Although there are a growing number of resources for communities on how to facilitate accountability processes, and many resources for survivors on how to heal, there is an absence of literature for or by perpetrators on what it means to be accountable. Yet the vision of transforming a violence-based society is incomplete without the voices and experiences of those who have committed violence, and how they have personally transformed. A collective discussion of personal accountability would benefit not just perpetrators participating in formal accountability processes, but anyone who has committed harm of any kind. What does it mean to be accountable to those we have harmed, and to our communities? What does justice mean? How does someone who has committed harm learn to change their behavior? Do perpetrators need to heal?
Birth Justice is a mother’s and parent’s right to ensure our and our baby’s well-being; it intersects with all aspects of our lives- social, political, economic, emotional, and spiritual. Birth Justice recognizes that all peoples can birth and be parents; People of color, immigrant peoples, and LGQBT communities in particular have survived a history of trauma and oppression around our decisions to have and not have babies. Birth Justice includes access to health care during the childbearing year that is holistic, humanistic, and culturally centered. This health care is across the pregnancy spectrum including: abortion, miscarriage, prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Birth Justice includes the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy, to choose when, where how, and with whom to birth, including access to traditional and indigenous healers, such as midwives and other birthworkers, and the right to breastfeeding support. We know that when we, mothers and parents, are empowered, our community is transformed. Presented by Anjali & Abigayl of Mobile Midwife
Modern-day eugenics and the U.S. anti-immigrant movement
In this workshop we will explore the history of U.S. anti-immigrant sentiment, its influence on the environmental and other movements, and population control methods including forced sterilization. Presented by Lauren Taylor.
Viva Florida 500
April 3rd ,2013 is the 500th anniversary of the landing of Ponce De Leon in the occupied territory currently known as Florida. This was the beginning of European colonization, bloodshed, and genocide of the indigenous peoples of the land now known as the United States. As Bobbie Billie, Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples, says: “Juan Ponce de Leon and Pedro Menendez de Aviles committed violent war crimes against humanity: acts of violence, cruelty, trickery and the stealing and raping of women, and massacring of innocent Aboriginal Indigenous human beings of their own Lands. Their war crimes against humanity must be brought to justice through the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Court of Justice.” Disgustingly, the State of Florida is celebrating these war criminals as part of their celebration Viva Florida 500. Presented by TWAC Organizers
Tar Sands Blockade
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of affected Texas and Oklahoma residents and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We intend to force the termination of this dangerous pipeline. It isn’t going to be easy, but inaction is far more risky than taking a stand. Together we can create a more clean and livable world that works for everyone, regardless of their background.
Immigration 101: Know Your Rights and Beyond
In this workshop, you will learn basic rights that are used to protect all citizens, regardless of legal status. These skills will be shown in a replicable manner so that you may take this to your communities and duplicate. Participants will also learn about immigration reform and the campaign that is underway to win an inclusive and comprehensive package for all. Activities and visuals will be used to engage in this dense conversation. Presented by Grey Torrico, detention and enforcement organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and Project Coordinator of the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project
True Cost of Coal
The Beehive Collective uses giant, portable murals to deconstruct issues as far-reaching as globalization, climate change, colonization and resource extraction. We strive to provoke discussion, raise hard questions, and share hopeful stories about the small-scale changes and actions we can undertake to build a better world. With a gigantic portable mural teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most bio-diverse temperate forest on the planet, the Bees will share (and seek) stories of how coal mining and Mountaintop Removal affect communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia and beyond. Presented by Beatriz and Christine of the Beehive Collective
Solidarity Organizing in the East End of Houston
Many communities that are most affected by the extraction industry are marginalized communities of color. Because of societal dynamics and lack of access to information and resources many of these communities do not have the tools and skills required to effectively organize against the industry which is dependent on environmental racism and classism. This workshop will focus on organizers experiences in the largely Latin@ community of Manchester in Houston’s toxic East End which is surrounded by the petrochemical industry and is forced to breathe the cancerous emissions from tar sands refining. This workshop will be visually heavy with photos and examples of media and resources created by organizers as well as a 15 minute film presentation and Q&A session. You will learn how to take steps to mentally, physically, and emotionally prepare yourself for some of the most difficult and intense work that is required to confront the extraction industry head on all while empowering people and amplifying their voices to help shape a sustainable community of resistance. Presented by Rue of Tar Sands Blockade and Finger Lakes Earth First!
Briger Forest & Scripps Biotechnology Institute
The Briger Forest, 680+ acre forest in South Florida is on the verge of being cleared and replaced by more alienating sprawl and the animal torturing biotech industry! Everglades Earth First! has been working to save this forest since 2008. Presented by Everglades Earth First! and Save the Briger Forest
Recognizing Privilege & Exclusion in our own Movements and Communities
How do our own movements replicate elements of the oppressive, dominant culture? How do we exclude and repel people by our own doings? How do racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, classism, and other -isms play out within our own movements? We will look at privilege, messaging, culture, and structures of power. Presented by Mo of Seed305 & the TWAC Organizers
Trans Oral History Project
The Trans Oral History Project is a collaborative community-based media project. Our mission is to promote a diversity of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities by supporting members of our community who wish to share their stories. We accomplish this through by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting people’s experiences, and teaching media production skills. Presented by Andre of the Trans Oral History Project.
Transgender Gender-variant Intersex Justice Project
TGIJP is a group of transgender people—inside and outside of prison—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice. Presented by Grace & Tanesh of TGIJP
We will determine what caucus groups we will break into at camp. Here is some information about the concept of caucusing.
Here is one explanation of race-based caucusing from http://www.crossroadsantiracism.org:
Identity caucusing is one strategy we use to confront the effects of internalized racist oppression and internalized racist superiority. Team members work in their respective racial identity groups, either as People of Color, White People, (and sometimes a Mixed Race group). In this context People of Color work as a racially mixed group struggling together to understand and confront the effects of internalized racist oppression and to experience themselves as an anti-racist People of Color collective working together to dismantle racism. The White team members also meet in caucus to deal with issues of internalized superiority and to build an anti-racist White collective working together and with POC to dismantle racism. When the two caucus groups come back together as a team they are better able to understand, confront, and dismantle racism within the team itself and within the institutional setting that it is working. Caucusing creates a foundation upon which to build concrete organizing strategies for People of Color and Whites to work together as anti-racist allies.
A similar strategy is used in gender-based caucusing: at TWAC potential caucus groups could be Trans womyn, Trans men, Genderqueers, and Cis Womyn, or simply Cis womyn & Transgender people. This would give trans people the opportunity to explore their similar experiences in a safe(r) space, and cisgender people to learn how to be good allies and explore internal issues.
GEO Group & Owlcatraz
The South Florida-based coporation, GEO Group, is the second largest for-profit private prison corporation in the United States, meaning: the more people who are criminalized and incarcerated, the more money they make. Formerly the Wackenhut Corporation, GEO Group has been the subject of numerous lawsuits involving injury or death of incarcerated and detained people, sexual abuse, and security failures. A federal judge called one of GEO’s Mississippi facilities a “cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts.” Florida Atlantic University just accepted $6 million from GEO in order to rename the football stadium after them. Presented by TWAC Organizers & the Stop Owlcatraz Coalition
Direct Action Training
In this four hour training, you will learn about organizing and executing a successful civil disobedience protest action, including affinity groups, action roles, blockade techniques, and de-escalation methods. There will be lots of role play involved!