Expression of interest: Strategic Nonviolent Action Study Group
About the group
Several members of the Takoma Park Mobilization are convening a study group to focus on deepening our understanding of strategic nonviolent action. We expect to meet on a monthly basis. All members of the community are welcome! Just sign up below.

We will look at the art and science of how ordinary people around the world organize themselves, unify, strategize, and nonviolently struggle to win human rights, freedom, justice, accountable government and corporations, environmental sustainability, and many other gains.

We have a number of people in Takoma Park and adjoining communities with deep knowledge of this field who can contribute to leading discussions. Hardy Merriman ( will lead the first discussion which will take place on:

Sunday, June 4, from 5:30-7:00pm at Historic Takoma
Our first set of readings are free online. They are:

“People are in the streets protesting Donald Trump. But when does protest actually work?” By Erica Chenoweth, Washington Post, November 21, 2016 (

CANVAS Core Curriculum: A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle By Srdja Popovic, Slobodan Djinovic, Andrej Milivojevic, Hardy Merriman, and Ivan Marovic Belgrade, Serbia: Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), 2007. Pages: 14-81 (

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