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Everglades and Earth First! Recap

By Philip Stephen Papajcik, Guest Writer 

Last week, a group of students and I travelled to south Florida with the Environmental Justice Crew to attend an organizer’s conference and training camp put on by Earth First!, a radical environmental justice organization. Our 1400 mile, 3 day whirlwind trip brought students to the subtropical hardwood forests and cypress swamps of Fisheating Creek Wildlife Preserve near Lake Okeechobee, where we participated in workshops ranging from deep ecology to collective liberation, received training in community organizing and tree climbing, met with Seminole and Miccosukee indigenous leaders, talked with activists fighting for environmental and social justice in frontline communities, and enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of the sunny Florida everglades.


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