Summer Vacation Guide

National Organization for Women National Conference
DATE: July 16-18
PLACE: Las Vegas, NV
CONTACT: NOW Conference, 733 Fifteenth Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005; www.now.org
COMMENT: join NOW members across the country for three days of fun and friends, fast-paced workshops, great speakers and entertainers, skill-building sessions, special interest caucuses, and, of course, sharing stories about the March

Boston Social Forum
DATE: July 23-25
PLACE: UMass, Boston, MA
CONTACT: BSF office 617- 338-9966; www.bostonsocialforum.org
COMMENT: we invite all progressive activists, interested community members, and delegates to the Democratic National Convention, to come and become part of the global process to build a better, more human-centered society. SPC will coordinate transportation to this event; please check with us!

Mass Protest at the Democratic National Convention
DATE: July 26-29
PLACE: Boston, MA
CONTACT: www.blackteasociety.org
COMMENT: SPC is hoping to participate in this event and coordinate transportation; please check with us!

Democracy Uprising: March from the DNC to the RNC
DATE: July 26-August 29
PLACE: Boston, MA to New York, NY
CONTACT: www.dnc2rnc.org
COMMENT: 276-mile march from the Democratic to Republican National Conventions

Pax Christi USA National Assembly
DATE: July 30-August 1
PLACE: Miami, FL
CONTACT: Pax Christi, 532 West 8th St, Erie, PA 16502; 814-453-4955; www.paxchristiusa.org
COMMENT: theme is Politics and Prophecy: Challenging the Idolatry of Empire

Organizing the Real Superpower: FOR National Conference
DATE: August 5-9
PLACE: Los Angeles, CA
CONTACT: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; 845-358-4601; www.forusa.org
COMMENT: 60 workshops, plenary sessions, nonviolence training, mediation and reconciliation training, youth programs, Muslim-Jewish peace walk, and more

Annual Hiroshima Day Procession
DATE: August 6
PLACE: Syracuse, NY
CONTACT: Syracuse Peace Council, 315-472-5478, www.peacecouncil.net
COMMENT: Gather at 11:30 am at Plymouth Church, 232 E. Onondaga St., downtown Syracuse. A dramatic procession through downtown Syracuse to remember the horror of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and call for an end to the development and use of nuclear weapons

6th Annual Southern Girls Convention
DATE: August 12-14
PLACE: Memphis, TN
CONTACT: SGC, P.O. Box 980511, Ypsilanti, MI 48198; www.southerngirlsconvention.org
COMMENT: annual grassroots meeting of pro-woman activists devoted to networking, organizing, educating, agitating, to empower women and girls in the South. We discuss Southern culture, the radical history of organizing in the South, views and stereotypes of the South, and the struggle for social justice.

Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
DATE: August 12-15
PLACE: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
CONTACT: NOFA, c/o Bill Duesing, Box 135, Stevenson, CT 06491; www.nofa.org
COMMENT: theme “Breaking Ground for the Future With the Wisdom of the Past.” Presenters include Eliot Coleman, Vandana Shiva, and Ralph Nader.

United Poultry Concerns Annual Forum
DATE: August 21-22
PLACE: Norfolk, VA
CONTACT: UPC, PO Box 150, Machipongo, VA 23405; www.upc-online.org
COMMENT: topic is “Mad Cows to Mad Chickens: What Insiders Can Tell You About Agribusiness, Animal Liberation, and Your Diet”

Mass Protest at the Republican National Convention
DATE: August 29
PLACE: New York City, NY
CONTACT: United for Peace & Justice, PO Box 607, Times Square Station, NY, NY 10108; www.unitedforpeace.org
COMMENT: theme is The World Says No to the Bush Agenda. SPC is hoping to participate in this event and coordinate transportation; please check with us!

Counter Convention to Republican National Convention
DATE: August 30-September 2
PLACE: New York City, NY
CONTACT: www.counterconvention.org
COMMENT: because of the huge diversity of populations targeted by the Bush administration’s regressive agenda, the protests are likely to be the largest in history. SPC will coordinate transportation to this event; please check with us!

