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Activist Communiqué: Occupy Toronto's activist training weekend starts TONIGHT!

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Occupy Toronto's Activist Training Weekend -- April 20 - 22 in Toronto

The Deets:

Friday April 20 - Sunday April 22, 2012
Steelworker's Union Hall
25 Cecil Street,
Toronto, ON

The Call Out:

On the weekend of April 20-22nd, we invite you to participate in an Activist Training Weekend.

This is the last chance to attend a group event and participate in some workshops before the big mobilization in May!

The Activist Assembly back in January was (more then anything) a recruitment oriented weekend, bringing in 300ish folks from the periphery, giving them a basic rundown of "occupy issues" and a really basic training, and then encouraging them to get involved in committee work.

THIS weekend is a more serious attempt at training the core people who are actively involved in Occupy Toronto right now. Hopefully, when we have our resurgence in the spring, we will have a group of core people who can then share those skills as far and wide as possible!

Each workshop presented at this conference will be geared towards providing some kind of practical training: Direct Action Training, Media Training, Marshal Training, Medic Training, Anti-Oppression Training, etc...

In other words, each workshop will be about teaching attendees some skills that are important in activist work.

Some workshops will be geared to a small group, while others will be geared towards a larger group. Some workshops will only take a couple of hours, while others will take the entire day. Either way, we hope most people will be able to attend the entire weekend.

We will attempt to have a schedule of all the workshops posted as soon as possible. Further details about the conference will be released then!

Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday as well as lunch on Sunday!

The event will be free but we will be accepting donations to help cover the cost of the event and to put toward future Occupy TO events!

The Schedule: SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY the 20th

6:30 - 7:00 : Introduction

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Room 1 - Independent Journalism for Activism (Krystalline Kraus)

Room 2 - Political Intervention Theatre (Laine Newman)

Room 3 - Effective Group Dynamics for Activism (Luisa de Amaral /Laura Hetherington)


Room 1 - Knowing Your Legal Rights and Beyond (Meaghan Daniel)

Room 2 - Filming Interactions with Police (Kristina Mcguire)

Room 3 - Don't Panic: Grounding Techniques for Activists (Carmen Marti)

SATURDAY the 21st

11:00am - 1:00 pm

Room 1 - Privilege and Intersectional Oppression- Strategies for Moving Froward (Chris Cavanagh)

Room 2 - Planning and Executing Accessible Events and Actions(Frank)

Room 3 - How To: Non-Violent Social Action Strategies for the Occupy Movement (Lyn Adamson)

1:00pm-1:30pm : Lunch

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Room 1 - Anti-Oppression Training: Engaging with Racialized Communities (Grace Edwards/Kalmplex)

Room 2 - Spreading the Good Word: Street Team Training (Taylor Flook/Sakura Saunders)

Room 3 - Marshal Training (Brandon Gray/Ian Smart)

3:30pm - 4:30pm : Group March to Queens Park to join rally against Drummond Commission and provincial job and service cuts.

Those who wish to stay at the Steelworkers hall can work on an Art Build for the May Day Rally.

4:30pm - 6:30 pm

Room 1 - CONTINUED - Anti-Oppression Training: Engaging with Racialized Communities (Grace Edwards/Kalmplex)

Room 2 - Hacktivism Self-Defense: Part 1- BASIC (Trey/Kim)

Room 3 - Medic Training: Part 1-Basic (Trish Mills/Ed Squid)


6:30pm - 7:00pm : Dinner

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Room 1 - How to Stay Peaceful in Solidarity: Individual and Group Strategies (Sunni)

Room 2 - Hacktivism Self-Defense: Part 2- Advanced (Trey/Kim)

Room 3 - Medic Training: Part 2- Advanced (Trish Mills/Ed Squid)

Room 4 - Facilitation Training (Norman Taylor)

SUNDAY the 21st:

Room 1 - ALL DAY DIRECT ACTION TRAINING (please try to show up at the beginning, and stay for whole training: 11am - 7pm) (Dave Vasey)

Room 2 - ALL DAY ART BUILD FOR MAY DAY - making signs, puppets, etc...

Room 3 -

11:00am-1:00pm - Livestream Training (Dee Shanger)

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm - 4:00pm - How to Speak to the Media (Dan Speerin)

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Strategic Level Communications Training for Campaigning (Syed Hussan)

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Strategic Level Media Relations (Syed Hussan)

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Knowing Your Legal Rights and Beyond (Meaghan Daniel)


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