We are celebrating 75 years all year long. Join us!

EFC hosts a Social Justice in Action Zoom Meeting

You're invited to an intergenerational discussion focused on the impact of COVID-19 on First Nations communities. Panelists include Margaret MossNeyooxet Greymorning, Mabel Picotte, EFC alum and former staff, principal of the Tiospa Zina Tribal School  (plus teachers and students from the school) and Ada Deer, EFC alum and board member.

Whatever your age, come join the conversation! RSVP  »


LaTosha Brown

2020 Encampment, Week Three


Week Three of the 2020 virtual Encampment focused on the intersectionality of racism, health, land, voting and power, concluding with the 2020 Virtual InterGen(erational) Program. An overarching theme that emerged in the speakers’ talks was the importance of creating a new way to move forward, since the existing systems are not working for a majority of people.

Read more on the blog »

Summer Encampment 2019 group photo

2020 Encampment, Week Two


Questioning is the core of the Encampment. We are teaching young people to go deeper as they grapple with complex social issues. Without that, we aren’t adequately preparing them to go forth as change agents, because the world is complex and filled with contradictions. It’s also important for them to understand the historical context of issues so we learn what worked well and what didn’t, and we are better prepared not to make the same mistakes. 

”Teaching the questioning process lights the fire of curiosity and teaches a skill and a way of looking at things that can be applied to all areas of one’s life. There is power and energy in questioning, and that dynamic energetic process can serve as a motivator. Any effective social justice movement has to include questioning, internal and external. For instance, if you can bridge conflict or controversy — that is, two different points of view, ideas, perceptions, or experiences coming up against each other — then you have a different level of communication. In some ways, to have deeper communication, you have to allow for differences to surface.” – Margot Gibney 

Read our Week Two review, where we look at how questioning was woven through the workshops and some of the controversy that came up. Read more on the blog »

2020 Encampment, Week One

2020 Encampers created their working definition of community this week, learned about community mapping, and creative ways to share their communities. To learn more, sign up here to receive e-news.

Summer Encampment 2019 group photo

Two New Voices Join the EFC Education Team and Share their Vision for the EFC during COVID-19

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing our two new program directors: Juna Rosales Muller and Matthew Robinson. They join Education Team members Michael Carter, Jane Sapp and Margot Gibney in creating the 2020 summer program. They are dynamic youth educators, ready to engage virtually with Encampers from all parts of the country this summer. They told us a few highlights of their backgrounds, what inspires them and their vision for the Encampment 2020.

Read their interview »

Memories of Ed Peeples

Alum Carol Ahlum (1966, Kentucky) sent us her memories of Ed Peeples. Check them out »

Summer Encampment 2019 group photo

Carol (far left) at the 1966 Kentucky Encampment.

Read Miles Rapoport's Reflections on One Example of Ed Peeples's Impact »

Ed Peeples was a good man. He lived a life for justice and standing up for others. We should all live that way. – Danny Fetonte, 1966 Kentucky

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Ed Peeples, beloved human rights activist, April 20,1935 – September 7, 2019

We are saddened to report that Dr. Edward Harden Peeples, Jr. died recently. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was an EFC alum (1957); director of the first Southern Encampment in 1966 in Barbourville, Kentucky (both experiences are detailed in his memoir, Scalawag); and key to the re-establishment of the Encampment in 2013 at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. Ed also preserved the legacy of the Encampment by finding a home for the EFC archives at the VCU library. Ed embodied the mission and vision of the EFC through his warmth, dedication to truth-seeking, and unique ability to connect with others on a human level. He was also courageous, enduring physical threats and assaults in his fight against white supremacy.

