Welcome relief from Vancouver rain...
Having just suffered through a whole month of rain in Vancouver, it was such a relief to get off the plane yesterday in Santa Barbara and feel the warmth of the sun. It was a great start to what has so far been an amazingconference and I'm sure it's just going to keep getting better.
I spent most of the day with the advanced group made up of participants, mostly Tibetan, who've previously attended SFT camps and conferences. We've focused on worskop facilitation and other skills that will enable us to organize conferences and action camps back in our own communities. Especially in the lead up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, it's so important for us to be able to offer our members and supporters all around the world the opportunity to develop and increase their direct action, media,grassroots organizing and other activist and skills.
Tonight we have a town hall meeting, where members have the opportunity to provide feedback to SFT's leadership about what they feel is and isn't working. But before this, we've got dinner prepared for us by our wonderfulconference volunteers.
Stay tuned for more updates from Santa Barbara!