Join us for a presentation and discussion on non-violent direct action with Alexis Danzig* and Terri Wilder on Sunday, April 16th at 3 pm EST (U.S.) / 9 p.m. London time.
The call will run for 90 minutes and is geared towards a global audience. New and seasoned activists are highly encouraged to attend; those just wanting to learn more are also very welcome. We must continue to build our activist toolbox. Remember, we are mighty when we raise our voices together. Please join us and invite others!
The presentation and discussion will focus on the following:
1) An overview of American tradition of direct action
2) The practice of nonviolence
3) How to run a successful action under a variety of circumstances
4) Civil disobedience as a tool of direct action for social change
5) Using the tactics of discipline and solidarity
6) The role of support, legal and non-legal, and marshals
7) From arrest to arraignment, what’s *likely* to happen
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*About Alexis Danzig:
With her mother, Alexis began attending anti-Vietnam War protests in the 1960s as a child, and grew up boycotting grapes and iceberg lettuce in solidarity with the Farm Workers Union organizing efforts for decent living conditions and fair pay.
When her father died of AIDS in 1988, Alexis joined ACT UP and learned how to create nonviolent disruption to oppose government inaction and the indifference of the scientific and pharmaceutical industries. ACT UP changed the course of the AIDS crisis, and has been instrumental in the fight against AIDS worldwide.
With a team of ACT UP trainers, Alexis has participated in training hundreds of people in nonviolent direct action for social change. She currently organizes with ACT UP veterans in Rise and Resist NYC, a direct action group, and offers free trainings. She works as a grant writer and house painter.
Resources for people to investigate before the discussion:
1) Berkeley in the Sixties — the rise of the Free Speech Movement.
2) Doctors, Liars, and Women — ACT UP responds to the minimization of the risk of women to HIV
3) United in Anger, Jim Hubbard
4) How to Survive a Plague, David France
5) Sex in an Epidemic, Jean Carlomusto — how the NYC gay community created its own alternative institutions and information to save the lives of its members. Alternative-institution-building is an essential part of direct action.
6) Erica Chenoweth’s TEDx Talk on “Civil Resistance”
1) Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, L.A. Kauffman
2) Why Civil Resistance Works, Erica Chenoweth
3) How To Survive A Plague, David France
1) Gene Sharp’s 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
2) Erica Chenoweth’s, “It May Only Take 3.5% of the Population to Topple a Dictator”
3) Tim Snyder’s, “20 Lessons from the 20th Century”
4) Anything by Masha Gessen