2022 Summer Encampment

Land, Migration and the Exploitation of Labor: Past and Present Activism

In 2022, Encampers explored the main theme “Land, Migration and the Exploitation of Labor” and discovered the intersections, the roots and the history of resistance to social injustice. They learned from committed social justice activists via Zoom or in-person workshops, field trips, arts and other experiential activities, and each other. They formed their community, shared their cultures, and explored the surrounding community cultures and their responses to injustice.

As always in the EFC approach, the importance of asking questions was emphasized in the leadership process and the power of working together for change.

“I had a really transformative and insightful time here at the Encampment. I’ve learned much about myself, my peers, allyship, activism and how to be a better ally to marginalized communities. The friendships and experiences I’ve had here have been impactful and incredibly meaningful to me, and I’m incredibly grateful for all of my time spent here.” — Piper, California


“This experience was honestly so eye-opening — it allowed me to leave my comfort zone to explore more about my personal identity and the identity of the native people. It also supplied me with the ability to organize communities to fight for a greater cause.” — Jason, New York


“It is a fun, intellectual experience that pushes you to think deeper about the world around you and your community. People are kind and open. You learn something valuable every day.” — Imani, Connecticut

Introduction to Chumash Culture

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., greeting Encampers.
On the first full day of the 2022 Encampment, Marcus V.O. Lopez facilitated introductions and taught the Encampers songs from the Chumash culture.
Every part of Marcus V.O. Lopez’s presentation and discussion was interactive.
He engaged the young people in learning about the culture of one of the Indigenous peoples of this area, called “Chumash” by linguists. They also learned about the importance of the tomol (canoe) that was revived by the Brotherhood of the Tomol in the 1970s. This was especially important for the Encampers because they were looking forward to a group tomol paddle with the Native people in Santa Barbara Harbor. They learned about safety, paddling techniques and paddling songs. This 7-minute video is an excerpt from this lesson, including a song.

Click links for videos — they are slowed down to reflect the experience.

On the water.

High fives!

“Marcus had the most impact on me because, well, for one thing, we spent the most time with him, his family and his community, and spent the most time engaging in their culture. It was so fun to learn about their traditions, as well as their hardships and what they were doing to fix them. Going to the beaches and islands and eating the food, going in the tomol — all of it was special to me.” — Sonisai, Amherst, MA

“I loved the tomol canoe. I was really excited to go in, and it was an honor beyond words to be the first Encamper in my group to paddle with y’all!” — Max, Austin, TX


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Inspirational speaker, Dr. Omekongo Dibinga, EFC alum 1993 CA, gave a lively, interactive and trenchant talk focused on leadership qualities and development,
“You are the ones who are going to change the world,” said Dr. Dibinga. He urged Encampers to do the work to become leaders.
Dr. Dibinga provided questions and time for the Encampers to explore aspects of who they are beyond external characteristics, look at triggers that impede engaging in deeper conversations and images to challenge the idea that there is a single correct perception.

“You [Dr. Dibinga] had a significant impact on my mindset and understanding of how to be an effective leader, which was absolutely vital to my time at the Encampment.” — Piper, Camarillo, CA

To read more about Dr. Dibinga’s workshop, click here for our Week One blog.


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Mab Segrest, activist, writer and teacher led a discussion on Critical Race Theory and Settler Colonialism.
How Did We Get Here, Part One (how do we see clearly what is in front of us?)”
Ms.Segrest started by asking the Encampers to Turn to a person next to you and identify one issue that seems ‘in front of you’ that you would like to better understand.” What followed was a deep conversation discussing gender, class and race issues and their intersectionality, including the key concepts of Critical Race Theory and Settler Colonialism.

“I want to thank you for going more into Critical Race Theory (CRT). This is something I didn’t know a lot about until you spoke to us on Zoom. When we got into the groups, I felt like we had a good conversation about CRT. I now understand how laws were shaped by white supremacy and how it is an attack on history.” — Abigail, Blythewood, South Carolina

To read more about Ms. Segrest’s workshop, click here for the Week One blog.


