$10 – $100

5/7/19 | How We Win: A Workshop with George Lakey on Nonviolent Direct Acti...

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Beacon Hill Friends House

6-8 Chestnut Street

Boston, MA 02108

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This is a repeat of the sold-out March 30 workshop. This workshop is capped at 50 participants. We recommend purchasing tickets early as we expect this event to sell out as well.

In this participatory workshop led by social movement veteran George Lakey, participants will explore how to use direct action campaigns strategically, including:

  • choosing the right target

  • designing a creative campaign

  • avoiding burnout within your group

  • building a movement of movements to achieve real progressive victories.

Workshop participants who have read How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning will get the most out of the workshop, but it is by no means a prerequisite. Copies of the book will be available for sale and can be ordered at https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/how-we-win/ .

Bring a bag supper and eat in community together at 5:30pm, or arrive by 6pm for the workshop. Light snacks will be provided.

This event is cosponsored by Beacon Hill Friends House and the Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Admission

Admission is on a sliding scale. Recommended range $10-$100; all donations gratefully accepted. Scholarships are available: please email program@bhfh.org. Advance registration is required.

About George Lakey and How We Win
“If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker-- well, this is an awfully good place to start. George Lakey has been near the center of American resistance for decades, and so he has both remarkable stories and remarkable insightsnot to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual.”
-- Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org

George Lakey, author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, has led over 1500 workshops on five continents. He was first arrested in the civil rights movement and was a trainer for 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. In 2018 he was arrested campaigning for Power Local Green Jobs. In between he gave leadership to campaigns on neighborhood, city-wide, state, national, and international levels, including cross-race, cross-class coalitions and the LGBTQ movement. He co-led strategy workshops with César Chavez. He’s worked with labor unions, Mohawks, high school students, environmentalists, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. He also taught conflict studies at colleges and universities, most recently Swarthmore College, and authored ten books on how to bring about change.

Childcare
Childcare is available by advance request (email program@bhfh.org). Please let us know by Monday, April 29 if you need childcare. We will do our best to accommodate you if you make the request afterward, but it can be difficult to find a childcare provider on short notice.

Public Transportation
The Friends House is located just off Boston Common, convenient to all transit lines (nearby stops: Park St., Charles MGH, Downtown Crossing, Bowdoin).

Parking
The Friends House does not have dedicated parking. For nights (after 4pm) and weekends only, we have $9 parking passes for the Boston Common garage. Park in the garage as usual and purchase the validation here (cash or check preferred).

Accessibility
We've worked hard to make our space accessible. Here are the details:

  • The event space and bathroom are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Chestnut St. is on a hill. We are a short descent from the intersection with Walnut St., and a relatively sleep climb up from Charles St.
  • We don't have dedicated parking.
  • The speaker will use a microphone connected to a PA system.
  • We don't have an ASL interpreter (but please let us know if you'd like to volunteer).
  • Please let us know what we can do to make the space accessible to you, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Contact
For questions about the event, please contact Emily Savin at program@bhfh.org or 617-227-9118.

[Header image: on the left, in an image from the cover of the book "How We Win," bold yellow stripes radiate out from a black-and-white drawing of a hand making the peace sign. On a blue overlay are the words: "The first workshop sold out. You demanded another one. We all win this campaign: We're bringing George back." On the right, on a bold black and red background: "BEACON HILL FRIENDS HOUSE and the BOSTON DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA present HOW WE WIN: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, A Workshop with George Lakey." At the bottom, on a light blue background: "Tuesday, May, 2019. BYO bag supper 5:30pm. Workshop 6-9pm. Light snacks provided. Advance Registration Required. Sliding Scale Admission. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. CHILDCARE AVAILABLE BY ADVANCE REQUEST."]

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