Nonviolence Training

2021 Upcoming Training

1/16 We will offer an ONLINE advanced training in Unarmed Civilian Protection Deployments in situations with weapons from 12-2pm and 3-5pm EST. Full training is both segments. REGISTER HERE. Share FACEBOOK event.

1/23 We will offer an ONLINE training on Introduction to Active Bystander Intervention from 10-12 and 1-3pm EST. Full training is both segments. REGISTER HERE.

1/23 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Circle: Healing Harm from the Political Climate, from 12-3pm EST. REGISTER HERE

1/29 + 30 We will offer an ONLINE training on Introduction to Nonviolent Communication from 4 to 6pm each day. Full training is both segments. REGISTER HERE


Information Prior to 2020 Election

Why take Nonviolence Training?

The 2020 election season has been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing political crises and specific events have combined to make the general elections particularly contentious at the level of President and down-ballot races across the country; the prospect of violence is real.

Democracy is fragile. We have reason to worry that this fall we may see an undemocratic power grab — a coup. We also know that the people can defend our democracy. Nonviolent mass protests have stopped coups in other places, and we may have to do the same in this country. Elections work because the public agrees to honor the results. Similarly, coups work only if the public honors them. When the public refuses to accept the coup as legitimate, coups fall apart. Refusal looks like millions of people using nonviolent tools to delegitimize the coup by demonstrating, resisting orders, and shutting down the country until democracy prevails.

Note that many of these training classes are esp. suited pre-2020 election.

 

Counter-coup unarmed community organizing resource list

An organizer and analyst we deeply respect, “Training for Change” co-founder George Lakey recently suggested Voices help maintain a list of organizations in the U.S. which are helping people prepare for the possibility of a stolen election, a rigged election, or an outright coup following November 3rd voting in the U.S.. In a nation with rapidly dwindling concern for democracy, the principle of nonviolent community organizing for democracy has seldom seemed so urgent.
 
We’re impressed by the quality of outreach and organizing which has already developed in cities and states across the U.S. This is a mere sampling of what we’ve learned so far. We’ll keep George Lakey’s Training for Change trainings at the top of the list, and other groups with upcoming events. See Counter-coup unarmed community organizing resource list – VCNV

Additional List of Nonviolence Trainings

We have also compiled a list of training opportunities around the 2020 election. Some of them are already on the list to the left ← and some are new. See the list below.

Date

Organization

Title

Link

Cost

 

Date

Organization

Title

Link

Cost

 

 

Series multiple days. tapesavailable

 

Election Defenders

With the stakes being as high as they are, voter suppression already more rampant than ever, and the nationalist right emboldened by conspiracy theorists, we can’t depend on anyone else ensuring people are able to vote freely and safely.

Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), and election and voter defense, de-escalating white supremacist intimidation tactics and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out.

Can't make this proposed times? Sign up anyway so we can send you a recording of the trainings.

10/20: Alysia Reiner from the Orange Is The New Black will be on to do a dive on media in addition to our training on poll monitoring, bystander escort, and de-escalation!

10/21: De-Escalation 201: PRACTICE! To do de-escalation well, you're going to need to practice. Come to this call to get what you need to practice on and how to keep things cool and calm at the polls when people are trying to be antagonizing.

10/23: De-Escalation 201: PART TWO! Come to both, or catch the recording for both as this will build on the 10/21 training.

10/25: Election Defender Training - another general training, if you've taken the trainings or watch the videos from 9/29-10/20, only come to the last 30 minutes of the call (8:30 ET) because that's when we'll do the NEW STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW!

10/29: Same as 10/25 -- For newer folks and come to the last 30 minutes for new information (8:30 ET)

11/2: (7:30 EST 4:30 PT ) MASS RALLY!!! Everyone get on to get pumped up to get out to the polls!!

