Pipeline Resistance Action Training February 25 2017

Calling all water protectors, pipeline resistors, and forest and homeland defenders!

Pipeline Resistance Action Training

Sponsored by POWHR – Protect Our Water, Heritage, and Rights

When: Saturday February 25, 2017 from 9 – 5. We will take an hour lunch break (bring your own) from 12-1 and an optional dinner will be provided after the training for folks that want to hang around and mingle for the evening.

Where: The Pearisburg Community Center Gym, 1410 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg VA 24134

What to bring :The only thing you need to bring is an open mind, a spirit of resistance, a bag lunch and a pen/pencil.  We will provide handouts as well as links to more resources for further reading. Feel free to bring snacks if you need them.  We’ll provide coffee and tea.

How to register: Please fill out the registration form here.  If you prefer to not use the registration form you can email your answers to russell@powhr.org

The last two and a half years have been a nonstop whirlwind of research, meeting neighbors, route scouting, organizing, FERC commenting, and spreading the word. Many people have done much hard work, but we’re not done yet.

Now, as we wait for the final Environmental Impact Statement to be released, and for FERC to give its ruling on the project, it is the time to gather ourselves and think about what comes next. This struggle is far from over, but we have to continue to learn and grow in our resistance. New tactics bring new energy!

Nonviolent direct action [NVDA] is a set of tactics that has been integral to social change movements throughout history. Like any other tactic, it is only as effective as the strategy behind it. Join us for a day exploring the terms, history, philosophy and mechanics of nonviolent direct action!

The training is open to any and all interested in discovering what is meant by direct action and how it might be used strategically in the campaign against the MVP. We welcome people of all experience levels, cultural backgrounds, gender and racial identities, and income levels. Our strength will be in our diversity!

The goal of the training is to provide attendees with the knowledge and understanding to participate in a coordinated but organic opposition on the regional level.

The training will be led by erin mckelvy, Kim Kirkbride, and Lara Mack. All three trainers have been part of many environmental and social justice campaigns in Appalachia and beyond, and bring experience in campaign strategy, coalitions, and creative action.

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