During the weekend of September 14-16, Castle Mountain Coalition, the Alaska Action Center, and partner organizations will be sponsoring the first annual Alaska Mining Action Camp. The event will be held at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) on Farm Loop Road outside of Palmer, Alaska.
We have invited a number of activists, organizers, trainers, and community members who are involved in the movement to abolish mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. We will hear about the impacts of large scale surface mining from those who live with it every day. We will learn about community organizing and resistance from those involved in a struggle against King Coal that dates back over one hundred years. The camp will consist of workshops, activities, entertainment, and discussion. The focus will be on community organizing, building solidarity across cultural and social divides, and the role of non-violent direct action in addressing root causes of social and environmental injustice.
Goals for the camp include building solidarity between Native Alaskan and non-native activists, strengthening ties between various environmental and social justice campaigns in Alaska, contributing to the emergence of a national anti-extraction movement, delving into root causes of our current social and environmental crisis, expanding the range of tactics available to us in addressing this crisis, and of course; sharing stories, food, and fun.
There is plenty of room for camping at the NOLS farm, but those who wish to commute to and from the farm are welcome to do so. All meals will be provided Saturday and Sunday. On Friday evening, there will be a presentation and panel discussion followed by entertainment. This will be open to those attending the weekend camp as well as community members who are not able to attend the entire camp.