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Earth First! Organizers' Conference Feb 14-17

There will be exciting discussions centered around movement building and strategy, as well as time set aside for skills sharing. Yet the focus of this year's conference will be "Safety and Effectiveness."

Instructors will be on site to review training techniques and nonviolence tactics. The intention is that we will be more effective if we are fluent in how to carry out safe actions.
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Earth First! Organizers' Conference 2003 ~
February 14-17, 2003


Why You Should Come:

Got the Winter blahs? Come on down to the 2003 Organizers' Conference and Winter Rendezvous near warm and wild Santa Cruz, California, on February 14-17.

There will be exciting discussions centered around movement building and strategy, as well as time set aside for skills sharing. Yet the focus of this year's conference will be "Safety and Effectiveness."

With the recent, tragic deaths of two treesitters, Horehound and Naya, the importance of proper training will be stressed.

Instructors will be on site to review training techniques and nonviolence tactics. The intention is that we will be more effective if we are fluent in how to carry out safe actions.

It is no secret that the organizing committee, Santa Cruz EF!, has been dealt heavy blows this year, including Naya's death and the devastation at Ramsey Gulch. Despite this, and because of this, we welcome the opportunity to invite folks from different regions and struggles around the world to our home to discuss many of the important issues facing our movement in these troubled times.


Home to some of the oldest, grandest, and tallest trees, a land of deserts and the Pacific Ocean coast, California is remarkable in its diversity. We will be camping at Arroyo Seco, just east of the Ventana Wilderness.

There are trails for hiking, and the brave can swim or raft in the Arroyo Seco River. The daytime temperatures may get into the 70s with overnight lows down to slightly below freezing. We will be in a US Forest Service campground, so water and toilet facilities will be available.

The group campsite can hold 50 people (with a 10 car limit), and there will be additional campsites with 10 people per site (three cars maximum), a short walk away.


Grub, Fire and Fun:

We will try to set up a community kitchen but be prepared to cook your own food in the event that doesn't work out. You should also be prepared to keep your food safe from local critters, including the occasional black bear.

The Warrior Poets Society's annual "Night to Howl" will be on February 16. Poets, singers, musicians, rabble-rousers and ranters are invited to share their work. Please bring dry firewood so we can have warm nights around the campfire.

Don't bring weapons, drugs, unruly pets or bad attitudes. There will be rangers driving around the camp area, so behave yourself or keep well out of sight.

Directions:

From San Francisco: Take Highway 101 south to Arroyo Seco Road, just south of Soledad. Cross the bridge and turn left, then go 20 miles southwest until you come to the campground and find the group camping area.

From southern California: Take Highway 101 north to Greenfield, then take G16 west to the campground.
For more information or ride coordination, contact EF! OC 2003, POB 344,

Santa Cruz, CA 95061; (831) 425-3205; cruzef (at) cruzio.com
 
 


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