27th Annual Bluegrass Festival
DATE: June 3-6
PLACE: Strawberry Park, Norwich, CT
CONTACT: 42 Pierce Road, Preston, CT 06365; 860-886-1944; www.strawberrypark.net/bluegrass.html
COMMENT: camping, instrumental and vocal workshops, children’s activities

16th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 3-13
PLACE: New York, NY
CONTACT: The New Festival, 47 Great Jones St, 6th Fl, New York, NY 10010; 212-254-7228; www.newfestival.org
COMMENT: over 100 films hosted in several venues

25th Annual Otsiningo Pow Wow
DATE: June 5-6
PLACE: Otsiningo Park, near Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY
CONTACT: Otsiningo American Indian Program, 28 Zevan Rd, Johnson City, NY 13790; 607-729-0016; www.tier.net/isa
COMMENT: features Niagara River Dancers, Nukarilk throat singers; Indian Craft Fair, lectures, exhibitions, food, campfire storytelling, art

28th San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
DATE: June 17-27
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-703-8650; www.frameline.org/festival
COMMENT: join over 80,000 attendees, 80 features and 150 shorts

Clearwater’s 38th Annual Great Hudson River Revival
DATE: June 19-20
PLACE: Croton Point Park, Croton-on Hudson, NY
CONTACT: Clearwater Revival, 112 Little Market St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 800-67SLOOP; www.clearwaterfestival.org
COMMENT: seven music stages of folk, blues, gospel, Irish, Cajun, World, Swing; Children’s theater, crafts, storytelling, ethnic foods; Ani DiFranco, Toshi Reagon and others

30th Annual National Women’s Music Festival
DATE: June 22-25
PLACE: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
CONTACT: NWMF, PO Box 1427, Indianapolis, IN 46206; 317-713-1144; www.wiaonline.org/nwmf
COMMENT: oldest women’s festival in the U.S.; ten concerts, guest speakers, comedy concert, theater presentation, 150 workshops

24th Annual Old Songs Festival
DATE: June 25-27
PLACE: Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
CONTACT: Old Songs, Inc., PO Box 399, Guilderland, NY 12084; 518-765-2815; www.oldsongs.org/festival
COMMENT: traditional music & dance, children’s activities, crafts; feature Cajun, banjo, fiddling, Contra dances, Celtic, French Canadian and more

Solarfest
DATE: July 10
PLACE: Green Mountain College, Putney, VT
CONTACT: 802-287-9135; www.solarfest.com
COMMENT: the New England Renewable Energy Festival; workshops on sustainable energy basics; advanced renewable energy, system design and installation; green buildings and sustainable communities.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
DATE: July 15-18
PLACE: Rothvoss Farm, Ancramdale, NY
CONTACT: Grey Fox Office, PO Box 535, Utica, NY 13503; 888-946-8495; www.greyfoxbluegrass.com
COMMENT: five stages including main, workshop, grass roots, dance and children’s

Vegetarian Summerfest 2004
DATE: July 21-25
PLACE: Johnstown, PA
CONTACT: NAVS, Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329; 518-568-7970; vegetariansummerfest.org
COMMENT: 30th annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
DATE: July 22-25
PLACE: Trumansburg, NY
CONTACT: Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival, PO Box 941, Trumansburg, NY 14886; 607-387-5098; www.grassrootsfest.org
COMMENT: over 60 bands including Cajun, Zydeco, stringband, African, world beat, roots rock and alternative; food and crafts areas, art exhibits, children’s area with performances and activities for younger folks; event supports arts, education and the fight against AIDS

9th Annual Solar Living Festival
DATE: August 21-22
PLACE: Hopland, CA
CONTACT: Solar Living Institute, PO Box 836, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland, CA 95449; 707-744-2017; www.solarliving.org
COMMENT: workshops, tours, music, speakers including Vanadana Shiva, Amy Goodman, Bruce Cockburn

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
DATE: July 22-25
PLACE: Long Hill Farm, Hillsdale, NY
CONTACT: FRFF, 74 Modley Rd, Sharon, CT 06069; 866-325-2744; www.falconridgefolk.com
COMMENT: many stages, dancing, camping, crafts, workshops, song swaps, comedy, family, spoken word

29th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
DATE: August 10-15
PLACE: Walhalla, MI
CONTACT: WWTMC, PO Box 22, Walhalla, MI 49458; 231-757-4766; www.michfest.com
COMMENT: 40 performances, hundreds of workshops, film festival, crafts fair; an experiment in alternative community where we all contribute to a collectively run village

Eastern Forest Action Camp
DATE: June 13-21
PLACE: western VA
CONTACT: EFJL, PO Box 571 Athens, OH 45701; www.easternforestdefense.org
COMMENT: workshops on tree-sits/tree climbing, basic and advanced blockades (including tripods/bipods), field kitchens, field survival, radio communications, banner making, campaign strategy, forest monitoring, media messaging, police negotiations, security culture, woodland movement

Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program
DATE: June 15-August 8
PLACE: work across the nation in local campaigns
CONTACT: Center for Third World Organizing, 1218 E 21st St, Oakland, CA 94606; 510-533-7583; www.ctwo.org
COMMENT: develop skills in labor and community organizing; stipend and housing provided

