Shalefield Justice Spring Break (SJSB) is an organizing & action camp that will bring together members of extraction communities, students, environmentalists and concerned residents who are interested in learning more about fracking, other forms of extreme energy extraction and other environmental justice issues. Participants will learn about the history of resistance, and about plugging into and collaborating with current campaigns and projects.
Through 7 days of workshops, skill shares, speakers, hiking, music, films, direct action and more, participants will learn from and stand with shalefield communities in the struggle to maintain community determination and healthy environments for all species. All activities will occur within a framework that seeks to acknowledge disenfranchised groups and marginalized people. SJSB is inspired by the Mountain Justice Spring Breaks (MJSB) that are hosted in the coalfields of Appalachia.
Where is SJSB going to be held?
SJSB will be hosted in Centre County, Pennsylvania* Located in a beautiful valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains, the site has a large retreat center for workshops, group activities and sharing meals. Lodging options include rustic bunkhouses and tenting. There are also options for those who prefer more formal housing in house-like settings. More details will be sent to registrants.
When is SJSB?
It will be March 6th-13th, 2015 to coincide with the spring breaks of colleges in the area. There is also Mountain Justice Spring Break in West Virginia for those who want to make it to their action camp.
Registration can be found HERE! We’re encouraging interested folks to register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! The earlier we receive registration and payment, the better we can plan the camp! Please consider registering and paying right away. After you register, the organizing committee will send you periodic emails with important updates.
Be a workshop presenter!
We want you to lead your really awesome workshop at Shalefield Justice Spring Break! Please submit your workshop ideas here by February 15th.
Help us make this really big!
Become a SJSB organizer! If you are interested, check out the campus and community organizer page on our website . Ways to help include distributing outreach materials, helping to organize fundraising events, and recruiting folks from your campus or community to come to camp.
Are you a part of or do you know of an organization that would like to co-sponsor SJSB? We want the funding of SJSB to be mutually beneficial. You can find our co-sponsorship program attached below or on our website HERE.
Energy Justice Shale Convergence right afterwards!
After Shalefield Justice Spring Break you can attend another camp: Energy Justice Shale Convergence. It is in Susquehanna County and goes from March 13th to 16th. Find out more information here: http://energyjusticesummer.org/about-the-convergence/
Feel free to get in contact with if you have any questions. You can also keep an eye out on our website for new information, or follow us on Facebook.
Ray and the SJSB planning collective
* We frequently use the term “so-called Pennsylvania” to acknowledge that as non-indigenous people we are settlers living on stolen land. PA is still inhabited by indigenous people, none of whom hold federal recognition or reservation land within the state. Indigenous people have been and continue to be violently displaced and brutally assimilated into the dominating culture in this country and around the world. Pennsylvania is the name that white European settlers gave this place. We will be creating space to talk about indigenous history and decolonization at camp.