Nonviolent Civil Disobedience/Direct Action Training
We are offering conference attendees a Nonviolent Civil Disobedience/Direct Action Training, hosted by a team of talented trainers–Arnie Alpert, Shateeka Phillips, and Joanne Sheehan (biographies below) of the American Friends Service Committee and the War Resisters League–and focused around discussing, practicing and improving upon tactics and strategies for contemporary social movements. Trainers will bring copies of the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns for purchase ($12). This is an entirely interactive training involving active participation. Participants should dress comfortably and bring snacks. Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided to registered attendees.
Topics covered may include:
- History and philosophy of nonviolence
- History of nonviolent action training
- Practicing nonviolence in intense moments
- Campaign planning and strategic thinking
- Affinity groups, spokes councils and division of roles within a group
- Consensus/horizontal decision making, communication, conflict resolution, and rapid consensus for street actions
- Street tactics including blockading, protecting and grounding
- Legal ramifications, noncooperation, and jail solidarity
- The role played by privilege, oppression and identity in our movements and actions
For more information on War Resisters’ International’s approach to nonviolence training, visit: https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2014/nonviolence-training and https://www.warresisters.org/nonviolence
The training will run 10am-5pm (with a 30 miniute box lunch included) on September 27, 2018. Registration will be limited to 30 people so please remember to buy your tickets to ensure availability. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add this pre-conference session email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send your ticket over.