Peaceful resistance / Nonviolent civil disobedience training

For those interested in nonviolent civil disobedience — or helping and supporting others who want to do nonviolent civil disobedience — or just  learning more about it, 350 Seattle is giving a training on Saturday June 8.

If you’re interested, or even if you’re just curious, this will be a great session! Vivien Sharples, the lead trainer, is incredibly skillfull and experienced, and she’s a fantastic trainer.

Peaceful resistance / Nonviolent civil disobedience training

Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Ave (at University), downtown Seattle
Saturday June 8th, 10 am-4:30
Suggested donation: $25 (more if you can, less if you can’t – no-one will be turned away)
 

It’s going to be a HOT SUMMER & FALL where the climate crisis is concerned!

  • Over 60,000 people nationwide have signed the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance to take part in or support nonviolent civil disobedience actions to send a message to President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • 350.org is organizing Summer Heat – Mass Action to Stop the Climate Crisis, with actions in Texas, Utah, Washington DC, Nebraska, Maryland, Massachusetts (link here).
  • Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are organizing Sovereignty Summer, a campaign of coordinated nonviolent direct actions to promote Aboriginal rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-native supporters (link here).
  • Fearless Summer is organizing focused nonviolent direct actions all over the continent targeting extreme energy (link here).

Now is the time to take action! Anyone considering taking part in, or supporting, these and and other nonviolent civil disobedience actions, will benefit from being trained beforehand.

At this interactive and experiential training you’ll learn:

  • History and philosophy of nonviolent resistance
  • How to stay calm and grounded in the face of violence or provocation
  • Answers to your legal questions
  • What to bring (and not bring) to an action
  • The affinity group model of organizing
  • Tools for safety and quick decision-making

The training is not just for people willing to risk arrest, but also for people who are not sure, have questions, or want to support those risking arrest.

Lunch will be a potluck. If you can, please bring a simple lunch item to share. (Don’t worry if you can’t, we will have extra). Free parking will be available for carpoolers and people with mobility limitations, by prior arrangement.

Space is limited. To RSVP, please email kbmsw@aol.com by JUNE 5th.

Sponsored by 350 Seattle.

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