We have finally recovered from our East Coast trip enough to tell you a bit about it.
Since we are transitioning to a leadership team model in the fall, one of our key priorities over the next few months is to introduce Megan and Sharon (the new Co-Directors) to as many of our supporters as possible whom they haven’t yet met.
So Megan and I recently did a week-long mini-East Coast tour from may 3-7. Megan met up with me first in NY where we spent several days running from Harlem to Brooklyn and back again, meeting with funders and network members. We had an intimate happy hour with our network members on the Lower East Side, organized by old school network member Han Shan. Several members of our partner group Students for a Free Tibet dropped by to catch up with us over pizza and beer, and at appropriate points in the evening Bill B and John S joined us by phone and even bought us a round of drinks .
After a few days, we hopped on Mega Bolt buses to get from NY to DC – amazing how far you can go for $20 on the East Coast!
The highlight of our DC trip was the House Party that network member Cesar hosted for us. Over sangria and middle eastern appetizers we introduced Ruckus to some new folks in DC, and shared up-to-date information on the work we are currently engaged in, including the U.S. Social Forum, the Take Back the Land campaign, responding to calls for support in Arizona, and our upcoming camps [an indigenous Tar Sands Camp in BC this July and our Advanced Action Camp for EcoJustice in MN this September.
We are deeply grateful to everyone who crossed our path on this journey, and to seeing even more friends and family of Ruckus on our next journey east!