Are you interested in learning more about the ways that nonviolence is practiced as a part of movement building and transformation work? This seven-week study group will give you the opportunity to read and reflect and prepare to incorporate nonviolence into your activism. Free and open to all, led by people in your own community. Readings, discussion questions, and guidance provided. This is not meant to be a definitive resource, rather a beginning, an entrance into deepening our understanding of nonviolent direct action
Gain understanding of, and context for, 350Vermont’s commitment to nonviolence;
Explore the roots of nonviolent action from a variety of movements and perspectives;
Reflect and share with others their own motivations, questions, hopes, and fears related to nonviolent direct action;
Learn basic tools, frameworks that support taking action
Become part of and nurture a broader community committed to and engaged in the work of nonviolence – learn new ways to deepen their own commitments and take action.
The readings, videos, and audio clips in this curriculum are pulled from a variety of sources and were informed by materials and study guides created by ACT UP, the Standing Rock Curriculum, and more. Please note that many of the recommended readings are excerpted. This is to aid in the ease and accessibility of the study group and in acknowledgement that most of us don’t have lots of extra time for long reading assignments! We do absolutely recommend checking out the full versions of everything, though. They are some incredible resources.
Week 1: Introductions – Why are we here?
Week 2: Roots & Global Context of Nonviolence – How have different culture, movements, and individuals made a commitment to nonviolence and why?
Week 3: Strengths & Limits – Why nonviolence?
Week 4: Love & The Future – What is the role of love in the work of nonviolence? And what of future generations?
Week 5: Direct Action – How does this work in real time?
Week 6: Nonviolence & Identity – How do our identities impact our practices of nonviolence?
Facilitator: Dorie Wilsnack, Eric Bachman, Ned Swanberg
Location: 3 Mechanic St, Montpelier
Date: Wednesday evening beginning April 18
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Burlington Nonviolence Study Group
Facilitator: Andy Sebranek and Arthur Hynes
Date: Sundays beginning April 29
St Johnsbury Nonviolence Study Group
Facilitator: Beth Champagne
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