2018 Pre-Conference Events

Pre-Conference Events


Nonviolent Civil Disobedience/Direct Action Training

We are offering conference attendees a Nonviolence Civil Disobedience/Direct Action Training, hosted by a team of talented trainers and focused around discussing, practicing and improving upon tactics and strategies for contemporary social movements. This is an entirely interactive training and requires active participation. 

Topics covered include:

  • History and philosophy of nonviolence
  • Practicing nonviolence in intense moments
  • Campaign planning and strategic thinking
  • Consensus/horizontal decision making, conflict resolution, and rapid consensus for street actions
  • Affinity groups, spokes councils and division of roles within a group
  • Security, scouting and intelligence gathering
  • Street tactics including blockading, protecting and grounding
  • Communications and other action logistics
  • Media coordination and speaking to press and police
  • Legal ramifications, noncooperation, and jail solidarity
  • The role played by privilege, oppression and identity in our movements and actions

Details on trainers, and times will be made public in the coming weeks, but the training will run from approximately 10am-5pm on September 27, 2018. Registration will be limited to 20 people so please remember to buy your tickets to ensure availability.


Revolutionary Philadelphia Walking Tour

The guided tour is a walk through historic Philadelphia chronicling the early history of America’s first city. This tour includes many famous names, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton and the sights where they made history. It’s the best US history lesson you will ever have and we aim to keep you laughing the whole time. The tour will run during the early afternoon on September 27, 2018, with oprecise times still being worked out. The tour is limited to the first 40 registrants so please remember to buy your tickets to ensure availability.

Most sights are covered from outside. We enter if time permits. We do not enter sights that require tickets or security checkpoints. Sights covered on the tour include:

  • President’s House Site

  • Liberty Bell*

  • Independence Hall**

  • Congress Hall*

  • 1st and 2nd Banks of the United States

  • City Tavern

  • Christ Church

  • Elfreth Alley

  • Ben Franklin Burial Site

  • Franklin Court

  • Carpenter’s Hall

  • Old City Hall

  • Betsy Ross House*

*Sights we cover from outside only.

**Entry into Independence Hall requires a timed-ticket from the National Park Services. YOU DO NOT NEED INDEPENDENCE HALL TICKETS TO TAKE OUR TOUR, WE DO NOT ENTER WHILE ON TOUR. We suggest visiting the Independence Hall before or after our tour since we are not able to enter while on tour.  If you plan to enter before our tour, give yourself at least one hour so you can enjoy  the building without rushing. If booking after our tour, give yourself a minimum of 45 minutes to use the restroom before getting into the security checkpoint  line since there are none inside the building.  The National Park Service requires visitors to Independence Hall to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled appointments.    From March through September, it is also recommended that you reserve your tickets in advance.  For more information, please visit Independence Hall.

Conference Year: 

  • 2018