ORGANIZING: Strategic Nonviolent Action Study Group

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Several members of the Takoma Park Mobilization are convening a study group to focus on deepening our understanding of strategic nonviolent action. All members of the community are welcome!

We will look at the art and science of how ordinary people around the world organize themselves, unify, strategize, and nonviolently struggle to win human rights, freedom, justice, accountable government and corporations, environmental sustainability, and many other gains.

We expect to meet monthly to discuss readings and possible films. We have a number of people in Takoma Park and adjoining communities with deep knowledge of this field who can contribute to leading discussions. Hardy Merriman will lead the first discussion.

Our first meeting will be on Sunday, June 4, from 5:30-7:00pm at Historic Takoma. If you are interested, please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

Our first readings are free online. They are:

  1. People are in the streets protesting Donald Trump. But when does protest actually work?
    By Erica Chenoweth, Washington Post, November 21, 2016
  2. CANVAS Core Curriculum: A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle
    By Srdja Popovic, Slobodan Djinovic, Andrej Milivojevic, Hardy Merriman, and Ivan Marovic, Belgrade, Serbia: Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), 2007. Pages: 14-81