What has passed, what is to come…

Dear Friends, Supporters and Volunteers,

Activists and impacted community members from Montana and surrounding regions demonstrate outside the capitol in Helena as part of a week-long action against coal exports organized by the Blue Skies Campaign.

As the summer days get shorter and fall approaches, Seeds of Peace Collective members are taking a well-deserved break from the road. After a busy summer spent criss-crossing the country in support of many exciting events–the mobilization against the NATO Summit in Chicago, the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous in Western PA, facilitating trainings at an Action Camp in Youngstown, OH and another in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the RAMPS Summer Mobilization in West Virginia, and the Coal Export Action in Helena, MT, to name a few–we are finally meeting up and settling down in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley to prepare for the months ahead.

In order to help you prepare, too, we’ve already got a roster of events lined up into next year that you can join us in supporting!  This fall, although there may not be a need for kitchen support at the annual Black Mesa Fall Caravan, Seeds members will travel to northern Arizona to volunteer our labor in solidarity with the Diné elders resisting forced relocation and coal mining on the Hopi and Navajo reservations. Then, in February, we will travel to southern Ohio to support the Earth First! Organizers Conference, and in the spring, we will head to West Virgina to join RAMPS in their mobilization to end Mountain Top Removal coal mining.  Summer will find us in Appalachia once again as we continue our support for Earth First! at the Round River Rendezvous in North Carolina.

If this summer was any indication of things to come, we expect our schedule to continue to fill up as more and more people around the country join the resistance.  Please contact us if you’d like Seeds to come to an event you’re hosting or if you’d like to join us as a volunteer at one we’re supporting; we’d love to have you!  If you can’t join us at an event, you can still help from afar by making a donation–we are a grassroots, volunteer powered collective and rely almost totally on your donations to continue our important work!

This September, Seeds members will be in Montana to meet, plan and (finally) finish the conversion of our Dodge flatbed truck to run on Waste Vegetable Oil. We also hope to chip away at another long-term project: the construction of an on-board kitchen in our WVO converted school bus.  Both of these vehicle projects are costly, and your help is needed to assist us in completing them.  Please consider donating–any amount you can spare will be greatly appreciated, and will make a big difference to us!

Finally, we are very happy to report that over the summer, many of our collective members have had the opportunity to begin facilitating trainings.  This is an exciting and dynamic component of the logistics and support we are able to provide, so please spread the word! Specifically, we can provide Direct Action, Blockades, and Know Your Rights trainings.

To all of you that we met or had the chance to see again this summer, we also want to say a special thank you! Your support at actions, in the kitchen, and on the streets, and your donations of food, money and time, are what have enabled the Seeds of Peace Collective to continue our support of Non-Violent Direct Action for 26 years and running!

Yours in Struggle,

Seeds of Peace Collective

Sarah, Max, Nick, Steven, Elizabeth, Grumble and Shelby

Contact us at: seedsofpeacecollective@riseup.net

Read our blog at: seedsofpeacecollective.wordpress.com

Learn more and donate at: seedsofpeacecollective.org

Posted on September 18, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Very descriptive blog, I loved that a lot.
    Will there be a part 2?

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