September 22, 2012
FROM SILENCE TO ATTENTION: A Non-Violent Direct Action Workshop
Sponsored by Occupy First Unitarian Congregation
Saturday Sept 22, 2012 - 1-5 p.m.
Do you have an issue that is near and dear to your heart?
Are you keen to make a difference - but not sure what to do?
Are you looking for ways to garner media attention for your side of the story?
This interactive, dynamic and fun workshop, offers proven and practical strategies for getting heard. You will develop the theoretical and practical skills you need to determine when and how to use non-violent direct action to achieve your goals. Specific topics that we will cover include: types of direct action, how to ensure your action is strategic and effective, designing actions, action roles and responsibilities, and dealing with issues that arise during the action itself, such as addressing conflict and negotiating with people with different ideologies and approaches to action.
Facilitator: Jessica Bell, M. Ed., works as a facilitator and social movement trainer. She is the co-founder of Toronto training organization, Tools for Change, and a trainer with the Ruckus Society. Jessica teaches advocacy in the Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Management Program at Ryerson University.
Who should attend? Anyone seeking effective strategies for working on controversial issues - mega-quarry, tar sands, pipelines, Aboriginal rights, medically-assisted death, Occupy, G-20, & more.
Where? First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St Clair Ave West, at Avenue Rd., Toronto
Cost? $30, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for inability to pay.