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
The Encampers were immersed in several social justice cultures in Los Angeles. They visited the Holocaust Museum, the Japanese American National Museum, the LA Plaza de Culturas y Arte and had dinner with EFC alum David Sandoval, one of the organizers of the East LA Chicano Rights Movement.
“The museums were phenomenal. Getting the tour of the Holocaust Museum really made you see it and made you feel it.

… Being there with the tour guide and experiencing that session made me think about why we haven’t learned more. Even though I have studied it, I never really looked at the American response — it was a very self-reflective process. I also learned how children were treated. At my school, we had a broad overview of the Holocaust. At the Holocaust Museum, I could see in detail what happened, why and how the Nazis used propaganda, and how they got a lot of their methods from Jim Crow in the U.S.: Create a big lie, make it believable, say it often and keep pushing on a narrative that isn’t true.

“At the Japanese American National Museum, we participated in a virtual process of internment. I didn’t know anything about the Japanese and the racism they faced. They also had this virtual reality experience where I got to see and be in the whole process. It’s one thing to read about it and its totally different thing to actually see it and experience it. It made me want to bring this information back to my school and community.” Jason, New York, NY

Outside the museum, all the Encampers and staff gathered for an enthusiastic group picture. Click here for an Encampment shout-out.

They also went to LA Plaza de Culturas y Arte, which focuses on art and culture — two key components of the summer program. There is a permanent exhibit about the history of LA that “presents an alternative to traditional interpretations of Los Angeles history, aiming to change what we know about Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the city.” In addition, Encampers and staff had dinner with David Sandoval, an EFC alum (1966 DC) and one of the organizers of the East LA Chicano Rights Movement. Click to see Encampers sidewalk dancing!


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Sarahi Noyola, 2022 Summer Program Intern, is also a Pesticide-Free Soil Project intern.
To experience the culture of the community of Oxnard, ...
our summer intern Sarahi recommended that we take some time to visit the Oxnard Swap Meet, where, in addition to many crafts, there is traditional food and music. Sarahi created a curriculum component focused on a cultural exchange for that evening. Sarahi talks about the experience in this video.


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Israel Vasquez, program supervisor for the Ventura County Farmworker Resource Program, spoke to the Encampers about the work of MICOP and forming the Tequio Youth Group, of which he is a founding member.
Israel Vasquez shared his personal journey as a community organizer.
Mr. Vasquez told the Encampers that when the group first got together at MICOP, they chose the name to honor their roots. “Tequio is an indigenous philosophy of community service — you don’t get paid; you just do it for the love of the community. And that’s our philosophy. One of our first strategies was to go to the school board and ask that they ban the word ‘oaxaquita’ [ethnic slur: little Oaxacan]. We were all excited and we did not know the challenges we would face … we went to school board leaders and allies and did some planning and we had several spokespeople and within a year, we were able to ban the word oaxaquita in Oxnard schools.” https://www.latimes.com/local/la-xpm-2012-may-28-la-me-indigenous-derogatory-20120528-story.html

Mr. Vasquez shared some of his own personal journey, from studying law as a way to help his community to realizing he was more drawn to agriculture and could help that way. He told the Encampers that his grandfather had always planted beans, corn and squash together and he didn’t understand why but, when he studied agriculture in college, he understood the value of this and other Indigenous traditions. He has brought this knowledge and understanding to his work with the Farmworker Resource Program. In addition, he made sure that all the information about resources was recorded in Spanish and Mixteco, as well as English, and spread the word digitally so the community would know about these resources.

Question: When you realized you wanted to be an activist, what was the first thing that you did?

“I started by learning who I was. I thought I was Aztec, but I’m Mixteco. Once I learned that, I started to learn what the issues are that affect my community. I worked with my uncle and aunt, helping them navigate through their issues. I started with my family and then got more involved in my community.”


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
A group of Encampers at Rocky Peak Park.
Rocky Peak Hike Video
Encampers hiked at Rocky Peak Park, a panoramic 2,715-foot summit on the border between Los Angeles and Ventura counties in the Santa Susana Mountains. Click link for a peek of the hike.


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Suzanne Pharr is an organizer and political strategist who has spent her adult life working to build a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-issued movement for social and economic justice in the United States.
Suzanne Pharr discussed the intersections of gender, race and economics and the attacks on public education by the Right.
Ms. Pharr explored with the Encampers the ways in which the Right builds its power and why it chose public education as one of its main centers of work. She began by asking the Encampers to name their principal areas of concern about attacks on public education (such as Critical Race Theory, sex education, trans issues). The Encampers reported several concerns.

