NY Occupiers Open Summer Camp


The Occupy Wall Street movement has faced many hurdles, not the least of which are the elements, which humans have been struggling to overcome since our ancestors first evolved. When Occupy first made national headlines in September 2011, skeptics predicted that winter temperatures would kill the movement. They didn’t.

Now, some may be wondering if summer heatwaves will wither OWS’s enthusiasm, but if recent actions around the nation are any indication, Occupy Wall Street’s roots run far too deep to succumb to a little heat. Nevertheless, occupiers have started to get creative in their event planning tactics. There’s the Occupy The Hood “Rep Your Hood” Blowout BBQ coming up next weekend, and earlier this week, the opening of the unofficial Occupy summer camp.

Modeled after the civil-rights-era Freedom Schools, the Brooklyn-based Paul Robeson Freedom School Summer Day Camp, is meant to keep young brains from melting in front of a video game all summer.

Run by original occupiers Justin Wedes and Rodney Deas (Deas was the inspiration for the boombox-toting Radio Raheem character in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”), the camp offers reading, writing, history, and basic math in addition to hands on activities and field trips. The camp’s “counselors” infuse their knowledge on all subjects with a dose of revolutionary thinking, encouraging “campers” to challenge traditional thinking and get involved in their communities.

“Our mission is to build an empowering community of youth and adult leader-educators whose work is to nurture and liberate our minds, bodies and collective spirit; to liberate our minds from mental oppression through culturally-relevant curriculum in the arts, sciences and histories; to liberate our bodies from hurtful consumerism through physical training and changing our relationship to food; and to liberate our collective spirit to re-affirm our commitment to each other, our shared heritage and our local community, reads the day camp’s Facebook page.

So far, the school only has a handful of campers and a tiny operating budget. But enthusiasm is high and the vibe is positive. If you’re in the Brooklyn area and want to contribute, volunteer, or attend, check out the camp’s website to learn more.


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Image via Paul Robeson Freedom School Summer Day Camp


Hope Foley
Hope Foley6 years ago

this just plain excites me!

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago


Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P6 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

It's good to see that Rudy B. is here, to remind us how _fearful_ the Tea Party Republican GOP actually is.
Remember how much _fear_ they have. They fear: Women, Communists, Russians, Women, Latinos, Muslims, Women, LGBT's, and give them time, they'll find another group to fear and hate.
Of course, they are unconscious to the fact, that the fear they hate, is themselves.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

Doesn't it warm the 'cockles of your heart', to know that the BAD GUYS, aren't the only ones with determination?

Thank heavens for their persistence.

Carole L.
Lowell L6 years ago

go OWS!

Rudy Boleslav
.6 years ago

if the socialist Occupiers are not quiters, then why only three kids showed up to Commie Camp? They were advertising it for months.....


Carl Oerke
Carl O6 years ago

Great idea. It is time to turn away from the "Greed is Good" "As long as I've got mine screw everybody else" era and head forward into the past. Back to working together for the collective good. And the children are our hope for tomorrow. It certainly isn't Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and FOX News' agenda of lies, misinformation, disinformnatiuon, disunity and intolerance. The only benefit that I see from watching FOX News is that it is cheaper than having a frontal lobotomy though the results are the same.

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

I'll give it to the NY Occupiers they are not quitters and show real tenacity. Great news.