Starting Date: 08-15-2005
Starting Time: 4:00pm
Ending Date: 08-21-2005
University Of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106
805-965-3443The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and its partners invite you to participate in "Think Outside the Bomb," a gathering of young leaders, disarmament experts, educators, veteran activists, and artists.
Young organizers who work either directly or indirectly on nuclear issues are invited to participate in the gathering. Prospective applicants include, but are not limited to, young activists who are: resisting increasing militarism in their schools; opposing the storage of nuclear waste in their neighborhoods; and/or implementing sustainable energy practices in their homes, churches/mosques/synagogues, and/or universities. It is our goal for participants to leave the gathering with a deepened understanding of nuclear issues; inspiration to continue their activism; expanded social and professional networks; an approach to fundraising based upon compassion; and a supply of organizing resources.
Participants will be asked to develop and present an action plan during the gathering. Facilitators will support participants in conceptualizing and writing their plans. Similarly, facilitators will help participants implement their plans immediately following the gathering. Examples of such support include: mentorship; skills training; internship and fellowship positions; regional gatherings; conference calls; and funding prospects.
We recognize that young leaders face many obstacles in organizing, such as underfunded public schools and mainstream media outlets which falsely frame nuclear threats today as being far away in distant lands or a result of another country’s actions. We acknowledge that older Americans have a much different connection to nuclear and foreign policy issues (e.g., duck-and-cover drills and the Cuban Missile Crisis) than the experiences of young people today (e.g., the tragic events of September 11th, and increasingly aggressive US military policies as evidenced by wars on Afghanistan and Iraq). Guest speakers will address these obstacle and share strategies for bridging these differences.
Space is limited. Lodging and food are subsidized. International applicants are welcome. Travel stipends are available for US participants.
Geographical Scope: National