“I was able to reflect on what you said in a group discussion and I noticed how so much of what you said related to my situation in previous school experiences. I remember being taught stories about Black history only revolving on slavery. I read articles today where they are trying to remove the harsh history from textbooks — specifically talking about slavery and the Holocaust — to change the narrative. I realized how important the education system is because once you control the schools, you control people’s minds.” — Jason, Harlem, NY

Click here to read more in the Week Two blog.


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
John Zippert and Faya Ora Rose Touré spoke about the power of collective action and the importance of land.
Focus on Land and Collective Action
John Zippert and Faya Ora Rose Touré told the Encampers about their work with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the lawsuit against Texas state agricultural commissioner Sid Miller, who, with other litigants, is challenging a law passed by Congress intended to help cover the debts of thousands of “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers” and correct the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s historic discrimination against Black farmers. Miller depends on the support of America Legal First, a group that was brought together by former President Trump’s senior policy adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller. The statistics are that, nationally, Black farmers have lost more than 12 million acres of farmland over the past century due to biased government policies and discriminatory business practices. Data suggests that the USDA continues to disproportionately reject Black farmers for loans.

In March, lawyers for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives joined with the USDA lawyers in creating a united force against this lawsuit.

In the Q&A, an Encamper asked: “I’m from the city and that means that I have a real disconnect from rural communities. How can city kids like me try to learn more about these issues that seem so distant from us?”

Mr. Zippert replied: Part of my answer to that is that everybody eats. Everybody eats food and food is coming from the work of farmers, the basic work of farmers, so you are connected to it. And you can find farmer cooperatives in the city, urban agricultural projects — you can seek them out where you are. And community organizing and community development collectives are relevant in any community. They can be used by organizers to make a difference and to solve the needs of people in any community … One strategy is to bring people together to form study groups to spend some time reading and studying what other people around the country and around the world have done through self-help and self-development to make a difference in their lives.”

Ms. Touré spoke about the importance of land to self-reliance and the long history of land being taken from people of color in the U.S., starting with the Indigenous people and the African people being taken from their land as slaves. She noted that this is the root of the wealth gap and cited the unfair distribution in the Homestead Act. She took the Encampers through the history of resistance, saying, “We take one step forward and then several steps back because we’ve always had to work in a system where White supremacy was always in charge of the policy and the policymakers. Each time there was some progress made is because people had consciousness and resisted, and were determined to make that change because they understood that power concedes nothing without the struggle and demand.” She also referred to the power of collective action because the lawsuit referred to earlier is a class action suit on behalf of Black farmers.

When an Encamper asked how they could help, Ms. Touré’ responded that they could make sure that at a local level, people get elected who care about justice. “You can be a support group, you can organize young people, and one of your platforms can be to help Black farmers, but it should also include political activity, to make sure that the right laws are passed.”

Ms. Touré added that early organizing efforts in Selma, Alabama, in the 1960s were initiated by young people in high school under the leadership of Bernard Lafayette, who was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member at the time. She recommended reading his account, In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma (Civil Rights and Struggle).

“During our time at the Encampment, I learned a crucial lesson when [Faya Ora Rose Touré’] said ‘Making change is an inside-outside game.’ I find it applies to community-building in general. To reform any system, it requires effort from the outside and in.” — Ursa, Amherst, MA


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
The Segregation and Displacement curriculum included maps that show ethnic and economic demographics and the change over time to show how communities are segregated.
Using this link, you can see the legacy of redlining and how it relates to gentrification.
The example is Manhattan, but you can use the link to explore this issue in your community — as did all the Encampers: https://dsl.richmond.edu/socialvulnerability/map/#loc=15/40.807/-73.946&city=manhattan-ny

This resource from the Othering and Belonging Institute features an interactive racial segregation map:

“I found out that Oxnard is 80% Latinx, but the bulk of the waterfront is owned by White people.”

