Many of you had “I don’t know what days I’ll be there cuz there’s no schedule!”, as well as other FAQs.  Well here ya go!  This email includes specifics you may be wondering about what to bring, etc.  Email us back if you have any questions about any of the workshops, want more info, want to know who is presenting, whatever else.

***We have decided to dedicate this weekend to Judy Bonds, a dedicated Appalachian coalfield organizer who gave everything she had to fight Mountaintop Removal and to preserve the culture of Appalachia.  She recently passed away, and her memorial service is the same weekend as F(A)RT.  We wish to use this event to show respect to her work and to carry on her fiery energy within ourselves.  Any profit we make from donations will be sent to West Virginia to help with the cost of her memorial service.***

Cost: F(A)RT is being put together by a collection of local organizers that turned down “big green[washed]” NGO sponsorship, so we are running this whole thing on a little/low budget.  We ask attendees donate whatever they can ($3-?), if possible.  But of course, this is information everyone needs and has to share, so if you can’t pay, you will not be turned away!  Please keep in mind all profits we receive after costs are payed off will go to Judy Bond’s memorial service costs.

Bring/donate if you can:
– *Your own mess kit / dishes for meals and mugs for coffee / tea.*
– Food will be done on a very low budget, so if you have any extra food you can donate, please let us know!
– Literature about your rad organizations / zines / info / anything you feel you would like to share with us this weekend.  We will hopefully have lots of tables to share information with each other
– Any extra coffee / tea you got
– Musical instruments n your creative voice for open mic Friday night!
– A dish for the potluck friday night!, please label if it’s vegan / veggie / gluten-free / etc

Schedule!: This weekend is based off of the idea of three “R’s” we came up with.  The order of workshops and skillshares loosely follows this idea, and leads us to end the weekend with the energy and skills to manifest our ideas for a new world into reality.  The three R’s are Reality, Resistance, Rebuild.

We will send out a more detailed agenda (and note, this one is subject to change) soon, like, Thursday night/Friday morning.  Can’t wait to see all your shining, subversive faces there =]

Friday the 14th:

6p-11p: POTLUCK!! (bring food to share, label if its vegan, veg, etc), Open Mic, Fun stuff

Saturday the 15th:

9a-10a: Light breakfast (provided)/Morning circle.  Please try to be on time so we can all introduce ourselves to each other!

10a-11:30a: Mountaintop Removal 101 / Campaign Planning / Know Your Rights

12p-1p: Lunch on your own.  We’ll provide a map of local cheap eats, including vegan options

1:30-3p: Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas 101 / Capitalism, Global Warming, & the Climate Justice Movement / Ecofeminism

4pm Bridge workshop into…
Community in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador’s 30th Anniversary Party.  This marks THREE DECADES of struggle and solidarity with El Salvador’s popular uprising and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)!  This party is taking place at the same space we will be at, focuses on the same issues, and will be lots of fun with music, food, cheap drinks, raffle, and Boston Sass Attack!  Party goes til midnight.

Sunday the 16th:

9-10a: Light breakfast provided / Morning circle

10-11:30a: Reproductive Health & The Environment / Roadkill Arts & Crafts / Direct Action & The Climate Justice Movement

12-1p: Lunch, again, on your own, with map provided

1:30-3p: Blockades Practice & Direct Action 101 Dicsussion / Green Anarchy / Democratic Decision Making

3:30-5p: Do-It-Ourselves Sustainability / Herbalism for Community Health

5:15-6p: Breakout group discussions based on topic/interest

7pm: Some food provided, showing of Low Coal -or- Gasland.

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What is Boston F(A)RTs?!

Corporations are poisoning the water and destroying mountains and forests, while extracting coal and gas from Eastern region where we live.

Our response?


January 14-16 2011 at Encuentro 5 in Boston, MA

Register Here!:

The Forming Autonomous Realities Today organizing summit will address the risks and realities of living in a culture that remains addicted to fossil fuels, even after decades of protests and strong movements towards sustainability.

Corporations in the United States are still using irresponsible, destructive techniques to extract coal and natural gas from the Eastern states as cheaply as they can, with little regard for the damage these activities do to the water supply, land, air, and all living things. In West Virginia, Kentucky and other places, “radical” strip mining for coal is destroying whole mountains and attacking the integrity of the Southern deciduous forests. In Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, horizontal drilling and “hydrofracking” techniques for enhancing natural gas production are polluting aquifers and the land. In addition to damaging the integrity of these bioregions, these destructive industrial activities threaten countless farms and communities across the Appalachian region.

For the past few years, the environmental movement in the Eastern United States has taught and employed tactics such as anti-oppression/collective liberation, popular education, direct action and civil disobedience, disaster preparedness, etc. While all of these things have accomplished goals and built a stronger movement, we are working to create new spaces for networking, spreading knowledge and supporting our various communities.

So what will we do? This summit will address how we can move forward towards solutions with the knowledge that these dirty practices are still happening in the Eastern states. We will also work together to make the connections between the fossil fuel industries and extraction processes, specifically coal and natural gas.


6pm – 11pm Dance, Open Mike, Musical Chairs



9am – 10am Light breakfast/ Morning Circle

10am – 11:30am Mountaintop Removal 101/ Campaign Planning/ Know Your Rights

12pm – 1pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm – 3pm Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas 101/ Capitalism, Global Warming and the Climate Justice Movement/ Ecofeminism

**evening Community In Solidarity with El Salvadore event**


9am – 10am Light breakfast/ Morning Circle

10am – 11:30am Women’s Reproductive Health/ Roadkill Arts & Crafts/ Direct Action and the Climate Justice Movement

12pm – 1pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm – 3pm Blockades Games/ Green Anarchy/ Democratic Decision Making

3:30pm – 5pm Do It Ourselves Sustainability/ Herbal Medicine

5:15pm – 6pm Breakout Groups

6pm – 7pm Dinner (on your own)

7:30pm – 9 pm LOW COAL (or) GASLAND film showing

With the new skills and strengthened relationships we will develop, we hope that this summit will be another point of transition in the organizing against gas and coal in Boston. The city has successfully taken action against the fossil fuel industry in the past and we must revive the movement and work together in new ways. As the US Government and the fossil fuel industry develops new tactics, so must we!

Contact bostonfarts@gmail.com for any questions/comments/other stuff!

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