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Still considering whether to attend RootsCamp MA this weekend?

posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:55 PM by Robbie Samuels

Hopefully this update will help you decide to register at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com (before 11:30pm Thursday, 4/23). Tickets sales are available at the door. (If you've already registered you'll receive a similar email from me via Eventbrite.)


Wondering where the session topics are listed?

Session topics are not pre-set - they are chosen by YOU each morning of RootsCamp MA. Read "How Sessions Work" to become familiar with the process of setting the agenda. 


Everyone is encouraged to come prepared to propose a session. 

You know what you know and you know what you're curious about. Bring that! RootsCamp MA is a great safe space that allows everyone to debrief their experiences, ask questions, have demonstrations, and hold discussions. Those who aren't presenting are free to move to any session, and are encouraged to if they’d like during sessions.  The principle is to vote with your feet! The result is everyone gets what they need whether presenting or discussing.

Interested in facilitating a session? Read these tips. 

RootsCamp MA is participant driven and we encourage everyone to come prepared to present on a topic, facilitate a dialogue, or brainstorm best practices. Sessions are determined each morning of the event.  If you have an expertise to share, are willing to facilitate a dialogue, or bring folks together to brainstorm best practices - then you should suggest a session. Some of you will come to the event with a session in mind and others will add to "The Wall" throughout the weekend. No credentials required. The focus is on communicating ideas, not fancy PowerPoints. We're encouraging you to change up your rote presentation and instead bring open ended questions and your curiosity. 

A/V & Supplies: Most of the sessions will be in spaces without A/V. There will be one break-out room with A/V set-up for sessions that require internet or PPT (online organizing, visual communication, etc.). We will provide flipchart paper and sharpies.


Need some inspiration before proposing a session?

During the registration process we asked what topics you planned to submit and which you hoped someone else proposed (i.e. wish list). If more than one person suggests a topic we will ask them to collaborate/co-facilitate.


2015 Possible Topics and Wish List

2013 Possible Topics and Wish List 


You are an impressive bunch! So much being offered and asked for. There will be many interesting rich discussions this weekend because of YOU.


We look forward to seeing you this weekend. 


For Justice,



Robbie Samuels

RootsCamp MA Lead Organizer



P.S. Thank you. We really couldn't have pulled this grassroots "unconference" together in just 10 weeks without the support of over two dozen sponsors and partners, the generosity of our host venue 1199SEIU, and many amazing volunteer organizers!




When is RootsCamp MA? 

Saturday, 4/25 9:30am-6:30PM

Saturday, 4/25 After Party 7-9PM at Harp & Bard in Dorchester (complimentary appetizers and cash bar)

Sunday, 4/26 10am-6PM 

There are 3 session blocks per day. 

Will there be a keynote?
Our Saturday Keynote is James Shearer, Co-Founder of Spare Change News and our Sunday Keynote is Daunasia Yancey, Organizer of Black Lives Matter Boston.

How do I get to 1199SEIU?

Please take a moment to look at the directions page on our website. It's a little tricky to find it your first time. This page has maps, photos and detailed walking directions. There is a huge (no fee) parking lot and it's a short walk from JFK T stop on the Red Line. We will have signs and chalk directing you from the T.

Will I be able to eat? What's for lunch?

Thanks to our sponsors, we are providing breakfast, lunch and snacks both days. Lunch on Saturday is from Haley House and on Sunday is from Clover. There will be vegetarian and vegan options. There will be 5 gluten-free meals set aside each day for those that requested it. We do have space in the fridge if you decide to bring your own food.

When do online tickets sales end? Can tickets be purchased at the door?

Online ticket sales end tonight (Thursday) at 11:30PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door - $20 Solidarity Ticket or $10 Discounted Ticket. NOTE: If you are a sponsor you may still pay for your sponsorship at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com after ticket sales have ended. If paying by check, please first contact Robbie Samuels.


Can I attend only one day? 

You are welcome to attend a single day, but we encourage you to join us for the entire weekend if possible. In particular don't miss the group "building the Wall" of topics on Saturday morning from 10am-11:15am (and again on Sunday morning). Ticket fees are the same whether you join us for one hour or two days.


What's the hashtag?

We are going to be working together to document this amazing weekend in real time. Tag your photos and tweets with #rootsma!


Can you help me find a job? I'm hiring can I bring info about openings? 

There will be a jobs board at RootsCamp MA filled with social justice jobs in the Greater Boston area. Bring your job openings. Just one copy per opening needed. If you're looking for a job you might want to bring your resume. You never know who you'll meet!

Can I share my upcoming events or ways to get involved with my organization?

There will be a literature table. Bring materials about your programs and projects to share with attendees! Sign-up sheets welcomed if you've got something on the horizon for RootsCampers to jump right into.


Networking & job hunting/hiring made easy... 

RootsCamp MA Organizing Committee members will be sure to welcome you and your guests, plus we'll have "I'm Looking For" and "Ask Me About" tags so you can jump right into the kinds of conversations you want to be having. 


Who is attending? You can see who else registered at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Other questions? Contact Robbie Samuels at Robbie@RobbieSamuels.com.