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results!

Lots of great things are happening right now in the Ruckus-sphere as a result of lots of hard work and prep, so I wanted to take a minute to update friends and family, as well as just acknowledge positive results, progress, and fruits of our labor! So exciting.

Before heading to my parents’ place in Wisconsin last week, I was up on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound for a week, training folks in direct action climbing as part of Ruckus’s Localize This! Action Camp.

[Check out our news coverage on Seattle’s King 5 news!  That’s me in the black demonstrating a controlled rappel;)]

It was an excellent camp, and one of the greatest things about it was the direct connection to action. The camp was formatted to help the local Vashon community prepare to stop a multinational corporation from developing a gravel mine. The trainings felt all the more impactful with the majority of participants thinking about how they were going to incorporate their new skills into upcoming action campaigns.

And then this morning some of our folks did a kickass action up in Toronto against the Royal Bank of Canada, protesting their bankrolling of the Alberta Tar Sands (through Rainforest Action Network‘s divestment campaign).

I got a text message at 5am this morning saying that the banner-action was happening, and it made my day to watch as the photos rolled in of two of the amazing women in Ruckus’s IP3 (Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project) network (one who is also a Ruckus board member) who I’d just gotten to hang out with on Vashon two weeks ago – climbing RBC headquarters’ flagpoles and unfurling the banner. (Luckily it went much better than it did in the crazy dreams I had when I drifted back off to sleep after reading the text message!)

It’s great to see results. Training in Action!

Something else I’ve been up to at Ruckus is managing the launch of our new website and blog which have both been in major need of rehaul for years now. While we had amazing folks at Tumis and Radical Designs do the design and implementation, I get to deal with the content management – I basically spent months [virtually] filing, and adding new content. We’ve still got some quirks to work out (if you find one, let me know!), but I’m super stoked to have our new site and blog up and running!

So, check out the new site, and my posts from today about the camp and action!:

my blog post: “putting training into ACTION”

more on today’s toronto action

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Running for Burma, Ruckus and me!

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I am running the San Francisco Half Marathon July 26, 2009 to support both Burma Humanitarian Mission, and Ruckus (the org I work for), as well as for my own physical and emotional health.

The Ruckus Connection:

One of BHM’s founders was a long-time Ruckus network member (Jeremy Paster), who unfortunately passed away in 2007 after a long fight with prostate cancer.

Although I never met Jeremy, I am glad for the opportunity to support his organization – Burma Humanitarian Mission.  I am always amazed by the work that our network members do outside of Ruckus (some of whom currently work with BHM).

The Cause: Burma Humanitarian Mission

BHM is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to addressing the humanitarian and healthcare crisis in Burma. They do this by training backpack medics who hike into the country to provide trauma-care and health-care for ethnic groups who are suffering under the Burmese junta’s repression.

My Personal Well-Being:

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with running since high school, and although I’ve seen the emotional and physical benefits I’ve gained from a steady running habit, I often have a hard time sticking to it when I don’t have a goal.  With this half-marathon in July, I’ve now got a goal again, and am back out there running in the mornings, releasing stress, and staying in shape!

Sponsor Me!

By sponsoring me in my half-marathon, your money will go to Burma Humanitarian Mission to help provide much needed health care in Burma’s humanitarian crisis, and a small portion will go to Ruckus – my organization – which provides tools and training to build effective movements for social and environmental justice through the use of nonviolent direct action.  Please click here to make a donation today!

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