Uprise Camp & The Youth Action Alliance

HELP YOUTH HELP YOU IN 2020

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Support the Youth Action Alliance and Uprise Camp!
Uprise Camp is one of the most beautifully touching, fun, and inspiring experiences I have ever had. Everyone at camp, young and old, is over the moon with excitement and and standing strong for one another. 

Uprise Camp, like the Youth Action alliancem, is about fun educational experiences, direct actions, and youth social movement organizing, period. The teens and highschool students we're working with are amazing, and people are hearing of their work all over the country. The young people are modeling movement unity, pulling the adults along into the intersections of justice, ecology, and self-determination. Help them keep making this happen!

Here's a look at the last 6 months:
On August 2nd, 2019 they rolled out of Uprise Youth Action Camp, stormed the VT Agency of Education and demanded an education for the crisis, and then went on to hold an hour-long blockade of the biggest CAptiol intersection, just 30 teenagers against very agitated law-enforcement. It was each of their first day holding their own without adult leaders telling them anything. It was amazing

On September 20 2019 the brand-new Youth Action came back to the Capitol with 500 people and shuit the city down completely for 3-4 hours for Climate Justice. They marched down the main transportation artery through the VT State Capitol on their own steam, dancing to their own playlist, and occupied Main St in Downtown for the second time in 2 months (and the second time ever!). Die-ins, speak outs, banners, teenagers calling the shots

From October 17-19 they occupied the VT Statehouse Grounds at The Climate Encampment for Youth, Education, and Agriculture. Youth proposed it and collaborated with migrant allies, climate direct action groups, and farmers for a 3 Day occupation and action camp full of street parties, workshops, democratic peoples' assemblies, farm animals...too much to put in a nutshell. It was probably the best action camp ever in Vermont.

Then on January 9th they put their foot down on Governor Phil Scott's biggest day of the year. The Republican Governor is part of the National blockade against life-saving climate policy, and when he strode into the room like the Queen of England they risked arrest and shut Gov. Scott down. They faced down dozens of uniformed VT State Troopers, many kids for the first time, and demanded their rights to a livable future, fairness and welcome for migrants farmworkers, "the truth" and a lot more.

Before, during, and after all of this our team has been working with youth on actions, the Race Against Racism, highscool conferences against white supremacy and for racial equity, weekly meetings of the YAA, planning actions, making art, working with new students, anmd developing a project to turn a bunch of this youth work into high-school credit so these folks not only don't have to sacrifice their education to get involved, they are directly incentivized to lead because that will help them get a diploma. Look for more on the Regeneration Corps coming soon. 

QUICK BACKSTORY
We've been working in Vermont and around the region for 6 years. We started as the Make, making art and organizing blockades, conferences, and actions around Vermont and the region, including the 3,000 person oil-train blockade in Albany, NY in 2016 where we first came to the realization that we had to step up our work with young people, the largest group of people in the world that are actively in harms way due to the climate crisis.  We're now a growing constellation of the Youth Action Alliance, Uprise Youth Action Summer Camp, the Grassroots Center, the Vermont National Lawyers Guild, and are working closely with Miogrant Justice, Extinction Rebellion, the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, XR Youth, and others to numerous to mention.  Our projects also benefit from the shared experience of the Grassroots Center Collective, with assembled decades of mass actions, anti-racism, organizing, anti-prison, and movement-building experience. Check out the Grassroots Center Collective 


The kids are demanding that we all step up our game, they intend to "escalate", and want to organize their peers into this fight for their collective futures. They want you to be part of these actions, and if you've ever said something good about the work youth are doing please contribute some money along with your time and encouragement.


WHAT WE'RE PLANNING FOR 2020

UPRISE CAMP: This camp is amazing, and everyone who's ever come wants to come back and bring tons of their friends. Think fun summer camp  plus direct action and arts work, amazing staff from all over the country, and a lot more camper agency and involvement in the structure, all taking place at the Center for Grassroots Organizing, a beautiful new social movement and regenerative agriculture center in Central Vermont Uprise pays staff of color and gives a small stipend to other staff, and the rest goes to just covering the costs of food and the basics. The staff and youth of this camp will be committing tons of time and energy to make this happen, please give a little if you can.  Uprise Camp Link - CHECK US OUT! 

YOUTH ACTION ALLIANCE
1 - We meet every week over snacks, art, and action plans. We could use support
2 - We're getting a van to share with our partners at the Building Fearless Futures anti-racist education project, the Regeneration Corps resilience and agriculture education team, and wherever else we can use it effectively. We have the purchase costs but we need help with insurance, gas, and maintenance on the rough roads of VT.

DIRECT ACTIONS FOR YOUTH AND ALLIES
You know we can't say much more, but we're going to be rolling out more inspiring and hard-hitting work in the months to come. We need your help!

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
We have a lot of ideas cooking, including training for new YAA members and groups, statewide gatherings for teenagers, and weekend arts production sessions. Whichever of these ideas our youth leaders choose, please support them by letting them know you're invested in them and you trust them and need them to keep moving. They are asking for that trust and investment, please show them you're out there.


Thank you so much in advance for your support., Let's build the power of this movement, and help these young people lead the movement that their lives depend on.



More information about Global Justice Ecology Project, our wonderful Tax-Exempt fiscal sponsor: Global Justice Ecology Project works to protect forests in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and forest dependent communities in the US and globally, as well as building diverse alliances to identify and address the root causes of climate change. In addition to this work, we lead the global effort to protect forests and communities from the irreversible and unknowable risks and dangers of genetically engineered trees.

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Organizer

Henry Harris 
Organizer
Marshfield, VT
Global Justice Ecology Project 
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