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Training in nonviolent action coming to Upper Delaware region

March 4, 2012

"Training in Nonviolent Action" will be offered on Sunday, March 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, NY.

The training will be conducted by Joanne Sheehan, an experienced educator and trainer in nonviolence for over forty years. It will be free of charge to participants. Advanced registration is required.

The event is being organized by veteran activist Beverly Sterner, founder of the Upper Delaware Community Network, and Marcia Nehemiah, writer and environmentalist.

Nonviolence has proven a powerful tool to confront power and bring change, but it requires careful implementation and discipline, according to Sterner. Recognizing this, the following environmental organizations involved with the struggle for safe water and air have come together as co-sponsors: Catskill Mountainkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Citizens for Water and The Crones Club.

“Whether we are organizers, activists or simply part of the 99 percent who may attend hearings, rallies or direct action demonstrations—-and whether they take place in our own backyards or we travel elsewhere in our region in support of our common cause—-the importance of maintaining a nonviolent discipline cannot be overstated,” said Sterner.

Some of the topics covered in the training will include: exploring what is meant by nonviolent action; practicing nonviolent discipline in conflict situations; creating effective nonviolent scenarios; understanding your rights; and the potential consequences of nonviolent civil disobedience, including the arrest process.

Register for the training by e-mailing Sterner at bsterner@ptd.net.