In this workshop, participants will explore the history of nonviolent direct action (NVDA) through civil resistance and civil disobedience. Participants will learn the different steps needed to engage in NVDA through your campaigns and grassroots organizing. We will work through the different types of NVDA seen throughout history and in the current uprising along with the successes and challenges. Participants will have time to think through their own NVDA plans and how to be more strategic with their demands through a NVDA lens.
Dominique Thomas is an activist, organizer, researcher and black feminist based in Harlem, NY. In her current position, she serves as the NY and Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer for 350.org, an international climate movement organization. Prior to 350, she was an organizer with Black Youth Project (BYP100) NY, where she organized around housing injustice. In her current position, she is responsible for building a multiracial base of organizers and activists affected by climate change. Her interests include strategizing from the intersections of climate change, structural systems of oppression, such environmental racism and in particular in relation to Black communities.
This course will provide participants with step-by-step skills in utilizing the tools of democracy to take meaningful civic action on climate change. Participants will learn the levers for building political will and the essentials of climate change communication. You will apply your learning by taking action in collaboration with a local environmental organization, and further your learning with your peers via Antioch’s online learning platform and optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Register Now
Local and regional governments are leaders in climate change due to their unique position to make a wide range of decisions that can mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. Because they are on the frontline, many communities have conducted vulnerability assessments and engaged in adaptation planning. This module will enable participants to assess impacts to a business, community, or sector based on specific climate projections for a specific locale. Register Now
Collective actions at the societal level (civic or political action behaviors) include involvement and support of policies, plans, and funding for implementation of municipal projects that could increase local climate resilience. Community engagement with the issue of climate change typically is lacking at the local level. How individuals feel about climate change, how much they know about the issue, and how they act are all types of engagement that are needed for societal change. Register Now
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