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

Compiled by Andy Molloy, Artwork by Karen Kerney
POLITICS
FESTIVALS SCHOOLS TOURS

Shut Down G8
DATE: J
une 6-8
PLACE:
Germany
CONTACT: tinyurl.com/34oyvt
COMMENT:
Protest against the G8 summit and its plans for a huge new global expansion of nuclear power; protests also in home countries.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Annual National Convention
DATE:
June 8-10
PLACE:
Washington, DC
CONTACT: www.adc.org
COMMENT:
Consistently the largest annual gathering of Arab-Americans in our nation's capital.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
DATE:
June 9-11
PLACE:
Washington, DC
CONTACT:
202-332-0994; www.endtheoccupation.org
COMMENT:
On the 40th anniversary of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, global civil society will come together to say "The World Says No to Israeli Occupation!" Join the US Campaign to END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION for a lobbying day, massive protest, and teach-in to send a clear signal to our elected officials.

Socialism 2007: Socialism for the 21st Century
DATE:
June 14-17
PLACE:
Chicago, IL
CONTACT:
773-583-8665; www.socialismconference.org
COMMENT:
A weekend of debate, discussion, and entertainment.

9th Annual Southern Girls Convention
DATE:
June 15-17
PLACE:
Tallahassee, FL
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; discuss Southern culture, the radical history of organizing in the South, views & stereotypes of the South, & the struggle for social justice. Open to all genders.

Great Labor Arts Exchange
DATE:
June 17-18
PLACE:
Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT: www.laborheritage.org
COMMENT:
Gathering of union members, union staff, union officials, artists, labor educators, and youth interested in using songs, art, poetry, theater, skits, posters, cartoons, and film to celebrate the rich culture of working people and to strengthen the union movement.

Conference on Creative Organizing
DATE:
June 17-18
PLACE: Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT: National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903; 202-639-6204; www.laborheritage.org
COMMENT:
Trains union staff, organizers and activists to use songs, chants, skits, game shows, costumes, theater, and other creative strategies. Participants exchange experiences, brainstorm about specific union campaigns, share resources and return home with a battery of new ideas and tools that will make their campaigns more compelling.

Grassroots Radio Conference XII
DATE:
June 21-24
PLACE:
Lowell, MA
CONTACT: www.grassrootsradioxii.org
COMMENT:
Join other community activists from grassroots, volunteer-powered, community radio stations to connect, learn new skills, discuss issues affecting community media.

Freedom Summer 2007: Confronting Apartheid
DATE:
June 21-August 15
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.

Allied Media Conference: From Truth to Power
DATE:
June 22-24
PLACE:
Detroit, MI
CONTACT:
Allied Media Conference, POB 442339, Detroit, MI 48232; www.alliedmediaconference.org
COMMENT:
Brings together some of the most innovative and visionary culture producers, media workers, artists and activists; largest grassroots media conference in the US.

8th Annual Grassroots Use of Technology Conference
DATE:
June 23
PLACE:
Lowell, MA
CONTACT: conference.oc-tech.org/conference
COMMENT:
Tools to ease the challenges nonprofits and organizing groups face. Covers effective use of email, dynamic websites, ideal data use, new social networking tools, and rich online media. Keynote: author Allison Fine.

8th Annual Oglala Commemoration
DATE:
June 26
PLACE:
Oglala, SD
CONTACT: www.oglalacommemoration.com
COMMENT:
A day of remembrance for those who lost their lives during what is known as the "reign of terror" on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and to bring awareness to Leonard Peltier. 32nd 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.

United States Social Forum
DATE:
June 27-July 1
PLACE:
Atlanta, GA
CONTACT: www.ussf2007.org
COMMENT:
Provides space to build relationships, learn from each other's experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and develop consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world. The USSF sends a message to other people's movements around the world that there is an active movement in the US opposing US policies at home and abroad.

Past Debates, Present Possibilities, Future Feminisms: A Women's & Gender Studies Conference
DATE:
June 28-July 1
PLACE:
St. Charles, IL
CONTACT:
NWSA, University of Maryland, 7100 Baltimore Blvd., Ste. 502, College Park, MD 20740; 301-403-0524; www.nwsaconference.org
COMMENT:
28th Annual National Women's Studies Conference; Sandra Cisneros, celebrated author speaking.

