After all the forums, meetings, lobbying, letter-writing, hearings, community educational events, are you frustrated with trying to combat hydrofracking for the past three years?? Despite all our efforts and the dire warnings from disasters in other states, the effort to push through permitting and drilling continues apace. The situation seems to call for new approaches.
Please consider a strategic nonviolent direct action workshop. What is direct action? It is "the strategic use of immediately effective acts, such as strikes, demonstrations, or civil disobedience, to achieve a political or social end." It might also include workplace occupations, sit-ins, tax resistance, meeting interruptions, street theater, and a vast array of other tactics. A well-planned direct action confronts authority in a way that makes injustice visible and encourages sympathy from bystanders, helping the movement grow. It can be dignified or it can be brash, or anything in between. Many of these are strategic decisions. Actions include the people directly involved and also those who support and report what happens.
About the training: We will aim for goals that are specific and within our capacity. The focus will be on understanding the theory and practice of nonviolent direct action, including how to build a long-term, multi-faceted campaign that escalates over time, rather than on one action alone. Roleplaying may be used to help participants understand the dynamics of direct action. A major part of the training is to build a community of strong mutual support and positive outlook and energy.