Waging Nonviolent Conflict for Social Change
Presented by International Public Service Association (IPSA)
Learn the strategies and tactics for achieving social change through a nonviolent movement from two activists who led a movement to overthrow a dictator, inspired the Arab Spring activists, and are currently training Standing Rock protesters. Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic helped lead the OTPOR! resistance movement that toppled the undemocratic regime of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Afterward, they founded the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategy (CANVAS) to help spread the word about people power and nonviolent strategies. Since then, they have worked with pro-democracy and anti-corruption nonviolent movements from 46 different countries, including successful opposition movements in Tunisia and Egypt (2011), Georgia (2003), Ukraine (2004-05), and the Maldives (2008). CANVAS continues to support movements in Yemen, Syria, Zimbabwe, Burma, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This workshop will explore how strategic nonviolent movements have challenged governmental tyranny, electoral fraud, and human rights abuses using tactics such as demonstrations, strikes, boycotts, civil disobedience, and non-cooperation. Learn what true people power is, understand why some resistance movements succeed while others fail, and receive training on how to start, plan, and wage a nonviolent struggle for social change.
Food and drinks will be served.