Understanding and Engaging Movements for Justice: Nonviolent Direct Action Training


Location: Virtual Event

Bohrer And Nate

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The events of 2020 are laying bare inequalities that have long plagued the United States and the global community. The intersections of the pandemic, ongoing racialized violence, and hate-filled political rhetoric, combined with the volatility of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, are exposing the costs of the status quo and pushing each of us to examine our role in advocating for justice. 

The Kroc Institute is partnering with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, to offer a series advocating for nonviolence as an effective strategy to resist violence and support movements for justice. Voices from different streams of nonviolence—including communal nonviolence, liberationist nonviolence, and strategic nonviolence—will speak as witnesses to the power of nonviolence in action.


Ashley Bohrer, activist and nonviolent direct action trainer; assistant professor of gender and peace studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Nate Cohen, activist, street medic, and theatre artist who has worked as an organizer with communities around the country

Session Topic: Bohrer and Cohen will offer a hands-on, practical workshop on best practices and safety measures to take when engaging in nonviolent direct action. The workshop will offer strategies for responding to the tactics being deployed in the U.S. against protestors engaged in anti-racist, prison abolition, and other movement work, as well as include information on how to make a protest safety plan, identifying a protest buddy, how to prepare for the possibility of being arrested, and more. 

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You can view the full AMBS Witness Colloquium series on their website