Nonviolent Direct Action Training

Nonviolent Direct Action Training

DATE   April 23, 2017   12:00pm - 5:30pm
LOCATION   Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
96 Harlow St, Ste 100, Bangor, Maine 04401

Nonviolent Direct Action Training in Bangor, April 23, noon-5:30 PM

A training/workshop in nonviolent direct action is planned for Sunday, April 23rd (rescheduled from March 25th), from 12 noon-5:30 PM at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St. #100 in downtown Bangor. It is sponsored by Resources for Organizing and Social Change and the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.

As a result of recent reactionary policies being promoted in Congress and the White House, many in Maine are worried about or fearing loss of health care and other entitlements, deportation and arrest of innocent immigrants, erosion of an already fragile climate and environment, and loss of educational opportunities, civil rights and liberties, and other basic benefits that every person should have.

Nonviolent direct action is a proven and effective strategy for changing public values and policies. The training will describe ways of using strategic nonviolent action to address these issues and problems being experienced by thousands in Maine. Individuals are encouraged to attend whether or not they are currently part of a group addressing any of these concerns. It is open to anyone in Eastern Maine or beyond.

One goal of the workshop will be to give attendees a grounding in the history, current applications, and strategic use of nonviolent direct action and to encourage the formation of action groups to apply the workshop in real life situations. It will be an opportunity for people to channel fears, anger, and frustration into positive action. The workshop style will be interactive, not a bunch of lectures.

Segments of the preparation session include introductions, goals for the day, background and history of nonviolent direct action, role plays, affinity group formation, legal issues, addressing issues of oppression and difference, strategic thinking and action, emotional preparation, and next steps. Background handouts are provided or available.

Cost for the workshop is by donation, on a sliding scale (pay what you can or make a donation). Participants can bring snacks to share during the workshop and breaks.

To register or for more information, contact: Larry Dansinger, (207) 262-3706 or larryd@myfairpoint.net

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