Register

Free

 

Get the manual at the link

Hold the Line

Hold The Line: A Training to Defend Democracy- 2 sessions

Concerned about how this year's election is taking place? You are not alone. We are a small group of researchers, organizers, and activists, who've seen how people-powered movements have protected freedom and democracy around the world. We recently published these lessons in “Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy” to help people like you take action to ensure that the election is free and fair, and that the results are respected. Join us to learn how you can start an election protection group in your community to ensure that:

a) Every vote is counted.
b) Any irregularities are investigated and remedied as appropriate.
c) The results of the election are respected.

You’ll learn the potential scenarios that might unfold between Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) and Inauguration Day (Jan. 20, 2021), evidence-based strategies to respond, and steps you can take to act. We also encourage you to read the full guide online at to get up to speed: http://bit.ly/holdthelinepdf. The stakes are too high to sit this one out — so let’s get to work!

Register

Free

 

Oct 27, 2020
4:30 - 6:30PM PT

ChooseDemocracy.us

 

Register for October 27

Free

 

Oct 28, 2020
4:00 PM PT

Indivisible: Protect the Results - Preparation for Potential Hosts

Session 3: Sustained Pressure
We know that if the Protect the Results coalition activates our mobilizations, the work of fighting for our democracy won’t be easy and won’t conclude after one day of protest. Come learn how to keep up momentum and motivation and how to ensure we have the longevity to see this work through to a win.

Register

Free

 

Oct 31, 2020
10-12pm
1-3pm EDT

7-9 and 10-12 PDT

Full training is both segments

DC Peace Team

Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment deployment. Post-Election scenario focus. Full training is both segments. 

Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment is a methodology for teams that offer direct protection of civilians and others, reduction of hostility, re-humanization of parties, as well as increasing local peace infrastructures. This workshop will be largely experiential and learning-by-doing, with a focus on post-election scenarios. The skills learned can be modified and applied in many facets of life, including political demonstrations, local events, accompaniment of those in danger, neighborhood conflicts, and international conflicts.

Objectives:

(1) Sharing experiences of unarmed protection and accompaniment

(2) An increased awareness of the orientation, strategies, methods, and impact of unarmed civilian protection

(3) Acquiring skills by role-playing how peace teams use these strategies and tactics in local community conflicts, especially related to election scenarios

 

Register

Payment is requested on a sliding scale.

Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $50-$95 to support our work and help us better serve the community. FREE for students. No one will be turned away for lack of payment and we welcome you either way.

After completing registration below, please submit payment today-- https://dcpeaceteam.com/donate/; or checks can be written out to DC Peace Team and mailed to Eli McCarthy, 7305 Baylor Ave. College Park, MD 20740.

 

Nov 1, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PT

Gandhi Team

Election 2020 Nonviolence & De-Escalation Training Learn practical de-escalation skills and tactical ways to handle agitators and violent groups in the role of a Peace Ambassador. Especially for preparation of Nov 4 Prayer Vigil and Rally at San Jose City Hall.

 

Register

Free

 

Nov 4, 2020
10am-12pm
1-3pm ET

7-9am

10-12pm PT

DC Peace Team

Active Bystander Intervention. Focus will be on Post-Election scenarios.

An active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation, such as intimidation, harassment, abuse, physical violence, etc. Active bystander training focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. In this training we will focus on post-election scenarios. This is distinct from self-assertion training that teaches how to de-escalate and diffuse unwanted attention when you are being attacked. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.

This is an interactive, participatory, beginner’s workshop designed for those that may have none to little prior studies of bystander intervention.

Register

Payment is requested on a sliding scale.

Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $45-$85 to help us continue this work and better serve the community. FREE for students. No one will be turned away for lack of payment and we welcome you either way.

For those who can, please submit payment today-- https://dcpeaceteam.com/donate/; or checks can be written out to DC Peace Team and mailed to Eli McCarthy, 7305 Baylor Ave. College Park, MD 20740.

