Peace Council Pages

Activist Summer Vacation Guide

by Andy Molloy

Politics

Radical Walking Tours of NY City
DATE: June 5, 12; July 3, 17
PLACE: New York, NY
CONTACT: 718-492-0069; www.he.net/~radtours
COMMENT: learn about the social history of New York City

Women and the Environment: Globalizing and Mobilizing
DATE: June 9-12
PLACE: Orlando, FL
CONTACT: NWSA, University of Maryland, 7100 Baltimore Blvd., Ste. 500, College Park, MD 20740; 301-403-0525; www.nwsa.org
COMMENT: 26th Annual National Women's Studies Conference; Vandana Shiva and Winona LaDuke speaking

Biodevastation/Biodemocracy 2005
DATE: June 16-22
PLACE: Philadelphia, PA
CONTACT: 877-806-2871; www.biodev.org
COMMENT: teach-in, festival, direct action against the world's largest convention of biotech and pharmaceutical executives

Allied Media Conference
DATE: June 17-19
PLACE: Bowling Green, OH
CONTACT: Clamor, POB 20128, Toledo, OH 43610; www.alliedmediaconference.com
COMMENT: new solutions to the old problems facing all the zinesters, filmmakers, radio pirates, journalists, MCs, and friends out there; largest grassroots media conference in the US

7th Annual Southern Girls Convention
DATE: June 17-19
PLACE: Baton Rouge, LA
CONTACT: SGC, 101 Helen Carter House,
Baton Rouge, LA 70803; 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

Great Labor Arts Exchange
DATE: June 19-21
PLACE: Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT: National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903; 202-974-8040; www.laborheritage.org
COMMENT: national gathering of union members, union staff, union officials, artists, students, and labor educators who use music, art, poetry, theater, murals, posters, cartoons, puppets, film and websites to strengthen the labor movement

National Coalition of Blacks for
Reparations in America 16th Annual Conference
DATE: June 23-26
PLACE: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta, GA
CONTACT: N'COBRA, 906 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW, 2nd Fl, Atlanta, GA 30310; 866-225-7351; www.ncobra-atl.org
COMMENT: theme "Ignore or Repair"

San Francisco LGBT Parade & Festival
DATE: June 25-26
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-864-3733; www.sf-pride.org
COMMENT: join 500,000 supporters, onlookers and participants for one of the largest Pride events in the US

6th Annual Oglala Commemoration
DATE: June 26
PLACE: Oglala, SD
CONTACT: www.oglalacommemoration.com
COMMENT: ceremony honoring our warriors and promoting national healing. 30th Anniversary of the Oglala Incident. Invited are family, friends and supporters of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Joe Stuntz, The American Indian Movement, and the public

National Convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens
DATE: June 27-July 2
PLACE: Little Rock, AR
CONTACT: 202-833-6130; www.lulac.org/events/convent.html
COMMENT: theme: "Emerging Latino Communities: Strengthening America"; the only convention in which representatives from Hispanic communities from across the country determine the positions and strategies of a national Hispanic organization

National Organization for Women National Conference
DATE: July 1-3
PLACE: Nashville, TN
CONTACT: NOW Conference, 1100 H Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC, 20005; 202-628-8669; 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

Earth First! Round River Rendezvous
DATE: July 4-11
PLACE: Cascadian Mountains, Oregon
CONTACT: www.cascadiarising.org/rrr2005
COMMENT: 25th anniversary; workshops, direct action, music, fun

Caravan to Cuba, Break the Blockade
DATE: July 5-August 1
PLACE: leaves from many points in US/Canada
CONTACT: www.ifconews.org
COMMENT: the US embargo of Cuba causes shortages of food, medicine and other important supplies for eleven million people; the embargo is an immoral policy that uses hunger and disease as political weapons

Animal Rights 2005 National
Conference
DATE: July 7-11
PLACE: Los Angeles, CA
CONTACT: FARM/AR2004, 10101 Ashburton Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817; 888-FARMUSA; www.ar2005.org
COMMENT: sponsored by 50 organizations; plenaries, workshops, rap sessions, campaign reports, videos, exhibits, newcomer orientation, awards banquet, vegan cuisine, music

9th Continental Bioregional Congress
DATE: July 9-17
PLACE: Earthaven Ecovillage, NC
CONTACT: Mary Armstrong, 828-664-0067; www.bioregionalcongress.org
COMMENT: brings together hundreds of activists, artists, permaculturists, farmers, policy-makers, scientists, children and adults

