“Getting Involved”: Americans Elect vs. the October 2011 DC Occupation
In preparation for the occupation of Freedom Plaza starting on October 6th (see http://october2011.org/), join organizers, educators, and concerned citizens for two participatory evening workshops exploring the strategic power of nonviolence and its applications to our social change efforts. You are welcome to attend one or both workshops. They are free to the public, however donations are welcomed. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with "Nonviolence Workshop #__" (including the workshop(s) you plan to attend) in the subject line.
NONVIOLENCE WORKSHOP 1: Date: Tuesday, October 4th
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: George Washington University (exact location to be confirmed upon registration)
Sponsored by the GWU Peace Studies Program
We will explore:
What is nonviolence
How are people around the world utilizing nonviolent action to wage struggle and exercise power
What strategies and tactics can nonviolent movements learn from those who've struggle nonviolently in the past
How does the upcoming occupation of Freedom Plaza fit into the rich tradition of nonviolence
NONVIOLENCE WORKSHOP 2: Date: Wednesday, October 5th
Location: American University (exact location to be confirmed upon registration)
Sponsored by the AU International Peace and Conflict Program and the Center for Peacebuilding and Development
We will explore:
Review of the first workshop
How to approach social change work from a social-emotional stance of compassion and non-violence in the face of institutional violence and power imbalances
Practical nonviolent responses to challenging situations that may arise during grassroots protests such as the occupation of Freedom Plaza
Part of the media strategy for October2011 demonstration in DC involves asking people to be the media rather than waiting for corporate media to sit up and take notice. So Kevin Zeese of October2011 asked me to do a post on how to livestream video with a smartphone and embed it in a blog post....
People from all over the country are headed to DC right now for the Freedom Plaza occupation, and Kevin says that among them is a group of grandmothers who are walking here from West Virginia. I hope that they and the other October2011 protesters, as well as the OccupyWallStreet protesters and everyone taking part in anti-oligarchical protests around the world, will try to livestream their adventures...
Getting Involved, the 501c4 corporate Americans Elect version:
BECOME A DELEGATE LEADER OR A CAMPUS LEADER
Delegate and Campus Leaders are the cornerstones of Americans Elect. As a Leader, you will:
Recruit family, friends and community members to become Americans Elect delegates
Work towards specific recruitment goals as part of our Project 500 grassroots initiative
Arrange meet-ups, mini-campaigns and other events in your area or on your campus
Receive materials, support and guidance from Americans Elect to help you in your work
Win prizes and grants for your efforts...
BE AN ACTIVE DELEGATE
If you want to be more involved, but can’t commit to a role as a Delegate Leader or Campus Leader, then you can still help:
Encourage friends and family to sign up for Americans Elect by talking to them about it, sending emails, and posting links to www.AmericansElect.org on Facebook and Twitter
Host a meet-up at your house or in your community – or attend one nearby
Post an Americans Elect sign in your yard, put a bumper sticker on your car, or wear an AE t-shirt with pride
Remember, no act is too small. Everything you do to help spread the word about Americans Elect makes a difference.
Which form of getting involved is the sort of getting involved you’d rather get involved with?