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Non-Violent Direct Action Training Session - Legals and Ethics

  • Queens Gardens, Brisbane Corner Elizabeth and George Streets Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000 (map)

Brisbane residents are fed up that big profit-oriented corporations are reshaping our city without giving us a meaningful say in planning and development decisions.

But we also know that state-sanctioned non-disruptive protests are unlikely to meaningfully impact upon the political establishment unless they're accompanied by targeted, consistent, strategically effective acts of civil disobedience that interfere with the big end of town's ability to make profit.

That's why as part of our public rally and creative occupation, we're holding a free 90-minute training session on the ethical and legal implications of non-violent direct action (NVDA).

The training will be a relaxed affair, mainly focusing on your legal rights as a citizen engaging in non-violent direct action. You don't need to have any prior knowledge or experience of civil disobedience.

The training will cover:
- Building relationships with your fellow residents/activists
- How do we define and understand 'violence'?
- Getting to know your legal rights
- What it's like to get arrested
- The power of non-violent protest
Resources will be provided on the day. The session will take place outdoors, so we recommend bringing along a water bottle and hat.

This is a free session that anyone's welcome to participate in. Learning about the ethical and legal implications of NVDA doesn't necessarily mean you're committing yourself to actually getting arrested in a protest.

Please come along and invite your friends.