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#FergusonSyllabus: Talking and Teaching About Police Violence

The blog Prison Culture has curated this amazing resource, #FergusonSyllabus, a post that brings together all the best teaching materials about the shooting of Mike Brown and the injustices that are faced by peaceful protesters in Ferguson. The post also includes resources to facilitate popular education around police violence and the prison industrial complex from Project NIA (No Youth in Prison), Buzzfeed, Chain Reaction and many more.


Understanding drug related stigma: a guide for facilitators

This guide created, available through the Harm Reduction Coalition, outlines exactly how to host a half day (three hour training) on understanding drug related stigma. The extensive guide has an entire curriculum for the day, including worksheets, slides, activities and discussion topics, broken up into sections. The guide operates from a harm reduction model and would be beneficial to activists, community workers or anyone interested in dispelling stigma.


Fighting Dirty Energy and Waste Facilities Workshop

This workshop guide from the Energy Justice Network is a perfect outline for facilitators interested in hosting a 2 hour workshop on taking grassroots action against dirty energy entering communities. Grassroots action has been proven to be extremely effective against dirty energy. The guide includes:

-Discussion topics

-Example tactics

-Finding allies

-Tips for movement building

-Assessing actions

And much more!


Introduction to the Prison Industrial Complex

The prison industrial complex

The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex Teaching Collective created this amazing workshop to introduce activists to the concept of the Prison Industrial Complex. The guide creates an outline for an intensive four hour long workshop which covers a ton of material. The 77 page guide doesn't skimp on the details and takes trainers through each activity. Although geared towards a US audience, the outline can be easily adapted to Canadian content. The workshop covers:


Defining the PIC

PIC jeopardy

PIC timeline


Start a fruit tree project

picking fruit that would be otherwise wasted can have a huge impact

In British Columbia there is an abundance of fruit bearing trees. European settlers were planting fruit trees as early as 1826. Though many people have fruit trees within their reach, they often go unattended and their harvest ends up rotting on someone's lawn. While bugs devour the local fruit, the same general kind is still bought at grocery stores - but for its durability and good looks rather than its local significance, flavour or tradition.

Fruit tree projects try to take these trees that are producing good usable, tasty food and harvest them to their full potential.


| March 8, 2012
| March 1, 2012

Non-violent street action

Activist holding a sit in next to a garbage can

Another resource from the unfortunately disbanded Midnight Special Law Collective, this workshop outline covers non-violent street action. The workshop is almost two hours long and isn't theory heavy. Instead, the facilitator is encouraged to promote discussion and explain suggestions for meaningful action. This workshop includes:

Exercises about defining violence

Role plays about non-violent reactions to violence

Police liaison role play

Tactics to deal communally with police violence


| November 9, 2010
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| June 18, 2010
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