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Update On Womyn and Trans Action Camp

An update on how the Womyn and Trans action Camp outside of Eugene,Oregon turned out.
Womyn and Trans Action Camp Update


The Womyn and Trans Action Camp from March 30th - April 4rth was an all around success! The camp was held in a beautiful area within the Willamette National Forest. Three Hundred year old Douglas firs lay less than a quarter mile from where the majority of discussions and workshops took place.
The camp was made up of about sixty people coming in and out throughout the week. There were a lot of opportunities for people to get to know each other more closely, and I feel like people did an excellent job being aware of 'clickishness' that can sometimes be troublesome at large gatherings.
The atmosphere of the camp was very relaxed, despite some very intense discussions and workshops. These included discussions about sexual assault, the state of destruction in the national forest and racism in the movement. Workshops on yoga, acrobatics and dancing helped to keep people energized and focused during the long days.
Highlights included an awesome self-defense and self-empowerment workshop (followed up throughout the week by several sessions with punching pads). There was a visit from a lawyer who knows a great deal about the ins and outs of direct action from a legal standpoint who also gave an excellent breakdown of the patriot act. And also a visit from members of an organization who does incredible work supporting survivors of sexual assault in Portland called the Hysteria Collective.
The camp also marked the kick off of a fulltime Womyn and Trans occupation in the Willamette National Forest. Many climbing (as well as other woods) skills were shared and we hope to see a lot of people from the camp back this summer.
It was an amazing group of people and I hope that conversations, connections and projects that were started this last week will continue throughout the summer and our lives. Thank you to every one who had any level of involvement in creating that important space.

Let's Make it Happen Through the Summer!

If you have any questions about the full time Womyn and Trans action or want information about the larger Cascadia Forest Defenders campaign please do not hesitate to contact us at 541-684-8977 or email  forestdefenders@riseup.net

homepage: homepage: http://www.forestdefenders.org
phone: phone: 541 684 8977
address: address: PO Box 11122 Eugene, OR 97401

Build a womyn's political party 08.Apr.2004 11:22

fed up

Priorities...priorities...prioritiess! These camps are typical middle class womEn's havens. More socializing, more regurgitating of what everyone already knows: we are being crushed again under the right wing boot of the Patriarchy. Under the Patriotic Act all activists are going to be criminalized and womyn and children will bear the brunt of the oppression. And we will still go to fun camps to have tea and cry on each others' shoulders about the fate of womyn under the patriarchy and capitalism.
Instead of studying seriously on how to make headways into the state in order to gain the womyn's vote and in order to bring about a major onslaught on Patriarchy in every institution and in every home. Without a womyn's political/activist party to educate and to attack prostitution and wage-slavery as bi-products of capitalist oppression, without a womyn's party to put an end to the corporate control of governments, without a womyn's party to put a stop to military spending and to channel those funds for health and welfare of the population, etc., etc., THERE IS NO HOPE AT ALL FOR WOMYN. The womyn's movement has not really advanced for the last fifty years. A small shift in womyn's sexual liberation has been co-opted and has put more womEn on their knees once again to serve male domination in the bedroom. Most CEO womEn are on their knees as well-if not, they are called to do men's dirty work more efficiently.
ANd...All womyn activists know how little was achieved. All womyn activist know that womyn have no real voice in governments yet they just shove this thought under the dusty rugs of their mind during yoga meditation.
Is is fear of male violence? Is it middle-class alienation? What the hell is it that makes womyn activists unable to impose themselves and gain some inroads in the channels of power. Is it a lack of creative imagination - deadened by years of t.v.? Surely we have the numbers; surely we have the issues; surely we have brains...for the sake of this planet's survival, we need to take power not beg for crumbs off the table of the ruthless Patriarchs.

Blah, Blah, Blah 19.Apr.2004 12:50

Blah

You are discrediting some of the struggles and fights that have been the center of many women's lives. Steps have been made and lives have been taken in these battles. Respect that.


The camp was great. Networking, education and skill building will be the foundation of the revolution.

you folks are out of your mind! 28.Apr.2004 17:57

anonymous

>What the hell is it that makes womyn activists unable to impose themselves and gain some inroads in the channels of power<

I guess when you say "activist" you mean women who are unable or unwilling to work within the system. Because let me tell you somethething, 'womyn', 'women' are the ones running the establishment! Open your eyes, and take a look; look in the HR offices of every major corporation in America.. what will you see? Women. Look in the office of every government, local, state, fed.... women everywhere, women governors, managers, National security advisors. If you go to get a job anywhere in America, the chances are that you will have to be hired by a women. So if you can't keep your own sisters in line, don't blame past history/men!!!

>A small shift in womyn's sexual liberation has been co-opted and has put more womEn on their knees once again to serve male domination in the bedroom. Most CEO womEn are on their knees as well-if not, they are called to do men's dirty work more efficiently. <

it just couldn't be more clear that your group is fueled by sexual frustration of some sort. If you've been abused or something, I sympathize, but that is not the basis of a larger "movement", it's just another unfortunate crime. Or if you just don't like submitting to men in the bedroom, fine--who cares!! You will end up "submitting" to another woman--or having another woman submit to you! The vast majority of women actually enjoy submitting to men (and of course, being in control also). Real liberals want to keep the government OUT of the bedroom... you seem to need to use the bedroom as an analogy for everything; Go back and read Don Quixote... you are tilting at windmils!!