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 Zein Nakhoda. 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).
Zein Nakhoda (he/him) is a Core Trainer and Director at Training for Change. He’s supported organizing and capacity-building for climate, economic, and racial justice for 10 years. He's trained hundreds of organizers and activists across the country, including around direct action, popular education methods, and organizing skills. He's a South Asian, cis-man, who also makes film and community media.