Wall Street is fueling climate disasters around the globe by funneling billions of dollars into the fossil fuel industry and deforestation. This fall, we’re fighting back. We’re holding Wall Street accountable for their greed and destruction, and we’re building a movement to stop the flow of money to fossil fuels.
We’re offering 3 training sessions for activists who want to plan actions targeting Wall Street banks, asset managers, insurance companies and pension funds. Whether you are new to activism, or just need a refresher for your skills, these trainings are for you.
Trainings are free & open to all. Activists are welcome to join just one training or all three!
Training #1: Action Planning 101
Date & Time: Thurs, Sept 15th, 430-6 PT / 530-7 MT / 630-8 CT / 730-9 ET
What: This training will go over everything you need to know to run a successful action, including steps to take, art and materials, roles, outreach, press, and absorption.
Trainer: Patrick Houston. Patrick is an organizer and activist originally from Philadelphia. Over the past five years, he’s organized with New York Communities for Change to build and deploy political power in low-income Black and Latinx communities. Most recently he’s organized with The Sunrise Project, coordinating grassroots pressure on Wall Street to stop the money pipeline. Patrick has organized dozens of actions from 3 to 3,000 attendees targeting government, corporations, and the fossil fuel industry. He’s a grateful alum of the Community College of Philadelphia, holds a Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College, and is currently studying urban planning and policy at Tufts University.
Training #2: Basics of Civil Disobedience
Date & Time: Thurs, Sept 22nd, 430-630 PT / 530-730 MT / 630-830pm CT / 730-930 ET
What: This training will go over the roles and resources needed to successfully incorporate civil disobedience into your action. If you’re thinking about including civil disobedience, we recommend you additionally work with an action coach. Please reach out to [email protected] to get connected.
Trainer: Sam Corbin. Sam is a facilitator, organizer, and action coordinator from New York City. Her commitment is to supporting the development of resilient, courageous, and joyful people and movements. She is the co-founder of Movement Netlab and The New York Action Network and has worked with local, national, and international organizations for over 17 years developing campaigns and coordinating creative direct actions. Some of those include the Ruckus Society, The Other 98%, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Sandy, and the Climate Justice Alliance.
Training #3: Make it Beautiful: Using Art in Actions
Date & Time: Thurs, Sept 29, 5-630 PT / 6-730 MT / 7-830 CT / 8-930 ET
What: We will learn how to use a variety of arts to make our actions creative, participatory, and impactful: We will look at how to use song & music, street murals, signs, banners, patches, and elements of fires and floods in our actions.
We’ll cover the basics of wheat pasting, sign making, and pop-up art shows using the new Blame Wall Street poster art (order a set below). We will also be joined by Alexandra Blakely who will lead a teach-in of the new climate movement song, Return–and offer tips on including song and music in your action.
>> David Solnit is an arts organizer based in the Bay Area. David has been organizing mass actions for more than three decades. He has helped create some of the world’s largest guerilla street murals and has provided arts support for dozens of movements of justice.
>> Ahlay Blakely is a singer, song catcher, and organizer from Seattle who is helping to infuse our streets, movements & culture with songs as powerful tools for change.
Questions? Email [email protected].
Check out the Blame Wall Street site here: https://blamewallstreet.org/