Get Ready for the Wayside Commons! This Saturday!

Are you ready for the Commons? We are! Come to Wayside on July 7th and 8th for our celebration with community organizers and activists from all over the region as we indulge in an opportunity to network, socialize, share our talents, and most importantly HAVE FUN! Check out the schedule below.

10 – 4 Registration, Caucus Space, Free Time and Lunch

Come early, get registered, set up your tent, have lunch, tour Wayside, swim in the creek, meet people, sit in the shade of the Walnut trees, attend one or more of the caucus meetings . . .

Queer Caucus 11-12:

Join Southerners On New Ground (SONG) at the Wayside Commons for a Queer Caucus where we will be gathering to discuss all issues facing the LGBTQ community in our region. We’ll be spending some time with SONG NC leadership talking about the incredible work around Amendment One and thinking together about ways we can move toward the same kind of movement-building work all over the region. This space is open only to queer-identified folks.

Lunch 12-1

Prison Industrial Complex Caucus 1-2: Facilitated by Stuart Anderson and Netfa Freeman

Join people from all over the region who are affected by and/or working on issues related to mass incarceration. Topics of discussion could include prisoner solidarity and support, advocacy, the war on drugs and building a stronger regional movement. Immigrant detention issues will be included and the session will be interpreted. Open to all.

Immigration Caucus 2:30-3:30: Facilitated by Carolina Velez –

People directly affected by immigration issues from all over the region will gather to discuss the situations facing their communities, the impacts of the current political climate and how to support each other and respond with a united front. This space is open to people directly affected by immigration issues. The discussion will be in Spanish and will not be interpreted.
Discussion – How Historical Context Affects Work for Social Change 2:30 – 3:30
Larry Yates, longtime Virginia activist/organizer, is self-publishing 2 books about Virginia history and its relationship to social change — one fiction, one nonfiction. Come join him to talk about Virginia history and how it impacts our work.

Wayside Commons Celebration 4-6 Hosted by Salem Acuña, Miracle Allums and Tobias Estes

A celebration of the work that we have all done together over the past year. Hear spoken word and musical performances, learn about what’s been happening at Wayside and how you can get more involved and hear from the winners of this year’s People’s History Awards: Southerners on New Ground and All of Us NC for their courageous struggle against NC’s Amendment One
and Family and Friends of Incarcerated People for their work in support of families affected by mass incarceration.

Dinner 6:30-8:00
Talent Show 8:30

Have a talent? Bring It! Share your song, story, poem, dance . . .
Followed by bonfire and revelry into the night!

Unless otherwise specified all events will be interpreted in English and Spanish. Childcare will be provided from 11 to 6. A very limited number of beds are available upon request and all are welcome to camp in the meadow. There’s a suggested donation of $20 per person towards the expenses involved in putting on this event. no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you’re able to donate more, please do so. We hope to see you there!

Have space in your car? Need a ride? Email for rideshare!

~ by flyingbrickrva on July 4, 2012.

One Response to “Get Ready for the Wayside Commons! This Saturday!”

  1. Thanks for spreading the word! One thing we forgot to mention is please don’t bring your dogs! Thanks and hope to see you!

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