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Welcome! Here you will find sessions from a recent online training designed to pass vital social change wisdom onto emerging organizers and protestors. Below you will find videos of all the zoom sessions. The blog posts for each session include resources and slides where available. Click on the resource tab and you will find all the of virtual handouts in one place. This is our moment and our time. Change is underway–be in the movement for Black lives, for fundamental changes to create a just society, for the long haul.

DIRECT VIDEO LINKS TO ALL SESSIONS

Robin A. Wright starts with by moving from previous direct actions to today, and then shows how to move from vision to strategy to tactics.

Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr. takes the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles, and reflects on them connected to his organizing experiences in Ferguson.

Myron and John guide you through the role of marshals in a protest, different roles that marshals play, and organizing a team of marshalls. 

Em Joy walks you through keeping yourself and others safe during direct actions.

Attorney Jacqueline Green, Friedman and Gilbert Law Firm and the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild, breaks down the role of the legal observer.

Greer Aeschbury of ACLU of Ohio walks new and seasoned protesters alike through their rights while protesting. 

BLOG POSTS ABOUT EACH SESSION WITH SLIDES AND RESOURCES

Know Your Rights – Protesting

Greer Aeschbury of ACLU of Ohio walks new and seasoned protestors alike through their rights while protesting. Watch the session here.

Legal Observer Training

Attorney Jacqueline Green, Friedman and Gilbert Law Firm and the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild, breaks down the role of the legal observer.

Protest Health & Safety

Em Joy walks you through keeping yourself and others safe during direct actions. They have twenty years of experience in the streets for protests in Cincinnati and across the global. Check out some of the slides below for questions to ask your self. Also, check out the “Stay Safe Zine”.

Marshal Protest Training

Myron and John guide you through the role of marshals in a protest, different roles that marshals play, and organizing a team of marshalls. Below are the documents they used in their session. Marshal Training Guide from Myron Haines Sample Marshal Guide

Principles of Non-Violent Direct Action

Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr. takes the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles, and reflects on them connected to his organizing experiences in Ferguson.

Connecting Direct Action To Strategy

Robin A. Wright starts with by moving from previous direct actions to today, and then shows how to move from vision to strategy to tactics.

ABOUT

Gear Up was an online training coordinated by Robin A. Wright, Rev. Nelson Pierce Jr., Tala Ali, Myron Hollister, and Mona Jenkins on June 3, 2020 and based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A community effort, there is not one organization responsible or able to answer questions, but you can find many of these folks on social media. Technical questions about these resources can be directed via email here.

Cover Image from City Beat here

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