Open Hand Theater’s Circus Camp
DATE: July
PLACE: Lafayette and Syracuse, NY
CONTACT: Open Hand Theater, 518 Prospect Ave, Syracuse, NY 13208; 315-476-0466; www.openhandtheater.org
COMMENT: classes include comedy and mime, movement and dance, magic and juggling, mask making and art; ages 8 and up

Peace Action Freeman Fellowship
DATE: starts in July
PLACE: Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT: Peace Action Education Fund
Attn: Freeman Fellowship Search,
1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1020, Silver Spring, MD 20910; www.studentpeaceaction.org/fellowship.html
COMMENT: enables a young activist to develop the hands-on organizing skills, experience in creating resources and campaigns, decision-making ability, and contacts useful to pursing a career in the peace and social change movement

Spanish For Activists Camp
DATE: July 3-5
PLACE: Truxton, NY
CONTACT: NY CISPES, 130 W. 29th Street 9th floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-760-0333; www.rso.cornell.edu/cuslar/SpanishCamp.htm
COMMENT: for the last two years, solidarity activists and friends gathered from across NY State on a beautiful cooperative land trust outside Ithaca NY to learn more about cultural solidarity, nueva canción, radical Latin American poetry, Spanish language, tango and salsa and also to discuss state-wide coalitions to ward off upcoming free trade agreements and support those who struggle against neo-liberal US intervention throughout the Americas

Peacemaker Training Institute
DATE: July 3-10
PLACE: San Marcos, TX
CONTACT: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; 914-358-4601; www.forusa.org/programs/pti
COMMENT: for ages 17-25; focus on multiculturalism, racial and social justice, and strategies for creating positive social change

NYC Summer
DATE: July 15-August 19
PLACE: New York City, NY
CONTACT: New School, 65 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011; www.nycsummer.org
COMMENT: six weeks of liberation schools for youth activists from NYC and around the country affiliated with community organizations working for social and economic justice

Class Matters
DATE: August 27-28
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: Training for Change, George Lakey, 4719 Springfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143; 215-729-7458; www.trainingforchange.org
COMMENT: see the hidden dynamics of class. Class is everywhere. It influences how we feel about ourselves and how we treat each other. It influences who we make friends with, who we partner with and who we do our activism with. That's why we've created a workshop to give activists a hand with the mystery of class dynamics. The goal is stronger activism for deeper social change.

Whites Confronting Racism
DATE: September 10-11
PLACE: Philadelphia, PA
CONTACT: Training For Change, George Lakey, 4719 Springfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143; 215-729-7458; www.trainingforchange.org
COMMENT: workshop for white people who are upset by the racism around them - and in their own heads and hearts - and who are searching for a way to begin their work for racial justice. It's for people who already do anti-racism work but want to enhance their skills and deepen their approach. And it's for anybody who wants a better understanding of how racism operates in society and in us.

Omega Institute Workshops
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Rhinebeck, NY; Austin, TX
CONTACT: Omega Institute, 260 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck, NY 12572; 800-944-1001; www.eomega.org
COMMENT: over 250 workshops, trainings, retreats in personal health and development, gender, relationships and family, the arts, nature and society, spiritualism

Institute for Solar Living Workshops
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Hopland and Ukiah, CA
CONTACT: Institute for Solar Living c/o Real Goods, 555 Leslie St, Ukiah, CA 95482; 800-762-7325; www.solarliving.com
COMMENT: workshops on renewable energy, alternative construction techniques and sustainable living practices

Herbal Medicine and Wise Woman Workshops
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Woodstock, NY
CONTACT: Susun Weed, POB 64, Woodstock, NY 12498; 914-246-8081; www.susunweed.com
COMMENT: for women and men; write for listing; examples: Hands-on Herbal Medicine, Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way, Green Witch Intensive

Global Exchange Reality Tours
DATE: June-August
PLACE: Cuba, Afghanistan, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Ireland, South African, Israel/Palestine, Venezuela
CONTACT: Global Exchange Reality Tours, 2017 Mission Street, #303, San Francisco, CA 94110; 800-497-1994; www.globalexchange.org/tours
COMMENT: Reality Tours give travelers hands-on opportunities to explore the crucial issues facing the world and examine how the US's economic and foreign policies impact other countries. These educational delegations offer participants the chance to meet people from all walks of life, gain an understanding of those people's hopes and fears, and discover opportunities for international cooperation. Delegation participants meet with community leaders, visit environmentally sustainable agriculture projects, and learn about the international stories that never make it into the headlines.

International Workcamps
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Latin America, Asia, Africa, Russia, Europe
CONTACT: International Workcamps, 43 Tiffany Rd, Belmont, VT 05730; 802-259-2759; www.vfp.org
COMMENT: promote international goodwill through short-term community service projects; over 2000 programs in 90 countries!