Workshops @ CONVERGENCE
Get Skilled up, for s11 and for the rest of your life. Skills and info
'they' would rather you didn't have are available for a little time, spare
change, and commitment. Addresses of convergence spaces aren't published
here for security reasons, but ask around and they will be. Plus more
exciting stuff at spaces, info etc, including catering by food not bombs
at some !
All these workshops are flexible, they may be moved ar
times swapped. People are welcome to offer workshops that are not listed
ar repeat workshops, of course this depends on attendance, so be there.
ORIENTATION What's the WEF? Why Crown? Why now?
If these are questions you're asking, if pamphlets don't satisfy, you're
new to Melbourne or this activism gig, this is the FIRST workshop for
MUTUAL SUPPORT We're active cos we care about people, society and
the living planet, more than private profit or power. Caring for those
around us is surely the first step. How to look after each other, spot
stress and distress and help support each other in what ever way we can,
will ensure we achieve our short /long term goals.
LEGAL Interested or planning to be involved in the mass picket
of crown, or other associated Non-Violent Direct Action? Then you will
be more effective if you know exactly where you stand with police, private
security and the courts. This (legal) information is POWER.
S-LOCK-O Classic low tech way to create blockades, resist eviction
and get media. Every lock-on needs planning, practical backup, legal info
and support, and of course hardware and know-how. Be here for a crash
course in the essentials.
FIRST AID Things may get hairy. If you or those around you are
on the receiving end of police violence (as seen at Albert Park, Richmond
secondary, Seattle etc) or plain accident, its better if we can immediately
care for our own. Tear gas can be painful, but it can be relieved. Blood
can be scary, but it can be staunched. Learn how.
YOGA Some stress is inevitable. But it need not be a lasting condition.
Yoga is a holistic way of calming, centring and recharging. Space and
sessions suitable for all levels will be held.
ACTION FACILITATION On the street decisions may have to be made.
Your affinity group will have to decide when to hold it's ground, when
to run, when to escalate. Only you and your's can do that, cos its your
butts on the line. How to do that, in a way where all voices are heard,
to reach a decision that everybody agrees with and can live with afterwards,
is vital. Come to this workshop to learn how.
PERSONAL / POLITICAL. You tell me yours and I'll tell you mine.
Learning where others stand and finding how we reach these standpoints
teaches us tolerance, and to love diversity. Also, we need to be able
to talk to every and anyone about the values that bring us into opposition
with the WEF, so they understand why we're doing this. And even empathise.
This workshop provides a safe space to explore motivations and get a feel
for fellow activists.
SCOUTS Groups will be forming up at this convergence space and
being led down to crown, making as much noise and with as much colour
as possible. Appropriate transport (skateboards, bikes etc) is recommended.
SCREEN PRINTING Workshops making prints for the days of action
for you to wear or wave in the air. If you have materials bring, tho some
will be available.
AFFINITY GROUPS DISCUSSION The pro's and cons of affinity groups
will be discussed, principles, how to and the forming there-of.