South Florida will be hosting the upcoming 2013 Trans & Womyn’s Action Camp (TWAC) and we are reaching out for more hands, hearts and minds to unite with us for this week long event helping us organize an amazing, powerful and inclusive gathering!
TWAC is for folks who identify as female, trans-gender, trans-sexual, gender queer and gender variant. This is an intentional space to share direct action skills in a conscientious, supportive, empowering and encouraging environment for voices often marginalized. From the Dine’ women defending their native lands against destructive mining, to the eco-feminists defending forests from logging and developing; from the immigrant and trans women defending their lives from the prison industrial complex, to the mothers and midwifes defending their bodies and babies from the patriarchal medical establishment, women and trans folks have always been powerhouses of political action, and TWAC aims to support this in a safe(r) environment!
In the past TWAC has consisted of workshops, discussions, and trainings on topics like strategic campaigning, direct action, tree climbing, security culture, anti-racism and resisting white supremacy culture, trans 101, how to prevent burnout, theater of the oppressed, eco-feminism, plant walks and more (plus lots of beautiful, amazing and intelligent people and the affirmation of feminist and queer culture are part of the deal!).
After the days of training and bonding and nights of storytelling and talent sharing, at the end of the camp, participants typically develop a direct action and carry it out together in a powerful burst of feminist energy!
TWAC Florida will begin on April 3rd with a pre-camp protest in St. Augustine. We will be resisting the celebration & re-enactment planned for April 3rd! We are calling on TWAC attendees to join us in protest in St Augustine, which is 250-300 miles from where camp itself will be, so we understand many people will not be able to make it. Click here for details.
CAMP ITSELF WILL START ON APRIL 4th and carry on through the 9th. There will still be another action at the end of camp! if you cannot join us in St. Augustine, you are welcome to join camp set-up efforts before April 4th.
We are really exited to host TWAC 2013 and WE NEED YOU to help us make it an amazing experience for us all to share, enjoy and empower ourselves! TWAC is all about solidarity and the interconnectedness that binds the urgent struggles for all life on earth. Some of the campaigns and subjects that have been discussed as Florida’s possible focus (which YOU can help us shape) include Eco-defense, environmental racism, immigration, the private-prisons/deportation systems, and birth justice.
We are trying to find a site for the camp that would accommodate people who might not feel comfortable camping (i.e. has cabins or some alternative). We want to fundraise to provide travel stipends for folks with experience and knowledge on subjects of importance and urgency so that they may have a presence.
If you or anyone you know has interest in helping with the organizing for TWAC 2013 or would like to propose/host a workshop, presentation, discussion or skills-sharing please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org