His own words help explain both why he was such well-loved, successful activist and why the Encampment is important: “… real change, the kind that occurs over time, like desegregation, is not solely dependent on iconic figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr.  Yes, they inspired us but the people who desegregated the South were ordinary, usually unnamed, people (often women) who stood up for what was right day after day, got beaten up and disparaged, for years until it was done. I’m talking about segregation here, not racism. Often a historical account of a social movement focuses on iconic figures but I am talking about a culture of activism that anyone can embrace and participate in right now in their home community. The EFC prepared us and charged us to 'Go forth and right the world!'”

The family will hold a celebration of Ed’s life and we will keep you posted as to the time/place. If you would like to read Ed’s EFC alum bio, click here. If you would like to share your memories of Ed, e-mail them to us and we will share on our website and in our Facebook group.

Summer Encampment 2019 group photo

Summer Encampment 2019 group photo

Photos: (top) Ed (center) at the 1966 Kentucky Encampment and (bottom, far right) at the 2013 Encampment in Richmond, Virginia.

The 2019 Summer Program Wraps Up

Summer Encampment 2019 group photo

The 2019 Encampment just concluded in Camarillo, California. Look for updates in the fall.

In the meantime, we asked the Encampers, “Would you recommend the Encampment to a friend?” The answer is a resounding “yes!” Here are several of the replies.

I can see my friends really thriving in this program, and then I can help them with their great ideas as well. This camp provided me with tools and empowerment I didn’t know I had in me. I want to share that.” — Petua, MA

Going to the Encampment challenged my way of thinking and broadened my horizon. I was asked to provide proof and not make assumptions. In addition, the opportunity to meet other people from different places is worth more than gold.” — David, MS

I strongly believe that it is an impactful experience culturally and intellectually. Students get the opportunity to interact with many others their age and come up with answers to questions that weren’t deeply looked at before, such as, ‘What is freedom?’ It was also a great way for us to network with adults.” — Adriana, CA

My experience this summer had me thinking about how I could start changing my community. I have learned a lot more about immigration, and people in the fields and how they live. I met many new people and learned how they want to change their communities.” — Darrien, SD

“… this program helped me grow a lot as a person and I want that for my friends as well. I learned to be more open-minded and obtained a different perspective on life.” — Leah, Greece

“… it is a great opportunity to be challenged by other young minds and to get active in communities [near the summer program site] while learning how to be active in your own.” — Elijah, NY

Take a brief look back the 2019 Encampment: Working Toward True Democracy.

Also check out the Facebook and Instagram updates.

Looking for a way to invest in social justice?

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The Encampment prepares young people to put their passion for justice to work. Give to EFC to invest in social justice leaders.

Ayana had a life-changing experience -- not just by learning history and meeting organizers working toward equity today--but being moved by her own cultural heritage and learning ways to work for justice in her community. Read more »

Arrow came to the Encampment to learn skills to strengthen his leadership in his tribal community. "Every day, the Encampment taught me more about Mississippi, and myself, and how I can make a difference in my community." Read more »

And, as part of the EFC’s Get-Out-the-Vote campaign, Encampers are taking action in different ways: Samara and her mother are helping to get out the vote in Springfield, Massachusetts; Isaiah registered to vote for the first time in Oakland, California; and Bernice and her mother are starting a nonprofit, Freedom 2.0, in New Jersey, to educate younger voters and encourage them to vote.

EFC can continue to prepare these young leaders to take thoughtful action for social justice. DONATE »

Two great local events that help sponsor young people for the 2019 Encampment!

Events in New York, NY and Amherst, MA

Glory: A life among legends A memoir by Dr. Glory Van Scott

Dr. Glory Van Scott in conversation with Dr. Anne Klaeysen: the Encampment for Citizenship, combating hate, and the need for the resurgence of good citizenship in the United States.

Dr. Glory, EFC alumna, is joining the New York Society for Ethical Culture to support the Encampment's work with young leaders. 

EFC alums and supporters of all ages are invited to participate in the dialogue.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
7 - 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th Street, New York, NY

Partial proceeds from the sale of Dr. Glory's memoir, Glory: A Life Among Legends will sponsor New York-area young people to participate in the 2019 Encampment for Citizenship.

