San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
There is a huge momentum in the refugee rights movement for civil disobedience right now. Currently 267 people are facing imminent deportation. Across the country there is a growing number of everyday folk stepping up to participate in civil disobedience in recent years.
From traditional owners and farmers challenging coal seam gas operations, to nuns in the offices of MP's arrested standing up for refugees, mums and bubs occupying Parliament and the Department of Immigration, to 350 arrests and counting at the biggest coal mine protest this country has ever seen - people from all walks of life are participating in civil disobedience like never before.
Come and find out how! This interactive training, generously subsidised by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, will teach you the basic theory and skills for participating in nonviolent direct action, and let you know how you can be involved in actions in support of asylum seekers.
We will cover an introduction to the principles and strategic use of nonviolent direct action, inspiring case studies and practical skills for taking action in your area. You will get information on your legal rights, including covering common concerns, how to emotionally and physically prepare, and an understanding of the roles required to coordinate safe and creative actions effectively.
We will also provide information for getting involved in anti deportation campaigns.
CounterAct Coordinator, Nicola Paris has many years of experience in participating in, and training people for direct action, being part of many large scale civil disobedence actions on climate and social justice issues and has been a long time time supporter of the rights of asylum seekers.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre are subsidising the cost of this training to encourage participation though we are asking for a small fee to cover costs. As part of 'paying our rent' we offer free places to aboriginal/torres strait islander people, and open that offer to asylum seekers or refugees who would also like to attend.
We do not have childcare available but are open to your children attending with you. Get in touch with queries. We acknowledge this event takes place on Wurundjeri land.
PLEASE ensure you have eaten lunch before you come. We are only providing afternoon tea.
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CounterAct supports communities in taking effective, creative, strategic action on issues of environmental and social justice.
Coordinator and lead trainer, Nicola Paris has fifteen years’ experience in community campaigning and has had wide knowledge on participating in, and training for nonviolent action across the country. She supported the successful campaign against the Kimberley gas hub, has trained and supported at climate camps on the east coast, supported major convergences at the Maules Creek coal mine in NSW, and has run workshops for the Wilderness Society, Quit Coal, Lock the Gate, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, 350, No Macca's in Tecoma, the East West tunnel picket and refugee rights campaigns.
CounterAct operates as an affiliate of Friends of the Earth and collaborates on regular skill shares and activist skills building - from strategy, to media, to facilitation skills, to creative nonviolent action.