Twenty Activist Summer Vacation Guide
Compiled by Andy Molloy, Artwork by Karen Kerney

POLITICS
FESTIVALS SCHOOLS TOURS

How Class Works Conference
DATE: June 8-10
PLACE: Stony Brook, NY
CONTACT: naples.cc.stonybrook.edu/CAS/wcm.nsf/pages/conference4
COMMENT: explore ways in which an explicit recognition of class helps to understand the social world in which we live, and ways in which analysis of society can deepen our understanding of class as a social relationship

Global Sustainability Conference
DATE: June 10-11
PLACE: Seattle, WA
CONTACT: newworldseminars.org
COMMENT: "Whether you are new to the subject of sustainability or a seasoned veteran, this uplifting event will provide you with important tools and resources you can effectively use when you return home."

Locating Women's Studies: Formations of Power and Resistance
DATE: June 15-18
PLACE: Oakland, CA
CONTACT: NWSA, University of Maryland, 7100 Baltimore Blvd., Ste. 502, College Park, MD 20740; 301-403-0524; www.nwsaconference.org
COMMENT: 27th Annual National Women's Studies Conference; Rebecca Walker of Third Wave Foundation speaking

7th Annual Grassroots Use of Technology Conference
DATE: June 17
PLACE: Boston, MA
CONTACT: conference.oc-tech.org
COMMENT: theme this year is Building Community On and Off-Line in the 21st Century. Focus on how new and existing technology can help us build strong communities in these changing times. Program includes case studies, panels, discussions, and hands-on workshops that focus on this theme.

Caravan to Cuba, Break the Blockade
DATE: June 17-July 17
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

Great Labor Arts Exchange & Conference on Creative Organizing
DATE: June 18-20
PLACE: Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT: National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903; 202-639-6204; 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

8th Annual Southern Girls Convention
DATE: June 23-25
PLACE: Houston, TX
CONTACT: 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 & stereotypes of the South, & the struggle for social justice

Socialism 2006: Build the Left, Fight the Right
DATE: June 22-25
PLACE: New York, NY
CONTACT: 773-583-8665; www.socialismconference.org
COMMENT: A weekend of debate, discussion, and entertainment.

Allied Media Conference: From Truth to Power
DATE: June 23-25
PLACE: Bowling Green, OH
CONTACT: Allied Media Conference, POB 20128, Toledo, OH 43610; www.alliedmediaconference.com
COMMENT: brings together some of the most innovative and visionary culture producers, media workers, artists and activists; largest grassroots media conference in the US

World Peace Forum 2006
DATE: June 23-28
PLACE: Vancouver, BC
CONTACT: 604-687-3223; www.worldpeaceforum.ca
COMMENT: promotes partnerships between cities and the anti-war and peace communities to build the transnational and intercultural capacity to communicate, coordinate, and act on a global scale to end wars, and create a world of peace, justice and sustainability

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space Annual Meeting
DATE: June 23-28
PLACE: Vancouver, BC
CONTACT: 207-729-0517; www.space4peace.org
COMMENT: workshops on the nuclearization and weaponization of space

San Francisco LGBT Parade & Festival
DATE: June 24-25
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-864-3733; www.sfpride.org
COMMENT: join 500,000 supporters, onlookers & participants for one of the largest Pride events in the US

National Convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens
DATE: June 26-July 1
PLACE: Milwaukee, WI
CONTACT: 202-833-6130; www.lulac.org/events/convent.html
COMMENT: theme: "Latinos Impacting the Americas"; the only convention in which representatives from Hispanic communities from across the country determine the positions and strategies of a national Hispanic organization

 

 

Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair & Infoshop Gathering: Celebrate Informed Resistance!
DATE: June 29-July 2
PLACE: Baltimore, MD
CONTACT: redemmas.org/bookfair
COMMENT: brings together radical and indpendent publishers, distributors, bookstores, and authors for a weekend of workshops, panel discussions, and performances

Freedom Summer 2006
DATE: July 2-August 5
PLACE: Occupied Territories, Palestine
CONTACT: International Solidarity Movement, www.palsolidarity.org
COMMENT: stand side by side with villagers in places like Bil'in as they continue their tireless non-violent struggle to save village land from Israel's apartheid wall