Conference on Spiritual Activism
DATE: July 20-23
PLACE: Berkeley, CA
CONTACT: TIKKUN, 510-528-6250; www.tikkun.org/community/spiritual_activism_conference
COMMENT: goal to create a network of progressive spiritual activists who will work to challenge the anti-religious and anti-spiritual biases in liberal culture and create an agenda for American politics which will help liberal and progressive forces rethink the way they address the central issues facing our society

National Coalition of Education
Activists Conference
DATE: July 21-24
PLACE: Philadelphia, PA
CONTACT: 215-735-2418; www.edactivists.org
COMMENT: theme "The Real Mandate: Educate and Fight For Social Justice". The recent elections raised the issue of an economic and social 'mandate.' This conservative mandate, with its calls for high stakes testing, privatization, tracking, and the militarization of schools, threatens to make our schools more unequal and unjust. The conference is a call for public education parents, educators, students, school board members, and community activists to regroup, refocus, and project our own vision of what public education must become.

3rd Annual Black and Green Anarchist Gathering
DATE: July 27-August 3
PLACE: Southern Appalachia (NC)
CONTACT: www.blackandgreen.org/gathering.html
COMMENT: theme "Feral Visions, Against Civilization"; share, collaborate, workshops

BorderHack 2005
DATE: August 3-7
PLACE: San Diego, CA
CONTACT: www.deletetheborder.org
COMMENT: help the struggle for justice in border communities and counter the Minutemen; camps, forums, media workshops

Pax Christi & Nevada Desert Experience National Conference
DATE: August 4-7
PLACE: Las Vegas, NV
CONTACT: Pax Christi, 532 West 8th St, Erie, PA 16502; 814-453-4955; www.paxchristiusa.org
COMMENT: theme "Many Stories, One Vision for a Nuclear Free World"

Syracuse Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
DATE: August 6-9
PLACE: Syracuse, NY
CONTACT: Syracuse Peace Council, 315-472-5478. www.peacecouncil.net
COMMENT: In addition to the traditional procession, other activities are being considered by the community coalition which also includes American Friends Service Committee, Citizens Awareness Network and Peace Action of Central New York.

31st Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
DATE: August 11-14
PLACE: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
CONTACT: NOFA, c/o Richard Murphy
263 Long Hill Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585; 508-867-5735; www.nofa.org
COMMENT: theme "Celebrating Our Bond With the Earth & Each Other"; join 1000 other farmers, gardeners, activists

Roadless Summer
DATE: June-August
PLACE: Indiana
CONTACT: www.roadless-summer.org
COMMENT: a summer of community organizing, civil disobedience, and direct action to stop the bid to pave over tens of thousands of acres of forests and farms, displace hundreds of families, and destroy communities throughout the Midwest through the construction of Interstate 69.

Festivals

28th Annual Bluegrass Festival
DATE: June 2-5
PLACE: Strawberry Park, Norwich, CT
CONTACT: Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road, Preston, CT 06365; 860-886-1944; www.strawberrypark.net/bluegrass.html
COMMENT: camping, instrumental and vocal workshops, children's activities

17th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 2-12
PLACE: New York, NY
CONTACT: The New Festival, 139 Fulton St, Ste PH-3, New York, NY 10038; 212-571-2170; www.newfestival.org
COMMENT: over 250 films hosted in several venues

26th Annual Otsiningo Pow Wow
DATE: June 3-5
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.otsiningo.com
COMMENT: features dancers, craft fair, lectures, exhibitions, food, campfire storytelling, art

29th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 16-26
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-703-8650; www.frameline.org
COMMENT: join over 80,000 attendees, 80 features and 150 shorts

Clearwater's 39th Annual Great Hudson River Revival
DATE: June 18-19
PLACE: Croton Point Park, Croton-on Hudson, NY
CONTACT: Clearwater Revival, 112 Market St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 845-454-7673; www.clearwaterfestival.org
COMMENT: 7 music stages of folk, blues, gospel, Irish, Cajun, World, Swing; Children's theater, crafts, storytelling, ethnic foods

15th Annual Ithaca Dance Camp
DATE: June 23-26
PLACE: Ithaca, NY
CONTACT: Saoirse McClory, 213 W. Lincoln Street, Ithaca, NY 14850; 607-272-9088; saoirsem@hotmail.com
COMMENT: gather to dance, sing, cook, eat and live together in community. Everyone is welcome from all walks of life.

