Starting Date: 07-18-2008
Starting Time: 7:00pm
Ending Date: 07-21-2008
Washington, District of Columbia 20003
United StatesThe SPAN Summer Convergence is a national gathering of SPAN chapters and other students interested in peace and social justice activism. It's a fun weekend full of skill shares, strategizing sessions, trainings, opportunities to network with other activists, and free entertainment!
Open to students and youth of all ages and experience levels. It’s a great way to get involved with SPAN for the first time as well as for existing groups to get plugged in with others from across the country.
July 18 – 21
1) Have FUN in Washington, DC
2) Build STUDENT POWER
3) NETWORK and meet other students from across the country
4) LEARN how to be effective activists and share skills with other students
5) STRATEGIZE, coordinate our campaigns between schools, and make demands
6) BRIDGE THE GAP between our generation of activists and the broader peace movement
REGISTRATION (coming soon):
We will have online registration for the convergence available on our website at http://www.studentpeaceaction.org.
We also have a facebook event which can be searched for: “2008 SPAN National Convergence”
301-565-4050 ext. 322
WE NEED HELP!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH PLANNING:
This convergence is what we make it. Organizing the convergence itself is a great way to make connections with other activists beforehand and it's never too late to get involved. The entire process is open to anyone that wants to help.
That being said, there will be an Organizing 101 workshop which will delve into effecting organizing tactics, building campaign strategies, and how to determine a goal and accomplish it.
There will also be one on G.I. Resistance & Counter-Recruitment. These two tactics have proven to not only be incredibly successful for local campaigns, but they also have the enormous potential of being key in ending the Iraq & Afghanistan occupations, bringing an end to the suffering and death of thousands of Iraqis and Americans.
Workshops on inter-generational alliances for more effective, equitable organizing are also in the works. Organizers across the country have become increasingly aware of the divisions between student activists and those of older generations. Those organizers and activists who have bridged this unnecessary gap have proven to be more effective in their campaigns while also developing a fuller sense of community and social responsibility.
A few other workshops already planned involve feminist perspectives on oppression and resistance, citizen lobbying, alternative education, and student privacy protection.
Apart from workshops, we will be having speakers speakers, musicians, and shindigs!
Since organizers for this convergence are students from all over the country, we're using two ways to communicate with each other:
1. JOIN THE GOOGLE GROUP/E-MAIL LIST:
Visit http://groups.google.com/group/span-convergence?hl=en to join our google group and e-mail listserv. Once you've joined the google group, you can contact the entire list by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: you must join the google group before you can e-mail the list).
2. CONFERENCE CALLS:
We announce our conference calls over the google group e-mail list.
Let's make this a powerful and enlightening convergence!
Student Peace Action Network
Geographical Scope: National