Earth First! Round River Rendezvous
DATE: July 4-11
PLACE: Katuah, NC
CONTACT: www.earthfirst.org
COMMENT: workshops, direct action, music, fun

Our Way Home: Reunion for Viet Nam Draft Resisters
DATE: July 6-9
PLACE: Castlegar, British Columbia
CONTACT: www.ourwayhomereunion.org
COMMENT: A tribute to the US immigrants that came to Canada during the Vietnam War and to the thousands of Canadians that assisted them

Adirondack Council Annual Meeting
DATE: July 8
PLACE: Raquette Lake, NY
CONTACT: www.adirondackcouncil.org
COMMENT: hear updates on the council's work to help keep the Adirondack Park wild

Resist the G8
DATE: July 15-17
PLACE: St. Petersburg, Russia
CONTACT: g8-2006.plentyfact.net
COMMENT: protest against the G8 summit and its plans for a huge new global expansion of nuclear power; protests also in home countries

National Organization for Women National Conference & Young Feminist Summit
DATE: July 21-23
PLACE: Albany, NY
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

Pax Christi National Conference
DATE: July 28-30
PLACE: Pittsburgh, PA
CONTACT: Pax Christi, 532 West 8th St, Erie, PA 16502; 814-453-4955; www.paxchristiusa.org
COMMENT: theme "God's People Can Wait No Longer"

4th Annual Black and Green Anarchist Gathering
DATE: August 4-13
PLACE: Southwest (AZ or NM)
CONTACT: Green Anarchy - FV, PO Box 11331, Eugene, OR 97440; www.greenanarchy.org
COMMENT: theme "rewilding physically, mentally, and spiritually"; share, collaborate, workshops

32nd Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
DATE: August 10-13
PLACE: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
CONTACT: NOFA, 411 Sheldon Rd, Barre, MA 01005; 978-355-2853; www.nofa.org
COMMENT: theme "Sprouting the Seeds of the Next Generation"; join 1000 other farmers, gardeners, activists; more than 150 workshops

Veterans for Peace Annual Convention
DATE: August 10-13
PLACE: Seattle, WA
CONTACT: www.vfpnationalconvention.org
COMMENT: workshops include topics on Communication: non-violent communication, building consensus through communication, compassionate listening, political communication, advocacy, media literacy; Environment: sustainability of the environment through peace, through responsibility to and for the environment; Human Effects of War: PTSD, U238/depleted uranium, spiritual aspects of war, gender issues; Veteran support: women's issues, Gold Star families, Vets4Vets, homeless veterans, IVAW; Issues of war: militarism, impeachment, counter recruiting, torture, treating for peace, war as an instrument of foreign policy, nuclear weapons, weapons in space

Animal Rights 2006 National Conference
DATE: August 10-14
PLACE: Washington, DC
CONTACT: FARM/AR2004, 10101 Ashburton Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817; 800-327-8688; www.arconference.org
COMMENT: sponsored by 50 organizations; plenaries, workshops, rap sessions, campaign reports, videos, exhibits, newcomer orientation, awards banquet, vegan cuisine, music

7th Annual Oglala Commemoration
DATE: ?
PLACE: Oglala, SD
CONTACT: www.oglalacommemoration.com
COMMENT: ceremony honoring our warriors and promoting national healing. 31st Anniversary of the Oglala Incident. Invited are family, friends and supporters of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Joe Stuntz, The American Indian Movement, & the public


29th Annual Bluegrass Festival
DATE: June 1-4
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 & vocal workshops, children's activities

 

 

 
18th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 1-11
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

30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 15-25
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-703-8650; www.frameline.org
COMMENT: join over 70,000 attendees, 80 features & 150 shorts

Clearwater's 39th Annual Great Hudson River Revival
DATE: June 17-18
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; with Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Janis Ian & more

16th Annual Ithaca Dance Camp
DATE: June 22-25
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