 



Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program: A Summer Study
DATE:
July 2-23
PLACE:
Poland and Israel
CONTACT: www.jewishlabor.org
COMMENT:
Sponsored by Jewish Labor Committee.

26th Earth First! Round River Rendezvous
DATE:
July 3-10
PLACE:
Jefferson National Forest, near Coeburn, VA
CONTACT: www.rtc.revolt.org/node/248
COMMENT:
Workshops, direct action, music, emphasis on fighting mountain-top removal coal-mining and climate change.



Our Way Home: Reunion for Viet Nam Draft Resisters
DATE:
July 4-8
PLACE:
Castlegar, British Columbia
CONTACT: www.ourwayhomereunion.com
COMMENT:
A tribute to the US immigrants that came to Canada during the Vietnam War and to the thousands of Canadians that assisted them; featured speaker Daniel Ellsberg.

National Convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens
DATE:
July 9-14
PLACE:
Chicago, IL
CONTACT:
202-833-6130; www.lulac.org/events/convent.html
COMMENT:
Theme: "Empowering Latinos: Building Prosperity Through Partnerships"; representatives from Hispanic communities from across the country determine the positions and strategies of a national Hispanic organization.

3rd International Women's Peace Conference
DATE:
July 10-15
PLACE:
Dallas, TX
CONTACT: www.womenspeaceconference.org
; 214-421-6707
COMMENT:
Plenary sessions, lectures, seminars, facilitated discussion groups, interactive workshops, and special programs for Peace Teens (ages 12-17) and Emerging Leaders (ages 18-24).

National Organization for Women National Conference & Young Feminist Leadership Institute
DATE:
July 13-15
PLACE:
Detroit, MI
CONTACT:
NOW Conference, 1100 H Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC, 20005; 202-628-8669; www.now.org
COMMENT:
Join NOW members from across the country for three days of fun and friends, fast-paced workshops, great speakers and entertainers, skill-building sessions, special interest caucuses.

Adirondack Council Annual Meeting
DATE:
July 14
PLACE:
Essex, NY
CONTACT: www.adirondackcouncil.org
COMMENT:
Hear updates on the council's work to help keep the Adirondack Park wild.

Summer of Resistance
DATE:
July 19-29
PLACE:
Washington, DC
CONTACT: info@summerofresistance.org;
202-244-0951
COMMENT:
Youth from around the world will come to Washington, DC to change US government policies. This will be an Action Camp. Training in political theater, organizing, street speaking and then relentless work downtown confronting and cajoling the powers that be to Listen To Youth perspectives.

Animal Rights 2007 National Conference
DATE:
July 19-23
PLACE:
Los Angeles, CA
CONTACT:
FARM/AR2007, 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.

5th Annual Green Anarchist Gathering
DATE:
July 25-August 5
PLACE:
Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Central/Northern CA
CONTACT:
Green Anarchy - FV, PO Box 11331, Eugene, OR 97440; www.greenanarchy.org
COMMENT:
Theme "Feral Visions Against Civilization 2007"; share, collaborate, workshops.

18th US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan
DATE:
July
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.

Pax Christi National Conference
DATE:
August 10-12
PLACE:
Seattle, WA
CONTACT:
Pax Christi, 532 West 8th St, Erie, PA 16502; 814-453-4955; www.paxchristiusa.org
COMMENT:
Theme "The Pursuit of Peace in a Culture of Violence."

33rd Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
DATE:
August 10-12
PLACE:
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
CONTACT:
NOFA, 411 Sheldon Rd, Barre, MA 01005; 978-355-2853; www.nofa.org
COMMENT:
Keynote speakers Hazel Henderson, Bill McKibben; join 1000 other farmers, gardeners, activists; more than 150 workshops.

Veterans for Peace Annual Convention
DATE:
August 15-19
PLACE:
St. Louis, MO
CONTACT: www.vfpnationalconvention.org
COMMENT:
Workshops, speakers.

Katrina Survivors Assembly
DATE:
August 25-28
PLACE:
New Orleans, LA
CONTACT: www.peopleshurricane.org
COMMENT:
Help build a strong, independent gulf coast self-determination and reconstruction movement.


 

 

 


19th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 1-10
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 at several venues.

31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
DATE: June 14-24
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-703-8650; www.frameline.org
COMMENT: Join over 70,000 attendees, 80 features and 150 shorts.

