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 firstname.lastname@example.org