Category Archives: Recommendations

Need A Great Summer Camp For Your Child?

In our mission to reach out to more progressive parents, we recently came across an amazing camp, named YEA Camp,  that is perfect for anyone with kids who are looking for a summer camp experience that teaches social activism. Below is a little more of what they’re about. Read on and if you do sign up, tell ’em we said ‘hello’:)

Life-Changing Summer Camp for World-Changing Teens!
Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a unique and inspiring leadership summer camp for youth 12-17 who care about community service, activism, and social justice. At a week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp setting, YEA campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, homelessness, or animal rights) and they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue once they get home. Campers also build lifelong friendships between youth with similar interests in bettering their community and society. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, memorable and life-changing experiences they have had, and, with YEA’s support, many have gone on to start school clubs, plan fundraisers for nonprofits, organize a call-in to Congress, and attend hearings to comment about important community issues. Check out our short video or website to learn more about this unique program.

“This camp has truly changed my life. You have inspired me to do so much with my life and to make the world a truly better place. You have inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say ‘I’m just a kid, what can I do?’ Because of you, I have been able to actually make a difference.” -Bianca, 15

YEA is offered in Portland, OR, Ben Lomond, CA and Charlton, MA. For dates see
$975; some scholarships available
Contact: 503-347-0223

Film Recommendation: The East

The EastIf you are looking for a film that feeds your soul while being a really terrific entertainment, look no further than “The East.” It’s that rare Hollywood film that grapples with social justice in an honest manner. All of the issues that are inherent in activism and trying to make a better world are brilliantly built into “The East.” The film director and star spent a summer where they joined an anarchist group in search of answers to how to create a better world and, even though they may not have found it, they did find the seeds to express those feelings in a really excellent suspense thriller.

Without saying too much about the film, what “The East” does successfully is create a scenario where there is moral ambiguity in terms of who the protagonists and antagonists really are in the story as well as present a really thoughtful view of the inside of an activist group. Like any good film, documentary or otherwise, that grapples with complex issues, you will no doubt be thinking about “The East” long after you’ve finished watching it.

I’m a total sucker for paranoid thrillers, particularly those from the Seventies (ie. “The Parallax View,” “All The Presidents Men” and “Marathon Man”), so “The East” strikes a personal sweet spot.