 

Nov 5, 2020

8pm ET

5pm PT

ChooseDemocracy.us

At the Brink: Getting Ready to Stop a Coup

Description: Elections work because the public agrees to honor the results. Similarly, coups work only if the public honors them. When the public refuses to accept the coup as legitimate, coups fall apart.

This 90 min training will share lessons from history about what works to thwart a coup and how people can plug into national efforts.

The training team:

Diana González has worked with social change leaders and activists in education, unions, climate crisis, LGBTQ+, and electoral politics. All while integrating an intersectional lens to strengthen the work they are doing. Currently, she is the Director of Leadership Programs at the Equality Federation where she partners with state-based LGBTQ advocacy organizations. Additionally, she serves in the Vermont House of Representatives and is proud to have sponsored numerous bills that have become law such as mandatory single-occupancy gender-free restroom, inclusive K-12 curriculum, and paid sick days. Diana grew up in Southern California and now lives in Vermont with her spouse.

Eileen Flanagan is the Trainings Coordinator for Choose Democracy, which in recent weeks has trained over 7,000 people to thwart a coup. She is an award-winning author, online teacher, and a trainer in nonviolent direct action. As board chair of Earth Quaker Action Team, she helped shape and execute the strategy that pushed a $4 billion-a-year bank to stop investing in mountaintop removal coal mining, and co-founded the Power Local Green Jobs campaign. She is working on her fourth book, which is about the intersection of climate, race, and spirituality.

Regsiter

 

 

November 5, 12, & 19, 2020:

Thurs 4:30-6PT

Pace e Bene / Campaign Nonviolence

 Nonviolent Action Lab with the Pace e Bene Team. As we gear up to use nonviolent action if needed to defend democracy in the wake of the November 3 election, people are organizing nonviolent actions and we're here to help! Learn more and register for these free sessions here.

Register

Free

 

Nov 8, 2020 weekly on Sunday

3pm PT

6pm ET

Hold the Line

The first 35 days after the election will be critical when setting the course of a potentially contested election. The ability to mobilize quickly — within days or even hours — might be necessary.

That’s why we’re holding weekly General Assemblies, starting Sunday November 1st at 6pm ET. Sign up to join us and learn which tactics to use at the moment, to plug into what is being coordinated nationally, and to learn what local Hold the Line teams are accomplishing.

Mark your calendars for Hold the Line General Assemblies every Sunday at 6pm ET.

If you have any questions or are looking for additional support feel free to email us back at holdthelineguide@gmail.com and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

See you soon,

Kifah, Ankur and the Hold The Line Team

Register

 

 

Nov 14, 2020

7-9am-10-12am PDT

DC Peace Team

Active Bystander Intervention.  Focus will be on Post-Election scenarios as necessary. Full training is both segments. An active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation, such as intimidation, harassment, abuse, physical violence, etc. Active bystander training focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. This is distinct from self-assertion training that teaches how to de-escalate and diffuse unwanted attention when you are being attacked. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.

REGISTER HERE

Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $45-$85

 

Train-the-Trainer Session

 

Oct 20, 2020

ChooseDemocracy.us

Train-the-Trainers sessions for folks who have been through the training itself on October 14 and October 20 from 6:8:30pm EST.

Register 

Free

 

Ongoing Trainings

 

Date/time varies

Defend Yourself

A social-justice framework for understanding the role of bystanders in interrupting oppression. Classes include Active Bystander Skills for Interrupting Racism as well as Empowerment classes. Topics:

  • Reasons to get involved when you see a problem, and reasons not to

  • Overcoming barriers to intervening

  • The 5 steps of bystander intervention

  • De-escalation basics

  • 4 tools for intervening

Register

Usual ~ $20

 

TBD

Beautiful Trouble

Email: getintouch@beautifultrouble.org> | hotline: 844 NVDA NOW, 844 683 2669                              

TBD

TBD

 

Recordings Trainings

 

Protect the Results Trainings
Session 1 - 3

Indivisible

We know that our best way to win in a Protect the Results scenario is to plan large, non-violent mobilizations. And we also know that bad actors on the right are likely to try and incite violence across many of our communities. Come learn important de-escalation and safety tactics in partnership with our colleagues at Greenpeace. Whether in rural or urban areas, we will keep ourselves safe.