20th Annual Golden Threads Celebration
DATE: June 22-25
PLACE: Provincetown, MA
CONTACT: Golden Threads, 1 Nevada Rd, Burlington, MA 01803; www.goldenthreadsptown.org
COMMENT: for lesbians over age 50; make friends, play, dance, laugh, share

26th Annual Old Songs Festival
DATE: June 23-25
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

Vegetarian Summerfest 2006
DATE: July 5-9
PLACE: Johnstown, PA
CONTACT: NAVS, Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329; 518-568-7970; www.vegetariansummerfest.org
COMMENT: 32nd annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
DATE: July 13-16
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 & children's

Solarfest: New England Renewable Energy Festival
DATE: July 15-16
PLACE: Tinmouth, VT
CONTACT: 603-847-9049; www.solarfest.com
COMMENT: workshops run both days on Sustainable Energy Basics; Advanced Renewable Energy, System Design, & Installation; Green Buildings & Sustainable Communities

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
DATE: July 20-23
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 & alternative; food & crafts areas, art exhibits, children's area; event supports arts, education & the fight against AIDS

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
DATE: July 20-23
PLACE: Hillsdale, NY
CONTACT: FRFF, 74 Modley Rd, Sharon, CT 06069; 866-364-2138; www.falconridgefolk.com
COMMENT: many stages, dancing, camping, crafts, workshops, song swaps, comedy, family, spoken word

31st Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
DATE: August 8-13
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

11th Annual Solar Living Festival
DATE: August 19-20
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

 

Leadership Training in Peacemaking
DATE: June 16-17
PLACE: Seattle, WA
CONTACT: 206-720-0313, www.lutheranpeace.org
COMMENT: intensive training focusing on building skills in understanding, educating about, and acting for justice and peace; built around activities, audiovisuals, and discussions

Renewable Energy & Sustainable Building for the Developing World
DATE: June 19-23, 26-30
PLACE: Carbondale, CO
CONTACT: 970-963-8855; www.solarenergy.org
COMMENT: learn how to implement sustainable development projects with renewable energy

16th Annual Summer School for Union Women
DATE: June 28-July 3
PLACE: Olympia, WA
CONTACT: 360-867-6055; trifflen@evergreen.edu
COMMENT: Concentration this year is immigrant workers' rights. Workshops on media, speaking skills, the creative use of theater and art for organizers, the global economy/outsourcing, conducting picket lines, and imagining/realizing change in unions and communities will also be offered.

Jolie Rickman's Spanish For Activists Camp
DATE: July 1-3
PLACE: Truxton, NY
CONTACT: 646-245-9931; s4a@riseup.net
COMMENT: weekend of Spanish (with an activist slant), workshops, networking,
music, poetry, good food, great people, and tons of fun

Student Environmental Action Coalition Activist Training Camp
DATE: July or August
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: 8 weeks during summer
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 & housing provided

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 & 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

 

 

 
Palestine Summer Encounter 2006
DATE: June 24-August 20
PLACE: Bethelehem
CONTACT: 626-797-7904; www.middleeastfellowship.org
COMMENT: comprehensive cross-cultural program is an integration of socio-political education, cultural learning and volunteer service

Work Brigade to Cuba
DATE: July 2-17
PLACE: Cuba
CONTACT: Venceremos Brigade, 212-560-4360; www.venceremosbrigade.org
COMMENT: Since 1969, over 8,000 Brigadistas have traveled to Cuba to SEE THE CUBAN REVOLUTION for themselves and to take a stand against the unjust and immoral U.S. policy towards our neighbor. Over the years, Brigadistas have harvested sugar cane, citrus, and corn, built housing, painted and repaired buildings - working side by side with Cuban workers and students. At the same time, we meet with leaders of Cuba's federations, mass organizations,and with artists, teachers, social workers, and Cuban 'internationalists' (people who have served abroad, fighting apartheid in Southern Africa or fighting disease throughout the world) and many others.

Delegation to Colombia
DATE: August 6-20
PLACE: Colombia
CONTACT: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 202-244-0821; www.forusa.org
COMMENT: meet with Indigenous, Afro-Colombian, Youth and Women's organizations, Colombian and U.S. government officials, and travel to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

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