For a second year running, MJS Training Camp was both fun and productive. We had a variety of workshops ranging from the Appalachian culture to backwoods camping skills. We learned about similar struggles happening all over the world. From Appalachia to Arizona and down to Venezuela, the extractive industry is focused on nothing but profit at the expense of the people and environment. We learned about water testing and the legal issues surrounding mountaintop removal coal mining. There was much talk of community organizing and even more talk of strategy and tactics in the fight against MTR. Somehow we found the time to squeeze in a game or two of ultimate frisbee and three delicious meals a day.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this camp happen. It looks like it’s going to be another great summer and we hope everyone can join us in some way. It’s never too late to get active in MJS.
And Finally, A big thanks to The Appalachian South Folklife Center for letting us use their fantastic facilities at a bargain price. Check them out at www.folklifecenter.org.