Isaac at the 2017 Encampment.

Isaac Ben Ezra at the 2017 Encampment.

S'mores and morefundraiser for the EFC Isaac Ben Ezra Sponsorship Fund

We invite you to join us for the First Annual Isaac Ben Ezra EFC Sponsorship Fundraiser to sponsor Western Massachusetts youth for this summer's Encampment.

Double your impact! We have received word from an anonymous donor prepared to give us up to $3,500 if we can get others to donate up to that amount.

Our goal is to raise $14,000 — enough to send 4 Western Mass youth to this summer's Encampment in California.

Join local EFC alums and families and share stories and hear recently-recorded Encampment songs sung by the young people.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
2 - 4 p.m. 

At the home of Amy Ben-Ezra
Amherst, MA

In memory of Isaac Ben Ezra, EFC alum and supporter.


Encampers translate their EFC experience into action in their home communities.

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

Once I got back to school, I was a lot more engaged and aware. I was more outspoken, which allowed my classmates to hear differing ideas, which is a positive for Utah. I tried to make a few changes at my school, but didn’t get far without the support of the principal and teachers. I have definitely engaged in more protests and marches. Even though I live in a small town, we have little marches that make a way into the news for our local senators and representatives. Along with that, I went to the Youth Action Summit in Memphis with some Encampers. I know that I can make a bigger difference that will impact many more people. – Grace Cole, UT, 2017 Read more »

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

I’ve been a part of protests at Wesleyan that centered around fighting the Trump administration; the deportation of immigrants that have come to Middletown; and helping the womyn of color at Wesleyan and beyond to feel safe and supported on campus. I always try to stay involved in the queer community, so I marched for pride. Not sure how many people I've affected, but even if it's one person, I'd be happy and proud of myself. – Leo Jean Palmer, MA, 2016 Read more »

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

When I got back from the Encampment, I started the “Tigers with Social Justice Club” at my high school. We would talk about topics and things happening in our community and how they affected us. We also did a lot of community volunteering and we organized fundraisers to get everyone involved. – Jasmin Ruiz, CA, 2016 Read more »

We asked some recent Encampers what they are doing in their home communities – it's inspiring.

Sarah C, 2017 sitting with fellow Encamper Grace Cole

I have participated in the clean-up in Dade City (Florida). We cleaned up Lock Street so people can walk without having to step over or on trash. Read more »

Malachi Longmore, NJ 2016

I have given back to my community by volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club. I used to go there when I was young and it was great to reconnect with this community and be a role model for the younger kids. Read more »

KC O'Hara, 2014 CT at the EFC 70th Anniversary Celebration with board member Steve Davis and Pomfret School EFC alumns Talibah Alexander, Angel K. and Wade Atkinson.

I spend my time at school helping working class, predominantly Black and Latinx families of Middletown by volunteering as an after-school teaching assistant at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. Read more »

Deadline Extended for 2019 Encampment

Due to many requests for more time to apply, we are extending the application deadline to March 4, 2019. However, space is limited so priority will be given to earlier applications.

The 2019 Encampment will be held June 29-July 23, 2019 at Cal State University Channel Islands in southern California focusing on immigration, labor and the environment. Apply by the March 4, 2019 deadline! Visit our APPLY page for more information.

2018 Encamper tells why he registered to vote

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This summer in Raymond, Mississippi, Isaiah Holly from Richmond, California, learned about the importance of voting and the historical struggle for this democratic right. On September 22, at the #hellaVotes Voter Registration/Education Festival in Oakland, he registered to vote, helped to staff an EFC table and gave a short speech about why he registered.

