program

We'll spend a weekend in the nature of upstate New York at an old-school summer camp, connecting to a community while building a deeper state of understanding how we got to today's political moment and what we can do to change it.

 

The Deep State program is centered around four program pillars:

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action

Learn skills for making social and political change. Understand the context around current events and political issues. Become more effective and efficient in activism.

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community

Strengthen your relationship skills and your organizing skills. Find what unites us in the movement for justice. Listen to others’ stories and share your own. 

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expression

Bring your whole self into this work. Express yourself creatively through writing, art, dancing, song. Enjoy music and performances that celebrate the ways our identities intersect.

 

radical self care

Recharge and sustain yourself. Take breaks in quiet spaces, whether for prayer or meditation. Drop into your body through fitness, movement and grounding activities. Learn how your head, heart and body connect in this work.

WORKSHOPS

Experienced organizers help you build skills and understand the context around issues you care about.

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  • "Organizing Frameworks in an Age of Social Media" with Blair Imani, Do Something 
  • "crImmigration: Resisting the Detention and Prison Industrial Complex" with Mateo Guerrero-Tabares, Make the Road

  • "How to Get Involved in Local Elections" with Arielle Swernoff, Launch Progress PAC

  • "Win Locally: A #CloseRikers Case Study" with Janos Marton, Just Leadership

  • "How Self Interest Motivates People to Build Power" with Aaron Jones, Community Voices Heard

  • "Hacking Capitalism: Supporting Movements with our Money" with Hadassah Damien, Ride Free Fearless Money

  • "So You Want to Run for Office" with Arielle Swernoff, Launch Progress PAC

  • "Turning Facebook Likes to Offline Wins" with Dara Silverman, PowerLabs

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  • "Listening Skills for Building Solidarity" with Amy Silverman, Connection Movement

  • "How to Mobilize: Designing and Organizing Group Structure & Communications" with Jenn Louie, Kinvite

  • "How to Talk to a Trump Voter" with Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW

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  • "Songs of Solidarity: Protest Music for a Modern Age" with Andrew Winchur, Parkdale Neighborhood Land Trust

  • "Creating Activist Media" with Eric Rockey, Creative Resistance

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  • "Burnout and Sustainability for Groups in the Resistance" with Aditi Juneja, Self Care Sundays

  • "Stress Reduction Tools for Sustainable Action" with Laura Galindez, LMSW

 

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Cabin conversations

Consider your cabin your home base at camp. Your cabin leader will lead group activities and check-ins throughout the weekend to connect, share and learn through conversation with your cabin-mates. Our cabin leaders are trained facilitators from different backgrounds and methodologies. Guiding questions: 

  • What is your story of self and struggle?
  • What are your guiding values and beliefs?
  • How do you define impact?  

FU INSTALLATIONS

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Forward Union (FU) is a platform connecting artists and art workers with critical justice organizations. We've invited four artists to be Deep State residents. They will create work that speaks to the political moment, social movements, or the shifting idea of America (Pictured: Jesus Benavente.) 

MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

FILMS

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Catch a film 24/7 in our social cinema, including:

  • 13th / perspectives on a national tragedy
  • Degenerate Art / an exporation of art in Nazi Germany
  • Conversations With Myself / Alan Watts on technology
  • The Church of Saint Coltrane / on a SF religion about John Coltrane

Full schedule to be announced October 1. 

 

installations

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READING ROOM

A reading room curated and produced by the Interference Archive, an archive of social movement history. 

 

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ANALOGUE INSTAGRAM

Interactive wall of social experience crafted by the Resistance Media Collective, a group of professional creatives working for progressive change. 

 

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TRIP THE VOTE

A Voting Rights obstacle course by Easy Elections NY.