The Drop Beat Not Bombs: Power of Nonviolence Tour is a collaboration between the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Peacemaker Training Institute and New York based Movement In Motion Arts Collective. Designed to bring together activism and the arts to educate, inspire, and empower young people, the program will focus on the power of nonviolence and the arts as a tool for both interpersonal empowerment and organizing to transform social and political power. The tour will be coming to Toronto on April 1st!
From 5-8pm there will be workshops at:
The Space “Formally Known as the Women’s Centre”
Room 100, North Borden Building,
563 Spadina Avenue
National FOR facilitators, Kavitha Rao and David Rosen will be joined by youth advocates Naomi Santos and Billy Martin from Movement in Motion Arts Collective to facilitate interactive workshops @ U of T's formally known as the Wimmin's Centre! As well, Alpha, a newcomer youth from Sierra Leone, will be sharing his experiences growing up in conflict and will talk about his activism.
1. Art As Activism: Raise Your Voice
This workshop will explore rhythm and expression through different media as tools to transform power within oneself and ones community, as well as challenging participants to own their responsibility to begin within in the struggle to channel anger and indignation effectively towards social change. The workshop will include an exploration of different creative techniques like street theater to outreach to activists that are interested in getting involved in activism. Movement in Motion will share stories about their experiences holding artistic speak outs in the streets from NYC to India. The workshop also includes opportunities for participants to explore creative ways to use the arts in their local activist outreach activities.
2. The Nonviolent Struggle: Creating Compassionate Alternatives to Today’s Destructive Trends
A general overview of the theory and practice of active Nonviolence, this interactive workshop will include a discussion on the history and effectiveness of Nonviolence as a tactic to address social justice issues, popular education exercises on interpersonal Nonviolence/conflict resolution skills, practice in using collaboration rather than competition to create win-win situations, and practical planning and organizing skills to identify and address injustice in your community through creative, nonviolent means. Students will be actively involved and asked to participate in role playing exercises and demos and in coming to their own understanding of what “Nonviolence” means to them.
3. Militarism at Home and Abroad: Prisons, Education, Racism, and More in Today’s USA
This workshop will focus on education as a form or reparations for non violent drug offenders(as a tool to create dialogue on racial inequality within the prison industrial complex) and/or counter-recruitment strategies for campuses heavily targeted by the military. The workshop includes popular education on how the prison-industrial complex and military industrial complex jointly serve to maintain institutionalized poverty and racism, practical organizing skills to develop one of these campaigns in your community, and discussion of how and why we as young people can intentionally transform our relationship to these and other systems, including educational institutions.
Afterwards there will be a hiphop jam with:
MENTAL NOTES (www.movementinmotion.org)
THE DOPE POETS SOCIETY (www.justusleaguerecords.com)
spoken word provided by Luscioius Lisa and SPIN!
PLUS cut N' paste area for making zine's and collages!
(bring glue, sissors, and magazines if you can)
Show kicks off at 9pm!
$5-$15 @ the door
William Doo Auditorium, New College (in the new residence)
South of harbord north of college on east side
Sponsered by New College Student Council Equity Commission
[ 30 March 2004: Message edited by: Lisa Campbell ]