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August 1, 2014

TWAC CASCADIA First Week of September!




TWAC CASCADIA is happening September 1-8 in the woods somewhere between Portland and Olympia (directions and more specifics will come as we get closer to the camp..stay tuned!)

In the spirit of TWAC and de-centralized organizing everywhere, the collective this year wants to acknowledge that it is not possible for us to cover everything and we ask that all participants take responsibility in making TWAC CASCADIA truly a safe( r) space.

We ask that all participants bring what they know and come with the openness and flexibility to learn new things. Bring your skills and leave your bad attitude, and bad dogs (dog agreements statement coming soon) at home.

We ask that all participants come with what they know and with open ears to learn new things. Bring your skills, camping gear, notebook and get ready cuz we’re bringing it and so should you!

New to the bioregion? Shy?….there will be a plethora of roles we’ll need filled during camp which not only lend themselves as direct contribution but also as a way to meet people. (LET US KNOW IF YR A MEDIC/CONFLICT MEDIATOR)

Roles to plug into will be:

  • shitter ( more fun then it sounds, you get to dig big narrow holes)
  • cooks (kitchen witchez)
  • after meal clean up (everyone will love you)
  • security (you get a walkie talkie)
  • conflict mediation/engagement
  • morning circle (the first lively face we see in the morning)
  • freddy/police liazzon (you skillfully ward off forest service, cops and other unwelcome forces)
  • camp set-up and clean up
  • more roles TBA…


As stated before, TWAC CASCADIA’s success depends entirely on who comes. It is everyone’s responsibility to call problematic behavior, offer what you have, take on a meal/security/whatever shift and ultimately have a good time! As much as this is an opportunity for us all to learn a lot it is also meant to serve as a place to build up skills and recharge to make the overall movement a less patriarchal place.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF: you have a workshop (we want to pre-schedule as much as possible), see something missing, want to host a fundraiser, want to help organize, have skills we should know about (medics!! Mediators!!!)

See you queers in the woods,



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Since 2008, TWAC has been an action camp for folks who identify as female, transgender, transsexual, gender queer and gender variant. This is an intentional space to share campaign information and direct action skills in a conscientious, supportive, empowering and encouraging environment for voices often marginalized. At then end of the camp, we take collective action on issues of importance.

From the Dine’ women defending their native lands against destructive mining, to the eco-feminists defending forests from logging and developing; from the immigrant and trans women defending their lives from the prison industrial complex, to the parents and midwifes defending their bodies and babies from the patriarchal medical establishment, women and trans folks have always been powerhouses of political action, and TWAC aims to support this in a safe(r) environment.


We need money for food, transportation, camping gear, climbing gear, art supplies, workshop supplies, medical/wellness supplies, and to pay workshop presenters!

May 24, 2014

Locals Oppose Canadian Copper Drilling in Washington Spotted Owl Country

a wee little spotted owl

From the Methow Valley News:

By Ann McCreary

In his five years as Methow Valley District Ranger, Mike Liu said he has not seen an issue that has generated as much interest as the proposed exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama.

May 14, 2014

“Stop Raw Long Exports!” Cascadia Forest Defenders Banner-Drop


From Cascadia Forest Defenders

In the early hours of the morning on May 14, 2014, members of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a billboard on I5, to drop a banner protesting raw log export in Oregon. The billboard, formerly carrying a message promoting the Best Western hotel chain, now reads: “Big Timber Sends Jobs Overseas. Stop Raw Log Export.”

May 3, 2014

Seattle Solidarity Against Superbugs

microbe skull and crossbones

By Jim Fromm


In the week prior and on May Day, activists passed out hundreds of fliers on antibiotics resistance at Seattle McDonald’s restaurants, calling on McDonald’s workers and customers to strike and boycott. Shortly after the Seattle immigrants’ rights march, half a dozen people were kicked out of the McDonald’s on Third and Pine for leafleting. The flier’s text is below.

April 8, 2014

On the Seattle Metropolitan Project and its Consequences


From Tides of Flame

Yesterday, I spent 20 minutes watching a crew tear down a brick wall, and I thought of the workers, long since dead, who first built that wall. As much as I love the new, I remain haunted by the old. Just like you. Just like this neighborhood.

 -Sherman Alexie, South Lake Union, 2012

April 2, 2014

MARCH POINT Free Screening at Cascadia Film Night


Cascadia Watch is hosting a free screening of March Point on Sunday April 6th, at 8 pm, as part of our irregular Cascadia Film Night.

April 2, 2014

Washington State DNR Allowed Clearcuts On Unstable Oso Slope


By Brendan Kiley at The Stranger via

Two days after the Hazel slope in Oso turned into what one rescue worker described as “a blender” of mud and trees hurtling downhill, a Snohomish County official told a roomful of reporters: “This was a completely unforeseen slide. This came out of nowhere.” He was wrong. The unstable composition of the slope—loose silt and sand, deposited by glaciers on top of a layer of clay—was so well-known that a 1967 article in the Seattle Times referred to it as “slide hill,” and a 1999 geological report for the Army Corps of Engineers discussed its “potential for large-scale catastrophic failure.”

February 23, 2014

METROPOLIS Screening and Online


Black Coffee Co-op is hosting a screening of Metropolis (2012) on Sunday March 2nd, at 7 pm, as part of the irregular Cascadia Film Night.

January 4, 2014

Chemicals Found In Water At Fracking Sites Linked To Infertility, Cancer


BY KILEY KROH of Think Progress:

An analysis of water samples from hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ sites found the presence of hormone-disrupting chemicals, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Endocrinology.

December 30, 2013

As oil train burns, 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., told to flee

2train123113By DAVID SHAFFER of the Star Tribune:

Officials on Monday night were calling for the evacuation of the entire town of Casselton, N.D., after a BNSF grain train derailed and crashed into a crude oil train in North Dakota on Monday afternoon, causing tank cars to explode in towering mushroom-cloud flames.


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