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Civil Resistance Training
April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Indivisible Westchester & the School of Authentic Journalism Invite You to Eight Hours of Skill Sharing in Downtown New Rochelle
Civil Resistance Training with Al Giordano and the School of Authentic Journalism Team
The training is free but space is limited. E-mail: ResistanceTraining2017@gmail.com today to reserve a spot.
This civil resistance training borrows heavily from the pioneering methods of one of the School of Authentic Journalism’s professors, the Reverend Jim Lawson, who in 1960 trained US Rep. John Lewis and others in nonviolence and organizing for the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins. While some of the skills shared in Civil Resistance Training are helpful to winning electoral campaigns, they emphasize different and distinct skills needed by organizers of non-electoral movements, whether to topple a tyrant, to stop or to pass a new law, or to organize a community, a region or a nation to fundamentally change its politics and culture.
This workshop is not an electoral training: It shares skills necessary for social movements to win both within and outside of elections. Al Giordano began a life of political and community organizing as a Mamaroneck High School student in the 1970’s. He received nonviolent civil resistance training at 16 and by the age of 18 was leading training sessions for the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance. In the 1980’s, the late Abbie Hoffman wrote of Al as “the best under-30 organizer in the United States.” In 2008, Vanity Fair called Al “the prophet of the Obama paradigm shift.” Al is the founder of the School of Authentic Journalism based in Mexico, where he and his team have trained more than 500 young journalists and organizers since 2003 in reporting on and doing communications for social movements.