Organizers Training

Want to start organizing to keep fracking waste and fracking from coming into your community?frackingwaste

Appalachia Resist! is sponsoring an organizers training taught by Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival. RAMPS is a non-violent direct action campaign based in the southern coal fields of West Virginia

Saturday August 16th, 2014 9:00-5 at Arts/West

9:00-10:00 Welcome/Morning Circle

10:00-11:30 Ready Response Brigade Basic Training  Want to get a call when an action is happening?  Being on this list means that you’ll be alerted to actions that are happening to fight fracking and injection wells in our region, so that you can have the chance to show up and support these actions if you can. This workshop will include more information on the ready response brigade, the basics of non-violent direct action protest etiquette, and a bit about your legal rights at a protest.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the security culture workshop to fully understand why not all actions are advertised ahead of time and to learn how to participate in security culture.

11:30-12:30 Security Culture  Do you ever wonder why some protests are publicly advertised, while sometimes you don’t hear about an action until it’s already happening?  Learn why and when sharing action information on a need-to-know basis can help make actions more effective.  This workshop is about security measures activists can take to protect ourselves and keep the element of surprise when necessary. It will also help explain how to support and participate in actions in a safe and secure way, even when you may not know all the details ahead of time!

12:30-1:30 Lunch provided by Appalachia Resist!

1:30-3:00 How to Form your Own Action Group  The more groups we have working on plugging the injection wells and stopping fracking the better! Learn how to form you own action-planning group with people you trust and enjoy working with, so that you can utilize the tactics and strategies you care most about. This workshop will include an intro to running a group with consensus so that everyone gets to be a full participant.

3:00-4:30 How to Plan an Action The nuts and bolts of how to plan an action, including time frames, roles that need filling, media, and other considerations. Will also include direct action success stories.

4:30-5:00 Debrief/Next Steps

To RSVP and for more information email:  Donations will be welcome to help us cover expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please let us know a week in advance if you need childcare.

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