I’m on tour with the beehive collective!

29 03 2011

Animals strategizing at the Highlander Folk School

Whew! What a whirlwind it’s been. I’ve been doing a collaborative tour with the Beehive Design Collective for the last month! We’ve been in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and North Carolina so far. We’re so grateful to so many people in the coal fields sharing their stories with us. We’ve stood on top of mountains where we could see 3 mountaintop removal moonscapes at once; given workshops for a middle school girls afterschool program; presented alongside frontline coal community advocates; facilitated interactive organizing trainings at community spaces; given keynote talks at conferences; hung out at community colleges; and had so many generous people open up their homes to us and share with us raw and painful accounts of the challenges they’re up against in their fights for justice.

It has been absolutely exhausting, but deeply politically fulfilling.

We’re leaving coal-affected regions now, and excited to come to Pensylvania, Washington DC, New York, Connecticut, Massachussets, New Hampshire and more. You can check out some of our upcoming dates at Aid and Abet’s site.

It’s been exciting experiment so far that I hope I’ll have more time to reflect on in the near future: mixing beehive style storytelling and graphic presentations with interactive training content on organizing, social movement strategy, campaign strategy, action design, and more. In some cases we’ve been tag-teaming trainings with an organization during the day, and a public beehive presentation at night, but mostly we have been mixing the two somewhat fluidly. It’s felt engaging and a much more accessible format than your standard training OR your standard lecture-style presentation.

For a full listing of our dates (some have info forthcoming), click below:

3/4/11 – Firestorm Café,  8pm. Asheville NC

3/11, 3/12, 3/13 –  Appalachian Studies Association conference in Richmond KY

3/14 – Marshall University, 7pm. Huntington KY. Sponsored by Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, SEAC

3/15 –  Pellissippi State College, 9am, Knoxville TN

3/17 – Tennessee Tech University, 6pm, Cookeville TN

3/18; 3/19 – United Students for Fair Trade conference, Bowling Green KY

3/20 – Lower Price Community School, 5:30pm, Cincinnati Ohio

3/21 – Xavier University, 7pm, Conaton Learning Commons, Room 406, Cincinnati Ohio

3/22 –  Broke Spoke community bike shop, Lexington KY

3/23 – University of Kentucky, 7pm, Lexington KY

3/24 – Al’s Bar, Lexington KY, Sponsored by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

3/25 – COALFIELDS – Coal River Mountain Watch meeting

3/26 – COALFIELDS – Kayford Mountain

3/27 – 2pm Covenant House, Charleston KY, Sponsored by Keepers of the Mountains

3/28 – Trimble Middle School, w/ GIRL POWER! afterschool program 2pm – 3:15 Athens, Ohio

3/29 – Ohio State University, 7pm, Columbus Ohio

3/30 – Ohio State University, 7pm, Columbus Ohio

4/1 – Juniata College, Huntingdon PA

4/3 Moose Exchange, evening, Bloomsburg PA

4/4 Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg PA,

4/4 Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg PA

4/5 Bard University, Annandale NY

4/6 Yale University, 4:30pm New Haven CT

4/6 Yale University, 8:00pm New Haven C

4/7 Manhattanville College, 12:00pm, Purchase NY

4/7 SUNY Purchase, 7pm, Purchase NY

4/8 Hunter College, Queens NY

4/9 Latin American Solidarity Conference, Washington DC

4/10 Latin American Solidarity Conference, Washington DC

4/10 w/ Rising Tide (location TBA), Washington DC

4/11 w/ Dream Collective (location TBA), Washington – DC

4/12 JMU Harrisonburg, VA

4/13 Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, sponsored by Friends of the Earth

4/14 – University of Maryland, Washington DC

4/16 – Powershift, DC

4/17 – Powershift, DC

4/18 – American University. DC

4/19 – North Hartford High School, Philadelphia PA

4/20 – Earth Quaker Action team training (not a public event), Philadelphia PA

4/21 – CUNY Law, NYC

4/22 – Innovation High School, NYC

4/25 – US Coast Guard Academy, New London CT

4/25-  Connecticut College, CT [TENTATIVE]

4/26 – UCONN, 7pm Dodd Center, Storrs CT

4/27- Brookline High, Boston MA

4/28- UMass Lowell, MA

4/29 – Brandeis University – Waltham MA

4/29 – Regional Center for Healthy Communities, Boston MA

4/30 – Brandeis University – Waltham MA

5/1 – University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire

5/2 – Boston College, 7pm, Boston MA

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