Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Training

Over the past two years since My Sea to Sky was born, we have been asked repeatedly what will we do if shovels hit the ground for the Woodfibre LNG project? Many of our supporters have inquired if we are planning civil disobedience as a last resort. 

My Sea to Sky feels strongly that non-violent protests and peaceful demonstrations can garner the attention needed about critical issues facing our children and our community. We want to make sure you are equipped should you choose to organize or join an action.

We acknowledge that there are many in our community who perceive our society as a source of information and support on how to oppose the Woodfibre LNG project. We feel the responsibility is on us to provide opportunities for training and understanding to empower individuals as best we can. 

My Sea to Sky has decided to offer a free, one day, non-violent civil disobedience action training on October 24th from 10:30am to 4:30pm at the Brennan Park Community Centre in Squamish.  R.S.V.P below or via Facebook. 

J.Schwarz.pngJessie Schwarz, former volunteer coordinator with Greenpeace Canada, has kindly offered to conduct this training for My Sea to Sky. She has worked on many social issues, but her focus is on environmental justice and animal rights. She is experienced in non-violent direct action tactics, civil disobedience, creative confrontation, legal support, logistics and research. Jessie has worked, volunteered and trained with many activist groups in North America, including Rainforest Action Network, the Ruckus Society, and Earth First. She also co-founded two environmental groups in Alberta and BC: Oil Sands Truth and Tanker Free BC. Jessie worked for Greenpeace Canada for 6 years. She is a skilled climber and Greenpeace boat driver. In the last 7 years, Jessie has participated in and/or coordinated more than a dozen arrestable direct actions, and over one hundred acts of creative action. 

This training is engaging and interactive. You will be role playing actions and physically going through the motions of what to expect during an action and how to handle yourself ensuring safety and peaceful demonstration techniques. 

 

If you are curious about civil disobedience and direct action, considering engaging in an action in your community or want to learn about how to organize your own action then do NOT miss the opportunity to learn from an experienced activist. 

Topics that will be covered: 

  • Direct Action Theory
  • Basic Blockading
  • Legas
  • De-escalation skills 
  • and more....

* My Sea to Sky will provide a vegetarian lunch and beverages, we ask that you bring snacks for yourself or to share and manage your dietary needs. Please bring a mug and bottle for water. 

Should you have questions please email myseatosky@gmail.com 

This event takes place on unceded Coast Salish Territory and more specifically the Squamish First Nation traditional territory. 

 

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