[dc-critmass-list] Fwd: Earth First! Summer Rondezvous July 3-10 in
olivetrii at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 09:40:51 PDT 2006
If anyone is interested in ridesharing or caravaning to the Rondezvous
withfolks from the DC area, contact me! ~~~ Ethan at olivetrii(AT)gmail.com
Hey ya'll! Just a reminder that the 26th annual
Earth First! Round River Rondevous is
coming up this July 3-10 in the Jefferson National Forest in
Having visited the campsite last week, I can tell ya'll that it's
lots of opportunities for hikin' mountains and swimmin' under waterfalls when
you're not busy sharing skills and planning direct actions and howling
fire with old and new friends! We would love to have all of you come
by and hang out.
In particular if anyone is interested in doing workshops there are
plenty of open
slots for folks. This years Rondevous is going to have a strong focus
mountain-top removal (MTR) coal-mining and climate change. We'll be sending out
directions soon. Check for directions and the rideboard at
Here's the full spiel:
What's going on at the Rondy?
We've got a jam packed week of workshops, skillshares, hiking,
swimming, and howlin'
around the fire in store for you. This year's Rendezvous will be held
in the coal
bearing mountains that straddle the Kentucky-Virginia border. That's
right, we'll be
camping in King Coal's backyard. We figured you gotta stay close to
your enemy. Don't
worry we're not going to make you camp in an abandoned strip mine,
there is still
plenty of beautiful untouched wilderness in these parts. With that
said, we really are
hoping to use this Rendezvous to turn up the heat on the coal companies tearing
apart our mountains.
We're planning mine site tours so that you can see first hand what King Coal is
doing to our land. We'll also be having lots of locals stopping by to
tell you their
stories of the terror they live in under the wrath of coal companies,
as well as their
resistance to them.
We're also hoping to keep the momentum going on new projects that were
this winter's organizers conference. We will be bringing in folks from
as well as, we hope, other parts of the world to continue to foster
network of Earth Firsters!. If you know ecological activists from
that would be interested in attending, throw a fundraiser, and get
them over hear.
KEF! is also in need of funds to make sure the international component
of Earth First!
This Rendezvous will also be the location of the second meeting of the
Climate Caucus which was born in the swamps of south Florida at the
winter OC. For
those of you interested in organizing a kick ass direct action campaign against
climate change, this is the place to be.
There of course will be the usual milieu of workshops this summer.
While we're not
going to promise you anything as controversial (or interactive) as the
Club workshop, we do have quite a few engaging presentations for you.
Some of the
workshops to be held are: stealth and evasion, edible and medicinal
plant walks, fighting
Plan Puebla Panama, Deep Ecology, I-69, hunt sabbing, sexism in the
repression and prisoner support, primitive living skills, history of
Appalachia, among countless others. If you are interested in doing a
get in touch with us!
We're also planning plenty of fun and games, including bioregional
Earth First! raffle, the Warrior Poets Society Night to Howl, a square
dance, and of
course the annual Earth First! rally, with rockin' musicians, fiery
speakers, and a
whole lot of fun. We also invite you to stick around for a while to
help us kick
King Coal's ass!
We are planning to have Child Care and activities, so bring your youngens.
What To Bring:
* an open mind
* whatever camping gear you feel you'd want
* food- We encourage you to bring your own food and gear to cook with
* rain gear
* sweatshirt or jacket (it can still get a little chilly at night)
* cooking gear
* cups, plates, bowls, silverware, etc.
* some sort of personal water purification system (iodine tablets,
* insect repellant, if that's your thing (but please keep in mind any
toxins you bring in will likely end up in the ecosystem you're staying in)
* non-detergent soap
* an affinity group if you have one cos we're planning some fun for ya'll!
The organizers of this year's RRR are trying to make the Rendezvous a safe
space--that is, we want to create a space as free from oppression as
everybody feels comfortable. To make this happen, sexist remarks or
behavior will not be
tolerated. The same goes for incidences of racism, homophobia,
transphobia and sexual
assault. Basically, while you're enjoying life in beautiful southern
please keep in mind how your behavior could have an impact on others.
There will also be
a conflict resolution team on hand to deal with these issues and
others. They will
be identified at the first morning circle.
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