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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Course Outline for Politics of Resistance
Session # 1 Oct 23rd: Understanding Power
What is power and where does it come from? Who has it, why?
What are the sources of power? How do dissenters become empowered?
Session # 2 Nov 6: Understanding Political Action
What are the assumptions and beliefs we have about political action,
and are they valid? In concrete terms, what are the mechanisms we use in
undertaking political action? What is it we’re actually trying to do?
Added bonus, 197 recipes for nonviolent revolution.
Session # 3 Nov 20: Violence, Nonviolence & Satyagraha
What are violence, nonviolence & Satyagraha? Which is most
Session # 4 Dec 4: Struggle
Throughout history, and all over the planet people engage in
“struggle”. In the industrialized West we are “active”. Is there a
difference? If so, what? And why? Understanding the social dynamic of
Session # 5 Jan 8: Successful Social Movements and Campaigns
Why are some movements successful and others less so. Is it what
they do, the issues they work on, the opposition they face? The Social
Movement Empowerment Project, MAP, and Gamson.
Session # 6 Jan 22: Goals and Roles as Activists
As individuals, what can we do? What do we need to be doing?
Session # 7 Feb 5 Strategies for Resistance
As groups, how can we design our political action for maximum
Session # Feb 19: Civil Disobedience
Does civil disobedience work? If it works, why does it work? Tactical
vs Pure nonviolent resistance. The pragmatics of designing and
implementing a civil disobedience action.
Session # Mar 5 : Resistance and the Law
What’s legal, what isn’t. What will it mean if you deliberately break
the law. For your issue? For you?
Session # Mar19 From Resolution to Revolution
Summary and Overview. Whatever outstanding questions, odds and
ends that need to be dealt with.
Cost: 0 to $50 sliding scale
Where: 174 First Ave
When Oct 23rd 7 PM
Questions and to register: 565-8377 or email@example.com
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Percentage of cabinet- level positions by women: 6%.
Percentage of poor who are women: 70%.
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