“I already knew a lot about redlining, but actually being able to look at the maps and see the history and the actual documentation of what was done was really striking. It was informative, but also hurtful because of the way they described my community, and the potential, and what actually happened. It was good that we did that activity, because I can bring that back to my school and show how redlining developed in so many different communities.”


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Mia Lopez, a member of the Chumash people, gave the Encampers a tour of the San Fernando Mission.
Mia Lopez talks about the mission system and its effect on Indigenous culture.
Ms. Lopez shared a bit about her life and her family, letting the Encampers know that she found it hard to go to the mission because of the history of the Spanish and the Indigenous peoples. She described some of the history and conditions of abuse of the mission system. She told them that the Chumash who converted to Catholicism were called “people of reason” and held positions of influence in society. She pointed out that the people who didn’t convert were beaten and starved. “Our families were withheld from us. They say we came willingly but, as a mom, if you took my children, I would go where they were and I would stay there if you wouldn’t let them go … So yes, our people came ‘willingly’ when they took our children — yes, our people came ‘willingly’ when the lives of our families were threatened.”

Further deepening the Encampers’ exploration of critical thinking, she pointed out museum artifacts that had nothing to do with the Chumash but were from other tribes in the Southwest or other places ,,. and a stylized painting with a tall priest and a tiny Indian, an example of portraying Indigenous people like children … “which is why they can justify the treatment of our people.”

She talked about how the Chumash were separated from their families, and the sexual and other abuse, including slave labor and the disallowing of their language and ceremonies, that they were inflicted with. In addition, the padres (priests) sent family members to other missions all over California so it was hard to find them again. The more they let go of their language and cultural practices, the more freedom they had to connect with their family members, so this was a powerful incentive to abandon their culture. This memory still reverberates with people today.



2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
Members of the Chumash Tribe, Encampers in the visitor center, group photo, Encampers in the visitor center (clockwise from left).
As part of the 2022 Encampment’s environmental justice focus, we traveled to Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Islands and a national park site.
The Encampers were accompanied by descendants of the original inhabitants — members of the Chumash people — who are lobbying to have the island’s name changed back to Limuw Island.

In this five-minute video, Encampers share their experiences on the ferry trip, where some Encampers saw dolphins for the first time, and on Limuw Island itself — a sacred place of the Chumash people.


2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
EFC alum Hausson Byrd (2014, Chicago) led a conversation about the importance of art and culture, and the role of youth in redesigning the future.
Hausson Byrd spoke about the role of youth historically as an inspiration for change through the sacrifice of their bodies.
Mr. Byrd said that trend still carries true today with such deaths being recorded and shared in social media. “We discussed how art, culture and technology can be vehicles to create and spread change, while combating negative social perspectives and messages, by promoting ourselves, our talents and positive messages about who we are as the next generation,” he said.

“We also talked about how negative messages and stereotypes against youth are being funded and pushed by particular entities, and that we must push to control our own narratives, especially since art is historically attacked by fascism and capitalism as a tactic to destroy peoples’ connection to their culture.

“In closing, we landed on the fact that capitalism is destroying the world and if we don’t do something, who will? As youth, we did not create these conditions or problems, but we must be the solution or we will be the ones to suffer the consequences. However, our art, our passions and talents, are ways to embody, create and spread change while healing ourselves and others, as opposed to having to put our bodies and lives in harm’s way to move progress forward.”

Encampers were inspired by this powerful conversation:

“Hausson inspired me to continue making videos and films as a way to resist. No matter how much they try to defund art programs at schools, we can’t let them stop us.” — Basil, Harlem, NY

“Hausson had the biggest impact on me because of the way he uses his words to get his point across. He’s a genius when it comes to word play and poetry, and that’s something I am interested in.” —Ariella, San Diego, CA



2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
At the 2022 InterGen, Encampers share songs that they created in the “Song Writing for Social Justice” workshop.
As part of our “Songwriting for Social Justice” workshop, the 2022 Encampers created two songs: a lyric video and “You May Think.”
Click to hear “You May Think

Click for the lyric video shown at the 2022 InterGen.

Click to see the audience reaction.

Jason, Jessica and Jonah discuss their process in creating the lyrics on this video.

We would like to thank the Puffin Foundation for their support of the project, “Songwriting for Social Justice,” that made the creation of these songs possible.

