Sample Schedule for each day:8AM~ Breakfast 9AM~ Morning Circle 10AM~ Workshops 12PM~ Lunch 1:30PM~Workshops 3:30PM~Break 4PM~Workshops 6PM~Dinner 8PM~Forum/Event
2014 List of Confirmed Workshops
*This will be updated frequently
This is where folks get together with others from their bio-region and discuss the issues they have been facing and fighting. After discussing with each other, they get together and provide a reportback to the group at large.
What is EF!
An induction to what defines Earth First! with discussion.
An intro and longer discussions on the tenants of deep ecology.
Workshops for Kids:
Including plant walks, nature awareness, and survival skills
Collective Liberation 101
An introduction to terms and concepts and the ways in which oppression is wielded by the state and capitalism.
Direct Action Training 101
An introduction to technical and non-technical blockades with quick looks into campaign strategy, action logic, security culture and organizational models. What is Direct Action? How has it been used?
Basic & Intermediate Tree Climbing
Tree climbing techniques have been the backbone for tree sitting and occupied banner hangs amongst other actions for decades. Training in this will include the very basics to get you off the ground from gear inspection, ascent, mid-line descent, platform entry, traversing and maybe even more.
Two Spirit Then & Now: Reclaiming Our Place of Honor
Decolonizing sex & Gender within Native & Indigenous communities is an on-going process of self-empowerment. We are unearthing secrets that were hidden to protect them. Whether out of love or hatred, the effect is the same: a world diminished. This work restores our embrace of genders outside the binary model.
Even Faster! Even Further! (EF! EF!)
Earth First! Obstacle course! The goal of the workshop is to encourage folks to feel comfortable running in the woods, and get folks excited about staying in shape and build camaraderie through fun and physical exertion.
Reading Group with excerpts about identity politics + ways forward
Reading and discussions of “Ain’t no pc gonna fix it baby”, “the problem with privilege”, and “escalating identity”
Movement Goals Discussion
What are our immediate goals and strategizing as a movement on how to get there.
Know Yr Rights
This will be a basic introduction into the rights of protesters and direct action scenarios.
.. literally. If you havn’t played with fire much in your life, and even if you have, this skillshare is for you! The ability to quickly build a successful fire in any weather condition is a worthy skill for many reasons, and takes practice. We will learn the fire plants of the southern panhandle, and set ourselves individual or group fire challenges based on our experience level.
Trans and Womyn’s Self Defense Workshop
This is a workshop open to trans* and/or womyn folk only to create a safe(r) space/learning environment in a hands-on workshop. In the workshop people will learn basic self defense skills for real life situations.
Digital Security For Luddites
“A workshop on computers for those who hate them. Includes a brief overview of how the internet works, explanations of digital security methods and additional resources to help you become a certified cyberpunk. Best of all, this workshop is presented without the aid of computers or robots.”
The Growing Threat: The Future of Forests & Genetically Engineered Trees
Genetically Engineered trees pose an enormous risk to the bio-diverse forests of the southeastern US. The spread of GE trees for use in industrial monoculture plantations for timber, pulp and bioenergy is quickly advancing. GE trees like the highly invasive, flammable eucalyptus are being pushed as ‘climate solutions’ despite the enormous human health risks. Native pine and poplar are being engineered to replace more conventional varieties running the risk of genetic contamination, herbicide producing trees and increased plantations. Come learn about the important work being done to stop this threat and what you can do to join this global fight to protect forest biodiversity.
Genetically Engineered Trees Strategy Meeting
This will be a meeting for folks who are interested in organizing against GE trees. We will be discussing strategies and ways to plug in to this fight.
Earth First! Report Back from the Frontlines PANEL
Earth First!ers fighting different industries speak out on their struggles
Frank Billie and the Seminole Tribe’s Fight against the Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Next Era (Florida Power and Light) is planning on building one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the country right next to the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation in Hendry County, Florida. Frank Billie will present on the issues of the power plant, what folks are doing to fight it and how others can plug in.
“Rise with the Sun”- Movement Analysis with Sun Tzu’s “the Art of War”
Relating “The Art of War” to the EF! movement
Direct Action Media
Come learn the hot tips and tricks to getting awesome media during direct actions!