George Lakey, veteran activist and recently-retired Swarthmore professor, will visit five Florida cities in November, leading workshops based on his new book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. His sweep through Florida is also a tour to promote the book, and he will be bringing copies with him. How We Win has received endorsements from social movement leaders, including Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 19th • 11am: Call-in radio show, hosted by Rob Lorei, WMNF (Tampa). Listen via the internet at wmnf.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 19th • 6 – 9:30 pm • St. Petersburg, FL: How We Win Workshop. St. Petersburg Friends Meetinghouse, 130 19th Ave South, 33705. There is a $15 suggested donation. Registration is required as seating is limited. For details and to RSVP, contact Susan Wade, or call Susan at 727-821-5048.
Thursday, Nov. 21st • 5:30 – 9pm • Orlando, FL: How We Win Workshop. Quakers of Orlando Meetinghouse, 316 E. Marks St, Orlando, 32803. For details and to RSVP, contact Stephanie Preston-Hughes, or call Stephanie at (407) 476-4369.
Saturday, Nov. 23rd • 9 am -12:30 pm • Gainesville, FL: How We Win Workshop. Gainesville Friends Meetinghouse, 702 NW 38th St, Gainesville, FL 32607. For details and to RSVP, contact Gail Stallings
Sunday, Nov. 24th • 1 – 4:30 pm • Tallahassee, FL: How We Win Workshop. Tallahassee Friends Meetinghouse, 2001 S Magnolia Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32301. For details and to RSVP, contact Doug Hahn.
The How We Win workshop is based on his new book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. George will lead us in exploring:
- What makes nonviolent direct action campaigns relevant now?
- How can we build stronger campaigns?
- How can we build a movement of movements that can deliver really big changes?
- Climate and justice demand very, very big changes—is there a way of going beyond merely incremental steps?
This new, 3.5 hour workshop is about how to do campaigning during this polarized, crisis time in the U.S. Lakey writes, “I’ve done it in multiple states on the West Coast, midwest and New England so far and it seems to work pretty well. It often attracts young people from the Sunrise Movement and Democratic Socialists of America as well as older people who may not have done much activism until lately and are eager to learn how to become more effective.”
Participants can expect experiential activities, small group work, a big picture, and affirmation of their own power.
About George Lakey
George Lakey has led over 1500 workshops on five continents. First arrested in the civil rights movement. In 2018 he was arrested campaigning for Power Local Green Jobs. In between he gave leadership to campaigns on neighborhood, state, and national levels, working in cross-race, cross-class coalitions and the LGBTQ movement. He’s worked with labor unions, Mohawks, high school students, environmentalists, and the Puerto Rican independence movement.
George taught conflict studies at universities and authored ten books on how to bring about change, including the popular Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too. He is recently retired from Swarthmore College, where he was the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. He is a columnist for the online publication WagingNonviolence.org, and lives in Philadephia.
Civil rights legend George Lakey on how progressives can win. The Guardian, March 2019.