Saturday April 24 - Sunday April 25, 2021. 1-5 PM Pacific Time both days.
Attendance both days is required.
The Yet-To-Be-Named Network (YTBN) is a decentralized constellation of direct action teams committed to racial and climate justice. This two-day online training offers an overview of the network, from principles to practices, from organizational structures to what it means to be a member, and more! Read more about the YTBN in our zine here: https://www.eastpointpeace.org/ytbn
The training is open to all. It is part of the onboarding process for Bay Area YTBN teams, but it is also designed to serve as a helpful entry point for folks who want to learn more about our effort to build a powerful decentralized, self-organizing network based on Fierce Vulnerability, Emergence and Vocation.
- Are you called to the intersection of racial and climate justice?
- Are you committed to the work of making reparations real?
- Do you see direct action as a necessary component of the struggle for collective liberation?
- Do you long to be part of a movement community that understands that healing at the personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels are deeply interconnected?
- Do you want to deepen your understanding of self-organizing and decentralization?
We hope you’ll join us for this special weekend offering!
Priority will be given to BIPOC participants, and to participants who are onboarding into the network. If you have questions or need further information please email us: [email protected]
Chris Moore-Backman is an activist-organizer and author of The Gandhian Iceberg: A Nonviolence Manifesto for the Age of the Great Turning. He is also producer of Bringing Down the New Jim Crow, a radio documentary series examining the movement to end the U.S. system of mass incarceration.
Chris has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources, and he has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine.
For more than 30 years Leonie Smith, founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, has been working from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive perspective. Her approach is shaped by her own journey to find and build community that welcomes her perspective as a Black Woman, Canadian-born, of Jamaican heritage.
She has a deep commitment to anti-oppressive practices, sharing practical ways of applying Nonviolent Communication. She shares her people-centered approach for creating group, team, and organizational systems in service to creating a world that works for all as a community member and through her consultancy, The Thoughtful Workplace.
Born in Japan, Kazu Haga has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at the age of 17. He would go onto spend one-year living in Buddhist monasteries throughout South Asia studying the relationship between nonviolence and Buddhist dharma. He has over 20 years of experience in nonviolence, restorative justice, trainings and organizing and has been trained by elders such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Rev. James Lawson.
He spent over 10 years working in social justice philanthropy while being directly involved in many social movements, from the Global Justice Movement of the late 1990s to Occupy Oakland. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainers since 2009, is a Core Member of the Ahimsa Collective, a board member at PeaceWorkers and is the author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
All events at the East Point Peace Academy are offered on a Gift Economy. This means that there is no fee to register, and everybody is welcome to attend regardless of their ability to pay. An opportunity will be offered to participants to give gifts to support the work of our organization and to support the facilitators. No amount is too small or too large.
To donate for this event, you can visit: https://www.eastpointpeace.org/donate
This event will happen virtually using the Zoom online conferencing platform. If you are not familiar with this platform, click here for instructions.
1-5 PM both days