Disarmament Summer Encampment Begins July 30 in Chimayo - Your Support and Help is Needed

July 16, 2010

Think Outside the Bomb, the nation's largest youth-led nuclear abolition network, is organizing a permaculture youth encampment in Chimayo, beginning on Friday, July 30 and running through Monday, August 9. The encampment is the culmination of the Disarmament Summer activities, which included actions and events across the country. The encampment is located in the valley beneath Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

The encampment is organized by a cross-cultural alliance of youth. They are working together to re-ignite hope from below and build a grassroots, consensus-based, nonviolent direct action movement to address the impacts of the nuclear cycle on people and the environment.

Permaculture is an approach to sustainable land use design for communities and agricultural systems that incorporate the relationships found in nature that builds on those relationships which results in minimizing work. The goal of creating a permaculture encampment is to build positive solutions to sustain healthy community in the Espanola Valley.

You are invited to participate, donate to their efforts, and contribute to helping put the final touches to the encampment. Two more work weekends are scheduled before the encampment begins. They are this weekend, Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, and next weekend, Friday, July 23, Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. For more information, please call 505-351-1908 or 805-284-6911.

Think Outside the Bomb is dedicated to experiential learning and popular education. They believe that everyone has knowledge and experience to share, which means that during the encampment, there will not be a lot of panel discussions or speeches. There will be opportunities to participate in discussions and workshops, make art, sing, dance, learn new things, help plan actions, and create community with those who attend.

"Open your eyes to the wonders of our place,

stand together against a great disgrace,

grow as a tree to spread the seeds of peace"

-Robert Chavez, TOTB/Honor Our Pueblo Existence (H.O.P.E.) Youth Coordinator

The youth encampment depends on the support of the community. Currently Think Outside The Bomb is planning for 300 people to attend the summer encampment and need your donation; especially medical supplies, building materials, office supplies, food, or other items which will help them guarantee a successful camp! For more information about what is needed, please check out their wish list at www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org/wishlist or email them at disarmamentsummer@gmail.com. They are happy to arrange pick-ups or drop-offs.

There is still time to register for the summer encampment, so if you are interested in attending please register on their website or for more information, visit them at www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org or call 505-351-1908 or 805-284-6911.

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