Last Monday Katie started a week of Crunchy Camp - that was her nickname for the workshop she was attending at the Resource Center for Nonviolence called Exploring Your Social Justice Community.
She really enjoyed herself. It turns out it wasn't a youth workshop (that's on me, I misread the description) so she was with adults and college students. There was only one other high school student there. But that was okay. She said the other participants were great people; really interesting and different from the folks she runs into every day.
At the end of the week, there was an exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Modern Art (the MAH) featuring the collaboration projects they worked on during the week. The photos from the event are below. I was kind of surprised and a little impressed. They covered a range of topics and it was fun seeing photos of Katie and crew throughout the week's events.
|A pic of the gang during the workshop.|
The good news is the workshop absolutely pushed her thinking. I got a kick out of hearing about her days and the things that happened that she didn't expect or understand. Unbeknownst to her, I kept a little diary of her comments and observations and thought I would turn them into a quick list of things I learned by sending her to the workshop. I hope you enjoy!
Consensus can lead to missed opportunity.
Katie was stymied by how many times the group had to reach consensus to decide something. The one that really chapped her was the discussion about whether or not they should break early for lunch. As Katie noted, the joke was on them because after trying to reach consensus, the opportunity had passed.
Corollary: Pacifists need hierarchy.
Decisions need to be made, someone needs to be in charge and things need to get moving. Katie's way more patient than I am about these things so for her to notice and be bothered by it means it was "noticeable". One thing about those fascists, I doubt there's a lot of time wasted on who's telling whom what to do!
Don't ever tell your grandmother something shocking while at Whole Foods.
I really wish this was on video. While getting dinner at Whole Foods, with my mom, Katie says rather loudly, "I think I'm a Republican." To which my mom gasps, then screams "WHAT?!" and nearly falls over. Right there in front of the pizza guy. It. Was. Priceless.
How can gender be unclear?
Katie is super close friends with a transgender boy (I even help them with their blog). They've been friends through their childhood and she was with him through transition. But on gender day, when the discussion turned to individuals who don't identify with one gender or another, this stopped her in her tracks. "I get someone identifies male or female, but how can it be both?," she asked. Clearly there's more to be explored here.
Lettuce leaves aren't salad.
The workshop provided lunch every day. Katie can do vegetarian pretty well (hey - way better than I can) but she ran into some more exotic foods than she's ever seen around here (or on her travels for that matter). But the thing that really slayed her was the bowl of lettuce leaves at the Life Lab Garden at UCSC that was marketed as salad. "Leaves are not salad," she stated emphatically. Duly noted.
|Free first Friday at the Museum.|
|Things we can do as humans to create change.|
|Pic of Katie hanging from the tree.|
|Some thinking tree.|
|The pic and the pictured!|
|One of my soapbox issues: rape culture.|
|Assembled art piece.|
|Front of her collage.|
|Back of her collage.|
|I think this is from the gender discussion.|
|Slide show with more photos.|
|Not sure if I like this - she already questions authority.|
|Yep, that's the group sign! Outside the exhibit room at MAH.|