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Trans & Womyn's Action Camp Coming Soon!

The Trans and Womyn's Action Camp (TWAC) collective is excited to
announce the third annual campout in Cascadia July 27th - August
1st! Comprised of trans and womyn organizers from various chapters of
Rising Tide North America, TWAC aims to take space and create a safe(r)
six day action camp nestled deep within the beautiful forests of the Cascadia bio-region in the Pacific Northwest. Stemming from the larger environmental movement, TWAC was formed out of a need to make space for marginalized identities that otherwise may not be represented within the broader push for environmental justice, which often occurs at the compromise of social justice.
***** In the past TWAC has consisted of workshops and trainings on things
like strategic campaigning, non-violent direct action, tree climbing,
security culture, trans 101, botany, how to prevent burnout/mental health
and self-care, theatre of the oppressed and more (another make out
workshop perhaps? Yes, please, but only if you wanna)! The days were
filled with workshops, swimming, hiking and communally prepared meals
while the nights sang with beautiful conversation and story telling around
a campfire, reclaiming space making room for comradery, support, and
safety (enough for some consensually wild truth or dare).

***** Why does TWAC exist? Because being of a marginalized identity can be
dangerous and because this truth exists, TWAC exists. The camp aims to
seek an end to oppression of all varieties. TWAC keeps it real and sees
the intersections between the killing of the planet and the killing of
trans, womyn, and gender outlaws from all backgrounds and all experience
levels.

***** What would a world without patriarchy look like? However the fuck we
want to make it. For six days in the nourishing, lush green forests of
Cascadia come explore this possibility with us and bring what you can! As
we try to synthesis a world without patriarchy, we also try to synthesis a
world without capitalism and therefore this camp is entirely produced by
volunteer effort! It's not too late to get down with the get down and lend
your energy to making TWAC amazing for the third consecutive year!

***** Who is TWAC for? TWAC supports the deconstruction of patriarchy,
sexism, hetero-normativity, speciesism, and overall bullshit. That being
said, this camp has been created and maintained by and for *womyn, trans,
gender benders, blenders and fuckers. TWAC is a special place where people
of oppressed identities can teach one another, learn, share, connect and
heal together in a safe(r) space. While the camp is not meant for
cisgender men (folks who were born and socialized as male and identify as
male) there are plenty of outside support roles (fundraising, organizing a
parallel and completely separate cis-men camp in which you'd provide
anti-oppression workshops, trainings, etc.) that can be filled by allies.
Actively deconstructing male privilege for example, is one of them. It is
not the responsibility of people of marginalized identity to educate folks
with male privilege about allyship or identity politics, and therefore it
is up to cis men and allies to teach themselves. TWAC is one of few spaces
in general where trans people, womyn, and all gender variants alike are in
a safe(r) space to be whoever they are or want to be within this loving,
supporting, flourishing, and not to mention fun environment.

***** Because TWAC runs on little to no budget we are making an open call
to action to everyone who wishes to help us raise money to cover general
camp expenses (this can look like benefit shows, bake sales, secret cafes,
house parties, dance parties- anything, we encourage creativity!!!), or
help out with procuring food, camping supplies, and donations of all kinds
to make camp as fabulous as humynly possible.

Or donate monetarily online! If you are able to contribute to your
attendance, please do so! $0-100 would help TWAC immensely.
 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q2MPCPPEM5JBU

***** What we need for maximum camp fierceness: workshop trainers of all
types, SO much food (taking various dietary choices and allergies into
account- think vegetarian/vegan- contact us with questions, we want as
much communal food for everyone to enjoy as possible!), camping supplies
(see list below), climbing gear (for all lovely shapes and sizes of
bodies), discussion facilitators, medics, childcare volunteers, musicians,
poets, storytellers, performers of all persuasions, forest defenders,
warriors against patriarchy and industrial civilization, reproductive
freedom fighters, namely YOU!

***** Feel free to contact TWAC organizers at  twac@riseup.net about
anything and everything concerning this year's Trans and Womyn's Action
Camp, we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in the forest!

Personal things to bring
• tent/tarp
• sleeping bag
• hammocks
• food & water
• water filter (optional)
• toilet paper
• adequate clothing for hot days, cold nights, rain, etc.
• your own bowl, cup, utensils, etc.
• flashlight/headlamp & extra batteries
• sunscreen and bug repellent if you use it
• swimsuit & towel (if you want... )
• musical instruments
• your knowledge, wisdom, and skills
• your friends!

Communal items (to share or donate):

• tools (like shovels for digging shitters and hatchets/axes/saws for
cutting up fire wood)
• food and water (a communal kitchen will form)
• kitchen gear (large pots, pans, water containers, etc.)
• extra tents, easy-ups, etc. (the larger the better)
• tarps and rope
• hammocks
• climbing gear (harnesses, ropes—for all bodies!)
• First Aid gear!
• arts and crafts supplies (for kids—big and small!)
• local plant and animal identification guides, etc.
• your knowledge, wisdom, and skills
• lit/other distro materials for the table

Things NOT to bring:

• firearms and other weapons (there's a difference between a TOOL and a
WEAPON)
• parasitic or predatory humyn beings
• a bad attitude (including racism, sexism, classism, hetero-normativity,
homophobia, speciesism, ageism, ableism, etc.)
• cops and/or feds

*because learning ally ship and unlearning gender privilege is a constant
process, the Trans and Womyn's Action Camp has provided a list of words
you might hear around camp: please visit our website,
 http://twac.wordpress.com/terminology/

<3 xo,
TWAC Collective 2011