Session 1: Planning a Large-Scale Protest (Wednesday 10/14, 7pm EST)
Calling all Protect the Results activists! You know what’s at stake for our democracy if Donald Trump refuses to leave office in the case that he loses election. This training is for potential hosts who have committed to take part in the Protect the Results campaign and plan a large-scale protest if our coalition activates mobilizations. This will be an active training where hosts will be given a chance to begin the work of planning your events. If you’ve never planned a large-scale event, come learn from fellow activists with years of experience! If you’ve planned protests before and need time to wrap your head around this escalating work, we invite you to spend an hour with us to get the ball rolling. This is session 1 in a 3-part series.

Session 2: De-escalation & Safety Tactics (Wednesday 10/21, 7pm EST)
We know that our best way to win in a Protect the Results scenario is to plan large, non-violent mobilizations. And we also know that bad actors on the right are likely to try and incite violence across many of our communities. Come learn important de-escalation and safety tactics in partnership with our colleagues at Greenpeace. Whether in rural or urban areas, we will keep ourselves safe.

Session 3: Sustained Pressure (Wednesday 10/28, 7pm EST)
We know that if the Protect the Results coalition activates our mobilizations, the work of fighting for our democracy won’t be easy and won’t conclude after one day of protest. Come learn how to keep up momentum and motivation and how to ensure we have the longevity to see this work through to a win.

Recordings of all sessions

Free

 

Recordings of conference sessions

Pace e Bene Campaign Nonviolence

Campaign Nonviolence Conference August 8, 2020, Rivera Sun at 3:00 time stamp, Erica Chenoweth 5:07

See all links & information shared during the conference in the chat box: https://bit.ly/3kD4J9s

 

Free

 

Recorded Webinar

Organization Nonviolence International

Democracy Defense: Advice from Activists around the World. This interactive webinar featured presentations by scholars and activists who took part in people power defense of democracy and elections. Speakers included:

  • Our host is author and activist Maria J. Stephan

  • Philippine professor and activist Joaquin Gonzalez

  • Serbian professor and nonviolent organizer Ivan Marovic

  • Gambian organizer and activist Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan

  • Brazilian organizer and activist Joana Varon

  • American professor and author Stephen Zunes

Anytime, recorded webinar

Free

 

Defending the Elections with Nonviolence

 

With concern growing over the US elections, Pace e Bene invites you to join a special online meeting about how we can use nonviolent action to protect the elections and the results of the election. Find out how 6,000+ Election Defenders have trained in nonviolent de-escalation and active bystander skills to deal with any intimidation at the polls. Hear how Choose Democracy, Hold the Line, and many others are working together to counter the concern that Trump might lose the election and refuse to leave office. Learn how movements around the world have met similar threats with nonviolent action. Discover the best and (relatively) safe tactics to use. We will share links to upcoming trainings organized by the groups working on this, the Resistance Hotline, guides for taking action, and more. We will particularly focus on how Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence can do its part alongside other organizations. This meeting is open to everyone in the Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence network. Campaign Nonviolence organizers and Nonviolent Cities coordinators are especially invited to attend.

 

Other trainings available on tape

 

FACILITATOR: Rivera Sun is a change-maker, cultural creative, protest novelist, and advocate for nonviolence and social justice. She is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, The Way Between, and other novels. She is the editor of Nonviolence News. She travels nationwide offering workshops in writing and making change through nonviolent action. 

TIME: 1 Hour

 

AORTA Love the People Webinar

 

Recording of Love the People: Defending Our Demonstrations, part 2 (of 3) in AORTA's Love the People: Building Power Through Sanctuary 2018 webinar series. More info and resources at www.aorta.coop