“Hello, everybody! My name is Isaiah and I’m from the Encampment for Citizenship. The Encampment brings youth from Mississippi, California, Massachusetts, New York and all over together to become one big unit to try to better our communities ... I’m doing this today because I want to grow up and help my community and make it a better place for everybody — including my baby sister! I believe it’s important to go out and vote — and, even it you are not old enough to vote right now, you still should get your voice out there. It’s very powerful to get the ideas out there and make our communities safe for the little ones and upcoming generations. It’s a powerful thing and I believe we all can do it!”

Join Us in the Encampment’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign!

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At the 2018 Encampment, Encampers shared their plan with the assembled parents, alums and supporters to educate their communities about the importance of voting.

The Encampment for Citizenship does not lobby for candidates or initiatives, but we do encourage all people to exercise their democratic rights to make a more just and equitable world for all.

If you are already involved, tell us what you are doing and we will share your input in upcoming emails.

And read more about the 2018 Summer Encampment »

 A 2018 Encamper's Strategy To Get Out the Young People's Vote — Freedom 2.0

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Bernice and her mother, Tawanna Roebuck.

In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we are sharing this inspired idea from 2018 Encamper Bernice.

She and her mother decided to start Freedom 2.0, a “nonpartisan organization that would engage urban youth in the election/campaign process. It will educate young people about the sacrifices made by their elders and ancestors during the civil rights movement and the importance of voting, and encourage and activate voting and participation in the census through peer-to-peer leadership. We hope to have voter registration drives on college and high school campuses. The students who are too young to vote can still be a part of the Get Out the Vote campaigns.”

Request to be on the Freedom 2.0 mailing list

You Don’t Have to Give Up Your Sentiment-laden Treasures for Us to Get Out the Story of the Encampment for Citizenship to the World!

The VCU Archives have the latest state-of-the-art scanners, which can provide giant, high-resolution copies of your prized photos and other documents! It also has 3-D and other printers that can replicate some of your other cherished items for the Encampment archival collection.You don’t have to surrender your mementos. You simply loan them to us for just long enough for us to make high-tech copies and we send them right back to you. Read more »

Andrea and Alan Rabinowitz

A message from former Board Member Andrea Rabinowitz:

I have chosen the Encampment for Citizenship to be a recipient of memorial gifts that celebrate the life of my husband, Alan Rabinowitz.

Alan supported so many wonderful people and their causes; he believed deeply in all of them and that together we can keep our world on course somehow. To pick only one, together we chose a group that touched on all of his concerns: grassroots activism, peace, political involvement, environment, young people, inner healing, and group cooperation.

The Encampment is a summer gathering which teaches Civics and civility, self-empowerment and compassion in the context of a larger whole, intercultural understanding and deep appreciation, and once you have been to the Encampment you are part of a lifelong group of activists and healers.

The Encampment was founded right after World War II and the founders were from deep in my childhood and community. Alan and I were on the board together in the mid-1950s; it was one of the first progressive activities that I brought Alan into as we began our journey together. The Encampment has been revived in the last 5 years and we have worked with Margot Gibney, who found it transformative as a teenager, to continue to offer this life-changing experience to teens from all parts of this wonderful country.

The Encampment is a small tightly run organization and your donation will make a difference to it and to the young people that it inspires.

Lastly, we hope this provides an impetus to get to know this group: it may enrich your life as it has ours, perhaps you will keep an eye on it in the future, or know a teen who might benefit from a summer in their program.

Thank you deeply for any gift you make to them in honor of my beloved Alan. Visit the Make a Donation page to make a gift.

Isaac Ben Ezra, Member of the First Encampment in 1946, and Lifelong Social Justice Advocate

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Taken at the summer program July 2017 (photo credit KC O’Hara, EFC alum 2014 Chicago).

It is with sadness, that we report the death of Isaac Ben Ezra on October 4, 2017. This interview was conducted before and after the 2017 Encampment at Hampshire College. Isaac visited this year’s summer program where he shared his life story—a one-person record of the great movements for human rights in the 20th and 21st centuries. He also participated in the 2017 InterGen(erational) Weekend at the culmination of the summer program. Read more »

EFC Alum and Staff Member Bob Young

We are saddened by the recent death of Bob Young, EFC alum and staff member. This interview, conducted in the week before his death, was sent to us by his “EFC brother” Ed Peeples.

