April 9, 2012 2 Comments
Thought I would let you know, if you didn’t already, and ask you to spread the word, that there are trainings in nonviolent direct action all across America from today through Saturday. See the link below for times and places. There will be a number of actions taking place here in Santa Fe, around New Mexico and across the country shortly thereafter. For example,
April 22 is Earth Day. I haven’t heard of specific actions, but they may already be being planned.
April 28 is the March Against the War on Women, in every state capitol
May 1 is the Nationwide General Strike
May 5 is the 350.org action, Connecting the Dots
I have heard of plans to protest the media and corporations later on. We’re getting the ball rolling
The full training lasts 7 hours. (MoveOn is providing a 3 hour version in some places.) I took it a couple of weeks back, when being trained ro train others. It is informative and revelatory, especially for the historically well-behaved, like me. Participants will learn some of the history and effectiveness of nonviolent action, a bit about how our economy got into its current shape, and have opportunities to share and hear the stories of others who are adversely affected by the way things are.
One of the things I like about it is that it builds capacity in people without being prescriptive. There are 60 organizations involved, each with different, albeit overlapping, priorities. This is a truly collaborative effort, and each locale has the freedom and responsibility to use what they learn as they see fit. It is also designed to highlight the resources of those with a history of experience in direct action: there is no assumption that 99 Spring knows best, or that everyone is a beginner. They know that there are community resources ready to lead and educate; 99 Spring provides a context for that to begin.
Our situation is dire, as everyone knows, economically, socially, and environmentally. Let’s get this party started, shall we?
Info on 99% Spring: www.the99Spring.com
Training in Santa Fe: http://moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=128899&id=
Thanks, neighbors. Remember: “People should not fear their governments; governments should fear their people.”