During the weekend of August 15 – 17, 32 members from BAYAN-PNW organizations and CARW gathered for our annual regional retreat in Mossyrock, WA. It was a jammed packed weekend in a cozy cabin filled with visioning, educating, and building. The weekend kicked off with some fun ice-breakers, a collective zine activity, and organizational highlights from the past 6 months. The region also got a refresher on the BAYAN 8-point program which helps guides our work in this movement. Three educational discussions were conducted on Power and Privilege, Human Trafficking, and a Know Your Rights Training. The day ended with a kasama kultural night featuring some of our most talented kultural workers in the region. The next day we closed out retreat with presentations on current and future campaigns including environmental justice, migrant workers, and US Troops Out Now.
This years regional retreat was a great way to reflect on how much each BAYAN-PNW organization has grown and remembering the reasons why we continue to do this work.
Photos by Nikki DeLeon and Justin Katigbak