Tuesday, June 21 - Day 1 of Localize This! 2016 Action Camp

Here's a teaser for some of what will be offered on Tuesday June 21, 2016 at LocalizeThis! 

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8AM - 9AM Breakfast

9AM - 10AM - Bhakti Yoga with Zarna Joshi - spiritual activism, storytelling, and sacred sounds as a powerful way to change the values of society while confronting oppression within ourselves and the system.

10 AM-10:45 AM Opening Circle and Orientation

ShellyVendiolaHeadshot.pngShelly Vendiola is our featured presenter for the Tues June 21.  She will be helping us to ground our activism in place-based teachings and introduce us to the principles of working together, and more. 

Shelly Vendiola (Swinomish/Visayan)

Ms. Vendiola is of mixed heritage both Swinomish and Filipina (an Indipina), she is a certified mediator, peacemaker, educator and community activist. She currently serves as full-time faculty for the Northwest Indian College Native Studies Leadership Program. Shelly is the co-founder of the Community Alliance and Peacemaking Project and has contracted with the Swinomish tribe and the Community-based Climate Education & Awareness Group on the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative. She formerly served as the Campaign Director and mediator for the Indigenous Environmental Network and continues to work in collaboration advocating environmental justice issues for tribes in the Pacific Northwest region. Ms. Vendiola previously served as an Executive Director for the Lummi CEDAR Project, a native non-profit dedicated to youth leadership and healthy lifestyles where she provides technical assistance, curriculum development and training.

Shelly received mediation training through the Indian Dispute Resolution Services and the San Francisco Community Boards Program. She continues to lead workshops in alliance building, organizational development, leadership, peacemaking and dispute resolution throughout the country. Ms. Vendiola holds a Master Degree in Adult & Higher Education and practices popular education methodology within all aspects of her work.


11am-12:30pm "Alliance Building—An Indigenous Perspective Part 1: Our Relationship to the Earth, to Each Other"(1.5 hours) with Shelly Vendiola

This workshop will introduce participants to “place-based” teachings and our connection to our first mother—the earth. Core traditional values will be shared through story and participants will practice basic relationship building skills through a participatory exercise. Tips on what, why and how to avoid stereotyping or appropriation may be highlighted (time permitting).

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm -3:30pm "Alliance Building – An Indigenous Perspective Part 2: The Principles of Working Together" (2 hours) with Shelly Vendiola

View and download workshop materials here 

This workshop will introduce participants to “place-based” teachings and our connection to our first mother—the earth. Concepts such as the ancient teachings of the trees, “tree of peace”, consensus, talking circles, and measures of dispute resolution will be presented. Participants will work with their peers in small groups discuss how they would work together to resolve a conflict that is presented during the workshop. Participants should have already reviewed the Principles of Working Together and will describe how these principles would strengthen the work they are engaged in as activists, educators or concerned citizens (time permitting).

4pm - 5:30pm

Personhood and Power - Rights and Racism by Daniel Lee

DANIEL LEEThe purpose of this exercise is to make the connection between personhood, law, rights and privileges to help people understand why Move to Amend’s fight must include a commitment to dismantle racism in order to be fully effective. There are three timelines which are presented together: a timeline of corporate rights, a people's movement timeline, and a white privilege timeline. In this exercise, participants hold and read placards with cases on each timeline to illustrate in a powerful, visceral way, how corporations have steadily gained rights as human beings have lost them. You can see a video of this exercise here

 Daniel Lee is our Allied Trainer from Move to Amend 

Daniel Lee
has been a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team since March of 2012. An active member of Occupy Los Angeles and InterOccupy Daniel has participated in Occupy encampments across the country as well as done community organizing locally in Los Angeles.

He has also served locally on the Culver City Martin Luther King jr. Celebration Committee for the last 3 years and has been a volunteer with El Rincon Elementary, also in Culver City, for the last 7 years. Daniel is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, a former student at the University of Southern California, and California State University Los Angeles and current MSW candidate at UCLA.

Video: Organizing to End Corporate Rule and Get Money out of Politics



5:30-6 FreeTime and Fun

6-7 Dinner


7-9:30 Authentic Engagement for Building Community Power by Jim Diers

Stories from around the globe on how regular people grow community power and manifest their aspirations. Embedded in these stories are lessons for activists and activist organizations about community organizing and how we can learn from a tradition that is different than our campaign and action-based work. 

Jim DiersJim Diers has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Since moving to Seattle in 1976, he put that passion to work for a direct-action neighborhood association, a community development corporation, a community foundation, and the nation's largest health care cooperative. He was appointed the first director of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years. 

Currently, Jim teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and government. Jim received a BA and an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College. His work in the Department of Neighborhoods was recognized with an Innovations Award from the Kennedy School of Government, a Full Inclusion Award from the American Association on Developmental Disabilities, and the Public Employee of the Year Award from the Municipal League of King County. Jim's book, Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, is available in both English and Chinese editions 

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  • June 21, 2016 at 10:00am – 10pm
  • Cascadia Compound - Vashon Island, WA
    12901 SW 276th St
    Vashon, WA 98070
    United States
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