Click here to read more about the song writing process in the Week Three blog.



2013 Encampment, Richmond VA.
The 2022 InterGen featured an inspiring opening circle, powerful speakers on social justice and a rousing keynote by Miles Rapoport & Nsé Ufot.
The InterGen panelists were: Evelin Aquino on education and restorative justice; Hausson Byrd, the impact of youth culture; Litzy Hernandez, immigration; Robert Hirsch, policing; Dyanne London and DeVera Jackson-Garber, social justice and mental health; Shauna Marshall, the law as a vehicle for social justice; representatives of the Pesticide-Free Soil Project, environmental justice; and Jason Warwin of Bro/Sis, education and community organizing.
Click for Sunday’s rousing keynote and Q&A by Miles Rapoport (100% Democracy) and Nsé Ufot of the New Georgia Project about the importance of voting and voter suppression and its relationship to systemic racism. 

Comments from the chat about the InterGen presentations:

Sandy: “Thank you for getting me up, physically, mentally and emotionally! ‘And Now’ — this song — love it!”

Pinky: “Awesome! So glad that our young people are learning truth and history!”

Sadeqa Johnson: “My heart is full! So amazing!”

Monique Moody: “Amazing work!”

Andrea R: “This is beyond wonderful.”

Steve Leibman: “Awesome! I’m loving your courage and creativity!”

Eloise Paterson: “Our future is so bright with all of you as leaders!”

Click here to learn more (and see photos and videos) in the Week Three blog.


A shout-out to all the Encampers, staff and volunteers for making the 2022 Encampment a learning community filled with creativity.

Thank you to Ruth Thaler-Carter (White Plains 1970) for her copyediting skills that make our text more readable. We appreciate her years of service to the Encampment. Any mistakes here were made after her edits.

Thank you to Adriana Campos-Ojeda and Elibet Valencia Munoz for their photo/video skills that enliven our text, letting you see and hear the Encampers. You can reach Ms. Campos Ojeda at aoc.cinema@gmail.com and Ms. Munoz at evalenciams@gmail.com.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers
2022 Encampers with members of the Chumash Tribe on Santa Cruz/Limuw Island.

2022 Encampers Speak Out

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Words cannot describe how much the Encampment changed me.

It enhanced my creativity and forced me to think outside of the box. One of the topics we learned about was land and migration, and the Native American tribes that were here before us. During my Encampment experience, I learned how to become a better leader. I led numerous groups and engaged with my peers. In the future, my goal is to become a sports attorney and open my own sports management agency. The leadership I learned from Encampment will help me reach my goal, as well as the skills to work with all types of people from different backgrounds.

— Zora, Midlothian, VA

It is valuable to be exposed to problems that are currently happening and to learn what you could do about it.

You learn how to work together with people as a team, and you can also develop friendships with people from around the world! — Bryan, Santa Maria, CA

The Encampment helped me understand my place in my community and society.

I would recommend the program to a friend because most of my friends want to make a difference in the world but don’t know how to or the right paths to get there. The Encampment helped me become more aware of the many opportunities there are within activism and social justice.

— Maribel, Fresh Meadows, NY

I would recommend it to anyone who has a vision of making a difference.

The program is great with helping you meet other people with similar goals, and teaches you different ways you can make those goals happen.

— Axel, Newark, NJ

We met social justice lawyers, authors, alumni, parents, immigrants and so many more.

When I first arrived at camp, I had the mindset that nothing will ever be fixed; that all of the systems must be torn down and rebuilt, and that I didn’t have any power. But now, I see the power of community and all the change that can be made from people coming together. When I return to my community, I plan on creating a program in both English and Spanish that will demonstrate how to get registered to vote, as well as a Social Justice Dialogue and Action club at my school.

— Piper, Camarillo, CA

Community is a space for like-minded people to come together and share experiences and good times, as well as take action if necessary.

I found that the best way to organize a community event is to get people excited, make a poster and follow through beautifully with an entertaining show. Because of that, I now know how much energy I bring to the table and I know what I am truly capable of.

— Max, Austin, TX

I had a really transformative and insightful time here at the Encampment.

