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News :: Environment : Organizing
Boston FART Announcement
by Boston IMC
08 Jan 2011
Corporations are poisoning the water and destroying mountains and forests, while extracting coal and gas from Eastern regions we call home.
January 14-16 2011 at Encuentro 5 in Boston, MA
Register Here!: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEtVaEhvVVgwR2xrelR6S2R
The Forming Autonomous Realities Today organizing summit will address the risks and realities of living in a culture that remains addicted to fossil fuels, even after decades of protests and strong movements towards sustainability.
Corporations in the United States are still using irresponsible, destructive techniques to extract coal and natural gas from the Eastern states as cheaply as they can, with little regard for the damage these activities do to the water supply, land, air, and all living things. In West Virginia, Kentucky and other places, mountaintop removal for coal is destroying whole mountains and attacking the integrity of the Southern deciduous forests. In Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, horizontal drilling and "hydrofracking" techniques for enhancing natural gas production are polluting aquifers and the land. In addition to damaging the integrity of these bioregions, these destructive industrial activities threaten countless farms and communities across the Appalachian region.
For the past few years, the environmental movement in the Eastern United States has taught and employed tactics such as anti-oppression/collective liberation, popular education, direct action and civil disobedience, disaster preparedness, etc. While all of these things have accomplished goals and built a stronger movement, we are working to create new spaces for networking, spreading knowledge and supporting our various communities.
So what will we do? This summit will address how we can move forward towards solutions with the knowledge that these dirty practices are still happening in the Eastern states. We will also work together to make the connections between the fossil fuel industries and extraction processes, specifically coal and natural gas.
Workshops, trainings, panels and skillshares will open space to discuss how we can work towards a future outside of the fossil fuel addicted economy that the United States has bestowed upon us, as well as how we can continue fighting with love while building with rage.
Example workshops, panels and entertainment:
- Mountain Top Removal 101
- Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas 101/history of extraction in Pennsylvania
- Intro to Ecofeminism: Connecting Struggles
- Campaign Planning
- Direct Action in the Climate Movement
- Democratic Decision Making
- Direct Action/Civil Disobedience Intro/Soft Blockades skillshare
- Intro to Herbalism
- Local Solutions Panel (Farms Not Lawns, Transitiontowns, etc.)
- Practical skillshares: DIY Herbal Healthcare, Urban Foraging, Sustainable Living, etc
- Green Anarchy
- Capitalism, Global Warming, and Climate Justice Movement - Reproductive
Health and the environment
- Roadkill arts and crafts
With the new skills and strengthened relationships we will develop, we hope that this summit will be another point of transition in the organizing against gas and coal in Boston. The city has successfully taken action against the fossil fuel industry in the past and we must revive the movement and work together in new ways. As the US Government and the fossil fuel industry develops new tactics, so must we!
Saturday the 15th, 4pm:
Community in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador will be celebrating THREE DECADES of struggle and solidarity with El Salvador’s popular uprising and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)! That event starts at E5 at 4pm on Saturday after a day of workshops and skillsharing.
Sunday the 16th, 7pm:
To wrap up the weekend, we will premier the new film Low Coal, which explores what it's like to live with the coal industry.
Contact bostonfarts (at) gmail.com for any questions/comments/other stuff! The schedule will be posted very soon.
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