Thanks to the San Antonio chapter for hosting and sharing this training!

INTRODUCTION (5 minutes)
1. Purpose: to connect individuals with different reasons for participating in the Women’s March on Washington so, as a community, we appreciate and project nonviolent behavior to effect change.

2. Progression of training:

  • Identify: “Why I march”
  • Define: Nonviolent direct action
  • Prepare: Crowd solidary tactics; facing retaliation

IDENTIFY: “Why I March” (20 minutes)
1. Dyads: Ask each participant to pair up with one other person. First person should explain in 2 minutes “Why I march” while the second listens. Afterwards, the listener has 30 seconds to verbalize what they heard their partner say. Reverse roles and repeat the process. When finished, have dyads just chat for a couple minutes.

2. Introductions: Have each member of the dyad introduce the other to the group, summarizing in 15 seconds why their partner in marching. [Only do this with small training groups, if time permits.]

3. Mission Statement: Direct participants to national organization’s mission statement for the march. Ask participants to think about how their personal reasons for marching align or differ from the mission statement.
DEFINE: Nonviolent Direct Action (20 minutes)
1. Principles: Have participants read MLK’s six principles of nonviolent direct action in the handout, “ What Martin Luther King Jr. Can Teach Us About Nonviolence”

2. Triads: Participants team with two other individuals. Each give feedback on the following questions- debrief afterwards in large group, if time allows:

  • Which of the six principles do you find easiest to follow? Why?
  • Which of the six principles do you find most difficult to follow? Why?
  • Brief History of Nonviolent Direct Action (optional, if time) mentioned by trainer(s)

PREPARE: Tactics (40 minutes)
1. Crowd Solidarity: Briefly go over the handout. Then have participants role play or practice any of the tactics.

2. Facing retaliation: Briefly go over the handout. Then have participants role play or practice possible scenarios.

WRAP-UP: (5 minutes)
Participants urged to provide feedback on most useful aspect of the training. If possible, set aside time time after training for food, conversation, and fun!

Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns
Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change” from the Alliance for Community Trainers
ACTUP New York: “Civil Disobedience Training