I’ve been helping out a new San Francisco Bay Area project, the Bay Area Solidarity Summer.
On July 22nd, South Asian American teenagers from across the San Francisco Bay Area will convene for a life-changing experience. The youth will be attending the first ever Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS), a four-day leadership camp for youth of South Asian heritage seeking to learn about progressive issues, gain organizing skills, connect with other South Asian activists, and develop themselves into leaders. The all-inclusive camp will provide space for young people to learn skills on how to be a social activist, as well as learn about issues affecting the South Asian community both locally and globally.
BASS has been developed by a highly skilled volunteer collective of South Asian American organizers and activists looking to give back to the community by supporting the growth of young leaders. A quick look at BASS’ website at www.SolidaritySummer.org shows the breadth of experience of the organizing team, with doctors and lawyers joining political organizers and theatre producers. BASS is a project of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), an all volunteer organization working to educate, organize, and empower Bay Area South Asians.
BASS is open to youth of South Asian heritage ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old. The camp costs only $50, which covers all housing and food expenses for four days and three nights. Held in the beautiful Center for Third World Organizing Training and Retreat Center (often described as the “CTWO Mansion”), the intense camp will cover a wide range of issues such as Creative Arts and Action, Racial Profiling, Hip Hop Revolutionaries, and Environmental Justice. An important component of the curriculum will be a look back at the 100 years of history of South Asian Bay Area student activism.
Are you interested in being a part of BASS, either as a participant or a volunteer? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Check out our flyer here. And be sure to join the facebook page at www.facebook.com/BayAreaSolidaritySummer
The above logo was created by BASS activist, Roke. Circa 2011.