“I cannot think of a more beautiful person”: Bob Young, co-founder of peace festival at Virginia Wesleyan – The Virginian Pilot

A memorial for Bob will take place on Saturday March 17, 2018, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Wilson Center at the Friends School of Virginia Beach (1537 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA). See more information.

70th Anniversary Celebration Returns to EFC's Roots to Celebrate and Support 21st-century Encampment

The New York Society for Ethical Culture hosted the Encampment’s 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, with day-long interactive activities and an evening presentation by EFC alums from the early decades of the program through 2016 Encampers.

Read more about the celebration »

Announcing the new Youth Advisory Council

On November 18, 2016, the Encampment ran a youth board training for recent Encampers. At the training the Encampers identified key issues they wished to address, learned about how a non-profit organization runs, and set goals for their new Youth Advisory Council to accomplish within the next 12 months. The Youth Advisory Council creates a new mechanism for young people to be involved with the Encampment on an ongoing basis.

This council will meet monthly to discuss ideas, support summer programming initiatives, devise new program opportunities and represent youth issues to the Board of Directors. Contact the Youth Advisory Council.

Pomfret School Tennis Invitational

Second-annual benefit to support the participation of Pomfret scholarship students in the Encampment.

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 8:30 - 10 AM

Pomfret School Blodgett Tennis Center, Pomfret, CT

Suggested Donation $50 per person

Play or watch, and enjoy the company of friends! Light refreshments will be available.

Please let us know you're coming by May 9, 2017. RSVP to Deb Thurston, 860.963.6129

If you can't attend please consider supporting Pomfret students' participation in the Encampment through the Pomfret Fund or donate to the Encampment.

Join the Encampment for Citizenship and the Peace Development Fund

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5 PM

44 North Prospect Street, Amherst, MA

This event, sponsored by the Peace Development Fund, will highlight the Encampment for Citizenship's upcoming 2017 summer program for youth, a life-changing experience in participatory democracy. Come and enjoy refreshments & inspiration.

RSVP by email or call 413-256-8306 by May 12. If you can't join us, you can still help sponsor a 2017 Encamper.

Youth Board Launches as Part of EFC's 70th Celebration

We have a committed group of 2015 and 2016 alums who want to take the EFC to the next level by forming a Youth Board, and we’re fundraising to get them trained to do that!

Help Us Get to $4,000!

Through a generous donation from the TomKat Fund of the San Francisco Foundation, our accommodation expenses are covered. We still need your help to cover airfares for Encampers from South Dakota and California, food and drink, training facilitators and materials.

Check out the Generosity campaign they helped to create and give what you can.

70th Anniversary Celebration Returns to EFC's Roots to Celebrate and Support 21st-century Encampments

The New York Society for Ethical Culture will host the Encampment’s 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, with day-long interactive activities and an evening presentation by EFC alums from the early decades of the program through 2016 Encampers.

Saturday November 19, 2016, 10:15 am - 9pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street New York, New York

View the schedule »

The evening speakers program includes American Indian activist Ada Deer; Miles Rapoport, former president of Common Cause and Demos; U.S. Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal; Peter Neufeld, founder of the Innocence Project; and Charles Trimble, former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Jason Warwin, co-founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. The evening's emcee will be David Rothenberg, founder of the Fortune Society. They will be
gathering with many other alums from the first 70 years.

Buy your tickets today! »
Registration deadline is November 12, 2016

Cost of registration is on a sliding scale: standard $125, youth rate $25, Help another alum participate $250, Sustainer $500 (or more!) — help the EFC grow! Let us know if you need financial assistance to attend.

Questions? Contact us!

