Building Bockadia: Training Camp and Mass Action Logistics and Registration (Jan 3-8)

Thank you for signing up to join Building Blockadia, our Training Camp and Mass Action on January 3-8!

The training camp will provide you with all the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out direct action in your home community against Keystone XL and tar sands extractions. We want to help build a network of resistance around the country to blockade not just at the point of construction but all along the money trail, from investors to lax regulators and to TransCanada itself.

After trainings, we’ll put what we’ve learned to use on Monday with some exciting actions.

Below is all the logistics information you’ll need to attend. We’ll be updating this page as the date approaches. Please read it all carefully.


  • Registration Information
  • Arrival & Departure
  • Travel
  • Risking Arrest
  • Code of Conduct
  • Packing & Wish List


Registration is donation based on a sliding scale from $30-100, and no one will be turned away. Pay online here.


Please schedule your travel to arrive Thursday afternoon, January 3 for registration. Programming will begin first thing Friday morning so you don’t want to miss out.


On Tuesday, January 8, we will debrief the action (discuss positives, negatives, what we learned, what to change next time) and then leave camp.

TRAVEL *Note: Previously, we set a rendezvous point in Nacogdoches TX. If you’ve already purchased a bus ticket there and can’t change it, let us know and we’ll still make sure you have a ride.*

We will meet in the Matthew St. Park in Livingston, TX. Come to the pavilion in the park and we’ll direct you from there.

Meet here:
City Park
W. Matthews St.
Livingston, TX 77351

Find it on google maps here.

Driving directions:

From Rt 59, take Rt 190 E. through Livingston. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right on Washington Ave, where the Polk County Courthouse is (Washington Ave is also Rt 59 Business route). Take a right on Matthews St. There will also be signs for the Livingston Golf Course, which is inside the park.

Look for a pavilion across from a bright yellow building called the Daisy House.

By Plane

Fly into Houston or Dallas. Houston is preferred; it’s almost 4 hours from Dallas and about 1 hours from Houston.

By Bus

From Houston: Megabus goes from Houston to Livingston


Go to the rideshare page for the event or type the code “tsbjan” into the main page.

To offer a ride, you must make an account – it’s really quick and easy. You don’t need an account to view rides being offered.


Our Mass Actions have always had numerous roles for anyone who wishes to participate without risking arrest. This is especially true for this action as we plan to roll out some new tactics. Two of our friends are still in jail from our last action so we are looking to minimize any arrests. If you choose to risk arrest we will support you in that role but you are responsible for posting your own bail.


We adhere to a strict code of conduct that all participants must agree to when you register. Please read it in its entirety here.

Alcohol Policy:

The campground we’re renting does not allow alcohol use in common spaces, but allows drinking at individual campsites.

However, we ask that you don’t drink altogether. Tar Sands Blockade works to create a safe, anti-oppressive space. In awareness of the fact that alcohol use can be triggering for people, and to respect those who are struggling with alcohol addiction, we ask that you do not consume alcohol while at the training camp.


What to bring, what not to bring, and our wish list for donations. Read it closely and don’t forget anything! You can download it here. Even though we’re in Texas, night temperatures can be as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.


Any questions that aren’t covered on this page and in the downloadable documents can be directed to our friendly Comms Team: tsbcomms[at], 972-439-5310

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