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Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign
In the face of hatred, injustice, and environmental destruction, are you tired of being told simply to call your elected officials? Do you feel ready for bolder more creative action on the issues you care about? 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 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.
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 will be available in case you can’t make every class, along with additional materials and modest homework.
The next round of this course will begin January 7, 2019 and meet the four Mondays of January from 7-9pm EST. The instructor, Eileen Flanagan, is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, and has served as clerk of the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).