Action Camp, August 14-21, Vashon Island
Want to get involved in a local activism training so you can learn how to lead in our actions against greedy corporations and politicians who choose rich CEOs over working Americans?
The Backbone Campaign’s Action Camp begins on Aug. 14 and continues through Aug. 21. Activities will include community organizing techniques, strategy and action planning, art for social change, earned media, fun and exciting activism, and kayaking. People will be coming from all over the country to teach and attend this event. The camp last year culminated in the now famous Target Ain’t People video, and this year’s camp will include a surprise adventure as well.
Bill Moyer: This is the first year that Action Camp has grown beyond creative activism like banners and nonviolent protest tactics. We've expanded to include a circle of very talented community organizers. We're going to give people a whole spectrum of tools. People enter into activism at a variety of levels, so we’re making sure to meet people where they are.
SV: Why is activism important right now?
We also helped to bring a credit union into our community, and have moved about 8 million dollars in deposits out of Wall Street banks and into our new credit union. An influx of deposits allows them to charge a lower interest rate on loans. This created new jobs on Vashon.
Currently at big banks, decisions are made at some corporate office, taking all empowerment away from people who should know. So some loans that should have been made were not, and some loans that shouldn't have been made were. When I walk into the local restaurant and the bartender tells me a story of weeks of frustration with a Wall Street bank, then going to the credit union and walking out with a loan that very day, I realize what the importance of keeping things local can be.
SV: Wouldn't you argue that policy is important because it impacts peoples' lives?
SV: We can only achieve greater economic justice if more of us decide to become activists. This training is one way to do that. Check out the schedule, and sign up for the whole thing, or just the days you can. If nothing else, sign up for an action on our website, like telling us your story of unemployment.