This day honors EFC founders Algernon D. Black and Alice K. Pollitzer, along with EFC leaders and participants over the years. There will be a slideshow, singing, refreshments and opportunities to bid in a silent auction.

Can't join us that day but want to participate?
Contribute so that the Encampment will be here for future generations of social justice leaders! Donate online, mail a check to Encampment, P.O. Box 1210, Aptos, CA 95001, or call us (831) 515-6775.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice K. Pollitzer, Algernon D. Black at an earlier EFC fundraiser
Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice K. Pollitzer, Algernon D. Black at an earlier EFC fundraiser.

Eleanor Roosevelt, early EFC supporter, and EFC founder Al Black with Encampers.
Eleanor Roosevelt, early EFC supporter, and EFC founder Al Black with Encampers.

Al Black's sons, David and Jonathan, and nephew Elliott, will host a reception at 5 p.m. on November 19 for participants in the 70th Anniversary Celebration. This is an opportunity to hear (and share) stories about the founding of the EFC, the co-founders, and the early years. Please join us for this rare opportunity!

Highlights of Encampment 2016

“It’s important to look at the Encampment as what this country is really about — the whole promise of America — as the Great Experiment. Our country dared to bring different people from all over the world together under the promise that we could not just live together but grow together and become something that’s a little bit bigger than ourselves individually. The Encampment gives you an opportunity to do that. The Encampers come together with different perspectives and values, and grapple with putting together their own government for the time that they are going to live here, how they are going to govern themselves, what rules they are going to abide by — that’s a powerful lesson for life.” Steve Davis, EFC board member

2016 Encampers

Read all about the 2016 Summer Encampment »

Back to our roots — Celebration/Fundraiser at New York Society for Ethical Culture

On November 20, 2015, EFC alums, parents and supporters gathered in camaraderie and to give support for the Encampment’s work with young leaders. Speakers David Rothenberg (EFC 1953, founder of the Fortune Society), Jason Warwin (EFC 1989, co-founder of the Brotherhood/Sista Sol), and Anne Klaeysen (EFC board member, leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture) inspired us all by recounting their EFC experiences. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (EFC 1968) made a surprise visit.

The enthusiastic testimony of recent Encampers and parents emphasized the transformative aspects of the Encampment’s work in these young lives. The EFC’s long history was well represented in the gathering, and youth hopeful to be 2016 Encampers attended, helping us look toward the future. The event was deemed a success by all standards. It provided a place for young and older alums and supporters to meet and be inspired, and for the EFC to raise much-needed funds. Special thanks to alums Nancy Marr (1950) and Jason Neal (1991) for their tireless efforts to organize this event and ongoing recruitment from the New York City area.

Ada Deer's 80th birthday celebration

William Shannon

Margot Gibney, EFC Executive Director, Ada Deer, and Mabel Picotte, EFC alum and staff.

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Ada with Gary Goyke, a former state legislator who is the legislative director for the WI Council of the Blind and a member of the Board of Directors for the environmental group Clean Wisconsin.

Almost 100 friends came to the Goodman Community Center in Madison, WI on Saturday, October 3, to celebrate Ada Deer's 80th birthday and raise awareness and funds for the Encampment for Citizenship.

The program began with a slideshow featuring pictures of Ada and her friends and family, and a video about the EFC. American Indian author, scholar, and documentarian Dr. Patty Loew was the vibrant emcee, introducing speakers, including Dan Nevers from the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work; Larry Nesper from the American Indian Studies Program; Ferial Deer Skye who shared anecdotes about growing up with "the best sister in the world"; and EFC Director Margot Gibney, who shared a list of Ada-isms that resonated with the audience.

Guests ended the event with birthday cake and a toast to Ada proclaiming, "Never Fear, the Deer is Still Here!"

Read more at Isthmus.

