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Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training w/Rev. Sekou
June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Join Reverend Osagyefo Sekou in a training in Militant Nonviolent Direct Action. (Access info below). Livestreaming available. Can’t make it Monday? There are trainings Monday June 22, Wednesday June 24, Thursday June 25 — content will shift and develop each time. Come to one or to all (each will be slightly different; no pre-reqs)!
Rev. Osagyefo Sekou will be offering a training in Militant Nonviolent Civil Disobedience on the streets at the CHOP (@ the memorial at 11th and Pine) from 6:00-8:00PM on Monday June 22. All are welcome, though clergy and religious/spiritual folk are especially invited. The training includes very technical skills on nonviolent confrontational actions and offers a moral framing for this set of tactics (as one set among many). The goals are: to equip more people who can be quickly deployed when called upon to support the movement for Black Lives, and provide opportunity for deepening relationships in the service of base building. Modules to include legal, medical, and tactical info for protest/demonstration situations, plus some meditative/somatic grounding skills.
TRAINER: Rev. Sekou trained and co-lead hundreds in militant nonviolent actions in Ferguson, and was deeply involved in the counter-protests in Charlottesville. Before arriving in Seattle this week, he was in Minneapolis supporting base-building efforts there. Read more: www.revsekou.com/bio-1
COLLABORATORS: Street medics, volunteers with the national Lawyers Guild, and Somatic practitioners will help facilitate.
*Sponsors: Washington Poor Peoples Campaign, and Valley & Mountain (a South Seattle church grounded in liberation theology, which Rev Sekou regularly visits to teach and speak).
-Livestreaming available from Valley & Mountain Facebook page to watch remotely
-Presenters will be amplified with microphone and speaker
-ASL interpretation NOT available at this time (work in progress)
-Seating is on the ground (feel free to bring a chair, pad, etc.). A few chairs will be provided; first come first serve.
-This is a fairly active training with an invitation to actively participate to build muscle memory for protest situations. Actions will include moving from standing to sitting to lying down at a fairly rapid pace, with repetition (think: light activist-themed calisthenics). All movement is opt in/opt out and you are welcome to adapt practices in a way that suits your needs.
-Lite snacks provided
-Masks required (we may have extras to offer)
-Hand sanitizer will be provided
-Outdoor training with moderate distance
-All role plays and contact are opt-in/out and consent based. No presh 🙂