one week out!

July 25, 2008 - Leave a Response
Only  one week to go!

The RNC Welcoming Committee, UA-Midwest and the Seeds of Peace want to
invite you and your friends to join us for four days to polish up on our
Direct Action and Street Medic skills, or learn a whole new set of
tools in a beautiful setting in Southern Minnesota. From Thursday, July
31st  until Sunday, August 3, we'll  rendezvous in southern Minnesota to
practice and hone our organizing and action skills.  Oh, yeah, and of
course, to boogie down at the Anarchist Idol No Talent Show taking place
Friday evening! Bring your banjos and harmonicas (or thrash gear) and
come ready!

The camp/retreat is free, but we are encouraging a donation to help
cover costs of equipment and the space. The owner has donated the land,
but we would like the park to continue to operate, so we will hopefully be
making a donation to him at the end of the camp.

We are still working out the kinks for our exact
training/skill-share/workshop schedule but here are things that will be

Direct Action 101
Blockading 101 & 201
Urban Street Tactics
20 Hour Action Street Medic Training
Strategic and Tactical Non-Violence
Night Games
Gender Dynamics
And more!

While all these skills can be taken back to our communities and
campaigns, these workshops will be facilitated with the September 1
"Swarm,Seize,Stay: Crash the Convention" framework in mind. Bring your
questions and ideas to hash them out and experiment with a little bit

On Sunday morning we will have a 3 hour Mock Action to bring all the
pieces together. Keep this in mind with your friends and affinity group,
because after breakfast we're gonna blockade the campground! The exact
scenario will be announced on Friday at camp, but think outhouses as
intersections, and the camp kitchen as a convention center in some
Midwestern city.

If you haven't already, please RSVP  to

Get on the announcement list at

When RSVP'ing please answer a few questions for us, k?

1. How many of you are there?
2. Do you need childcare? If so, how old are the young 'uns?
3. Do you have a workshop or skill-share you want to facilitate? If so,
can you give us a description and needs (if you want to lead a puppet
workshop, tell us what supplies you need)
4. Are you planning to get yourself there?
5. Will you be attending the Street Medic track?

Location/Getting there:

*The Camp is being held at Harmony Park , a 300 acre music venue near
Albert Lea MN. It is roughly 1 ½ hours south of Minneapolis.  for
directions see

*If you are driving yourself, please try not to arrive to the site
before 12 pm on Thursday July 31.  If you need to arrive earlier than
that, please contact us to arrange arrival.

As of this writing, we plan to have a  shuttle / car pool leave from the
Seward Cafe in Minneapolis promptly at 12pm on Thursday July 31.

We have a ride share section at our website:
Use the comment section to communicate ride-share information.

Remember this is a semi-primitive camping situation. Come prepared with
a tent, sleeping bag, water bottle, bug repellent, sunscreen, rain
gear,condoms, sunscreen, and  anything else you'd bring for a weekend in
the woods. If you have a climbing harness and gear, bring it! We plan to
have some ropes set up for the beginner and experienced folk. Plus,
remember to bring your talent, or lack thereof. :) Please DON'T bring
firewood. It will be available on site.

We strive to be as inclusive as possible, so we will have a womyn and trans
only space available for camping and some workshops. Please be
respectful of this space.

This is a sober event. That means no alcohol or drugs. We are
unapologetic about this and will cite several factors for our decision
to do this. One is the wishes of the land owner and to avoid police
harassments. We also feel that a sober space will allow us to focus on
the camp and not the party. We also feel that a truly safe, inclusive
space includes recognizing and combating chemical dependency and abuse
within our communities. It's on open event, but we reserve the right to kick
you out if it becomes an issue.

An on-site medic and mediation team will be available.

Photography is a consent issue. Please don't take pictures without

There is always the possibility that media will show up at the camp,
wanting to ask questions, film or take pictures. For the respect and
safety of others, please do not communicate with the media in any way and
contact the media liaison team ASAP to deal with the situation

Dogs are OK, but PLEASE watch them. We don't have dog care, and really
don't want the land trampled by our four legged friends. If your dog
gets out of hand, bites anyone, or is just a plain pain in the ass, we
will ask you and them to leave.

A kitchen (thank you Seeds of Peace!) with breakfast, lunch, and dinner
will be provided, as will childcare. We are asking everyone to
contribute at least one hour to on-site logistical stuff.

We will have an emergency contact phone number. It will be announced in
the week before camp.

Members of the Seeds of Peace Collective will be providing a number of
the scheduled trainings, and will be assisted by Welcoming Committee
members and others with experience in direct action and practical skill

 Dinner 5PM
 7PM fight the green scare/prisoner support letter writing.

 7PM Open time: medic?

 Friday: Breakfast at 8AM
 9-1PM street medic part 1
 9-1PM: Blockading 101  (intro, planning, scouting, etc)
 9-1PM: Open time ?
 1PM: Lunch
 2-6PM: Street medic part 2
 2-6PM: Blockading 201 (lockboxes, etc)
 2-4PM: Open time?
 4-6PM: Gender Dynamics Discussion?
 6PM Dinner
 7PM:Blockading 201/w-t only?
 7PM: Medics ?
 7PM: Open time?
 Prisoner letter writing.

