uplift a diversity of tactics, understand the difference between “charity” and “solidarity”, and work together towards collective liberation, even across lines of disagreement.

Anti-Pipeline Strategy Discussion. Hear from folks currently resisting the Mariner East Pipeline and Enbridge Line 5. As Ohio organizers gear up to fight the Nexus Pipeline, the Utopia Pipeline, and the Rover Pipeline, organizers from existing pipeline resistance camps share strategy and stories.

4-5pm

Caucus Time

5-6pm

Art Making

6pm

Dinner

 

Making art, campfire, music, hanging out, fruitful arguments, laughing, going to bed early because Monday is a big day!