In Memoriam

The Encampment for Citizenship is saddened by the loss of a beloved community member, William G. Shannon. We send our sincere sympathy to his family and friends. Bill was a courageous advocate for educational opportunities for all; the Executive Director of the Encampment for Citizenship from 1952-58; and a stalwart Encampment supporter throughout the years.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Bill Shannon, please visit our Donation page. After you make your donation, please contact us and let us know that your donation was made in memory of Mr. Shannon.

Washington Post Memorial (click to enlarge)William Shannon Memorial


William Shannon


A celebration of the life of former EFC Executive Director Bill Shannon was held on September 12 in Kensington, MD. Bill died in June at age 93. The upbeat event was attended by more than 100 people from all around the country and featured numerous stories from Bill’s life as told by family and friends. There was live Arabic music (in keeping with his heritage), an extensive slide show and many photos that prompted fond memories. Most importantly, the gathering showed how Bill’s life, love and professional accomplishments continue to affect so many people.

EFC executive director Margot Gibney remarked on Bill's role as mentor and supporter. “ Bill Shannon exemplified a type of leadership that was about lifting others up. By virtue of his hard work, he was creating integration in a time of segregation. His legacy lives on in today’s Encampments.”

In solidarity with the Charleston Emanuel AME Church community

We are appalled and deeply saddened by this latest incidence of domestic terrorism against the African-American community. Our hearts go out to the families and greater community of the shooting victims in Charleston, South Carolina.

Board Chair Ada Deer reflected on this tragedy: “When I first heard about the Charleston Massacre I couldn't believe it—not again! I am heartsick and filled with fury. I vow to turn that fury into action. The Encampment for Citizenship is a powerful force in the fight against racial hatred and oppression.”

EFC board member, Dyanne London, echoed that sentiment, remarking on some of the intense frustration, anger and sense of helplessness we feel over this act of domestic terrorism – shooting black people in a church – and she reminds us all that the Encampment is a beacon of hope—not just for alums but in ever-widening circles of community.

The heinous act of racial terrorism at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston shows how much we need experiences that transform and challenge how we see each other and how we live and work together. As part of the Encampment we have experienced the power of a multicultural community working for social justice.

We ask you to help us to continue to build that community that is a powerful force for love, hope and justice.

Calling all EFC Alums!

Be part of the Encampment movement! Catch up with old friends! Join us in building transformational social justice experiences for today's youth! Fill out the Encampment Alumni Survey today!

Margot Gibney named Encampment Executive Director 

The Encampment for Citizenship Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Margot Gibney has been named Executive Director. Ms. Gibney has a long history with the Encampment: as a youth, as summer staff, and as Executive Director (1986-1995). Ms. Gibney has over 25 years of nonprofit management experience. Her experience includes program design and implementation, training and supervision, fundraising, financial management, community outreach, cross-sector collaboration, and all aspects of start-up, operation, and evaluation. Since 2010, Ms. Gibney has been working with a group of committede Encampment alums to re-establish the Encampment for today's youth.

The EFC Board of Directors extends congratulations to Margot Gibney and anticipates a continued strong working relationship as the Encampment moves forward.

Top 5 reasons to support the Encampment

We need your support! Why? Here are some good reasons:
5) Because it’s a good idea.
4) Because it’s the best return-on-your-investment.
3) Because young people are the future and the present.
2) Because it creates community.
1) Because your commitment to supporting the Encampment makes a difference!
Read more »

Jean Somerville Kotkin Memorial Fund

We are honored to announce that the Jean Somerville Kotkin Memorial Fund has been established at the American Ethical Union. This fund will provide support to young people with financial need who wish to attend the Encampment in 2014 or later years. Jon Kerner (EFC '65) and Beth Kotkin (EFC '69) initiated this fund to both honor their mother and support the Encampment. Jean Somerville Kotkin was the first president of the American Ethical Union and an ardent supporter of the EFC. To donate, send a check (made out to AEU with notation "for EFC-JSK Fund") to 2 West 64th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10023.

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