Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign

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1000 Trainings Project #: 828 through 831

May 8, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eileen Flanagan

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Tagged with: Online Class or Webinar

Do you want to feel like what you do is actually having an impact on the issues you care about? In the face of hatred, injustice, and environmental destruction, are you tired of being told simply to call your elected officials? Would you like to emulate the kinds of powerful tactics used by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the campaign for women’s suffrage? If so, this online course will teach you the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning, a proven method of building people power by shaking up the status quo through tactics that can range from fasting and boycotts to noncooperation and civil disobedience.

During our four classes together, you will learn how to:
●   Choose an issue where you can actually make a difference.
●   Identify the people who you want to pressure and where they are vulnerable.
●   Develop creative tactics to make your actions effective, press-worthy, and often fun.
●   Build your impact over time, so the people you’re trying to pressure have to take you seriously.

In community with others, you will find support and a chance to strengthen your courage and leadership muscles. Each session will include a mixture of lesson and discussion. Recordings of the class sessions will be available in case you can’t make every one, along with additional materials and suggested homework.

The course begins Monday, April 17 and will run for four Mondays, ending May 8 , from 7:00 to 9:00pm EST. 

Note: Because this course will be most helpful if you take it with those you plan to work with, the price is structured to encourage groups of six or more to sign up together. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more on how to register as a group, or what to do if you don’t have a group yet.

Group rate: $699, or $499 if you register by March 31
Individual rate: $119, or $99 if you register by March 31.

Register here.

My Story

I’ve been involved with environmental and social justice activism for thirty years. During that time, I’ve explored a variety of tactics, from letter-writing and peace vigils to knocking on doors. Five years ago, a calling to work for climate justice led me to Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), a group that uses nonviolent direct action campaigns to work for a just and sustainable economy. Through my work with EQAT, I’ve become convinced that grassroots movements could be much more effective on the issues we care about if more people learned the skills involved in nonviolent campaigning.

While serving as EQAT’s board chair, I helped to shape our successful strategy to pressure PNC Bank to withdraw financing for mountaintop removal coal mining, and took an active role in organizing major actions. After winning that campaign, we assessed other issues we might work on, listening to our own inner guidance and analyzing where we felt the potential to be most effective. Since launching the Power Local Green Jobs campaign in September 2015, we have already pushed our local utility, PECO, to increase its commitment to local solar–though we still have a long way to go to get them to our goal of 20% solar by 2025.

I am excited to share the lessons I’ve learned through my own experience, as well as what I’ve learned listening to and reading stories from a variety of social change movements. I’m especially excited to help you step into your own power as you work for a more just, sustainable, and loving world.
Register here.