We are thrilled to announce that the 8th Extreme Energy Extraction Summit will be held May 18th - 21st at the Commons in Detroit, a multi-use community and organizing space held down by East Michigan Environmental Action Coalition. We're so excited to finally be hosting a Summit in a movement space instead of Christian retreat center. Being in the heart of Detroit will be a unique environment for E3C and give us new opportunities to deepen our engagement with our host community. We are fortunate to have our largest host committee yet including EMEAC, the Michigan EJ Coalition, Soulardarity, the Ecology Center, and local organizers with Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Climate Justice Alliance, and Sierra Club.
Check back here for more details about plans for the 8th Summit soon.
Our gatherings are not a traditional conference of disconnected workshops but a complete process. Participants are expected to attend the event at least from Saturday breakfast to Monday lunch.
The heart and soul of Summits are small-group breakouts. At many movement gatherings, the productive conversations happen outside of organized activities. We focus on these crucial discussions, trusting that participants know best what topics are most relevant to their work. We see three kinds of conversations happen—it is critically important to be clear about which kind of discussion you are proposing:
Sharing Skills and Strategies: The diversity of the Summit provides rich opportunities to learn from each other. Breakouts might generate list of lessons learned, and resources for further information. Some examples include: how to stop oil trains, ballot initiatives to ban fracking, & citizen monitoring programs.
Building Shared Language and Analysis: Away from the daily grind, the Summits are a place for big picture conversations about critical issues that face our movement. Breakouts may generate key insights to be shared across the movement. Examples include: identifying false solutions, using a “rights of mother nature” framework, and articulating a critique of capitalism.
Creating Collaborative Projects: Summits are an opportunity to plan for collective action, big and small. Outcomes might look like project proposals or follow-up work to support national and regional initiatives. Examples include: coordinated direct action plans and community-exchange programs.
Start thinking about the conversations you want to have today!
Building Our Collective Voice
Our Summits have also become a place were we have some of the difficult, yet essential, conversations in our movement. We've explored dynamics around race and colonialism, addressed conflict between Big Green organizations and the grassroots, and focused especially on issues of equity and resource distribution. These conversations are always challenging but rewarding, resulting in real learning - and sometimes transformational changes in individual perspective and organizational policy.
Strengthening Our Network
The most important outcomes of our Summits are the relationships formed and strengthened across a diverse cross-section of the movement. These one-on-one connections have been leveraged by participants to resolve organizational conflicts, access resources, and provide tangible support for each other's campaigns. The Summit has plenty of built-in self-structured time for you to connect with the people most relevant to your work. We also take time to play together, knowing that a strong movement is built from more than just smart strategy. Bring your instruments, talents, humor and culture with you to share at our always unforgettable Open Mic.
We hope to see you for another amazing weekend in Michigan.
The Extreme Energy Extraction Collaborative has adopted the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.