 9:30PM: No Idols, No Talent Show

 Saturday: Breakfast at 8AM
 9-1PM street medic part 3
 9-1PM: AP Blockading 301  (tripods, cars, barrels and more)
 9-1PM: Open time ?
 1PM: Lunch
 2-6PM: Street medic part 4
 2-6PM: urban street tactics (de-arresting,movement,communications, etc)
 2-6PM: Coldsnap Legal Collective Training

 6PM: Dinner

 7PM-9:Blockading 201/w-t only?
 9PM-10PM: Mock action spokes council

 10PM: Movie?

 Sunday: Breakfast 8AM
 9-noon: camp blockade
 noon: lunch
 1PM: Closing circle

Ride Share!

July 11, 2008 - One Response

Please start posting and making plans of ride share to get down to the camp.  This is a good way to meet up with people in your area to make it down and fit as many people in cars as we collectively can! 🙂


June 30, 2008 - Leave a Response

Workshops going on!:

Consensus Process
Arts & Activism (puppets or general)
Media & Messaging
Direct Action Organizing
general Direct Action tactics, strategy, and/or theory
Urban Tactics for Direct Action
RNC Presentation

Possible Workshops:
Medic Trainings
Gender Dynamics
Guerrila workshops
Night Games
De-arresting/Puppy Piles
Evening Entertainment
Rocket Stoves
legal observer training


June 26, 2008 - Leave a Response
RNC Action Retreat Update

The RNC Welcoming Committee and Unconventional Midwest RNC Action Camp
and Retreat July 31- Aug 1 is less than 6 weeks away. We have a great weekend planned. Here are some updates

1 The camp is child friendly, drug and alcohol free, and a safe space
for other bodied identified folx. We reserve the right to ask you to leave if you violate these guidelines

2 If you are planning to attend and have not already, please RSVP to This is especially
important if you are bring children. 

Please answer the following questions:

How many are coming?
Do you need child care?
Do you have workshop ideas you would like to lead? Would you like us to
leave space on the schedule for that?
Do you need transportation from Minneapolis to Albert Lea?
Any other needs we should know about for planning?

3 Camp is free and we will provide meals. Donations will be accepted and
are appreciated.

4 Workshops are slated to take place on Friday August 1 and Saturday
August 2. Thursday Evening is a welcome dinner and Sunday the 3rd is slated to be a breakfast followed by an RNC spokescouncil.

5 We have some amazing trainers and presenters planning to come and help
us out. Seeds of Peace will be providing the kitchen and Medical trainings and No War No Warming will be sending trainers. The RNC Welcoming Committee will be presenting on RNC planning.

6 Workshops scheduled so far include Facilitation, Consensus
Process,Arts & Activism ,Direct Action Organizing, general Direct Action tactics, strategy, and/or theory, Urban Tactics for Direct Action, Blockades, Medic Trainings and more. We also have plenty of space available for querilla workshops
and DIY trainings.

7 What to bring:

We are camping in a semi-primitive 300+ acre private campground/music
venue. We will have a kitchen, running water and showers. Bring everything you would bring for a weekend in the woods (minus the booze and drugs). If you're one of them city folk, that means a tent, a tarp, and swimsuit at the minimum.

8 We plan an evening event on Friday and Saturday. we may do a talent
show. Bring your talent.

9 We are planning to have a shuttle bus running at least once during the
camp. Watch for updates here.

10 We can't wait to see you!

for more information


email us!


June 19, 2008 - Leave a Response

Please keep coming back for updates on the schedule that is going to come out soon.

Please sign up for the listserv on the annoucements of the listserv:

And RSVP to:

We need food, transport, child care numbers!

Call for workshop, skillshare proposals

May 19, 2008 - Leave a Response

Hey all! – So if you have a special skill or knowledge in an area that pertains, let us know! Don’t hesitate to send us your proposals for workshops, skillshares, etc. Some things we are interested in but not limited to –

Non-violence trainings

Blockading 101

Advanced Blockading

Street Tactics

Consensus Trainings


Street Medics

Affinity Groups

Let us know!

RNC Action Camp and Retreat! July 31 – Aug 3 2008

May 13, 2008 - Leave a Response
RNC Action Camp and Retreat!  
July 31 - Aug 3 2008 in beautiful 
Southern Minnesota
Join the RNC Welcoming Committee,
UnconventionalAction Midwest, 
Citizen's League of @nti-
CivilationVoters for a 4-day 
camp-out retreat and actioncamp
training.  The camp will conduct 
trainings on non-violence, direct 
action, community organizing, 
blockades, guerrilla kitchens,
group consensus decision-making, 
legal defense, affinity groups, 
street theatre, jail support, 
and other topics.

Attend all the workshops or 
attend none! We will create
a space to relax and decompress 
before the main event, or get 
skills to help Crash the Convention!

RSVP or write with questions 
and comments to 

For updates and announcements email 

See you there!