An organizer and analyst we deeply respect, “Training for Change” co-founder George Lakey recently suggested Voices help maintain a list of organizations in the U.S. which are helping people prepare for the possibility of a stolen election, a rigged election, or an outright coup following November 3rd voting in the U.S.. In a nation with rapidly dwindling concern for democracy, the principle of nonviolent community organizing for democracy has seldom seemed so urgent.
We’re impressed by the quality of outreach and organizing which has already developed in cities and states across the U.S. This is a mere sampling of what we’ve learned so far. We’ll keep George Lakey’s Training for Change trainings at the top of the list, and other groups with upcoming events.
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Before election week:
How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab – national online workshops with George Lakey . There’s a chance that a desperate Trump will respond to a narrow victory by Biden by declaring the election fraudulent, urging his base to support his continued Presidency. This training will share the most important things to know and practice in order to be ready for that possibility.
October 27, 7:30-9:30PM ET
October 28, 7:30-9:30PM ET
October 30, 7:30-9:30PM ET
At the Brink: Getting Ready to Stop a Coup – On the brink of the election, this training will focus on what we can do and how to connect as circumstances evolve.
November 1, 7:30-9:30PM ET
November 5, 7:30-9:30PM ET
DC Peace Team dcpeaceteam.com 510-717-8867 4405 29th St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 31 10am-3pm EDT (with one hour noon break).
Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment – Post-Election scenario. Register HERE and share Facebook event.
Nov 14 10am-3pm EDT (with one hour noon break). Active Bystander Intervention – Post-Election scenario. Register HERE.
Cure Violence Global www.cvg.org/election/ 312-756-8632
227 West Monroe St Ste 1025, Chicago, IL 60606
Cure Violence Global hires violence interrupters who are credible messengers in the community; uses a public health approach to stop the spread of violence in communities by detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms — resulting in reductions in violence of up to 70 percent.
Count on Us
focus on millenials and Gen Z – signups at wecountonus.org
The Sunrise Movement, March For Lives, Dream Defenders and United We Stand are coming together to deal the systemic problems of our generation. Count On Us” comes as a response to growing concerns about the president’s potential reelection and any unlawful attempt to hold onto power.
Western New York Peace Center WNYPC
email@example.com www.wnypeace.org 716-332-3904
1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209
Online nonviolence training at http://wnypeace.org/wp/collective-nonviolent-direct-action/
2610 University Ave W, Ste 550, St. Paul, MN 55114
Oct 29 (3:30-6:30PM) and Oct 30 (2:00-5:00PM) in Washington, D.C.: Protect Each Other & Protect The Polls: Community Protection and the U.S. Elections (D.C. Group): contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nonviolent Peaceforce is the largest Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) organization. UCP practices include accompaniment, patrolling, proactive presence, interpositioning, rumor control, and Early Warning/Early Response. All can only be undertaken after engagement with affected communities, incident mapping and communication with as many of the stakeholders as possible.
Chicago Nonviolent Peaceforce
“Chicago Peace Team to physically protect Chicagoans from violence as the election nears. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Black OUT Collective blackoutcollective.org
“The BlackOUT Collective’s mission is to train 10,000 black people in the next 4 years to be direct action practitioners and strategist through campaign, abolitionist and rapid response frameworks. BlackOUT Collective is a radical full service direct action organization. We build organizations’ capacity to execute creative and effective direct actions in service of their organizing and advocacy work. We do this through providing personalized direct action trainings and on the ground action support. We see ourselves as a “Liberation Lab” – a container for experimentation, deep space visioning and learning.”
Meta Peace Teams (MPT) metapeaceteam.org 517-489-2607 201 W. Miller Rd., Lansing, MI 48911 email@example.com
In addition to fielding hundreds of domestic peace teams across the nation at a variety of events, has deployed international teams to countries including Bosnia, Chiapas (Mexico), Haiti, Iraq, Egypt, and El Salvador, as well as with the sovereign nations of Indigenous Peoples in the U.S., Canada, and Panama. MPT also offers bystander intervention, direct action, and sanctuary training as well as presentations on issues around nonviolence/ justice/ social change.
Christian Peacemaker Teams firstname.lastname@example.org www.cpt.org 773-376-0550 PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680
CPT is providing trainings as requested, usually for congregations. They tailor the training for each group, depending on the request. CANADA OFFICE: 103 Bellevue Ave • Toronto, ON M5T 2N8 • +1-647-339-0991
Shanti Sena Network www.mettacenter.org/shanti-sena/
ONLINE RESOURCE LIST AT: www.nonviolenceinternational.net/alternative_community_security
The Shanti Sena Network (SSN) comprises members from peace teams from around the US and Canada, and is open to members worldwide. Passionate about building a new paradigm of security, members of SSN want to use nonviolent ways of resolving conflicts without the potentially violent intervention from “law enforcement” or the military. The Shanti Sena (Sanskrit for “peace team”) Network is grounded in the Gandhian principles of “unity in diversity” and holding a high image of human potential.
Nonviolent Liberation Strategy:
Outlining a “comprehensive strategy” for resisting a political/military coup with, as an example, a list of strategic aims here: https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/strategywheel/strategic-aims/
Protect the Results Coalition protecttheresults.com
Protect the Results, a joint project of Indivisible and Stand Up America, is building a coalition to mobilize if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election. At the website above they invite people to sign a “pledge to take action if Trump refuses to accept the results” also allowing people to opt-in for alerts and updates.