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Nonviolent Direct Action Training

  • First Universalist Church in Rockland 345 Broadway Rockland, Maine 04841 (map)

As a result of recent reactionary policies being promoted in Congress and the White House, many in Maine are worried about the loss of health care and other entitlements, arrest of innocent immigrants and deportation, erosion of an already fragile environment, loss of educational opportunities and an assault on our civil rights and liberties. Understanding and training in Nonviolent Direct Action could prove useful.

The training will describe ways of using strategic nonviolent action to address issues and problems being experienced by thousands in Maine. One goal of the workshop will be to give people a grounding in the history, current applications, and strategic use of nonviolent direct action and to encourage the formation of action groups to apply the workshop in real life situations. It will be an opportunity for people to channel fears, anger, and frustration into positive action. The workshop style will be interactive, not a bunch of lectures.

Segments of the preparation session include introductions, goals for the day, background and history of nonviolent direct action, role plays, affinity group formation, legal issues, strategic thinking and action, emotional preparation, and next steps. Background handouts are provided or available. 

Individuals are encouraged to attend whether or not they are currently part of a group addressing any of these concerns. This gathering is open to all. Cost for the workshop is by donation, on a sliding scale (pay what you can or make a donation). Participants can bring snacks to share during the workshop and breaks.


If you can attend please let us know, it will help us to get a fix on the numbers, reply to this email, sburke@midcoast.com or call 691-0322.