Direct Action training workshop in Squamish

Saturday, April 30, 2016 10-4 pm at the Squamish Public Library meeting room.

Direct Action: To shut things down; to open things up; to pressure a target; to re-imagine what’s possible; to intervene in a system; to empower people; to defend something good; to shine a spotlight on something bad. -Beautiful Trouble

Last October we held a one-day training workshop at the Brennan Park Community Centre to learn more about Direct Action. We had been asked repeatedly - what we would do if shovels hit the ground for the Woodfibre LNG project? Many supporters had voiced their desire to take part in Direct Action as a last resort. So we gathered together a group of My Sea to Sky members who wanted to learn more about ways they could get involved in the fight to protect Squamish and Howe Sound from the proposed Woodfibre LNG project and FortisBC pipeline.

We at My Sea to Sky feel strongly that peaceful direct action 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 fight to stop the Woodfibre LNG project and Fortis pipeline. By providing opportunities for training and learning, we aim to empower individuals as best we can so that they can choose to act in the safest, most effective way possible.

We had many people who wanted to attend the October workshop and weren't able to make it, and many more since that have asked when we are going to hold the next one. So the time is finally here!

My Sea to Sky is offering a free, one day Direct Action training workshop on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Squamish Public Library meeting room.


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
  • Legals
  • De-escalation skills 
  • and more....

"Direct action is at the heart of all human advancement. Sound like a grandiose claim? It is. But it’s also beautifully simple: direct action means that we take collective action to change our circumstances, without handing our power to a middle person. Because direct action is a physical act, it often speaks louder and deeper than anything you might say or write." -Beautiful Trouble

* My Sea to Sky will provide a free vegetarian lunch and beverages, we ask that you bring snacks for yourself and to manage your dietary needs.

Due to the popularity of this event, we are now placing anyone who is interested on a wait list. If you would like to be on the wait list for this training, please email [email protected] We will also contact you to let you know when we are holding the next training workshop.

Should you have questions please email [email protected]

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

  • April 30, 2016 at 10:00am – 3pm
  • Squamish Public Library meeting room
    37907 2nd Ave
    Squamish, BC V8B 0A7
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