19th Annual Golden Threads
Celebration
DATE: June 23-26
PLACE: Provincetown, MA
CONTACT: Silver Threads, POB 5081, Gulfport, FL 33737; www.goldenthreadsptown.org
COMMENT: for lesbians over age 50; make friends, play, dance, laugh, share

25th Annual Old Songs Festival
DATE: June 24-26
PLACE: Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
CONTACT: Old Songs, Inc., PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186; 518-765-2815; www.oldsongs.org
COMMENT: traditional music & dance, children's activities, crafts; feature Cajun, banjo, fiddling, Contra dances, Celtic, French Canadian and more

Annual Common Place Strawberry Festival
DATE: June 25
PLACE: Common Place Land Trust, Rt. 13, Truxton, NY
CONTACT: Alison, 607-842-6799
COMMENT: A wonderful opportunity to visit a beautiful rural setting and check out an intentional community right here in Central New York. They provide lots of fresh organic strawberries, guests bring whipping cream or short bread. Swim gear recommended for the pond.

Vegetarian Summerfest 2005
DATE: June 29-July 3
PLACE: Johnstown, PA
CONTACT: NAVS, Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329; 518-568-7970; www.vegetariansummerfest.org
COMMENT: 31st annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
DATE: July 14-17
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

Solarfest: New England Renewable Energy Festival
DATE: July 16-17
PLACE: Tinmouth, VT
CONTACT: 603-847-9049; www.solarfest.com
COMMENT: workshops run both days on Sustainable Energy Basics; Advanced Renewable Energy, System Design, and Installation; Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities.

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
DATE: July 21-24
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; event supports arts, education and the fight against AIDS

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
DATE: July 21-24
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

World Festival of Youth & Students
DATE: August 7-15
PLACE: Caracas, Venezuela
CONTACT: www.caracas2005.info/index.php?newlang=english
COMMENT: meet young people from around the world. Rub shoulders with Zapatistas and Fidelistas and Chavistas and the progressive and revolutionary youth of the world. Every few years, tens of thousands of young people from nearly every country in the world gather together under a banner of peace, friendship, and international solidarity. Youth participate in exchanges between delegations, art exhibitions, cultural events and performances, workshops, panel discussions, intramural sports activities, and much more. The Festival is a space to exchange ideas and share experiences of the struggles against war, racism, sexism, privatization, corporate globalization, attacks on workers' right to organize, and the destruction of our environment.

30th Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
DATE: August 9-14
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; the Festival is also an experiment in alternative community where we all contribute to a collectively run village

National Pow Wow
DATE: August 12-14
PLACE: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
CONTACT: NMAI; 877-830-3224; www.nmai.si.edu
COMMENT: hundreds of dancers and artists

10th Annual Solar Living Festival
DATE: August 20-21
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

Schools

Peacemaker Training Institute
DATE: June 15-22
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; focuses on multiculturalism, racial and social justice, and strategies for creating positive social change

Jolie Rickman's Spanish For Activists Camp
DATE: July 2-4
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.php
COMMENT: for the last three 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.

Open Hand Theater's Circus Camp
DATE: July 5-16, 18-30
PLACE: Ed Smith School, 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

Student Environmental Action Coalition Activist Training Camp
DATE: July 5-11
PLACE: Bloomington, IN
CONTACT: SEAC, 215-222-4711; www.seac.org/atc
COMMENT: gain the skills, knowledge, and inspiration necessary to fight for the environment and social justice during this week of education, skills building, action, networking

Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program
DATE: August 2-September 24
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

Creating a Culture of Peace: Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change
DATE: August 17-21
PLACE: Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor PA
CONTACT: 610-588-1793; www.kirkridge.org
COMMENT: nonviolence facilitator training by the Fellowship of Reconciliation

Training for Change Workshops
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Philadelphia, PA
CONTACT: George Lakey, 4719 Springfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143; 215-729-7458; www.trainingforchange.org
COMMENT: workshops include super training for social-action trainers, white people working on racism, and more

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: various workshops focusing 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

Permaculture and Ecovillage Workshops
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Earthaven Ecovillage, NC
CONTACT: Earthaven Learning Center, 1025 Camp Elliott Rd, Black Mountain, NC
28711; 866-666-9935; www.earthhaven.org/learning_center
COMMENT: visit or tour this sustainable community and participate in a variety of workshops

TOURS

Interfaith Peace Builders Delegations to Israel and Palestine DATE: July 30-August 13
PLACE: Palestine, Israel, Lebanon
CONTACT: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 202-244-0821; middleeast@forusa.org
COMMENT: meet with Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights activists; hear about and learn from their struggles to forge peace and justice in their communities

Global Exchange Reality Tours
DATE: all summer
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 get the chance to 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