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Women's/ Trans Action Camp, June 27th-July 2nd! Cascadia Summer

Calling all people born and raised as women - or identifying as women - to get back to their ecological roots and come into their political power. The world's ecology - our ultimate community - is being cut down. We will teach you the skills that helped save Eagle Creek, and we invite you to bring causes, skills, and passions of your own. Call us for more information. (503)241-4879

Women's/Trans Action Camp:
Come and Rock the Forest

From June 27th to July 2nd people identifying as women, or people who were raised to be women (but who have declined to accept an identity that does not reflect their true personalities) are invited to an action camp in the Mount Hood National Forest. The purpose in gathering would be to share the skills of forest defense, living off the land, coming into power, and holding space for other
people to come into their own. If you have skills in any of these areas, we invite you to come share them. If not, we urge you to come with your questions, ideas, and stories. It is our position that these are deeply important.

In the spirit of Judi Bari, and mother earth, we call all those who identify as women, or were raised as women, to come and join us. Women have been known as property recently enough to know how it feels to have their attempts to make a better world cut down without regret. We see a similar objectification occurring to the forest.
As soon as we finish solidifying the schedule, we will post it and directions to the camp, at www.cascadiasummer.org and www.cascadiaforestalliance.org. In the meantime, we welcome all, regardless of gender, to call in with questions, or to ask us how you can help.

Workshops may include medic training, radio technology, primitive living skills, nonviolence/civil disobedience, legal rights, erotic consent, assertiveness, and self-defense.

"Bear" and "Cub" are two halves of a single timber sale planning area. This summer, 237 acres are set to be cut, by Freres Lumber and Avison Timber. 206 acres will have all but five trees per acre sliced down. The rest will be thinned, and sprayed with fertilizer. It is estimated that the sale units contain 8.3 million board feet of lumber.

They also contain critical habitat for the spotted owl, nesting sites for goshawks, peregrine falcon habitat, and the necessities of life for a web of species whose relation to each other is still unknown. 185,000 Oregonians drink the water downstream from these proposed cuts. Forests filter water. That is why we are not going to let these sales go down. We prefer our forests independent and uncut. That way, they stay a genetic library of ways to adjust and thrive. They develop no dependencies on chemicals, gasoline, or humans.

Timber sales sap $1.3 billion from the taxpayers' pockets each year. With this money, we could pay every person who works in the industry at least a living wage to safeguard the oldest life insurance policy we have- the web of life that sustains us!

DIRECTIONS TO THE TWAC (Trans/Women's Action Camp)

From Interstate 5 at Salem, take exit 253 and head east toward Stayton/Detroit on Hwy 22. After crossing the Detroit bridge, turn left on Hwy 46 at the only gas station in Detroit and head north for about 19.3 miles, total.

More details about the trip: About 10 miles into the drive up 46, you'll pass Cleator Bend Campground, and immediately afterwards the entrance to Breitenbush Hot Springs on your right. About five miles from that place the road will leave the side of the Breitenbush River and begin going up a long hill. You'll come close to large powerlines twice, once before you leave the Willamette National Forest, and once at the border between the Wilamette and the Mt. Hood National Forests. The sign for the Mt. Hood will be on your right. At that sign, begin counting miles on your odometer. In two miles, you'll be at the turnoff. You'll pass one left hand turn (FS 6350) and one on the right. The next left (FS 330) can sneak up on you, but that's the one you want. Keep your eyes peeled.

When you take that left, watch for large gravel piles on your left side. Pass the first two, and then stop and drop off gear at the third gravel pile - which will have a fire ring next to it as well as across the road from it, a great view from the top, and a welcome station on the other side of the road at the edge of the big trees. Welcome to unit 21b of Cub, and to the Trans/Women's Action Camp! You will be met with people and/or signs to guide you from here on out!


homepage: homepage: http://www.cascadiaforestalliance.org
phone: phone: (503) 241-4879
address: address: 1540 SE Clinton

An account of the TWAC 04.Jul.2003 21:44

A Cascadian

From June 27 through July 2, in the gorgeous Cub and Bear timber sales in the Mt. Hood national forest, we came together as a wonderfully diverse group for a week as a Trans and Womyn's action camp organized by Cascadia Forest Alliance in Portland. Held in the hopes of outreaching, building community, educating, sharing ideas, and building strength in traditionally marginalized communities we were an extremely diverse group of people learning from each other.

The action camp started off with about thirty people, ended with twenty and had almost forty five people there altogether living with each other in the woods that are imminently facing logging as I write this. We held skillshares, trainings, discussions, workshops and dialogues on a variety of issues affecting womyn, trans, and forest defense communities. The workshops included: self defense including empowering ourselves, Auyerveda, herbalism, and emergency first aid. There were continues climb trainings, as well as backwoods hygiene, nonviolent direct action, security culture, plant I.D. walks, and hikes through the timber sale units. Skillshares included what community and personal accountability mean, taking care of ourselves emotionally and physically, addressing patriarchy in the movement and our everyday interactions, how to be independent and self sustainable in the woods, natural birth control and alternatives to corporate menstrual products.

We came together for a week to share our experiences, to learn and to grow. To see what we can be doing to abolish all forms of oppression, including patriarchy and how that relates to the marginalization of communities, as well as the destruction of the world. I came away with a sense of empowerment and joy, with a feeling of being healed, a sense of strength and courage in my own power. Everyone I talked to who was there shared similar feeling. We rocked the woods, we are continuing to rock in ourselves and the way we are bringing about revolutionary change in the world.