For the past 62 years, our campers and staff have participated in a very special tradition at Camp Kinderland. The Kinderland Peace Olympics has been an integral part of every season in that it reflects camp’s values of peace, equality, and social justice. Our goal is to pay tribute to the people, events, and social movements that reflect our commitment to make the world a better place. In addition, the Peace Olympics provides us with a framework of group cooperation and respect for one another’s abilities. Children can exercise their many skills, explore new ideas and capacities, and share with each other across age groups. Best of all, they do all of this while having a great time.
The theme of our summer was “Fight Racism with Solidarity,” which comes from Fred Hampton. The teams were: The Rainbow Coalition (alliance between the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and Poor White Patriots Organization); The International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, which organized all workers regardless of race at a time when many unions were segregated (and featured in Salt of the Earth); STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) started by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson to represent groups marginalized by the mainstream LGBT movement; and Idle No More, a movement for the rights of native peoples to protect the land and water. (more…)