Starting Date: 06-13-2008
Ending Date: 06-15-2008
Washington, District of Columbia 20003
United StatesCome to DC June 13-15 to join us for an Unconventional East Coast
Convergence. Months before the Republican and Democratic National
Conventions we will be hosting a massive training, convergence, and
platform for regional consultas for any anti-authoritarian organizers
planning to attend the DNC/RNC.
Throughout the weekend we will be working chronologically through the
steps of planning and participating in a mass action and demonstration.
Contrary to most events like workshops will intentionally run parallel
to each other. We recommend you attend with a formal or informal
affinity group so you and your friends can be split between the
different workshops and report back to each other (please do not let
lack of a group discourage you from coming!). Our goals are to provide a
structure that will include people of all skill and experience levels.
There will be trainings on everything from media to blockading, from
legal work to urbanguerilla tactics. And for those who consider
themselves "too skilled" we would like to remind you that you always
have things to learn, share, and of course, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Workshops will be demonstrative as opposed descriptive wherever
possible. This means that we will hopefully be building and using
blockades instead of just talking about them so we can walk away with a
fuller understanding. These same blockades can certainly be deployed on
the streets in the Twin Cities and Denver.PRAXIS SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEORY!
There will be a concentrated effort to socialize and meet new people. We
will hopefully meet people we didn't know from our home towns, build
connections between close-by cities in our own states, and foster robust
lines of communication between states. We will concentrate on the
creation of strong, sustainable, networks between many different type of
activists. These connections strengthen our organizing power and have
practical applications in the streets as we learn how to be effective in
groups of five, fifteen, fifty, five hundred, and five thousand.
SOLIDARITY OVER SECTARIANISM!
Additionally, please keep in mind that we are a completely unfunded
organization. Despite our best efforts to keep costs to a strict minimum
we will still need materials for use in demonstrations; (materials that
will eventually see time on the streets St. Paul and Denver). This means
we need to fund raise in advance of the convergence, so keep abreast of
information on pre-registration.
Date: June 13-15
Location: Washington, DC on the Campus of American University
Cost: $20 with housing, $10 without housing, meals provided
Contact: dc [at] unconventionalaction [dot] org
Geographical Scope: National