We’re living in strange times. While many of us are experiencing or standing in solidarity with the immediate suffering around us during the Coronavirus epidemic, we are also aware of the bigger social needs so glaring in this moment of profound rupture. We want to use this time well and build our activist muscles, so we can collectively push for real change on health care, inequality, climate change, and more.
History shows that nonviolent direct action campaigns are one of the best ways to build such movements. Let’s prepare now for the work ahead.
This online course will teach you the basics of nonviolent direct action campaigning. With proven methods of building people power, campaigns shake up the status quo through tactics that range from fasting and boycotts to noncooperation and civil disobedience. If you’re feeling discouraged, this is the perfect time to build your strategic skills in the methods of Gandhi, King, and Quaker suffrage leader Alice Paul.
During our four classes together online, 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.
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 will begin Thursday, May 7th and run the four Thursdays of May from 7 to 9 EST.
Due to financial hardship from the Coronavirus, I am moving to sliding scale pricing. My hope is that you will choose a price that feels like a real investment to you without making it a hardship. The group registration option remains, which is a great way to lower the cost for everyone while building your group. Please let me know if you have questions or need additional financial aid.