Community Agreements

Welcome to the Deep Roots Action Camp!  

The overarching goal of the Deep Roots Action Camp is to foster deeper connections between forest and climate organizers and to help skill-up activists and organizers throughout the region in order to plan effective actions to protect communities, forests and climate; giving people the tools to go out and organize independently in their own communities. 

This camp is open to anyone who wants to learn about direct action, and how it can be applied to forest and climate defense. We welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences. We hope to make this camp as accessible as possible; with the caveat that participation outside means there will be some elements beyond our control.

Through training, we aim to support people to create and participate in Affinity Groups -a common way for folks doing direct action and civil disobedience to organize. We will be offering a workshop on this and are excited for you to take part! In the meantime (if you can) please check out this article on affinity groups before coming. https://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/affinitygroups

Agreements 

By coming to the camp, you’re agreeing to abide by the following agreements. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

How we show up:

Take space, Make space – We practice building space for everyone and their contributions while also being mindful of our respective relationships to power. In other words, please be aware of the space you’re taking up. Alternatively, if you tend to not share your voice and ideas, please move forward.

This camp will prioritize the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), trans, queer and working class folks, women, and people with disabilities. We ask that people who are white, cis, straight, able bodied, men, or middle/upper class think about the ways in which they navigate and inhabit collective spaces.

Take care: Participants may get the most out of the experience by fully participating in trainings and activities. However, your time is your own, and everyone should feel empowered to care for themselves. Take bathroom breaks, arrive late to the camp or leave early, skip trainings, etc. 

Respect and Understanding – We strive to treat each other with respect and to practice active and reflective listening – listening to each other completely with the intent to understand rather than listening simply to respond.

Move in Ways that Dismantle Power Dynamics – Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or any other harmful power dynamics will not be accepted. Microaggressions and other harmful behavior will either be called in by a friend or camp facilitator or addressed in the moment, depending on the content and scope of the behavior/language.

Impact and Intent – Both are important. We understand that mistakes happen and that we all make mistakes! Nonetheless, there needs to be accountability for impact regardless of the intent. We defer to the recipient of any action to decide for themselves whether an action was harmful, and we will support them in finding a resolution that brings repair and prevents repeated harm.

Consent – Your body, energy, and life are your own. We affirm everyone’s autonomy in this regard. We are creating a culture that honors each other’s boundaries and autonomy. Please ask for permission before taking photos or videos which include our attendees, giving hugs, etc. Please take care of yourself as needed with respect to things like bathroom breaks, rest, food, space and everything else your unique self needs.

Speak from Our Own Experiences – We don’t assume what other people are thinking or put words in other people’s mouths.

Safety and Accessibility 

At this time, we are still unsure about the exact location for the camp and will defer to the conditions/policies of the site itself should it affect any of the following:

ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL for COVID:

COVID is continuing to spread, and the consequences can be serious and long-lasting. Because of concerns with long COVID and for those who are immunocompromised or otherwise at higher risk, we ask that each person coming to camp take a rapid self-test within 24 hours before traveling to camp, (especially if carpooling with others.) If you are not able to get your hands on a test, we can provide one for you at the camp but will have a limited number so please test before travel if possible. You’ll be asked for verbal confirmation of a negative test when you arrive.

If you’ve tested positive or have any other symptoms of COVID or any other contagious illness, please for the safety of others– stay home!

 The camp environment will be fully outdoors and there will be hand washing stations. We are not requiring people to wear masks though folks are welcome if they choose. We will have some masks on-site. If someone gets sick during the camp, we organizers and/or volunteer medics will check in with them to attend to each situation on a case-by-case basis keeping the individual as well as the safety of the whole community in mind.

Smoking:
We plan to have a designated smoking area with water nearby. Please smoke only in the designated area(s.)

Drugs/Alcohol:
We’re excited to make the most of it this weekend to deepen relationships and dig into workshops and conversations! For that reason, we’d like to keep the event generally sober and minimize the presence of drugs & alcohol; it’s fun to cut loose together around a fire at night, but we also want to get in the habit of making our events & gatherings spaces feel inclusive and welcoming for everyone, including those in recovery and folks from native communities for which alcohol has been a tool of colonization. We won’t be checking anyone’s bags or policing each other or what anyone does privately, but do ask you to help us create a space that helps us all be present with one another and focused & productive in our discussions/interactions.

Dogs
We love dogs but encourage you to plan to leave them at home! If you can’t leave your dog at home, you may bring well-behaved dogs as long as they remain on a 6 foot leash (per campsite requirements). However, if there is any chance that your dog could interfere with camp (ex. scare/ knock over children, bark/ fight with other dogs, get into the kitchen, other people’s personal space, etc., please find a caring pet sitter for your dog. If your dog interferes with the camp it could result in your dog being asked to leave the camp.

By coming to the camp you agree to all of the above camp agreements. If someone is not following any of these agreements we will talk with them about it promptly, directly, and compassionately.

CHILDCARE:

We want this action camp to be a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone, including folks who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate without bringing their kids to camp. We’re working to set up childcare during the camp for as many blocks as we can and will share more information once we have it. While many of the workshops & trainings won’t necessarily be appropriate (or very fun) for kids, we don’t want that to be a barrier for anyone to participate in camp. We also plan to have a designated “kids camp” area with toys, games, activities so that kids have a safe, fun, and engaging experience at camp. Please reach out to us to let us know if you expect to bring a young one with you to camp, and how old they are, so we have a headcount (for food as well) and can ensure we have enough childcare providers for everyone. We know our movements have a history of not being inclusive of families and kids and want this camp to be part of the effort to turn that dynamic around! If you have ideas or thoughts to contribute to making camp a fun & engaging space for children, please share them with us.

We hope these Agreements provide some context, information and comfort while making plans to attend.

For any further questions contact: 

Jesse, Hogan and Miriam at [email protected]