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Coming Up! Nonviolent Strategy Workshops with Activist/Author Rivera Sun

Posted by Erin Bechtol

Building a culture of active nonviolence requires growing your community’s knowledge of how nonviolent action works to create change. Author/Activist Rivera Sun is touring and teaching this year, offering talks and workshops on strategy for nonviolent movements. Many Campaign Nonviolence groups have hosted her workshops, bringing the skills and knowledge of crafting effective movements for change to people in their community. Rivera Sun is a nationwide trainer and offers a key pillar of what it takes to build a thriving culture of active nonviolence!

Look for a training near you, or contact her to host a workshop or talk! ( In August, you can find her in New England:

Take Courage! 10 Stories Of Nonviolent Revolution
(In Times Much Worse Than These)
Fri, Aug 10th 2pm-3:30pm, Friends Meeting House on Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, ME. Join Rivera Sun for an uplifting and inspiring evening that will strengthen your heart for the challenges we face. Drawing on the powerful history of nonviolent struggle, she’ll share stories about how people like us faced overwhelming injustice, organized, mobilized . . . and won! Learn effective strategies for change and come away with great ideas for the issues we face. Donations welcome!

Organize, Strategize, Win! Tools for Change Workshop
Sat, Aug 11th 1-4pm Unitarian Universalist Church, Auburn, ME
Movements throughout history have tapped into the creative and strategic power of nonviolent action to win human rights, political freedoms, and greater social justice. Learn practical tools for making change in this fun and engaging workshop. Apply them to the issues you are working on. All are welcome.  Contact with questions.

Nonviolent Strategies for a Divided World Workshop
Sun, Aug 12th 3-6pm La Salette Retreat Center at 947 Park St Attleboro, MA.
In a world of division, how do we work for change? Join Author/Activist Rivera Sun to gain tools and strategies from peacebuilding, nonviolent action, and community organizing that will help you cross divides and achieve goals of justice, peace, and sustainability. Learn how to make friends out of odd bedfellows, build allies, meet needs to resolve conflict, and use tried-and-true tools for moving change forward. Free, but donations are very welcome.  Hosted by Sisters of Mercy Northeast Ecology Office and Mercy Ecology, Inc.

Heads up, West Coasters! Rivera Sun will be traveling the West Coast during September. (See below for scheduled events.) If you would like to book a workshop during this period, contact her! She has dates available for you.

Talks on Nonviolence, Sept 15th Petaluma, CA, with the Metta Center for Nonviolence, more details TBA.

Book Reading and Talk at Book Passage Sept 16th, 2-4pm, Corte Madera, CA. Campaign Nonviolence Marin is proud to announce Novelist Rivera Sun.  Rivera Sun will speak about nonviolent strategies for change, as well as her novels, The Dandelion Insurrection, and its newly released sequel, The Roots of Resistance, connecting fiction to reality in a hopeful and inspiring message for everyone working for change. Sponsored by Campaign Nonviolence Marin. The Book Passage, Gallery Room, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Donations appreciated.  To R.S.V.P. in advance, email

Active Nonviolence Workshop Sept 22nd, Beaverton, OR, 9-4pm. Part of the Moving our Community to Nonviolence and Peace conference. Come to learn active nonviolent approaches to the challenges before us. Snacks and lunch are provided. Special diet? Bring what you can enjoy and eat with us! Space is limited and advance registration is required. Email Mary at to register by Sept. 15. Free, donations accepted. Open to the public. We welcome all faith traditions and ethnic groups. In conjunction with Campaign Nonviolence and Spirit of Grace, Catholic and Lutheran Community. Learn more here.

Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and other novels. She served as Campaign Nonviolence’s Programs Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator for several years. Rivera has taught workshops nationwide to hundreds of groups. Her workshops on strategy for nonviolent movements have been called “enlightening”, “empowering”, and “revolutionary”. Participants leave with tools for planning effective campaigns and a broader understanding of the power of nonviolent action. Rivera Sun’s talks on the history and applications of nonviolent action connect inspiring stories to real life problems in an uplifting message that leaves people ready to take action!

Questions? Want to book a talk or workshop?

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