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How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab
Democracy is fragile. We have reason to worry that this fall we may see an undemocratic power grab — a coup. We also know that the people can defend our democracy. Nonviolent mass protests have stopped coups in other places, and we may have to do the same in this country.

Elections work because the public agrees to honor the results. Similarly, coups work only if the public honors them. When the public refuses to accept the coup as legitimate, coups fall apart. Refusal looks like millions of people using nonviolent tools to delegitimize the coup by demonstrating, resisting orders, and shutting down the country until democracy prevails.

Join this national workshop led by George Lakey, with Kazu Haga. The two-hour workshop will share the most important things to know and practice in order to be ready in the event of a coup.

George Lakey has led over 1500 workshops on five continents. He co-founded and led Training for Change before becoming the Eugene M. Lang Professor for Issues in Social Change at Swarthmore College; previously he’d taught at Penn and the Martin Luther King School of Social Change. His first arrest was in a civil rights sit-in and he was arrested in January at the Capitol for demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. He’s published ten books on change, including "How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning" (Melville House, 2018).

Kazu Haga is the founder of the East Point Peace Academy, a core member of the Ahimsa Collective and the Yet-To-Be-Named Network and the author of "Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm." He teaches various aspects of nonviolence, restorative justice and mindfulness. Born in Tokyo, Japan, he has been engaged in social change work since the age of 17, and has played leading roles in
various social movements. He works to empower incarcerated communities, young people and activists around the country. He currently resides in Oakland, CA.

Oct 22, 2020 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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