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If you're looking for information about our 2012 Summer Action Camp, please go here. This page is about a past camp.
Mountain Justice Training Camp:
Kicking Off a Summer of Resistance
May 20th - 27th at the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center in East Tennessee
Come kick off a summer of resistance at the third MJ training camp. Join us for a week of
workshops, trainings, skill-sharing, strategizing, field trips, films, mountain music,
dancing and more. Come see mountaintop removal first hand and meet community members
affected by it.
This year's camp will be at the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, a beautiful land trust
in the mountains of east Tennessee less than an hour north of Knoxville. Narrow Ridge has
natural, solar-powered buildings (coal-free camp!) and is bordered by a large wilderness
area. Check out their web site: www.narrowridge.org.
With an emphasis on education, strategy, non-violence and cultural sensitivity the MJ
training camp will provide participants with comprehensive workshops covering the impacts
and politics behind mountain top removal mining and the hands-on tactical training to
take to the mountains and do something about it. Take this opportunity to share
strategies and build relationships that will create an even stronger network of allies
and coalitions organizing resistance to MTR this summer and beyond!
Help us put on a rockiní camp - knowing approximately how many
participants are coming is going to help us in doing that. We've
got to know how many mouths to feed! Please
take a minute or two to fill out the registration form and
download the flier to give to all your friends.
Folks will be asked to contribute $50 - $200 at the registration table upon arrival
though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Food for the week will be provided
and camping is free. Indoor rooms are available for an extra fee.
Mountain Top Removal is no joke. This is an important time in a very serious campaign.
Although we often joke that we will "win" because we have more fun (and we will!) many
fruits will be born of our hard labor, our ability to focus, and our tendency to come
together as community to get things done. Please know that as we hope there will be much
music/merry making and you will be fed for the duration of the camp, opportunities to
learn and share skills will be abundant and we expect each participant to be just that
- a participant, with an emphasis on fully participating in workshops, discussions, and
at least two community volunteer shifts (kitchen, clean up, etc.). We rock because we
work and play together.
Drug and Alcohol Policy:
Following is the drug and alcohol policy of our hosts. We have
adopted it and have formed a volunteer crew to help facilitate it's success (i.e. ask
folks to leave if need be). If you are interested in being a part of this working group
you may volunteer at the morning circle on the first day of camp.
This is the deal:
Alcohol isnít permitted in common areas of the camp grounds. Responsible use of alcohol at your own campsite
or in the camping area is allowed, however, if you are noticeably Drunk or Intoxicated
this will not be tolerated and you may be asked to leave the site for the duration of
the camp depending on the gravity of the situation. Illegal drugs/drug use are also not
permitted on the property of our hosts. Thanks for respecting our hosts and helping to
make this an awesome, productive week.
In addition, our hosts have requested that any knives that that cannot fit in your pocket
be turned in and will be returned at the end of camp (we know they're tools, but they
don't always look that way and it is important that our hosts maintain their great
relationships with their neighbors).
WORKSHOPS WILL INCLUCE:
With questions/suggestions regarding workshops or if you would like to lead
a workshop, contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org
with "MJ camp" in subject line somewhere please.
- MTR 101
- non-violent civil disobedience
- community organizing
- water testing
- coalfield citizens panel
- mountain music
- cultural sensitivity
- outdoor skills
- environmental law
- coalfield safety
- conflict resolution
- campus organizing
- shadow puppet theater
- security culture
- active listening
- and much more!