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WHO:     The Ruckus Society
WHAT:   Human Rights Action Camp
WHERE: Middleburg, Virginia (45 minutes from Washington, D.C.)
WHEN:   June 16-21, 1998 (Curriculum starts Wednesday, June 17th)
WHY:      To increase the effectiveness of human rights advocacy and
network activists from the human rights,
environmental and social justice

Please note:  The training is FREE! A sliding scale donation to help cover
the cost of food is requested ($50 suggested). No one will be turned away
due to lack of funds!!! Applicants representing organizations are requested
to contribute a donation to help cover the cost of the training for those
without budgets ($200 suggested).


Ruckus trains human rights and environmental activists in nonviolent
methods and advocacy strategies for progressive social change. The  Human
Rights Action Camp will be held in Middleburg, Virginia, and promises to be
one of the best camps yet, with a slate of highly experienced trainers,
presenters, facilitators and special guests.

Ruckus' mission is to bring assistance to those who most need it: the
front-line campaign organizations and individuals. Veteran activists lead
the trainings, volunteering time and resources from their respective

The 1998 Human Rights Action Camp will be an intensive four-day  training
event open to those engaged in high-profile public campaigning and
advocacy. This training will bring together roughly 50 grassroots and
professional activists from leading international and domestic human rights
and environmental organizations. It is designed to provide participants
with a new set of action-oriented skills and strategies, build stronger
ties of cooperation among these communities, and increase the effectiveness
of human rights advocacy.

Specific Camp Goals:
* Training professional human rights activists in a new set of
action-oriented skills and strategies
* Addressing the need for a unified, organized and effective response from
the human rights community for specific upcoming strategic  opportunities
* Linking human rights campaigners with trained grassroots activists
* Teaching front-line, grassroots, human rights activists more  effective
and sophisticated tactics
* Introducing and networking human rights activists with activists from
other domestic social change movements working on environmental, peace, and
social justice issues
* Bringing human rights activists together for a team-building experience
* Providing an empowering, bonding experience for human rights  activists
and campaigners

Since 1995, the Ruckus Society has held 8 camps, attended by more than 600
activists representing a large variety of groups and issues.
Internationally, Ruckus has attracted participants from the Tibetan and
Burmese human rights movements, the Tarahumara of rural Mexico, the First
Nations of Canada, and activists from Germany, Russia, Nigeria, Korea and
Taiwan. Domestically, Ruckus work closely with human rights, social
justice, Toxics, nuclear issues, wilderness, and peace activists.  Ruckus
participants come from all walks of life and from many different
perspectives with a common goal: to achieve respect for human rights  and
environmental and social justice.

For example, the Malibu Camp, held in fall of 1996, brought together
human rights activists from the Burmese and Tibetan freedom movements with
human rights, social justice, and environmental activists from the United
States. This camp led to an action heard throughout Burma on the BBC  and
recognized by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who thanked  the
activists with a phone call from her home.

Ruckus Action Camps have attracted widespread media coverage. Journalists
have covered all aspects of camps from the technical climb training on  a
50-foot scaffolding tower to the powerful grassroots network the camps
catalyze. Ruckus's British Columbia camp in March 1997 was the lead print
media and television story throughout Canada for 3 days running. NBC  and
ABC national news as well as dozens of local TV news crews have done
television stories on Ruckus camps. Most recently, "Inside Edition" carried
a lengthy piece on Ruckus's North Carolina training camp; CNN has expressed
an interest in future camps. Ruckus's Women's Camp, held this past April in
Austin, Texas, had crews from the Fox Network, ABC, and ABC. The  Women's
Camp will also be the focus of a half-hour BBC special. Look for an
extensive article on Ruckus camps in upcoming Mademoiselle magazines.  US
News & World Report, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Outside, George,
Marie Claire and E magazines as well as numerous U.S. newspapers have
featured stories on Ruckus camps.

The Human Rights Action Camp will include the following curriculum:

NONVIOLENCE: History, philosophy and technique will be covered, including
extensive role plays.

MEDIA TRAINING: An overview of how the media operate. Discussion will cover
strategic thinking about the newsworthiness of direct actions,  practical
suggestions in crafting leads and soundbites, pitching the story and
message delivery.

POLITICAL THEATER: Training on the development and use of effective
guerrilla theater. Students will discuss various opportunities within
campaigns to make use of humor, drama, and pageantry to move their agenda
forward. Puppet making and costume design will be discussed in depth.

ON-LINE ACTIVISM: The internet is one of the most cutting-edge and
effective mediums for social change. Students will be trained in a variety
of technical skills from effective internet research techniques to creating
images and reaching your constituency on-line.

CONFRONTATIONAL CAMPAIGNING: Effective direct action cannot take place
outside of a political context in which it is appropriate. How does one
structure a campaign that can effectively utilize confrontational
non-violence as a key component. When is it appropriate to sit in the board
room, and when should the board meeting be shut down. Participants will
examine a variety of campaigns that owe their success to  confrontational

ACTION PLANNING AND COORDINATION: The nuts and bolts of coordinating direct
actions, including maps, videos and photos.

CLIMBING FOR DIRECT ACTIONS: Overview and details of basic ropework,
belaying, rappelling, knots, harnesses, and hardware.

For more information, please contact:

The Ruckus Society
2530 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Ph: 510-848-9565
Fax: 510-848-9541


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