I’ve learned much about myself, my peers, allyship, activism and how to be a better ally to marginalized communities. The friendships and experiences I’ve had here have been impactful and meaningful to me, and I’m incredibly grateful for all of my time spent here.

— Aydin, New York, NY

Thanks to the Encampment, I got to have the best summer of my life.

I’ve been surrounded by Encampers of all different ethnicities and ideals. I’ve grown more than I’ve ever grown before and I can’t thank the people responsible enough for giving me an experience I’ll never forget.

— Ariella, San Diego, CA

My favorite part was probably the group discussions.

People are kind and open; you learn something valuable every day.

— Imani, Windsor Locks, CT

My creative group experience was amazing.

I tried a lot of new things, which allowed me to get the full experience of the group. I was in the hip hop and poetry group, and it was definitely a highlight of the camp. Being able to see my work at InterGen was also a lot of fun.

— Jason, New York, NY

The Encampment taught me history that I am not being taught in school.

I’m really glad I came to the Encampment this summer because I’ve learned so much that I can take back home and share with my community.

— Abigail, Columbia, SC

The Encampment has helped foster my love for social justice and create a space to give me a platform to succeed.

This program has taught me the true meaning of community because we have had the opportunity to meet so many people [who were] willing to share their experiences and culture. This is truly a unique experience.

— Melanie, Orange, NJ

The Encampment is a good opportunity to make new connections with people you would not have met otherwise.

I also think that teens nowadays don’t have a lot of resources to learn about social justice concerning things like the law, government, policing, education, immigration, etc. Coming here allows you to get first-hand information concerning those topics.

— Xola, Newark, NJ

I learned a lot about the land that we live on and how important it is to do research and learn away from the school system.

… I really appreciate how the Chumash people were able to share their history with me because it helped me understand their culture better. Being indigenous myself, from Guatemala, I was able to find a reconnection with my own heritage.

— Ivan, Austin, TX

People here have different styles … and seeing people with the they/them pronouns — that’s pretty cool because where I’m from, it’s “are you a he or a she? Pick one.”

And seeing boys dress how they want to dress and girls dress how they want to dress, and not getting judged for it. You are allowed to be you here. There is no dress code here.

— Timiya, Montgomery, AL

I appreciated how a large portion of the curriculum of the Encampment was dedicated to teaching us what it means to be strong leaders, ...

… how to self-reflect and ways that we can make differences in our own communities. It’s important to note that a lot of this “learning how to be a leader” was from my fellow Encampers as well. Being able to learn from each other was another one of the highlights of my experience at the Encampment. — Alvin, Newark, NJ

This is what community supporting the community feels like.

We came up with ideas, listened to those ideas, put action to them and learned. And we were able to accomplish something that was once difficult.

— Jessica, New York, NY

Youth need spaces where they can connect with other people and learn about how little differences there are between them and others.

There aren’t many spaces for radical and intelligent people to truly gather, and Encampment has proven to be a space for that.

— Ursa, Amherst, MA

I made so many friends and learned about how other people see other [social justice] issues in this country …

… I plan to make big changes in my community on oil spill and plastic/ocean pollution. You can help by trying to keep plastic out of the street.

— Jaden, El Sobrante, CA

I’m going to start going to more protests

and maybe help organize them or whatever I have to do to encourage people.

— Kyasha, Anderson, SC

We learned that all land in the United States was Indigenous land. Wherever you live, there is a history rooted in the Indigenous people.

We learned about the erasure [of that culture], but we also learned that any culture can have a resurgence. The Chumash people brought their culture back into the light in the 1970s. Often Indigenous people are spoken about in the past tense. They are alive and continuing in the traditions.

— Basil, New York, NY

I plan to organize my school and my school club, People Of Color United (POCU), when I get home.

I also plan to help people register to vote.

— Sonisai, Amherst, MA


I appreciated how a large portion of the curriculum of the Encampment was dedicated to teaching us what it means to be strong leaders, how to self-reflect and ways that we can make differences in our own communities. It’s important to note that a lot of this “learning how to be a leader” was from my fellow Encampers as well. Being able to learn from each other was another one of the highlights of my experience at the Encampment.


2022 Encamper, New York, NY

We are strengthening democracy by creating community.