"There are people [in the 2019 Encampment] from all over the country and even Greece — so many different cultures and different types of upbringings, experiences, struggles but also celebrations. I think these are all things that we should share. Just being together in this space and having all of the differences — we’re still working toward one goal of bringing true democracy. I think that’s truly amazing!”
— Petua M., Amherst, MA
Pictures and quotes from the summer program
happening right now at California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA.
The 2019 Encampment launched with a field trip to Guelagetza, Oxnard, CA
This Oaxacan cultural celebration honors the act of communal work and strengthens the establishment of a community.
Photo credit: Julio Alcala.
Encampers are doing their own community-building, sharing their experiences, and looking at shared values. They are exploring the surrounding communities, including service learning at local organizations.
Encampers at service learning sites (clockwise): Pesticide Reform, the Abundant Table, and Farm to School. Photo credit: Adriana Campos-Ojeda.
On July 6, Encampers and community volunteers transformed a local elementary school into the first 100% organically landscaped school in Ventura County.
Our video of the event. Video credit: Julio Alcala and Angel Mendez
On July 3, as part of the curriculum segment about water conservation facilitated by Florencia Ramirez, author of Eat Less Water, the Encampers made tamales. Their tamales fed everyone at the Compost Tea Party on July 6.
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Our thanks to the photographers who made this pictorial possible: interns Nia Allen and Viseth Loeung, and EagleEye Imaging Solutions.
Thanks to our stalwart editor, Ruth Thaler-Carter (70NY)!
(Any mistakes seen here were made after her edits.)
The Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) was started in 1946 by Algernon D. Black of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and prominent civic leader Alice K. Pollitzer as an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of citizenship… through lived experience.” The Encampment grew rapidly into a nationally prominent organization, attracting socially conscious youth from all backgrounds and gaining support from Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others. Alums include: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Jason Warwin, co-founder and co-director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Innocence Project co-founder Peter Neufeld; former Congressman Barney Frank; Chinese Progressive Alliance executive director Alex Tom; and Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, Miles Rapoport.
The Encampment archive is housed at the Special Collections and Archives Department of the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.