The United World College-USA, Río Gallinas School, and the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center will be hosting a conference, January 17th and 18th, 2010, at the United World College campus, Montesuma, New Mexico. The conference, offered free of charge, will highlight the strategic use of nonviolent action.
The Choose Your Weapon Conference will include workshops and performances for all ages that celebrate and teach the application of nonviolent tactics to fight oppression and injustice. The conference will use the framework created by Dr. Gene Sharp of the Albert Einstein Institution, a nonprofit advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. Dr. Sharp, who has identified close to 200 strategies of nonviolent actions that have been used throughout history, says that "Nonviolent action is a means of combat, as is war . . . Nonviolent action is just what it says: action which is nonviolent, not inaction. This technique consists, not simply of words, but of active protest, noncooperation, and intervention. Overwhelmingly, it is a group or mass action.”
January 17 & 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
7:00 pm, United World College-USA Kluge Auditorium
Minnijean Brown-Trickey: Little Rock Nine, World Protests: Music, Art, Performance
Monday, January 18, 2010
9:00 am -4:00 pm, United World College-USA Kluge Auditorium
30 Workshops, Performances, Speakers, Stories, Nonviolence Trainings, Music, Films and Activism
Sponsored by: Río Gallinas School, United World College-USA,
and the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center
All events will be held on the campus of the United World College-USA in Montezuma, New Mexico. On-line pre-registration is recommended. The conference will be offered free of charge. Cafeteria lunches will be available at a cost of $6 for the first 200 to register. Businesses and individuals who would like to financially support this effort may contribute on-line, or may call 505-454-4228. To register and seek conference information please click registration link. Registration will also take place on-site.