My intention sitting down today was to write a blog about this weekend, what I was doing, who I've met, who we can thank for making it possible. But I realize I want to chronicle where we've been first!
In the last month (it's only been a month!) we have co-hosted Ferguson Shareback with Intelligent Mischief, held 5 nonviolent direct action trainings in Boston, training about 500 activists and organizers in nonviolent direct action theory and basics with medic and/or street safety presentations and know your rights training at each event.
Boston to Ferguson Share back:
I loved this event! We had about 150 people show up to hear about our experiences in Ferguson, talk about what it was really like on the ground, and share their personal stories. We went through the timeline of events after the murder of Mike Brown, asked participants to share their memories on post-it notes. There was time at the end for a community speak out.
Our first NVDA training:
At the First Church in Jamaica Plain, our first training drew so much interest we had to change venues at super short notice. People banded together and did a pot luck style dinner (including panini's, thanks to the Lucy Parson's Center). We had about 250 people all together.
Last weekend we held our first youth-only training with our new (as of yet unnamed) high school partner group.
This Friday we're holding our first Creative Action Design Lab, a space to do deep visioning and detailed logistical planning for upcoming #ReclaimMLK actions.
Next week we're co-sponsoring a two hour medic training with the Tufts Pan African Association.
Damon Davis Comes to Boston:
Boston Youth Creative Strategies for NVDA:
Our first youth training! There were youth from local youth organizing groups and individuals who want to plug in and learn. We did a story-based strategy session and the groups came up with some seriously innovative ideas. We ended the workshop a little early so that the group could see Selma, where we did the #SingInSelma action, marching from the theater to the lobby and holding that space briefly. So good.
We've been able to do so much thanks to the support of our community - and we're working on building our capacity. The collective is growing! We started with just two and now we have 6 core members and many partners, collaborators, friends and accomplices who give us life. Thank you!