Clearwater's 40th Annual Great Hudson River Revival
DATE: June 16-17
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 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bruce Cockburn, Leo Kottke, Paul Winter, Cowboy Junkies & more.

21st Annual Golden Threads Celebration
DATE: June 21-24
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.

27th Annual Old Songs Festival
DATE: June 22-24
PLACE: Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
CONTACT: Old Songs, Inc., PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186; 518-765-2815; www.oldsongs.org
COMMENT: Traditional music and dance, children's activities, crafts; feature Cajun, banjo, fiddling, contra dances, Celtic, French Canadian and more.

San Francisco LGBT Parade & Festival
DATE: June 23-24
PLACE: San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: 415-864-3733; www.sfpride.org
COMMENT: Join 500,000 supporters, onlookers and participants for one of the largest Pride events in the US.

Freedom for All the Americas: July 4 the Way it Ought to Be-An Activist Celebration
DATE: July 7-8 (4pm Saturday - 2pm Sunday)
PLACE: Common Place Land Trust, 4211 Rt. 13, Truxton, NY
CONTACT: 607-842-6801 or 607-842-6799
COMMENT: Music (bring instruments), swimming, potluck dinner, bonfire, pancake breakfast, hiking, overnight tenting available. No dogs please. Benefit for Syracuse Peace Council, sliding scale $0-10.

 

Solarfest: New England Renewable Energy Festival
DATE: July 14-15
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.

31st Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
DATE: July 19-22
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.

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
DATE: July 19-22
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.

Vegetarian Summerfest 2007
DATE: July 25-29
PLACE: Johnstown, PA
CONTACT: NAVS, Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329; 518-568-7970; www.vegetariansummerfest.org
COMMENT: 33rd annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
DATE: July 26-29
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.

32nd Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
DATE: August 7-12
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.

12th Annual Solar Living Festival
DATE: August 18-19
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.

 



Z Media Institute

DATE: June 4-12
PLACE: Woods Hole, MA
CONTACT: www.zmag.org/aboutzmi.htm
COMMENT: Learn radical politics, media and organizing skills, the principles and practice of creating non-hierarchical institutions and projects, activism, and vision and strategy for social change.

Peacemaker Training Institute
DATE: June 14-21
PLACE: Mt. Storm, WV
CONTACT: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 202-244-0821; www.forusa.org
COMMENT: Week-long anti-oppression and nonviolence training for young people and youth allies

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building for the Developing World
DATE: June 18-22
PLACE: Carbondale, CO
CONTACT: 970-963-8855; www.solarenergy.org
COMMENT: Learn how to implement sustainable development projects with renewable energy.

Girls' Studies and Activism Institute
DATE: June 28-July 1
PLACE: St. Charles, IL
CONTACT: tinyurl.com/2md4vk
COMMENT: For girls, their parents and teachers; includes tours of girl-centered projects in Chicago area.

16th Annual Summer School for Union Women
DATE: June 27-July 1
PLACE: Olympia, WA
CONTACT: 360-867-6055; trifflen@evergreen.edu
COMMENT: 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.

 

Energy Justice Summer
DATE: all summer
PLACE: SE Ohio, the Carolinas, Florida
CONTACT: www.energyjustice.net/ejs
COMMENT: Centers around a multiple day training camp. Youth and community members will share and learn skills and info in community organizing, environmental justice, network building, climate change, and more.

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 and 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.



 

 

 


Damascus Summer Encounter 2007

DATE: June 24-August 4
PLACE: Damascus, Syria
CONTACT: 626-797-7904; www.middleeastfellowship.org
COMMENT: Live with a host family, study Arabic at the Berlitz language institute in Damascus, serve the local community through volunteer projects and explore the culture and history of Syria through meetings, discussions and excursions to sites of historical, political or religious significance.

Palestine Summer Encounter 2007
DATE: June 21-August 16
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
PLACE: Cuba
CONTACT: Venceremos Brigade, 212-560-4360; www.venceremosbrigade.org
COMMENT: 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. 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).


 

Global Exchange Reality Tours
DATE: all summer
PLACE: Iran, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Ireland, South Africa, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Jordan, Syria
CONTACT: Global Exchange Reality Tours, 2017 Mission Street, #303, San Francisco, CA 94110; 800-497-1994; www.globalexchange.org/tours
COMMENT: Gives 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; 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.