My name is Billie Knighton, and I'm one of nearly 800 people nationwide who have signed up to host 99% Spring nonviolent direct action trainings during the week of April 9-15.
I want to make sure you saw this email because I understand there's still no training planned anywhere near Inwood and I'm hoping you can step up and volunteer.
Right now, groups all over the country—inspired by the everyday heroes of Occupy Wall Street—are planning for a 99% Spring in America. It's an opportunity to build on last year's momentum with a massive campaign of bold nonviolent direct actions to confront the 1% nationwide.
That's why during the week of April 9-15, in small towns and big cities all across America, we're working with our allies to bring 100,000 people together for an unprecedented national movement-wide training on how—following in the footsteps of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—we can take nonviolent direct action this spring to challenge the 1%.
So far the response has been pretty amazing. Nearly 800 training events are already set up, and we've seen a huge surge of MoveOn members stepping up to host events—much more than anyone expected. But we still need volunteers in Inwood who can step up to coordinate a training. Can you sign up to host a local 99% Spring action training?From the labor movement to the struggle for civil rights, we have an incredible shared history in America of everyday people using the power of nonviolent direct action to create change when our country needed it the most.
Last year the courage and moral clarity that we saw from the protests at the Capitol in Wisconsin to Occupy Wall Street followed in that tradition—and forced America to finally talk about economic inequality and just how badly our system is broken.
But we need a whole lot more of that kind of courageous action if we're going to create meaningful change. That's the vision for the 99% Spring, and it all starts with this massive, ambitious plan to train 100,000 people in the theory and practice of nonviolent direct action.
Can you help by hosting a 99% Spring action training in Inwood?
Anyone can host a training—you can have just a handful of people in your living room or you can find a local community center, place of worship, campus, or public space for a larger event. We'll follow up with all the details and provide the support and guidance you'll need to coordinate an event. We'll also help you connect and collaborate with other local 99% Spring volunteers and groups.
MoveOn members who want to see the 99% movement grow have already committed to coordinating events. But we don't have enough space yet to provide trainings to all 100,000 people. As 5 million progressives, we have a unique ability to help our movement hit that goal and grow even stronger.
Thanks for all you do.
–Lenore, Robin, Elena, Ryan, and the rest of the team
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