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(en) US, Occupied Territory II: Of Ballot Boxes and Dreams

From DAAA* <modanarcho@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 13 Apr 2005 17:38:52 +0200 (CEST)

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>From May 20th - 22nd, we will descend upon the Ventana Wilderness,
(http://www.mtycounty.com/pgs-parks/arroyo.html), to discuss, theorize,
share, and think about the issues, ideas, and events that are affecting
us as revolutionaries and as those trying to understand our role in
dismantling the various webs of control and destruction. Occupied Territory
2004 was a large success, drawing people from across the country and the world,
and we hope that you will join us in the second installment of the gathering.
As with the first gathering, this year will require the pariticpation of all
in attendance, both in bringing ideas and workshops to the collective table,
but also in the maintance of our temporary autonomous zone.

Far from being a simple traveler kid romp out in the
woods, Occupied Territory is an opportunity for
anarchists and anti-authoritarians working for change
in various tendencies and movements to come together
to talk, debate, and share skills. It is also an
opportunity for people to engage in the kind of
community that they want to exist in, which was
beautiful to watch last year. With cooking teams,
clean up crews, various work groups forming when
needed, and daily general assemblies, anarchy appeared
before our eyes.

Listed below is update info on the gathering, and what
to bring!

Where: Ventana Wilderness, near Soledad, see above

Dates: Arrive Friday, May 20th, conference goes from
Friday May 20th - Sunday 22nd. If you have work or
school issues, work them out now! The organizing
collective will be meeting people in Soledad from
5-7pm on Friday, May 20th, with maps, and also helping
to add people into cars that need rides, (although
this will depend on mutual aid present, and available
cars). However this year, we will be posting
information about the actual campsite before hand, so
if you are not able to make it to get a map on Friday
May 20th, please stay up to date on
http://www.occupiedterritory.net. A cell phone number
will also be made available for people to call in case
they need help with directions. Soledad meeting spot
to be announced soon on the website and elsewhere.

Conference Set Up: We will be spending two days,
(Saturday and Sunday), doing workshops, skillsharing,
and discussion circles. We are also planning on
setting aside time for people to have free time to
explore their natural world and meet new people.

Cost: Please be prepared to bring $3-5 for parking.
The cost of parking is per car, with parking being $5
a night, (cars will receive a ticket when they go in,
and then pay as they go out). Everyone needs to bring
these several dollars, to the cost of parking does not
fall simply on the drivers of the cars.

What to Bring:
1.) Sleeping Bag/Tents/Sleeping Equipment
2.) Biodegradable soaps, and cleaning supplies.
3.) Extra food for yourself/collective. We also ask
that you bring any bulks foods/dumpstered goods that
you can. Last year the collective kitchen overflowed
with food, we can do it again! Also, if you are going
to bring food for the whole group, vegan food will
best serve all, so that everyone can eat it.
4.) Workshops, discussion ideas, skill shares, etc.
Your input helps the conference grow and become
5.) Cooking, eating, and living supplies. Bring
everything that you need to eat, live, and cook!
6.) Things to help build the infrastructure, water
coolers, portable stoves, pots and pans, etc.
7.) Water, and lots of it! A water source will be near
by however.
8.) Bathroom supplies! A bathroom will be near by
9.) Tarps, banners, blankets, etc, that will help
construct camp sites.
10.) Cameras, video equipment, cell phones etc. Be
prepared to documents possible police harassment.
11.) A good attitude, a desire to learn, and a
willingness to help out!
12.) Gas, car supplies. Be prepared to fix your earth
destroyer if need be! Have a person with a cell phone
in the car in case you need to call someone.

What Not To Bring:
1.) Drugs.
2.) Beer/Alcohol.
3.) Things that will give the police excuses to go
through your car.
4.) Bad security culture.
5.) Oppressive behavior. Manarchists will be fed to
bears and primitivists.

Ideas for Workshops, Skillshares, Discussion Circles:

If your workshops, lecture, discussion, etc, is
prepared, let us know by emailing us, (see below). We
are also looking for collectives to share and do
workshops with the group on the local issues that they
are working on. From strikes, Earth First! Campaigns,
prisoner support, community projects, let the rest of
the movement know what you are doing, and what ideas
and skills you can share with the rest of us.
Primitive skills are also of interest to us, being
that we will be out in the forest and in need of some
skills to help us in our wild environment. Security
Culture workshops, prisoner updates, Anarchism 101,
and anti-oppression/patriarchy workshops and
discussion are also needed for the gathering, and will
also be handy if needed or if desired by people, so
consider those as well. Also, if you are handy at
showing people various skills, (lockdown techniques,
structure building, radical journalism, etc), suggest
those as well.

Send all workshop ideas/and or questions to:

Peace to the villages - War to the Palaces!
* DAAA = Direct Action Anti-Authoritarians

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