A two day gathering of local bay area community organizations and activists new and old, coming together under one big top tent to workshop, dialogue, share knowledge, and have a blast.


Meet movement-building superheroes, leaders of locally based organizations, and citizens like you. Get inspired together through art, films, performances and speakers.


Daytime workshops educate and deepen understanding in areas such as inclusion, non-violent strategies, tools for organizing, art and activism.


Get plugged into to local groups, gather new tools, and go home ready to be participate in relevant and meaningful ways.


We are seeking folks to teach, facilitate workshops and present.
We are seeking production volunteers!


Participatory Organizing & Non-Violence Training
10:00 – 5:00pm: Workshops and Lunch
Two workshop tracks give participants in-depth experiences in the areas of organizing and non-violence through day-long trainings.

Track A:  “Tools and Culture for Participatory Organizing”: facilitated by Loomio

We create a space for reflection, supporting people to take a step back from their day-to-day work and focus on how they are working together. We share stories from radically participatory, non-hierarchical organizations. We identify common challenges that groups face when they try to collaborate, and offer tools and processes that have been proven to overcome these common failure points. Most importantly, we don’t just tell people about participatory organizing, we practice it together, co-creating the workshop and learning by experience.

About Loomio: Rich and Nati have been engaged in the craft of participatory organising for more than five years, starting with Occupy in 2011, co-founding Loomio (a worker co-op building software for collective decision-making) and Enspiral (a network of 250 tech activists experimenting with radical organizational forms). We’re currently touring the USA, delivering workshops across the country.

Track B: “Non-Violence Training”: facilitated by Elliott Adams
This is a special training for “peace-keepers” in response to recent violent confrontations in Berkeley. The nonviolence training will be facilitated by Elliott Adams, an experienced NV trainer for Meta Peace Team and past president of Veterans for Peace. (more info tba).

5:00 – 7:00pm: Meet & Greet Salon

In a salon setting, we invite you, and community leaders such as yourself, to the Meet & Greet Salon. This is a salon style setting, under a beautiful circus tent, designed for you to connect more deeply, talk, share ideas and strengthen relationships with community citizens, workshop facilitators and leaders of local organizations and non-profits.

7:00: Les Leopold – Executive Director and Founder of the Labor Institute and author of Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice.

Les will run an interactive workshop on how to build a cross-movement alliance (labor, environment, Black Lives Matter, healthcare for all, immigration reform etc), showing how runaway inequality links us all together. More information about Les’ work is at

8:30: Screening of Code Oakland and discussion with Kelly Amis, Founder and President of Loudspeaker Films and Saybrook Presidential Fellow.

Closing Remarks



10:00 – 12:00pm “REBEL” BRUNCH

Join us for coffee, community, and conversations. Bring your local organization/team/chapter to share space, meet and gather. Curious about getting involved? This is a great opportunity to get out from behind your screens, and connect under a real life circus tent!

12:00 – 5:00pm: Civic-Hacking, Collective Action “Cafe” & Art

“Civic-Hacking” Participate in inspiring citizen-led workshops and activities.
We have opened the circus tent flaps to folks like you, who have the tools and experience  to engage creatively in all forms of activism and citizenry. Participate in inspiring citizen-led workshops and activities such as:

  • “Hopes and Dreams for a New World: A Reflection on Values”
  • “Dismantle Patriarchy Through Movement”
  • “Make and Play Percussion Instruments from Repurposed Materials for Rallies”
  • “Make Art for the Revolution” (an area dedicated to making signs, buttons and other artifacts)

and many more (detailed schedule tba)!

Feeling Inspired? Have a workshop or activity to share? Let us know here! We are still curating and welcome your talents.

Collective Action “Cafe” 

In addition to all the activities, come meet members of fellow Indivisible Chapters, representatives from Brand New Congress, Rise Stronger and more TBA.



We are seeking folks to teach, facilitate workshops and present.
We are seeking production volunteers!

Greeters/Ticketing ~ Parking Attendants ~ AV Support ~ Volunteer Coordination ~ Program Coordinators ~ Stage Manager ~ Social Media/Community Outreach ~ Content Capture (Photo/Video) ~ Build/Strike ~ Sign Maker/Artist ~ Bar Manager ~ Hospitality Manager

*The Rootcamp is organized by several activated citizens in the Bay Area who are responding to a need for community, learning and creativity in this current political climate. We have experience in teaching, organizing, event production, arts, and social change. Join Us!



LOCATION: The Tortona Big Top, 2001 Ferry Point, Alameda, CA 94501