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99% Spring action training FAQ

What are the 99% Spring action trainings?
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. One hundred thousand people from across the country will gather in community centers, churches, schools, and homes April 9-15 to receive training on non-violent direct action. We will apply what we learned from these trainings to take action on our campaigns to win change in our communities. Click here to sign up to host a 99% Spring Training.

What will the training include?
The training will provide an opportunity to bring our movement together so that we can equip ourselves with the skills we need to take direct action this spring. Right after we are trained, we will apply what we learned by taking action against the banking industry and Wall Street with actions all across the country. The training will focus on three key areas:

I just decided to host a 99% Spring training. What are my responsibilities?
Thank you! As a host, you'll need to find a venue, identify a trainer or trainer team, and  organize logistics. As the training approaches, you'll also want to make reminder calls to people signed up to attend your event. If you expect more than 50 people at the training, you might also want to ask a friend or a local organization to co-host the training with you.

If I sign up to host a training, am I also committing to lead the training?
Yes. If your training is in a big city and you expect a lot of attendees, you'll want to find a co-trainer and participate in the "Train the Trainer" program. You should have one trainer per every 50 attendees.

How can I learn to lead the training myself?
There will be in-person regional trainings for trainers in 18 cities across the country on March 24 and 25. We'll follow up with more details soon. We strongly encourage you to attend these regional trainings. If you can't make it and we can't find a trainer to lead your event for you, there will also be a virtual training to participate in.

When should I organize my training?
The trainings are between April 9 and 15. Your training should begin no earlier than 10:00 a.m. and end no later than 9:00 p.m. In order to get the most out of the curriculum we suggest that you schedule either a full day training (7 hours) or a half-day training (3 hours). You will want to take this into consideration if you are planning to host an event in the evening on a weekday.

What kind of venue can I use?
It's best to use a public location that is centrally located in your community, like libraries, community centers, or churches. Trainings can also take place at a private residence. The goal is to train as many people in our communities as possible so please make sure that your venue can hold at least 25-50 people. If you are in a big city, you'll probably want a venue that can hold 100-200 people.

Can I post an event even if I don't have a venue?
Yes! Finding a venue is one of the first things you will want to do—but it's best to post your event in the online system so you can start receiving more information about the trainings. When you sign up for your event you will have the option to indicate where your venue will be held; you can use your own address as a placeholder. Once you identify a venue, you will want to change those details immediately.

Do I have to develop the training materials?
No, we will provide the curriculum training and content for you. There are many coalition organizations and individuals working together to develop the materials and trainings we will need so that our trainings have suitable content.

What organizations are part of the 99% Spring training?
Click here for the full list: http://the99spring.com/letter.html

How will I know if another group is planning a training in my area?
There is a team of organizers that will be reaching out to every event host. You will either receive a phone call or an email about other events in your area. You will receive a phone call from an organizer from one of the coalition organizations that are organizing the 99% Spring trainings.

Who should I contact with further questions?
You can reach out to the network you are affiliated with, member organization or organizer to get answers to your questions. You can also email support@the99spring.com.

What is non-violent direct action?
Non-violent direct action (NVDA) is any form of direct action that does not rely on violent tactics. Some examples of NVDA are the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, the 2003 Immigration Freedom Rides, and most recently the Home Occupations, where community members occupy a home that is being threatened with foreclosure.

 

The following organizations have called for a 99% Spring: Jobs With Justice, United Auto Workers, National Peoples Action, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn.org Civic Action, New Organizing Institute, Movement Strategy Center, The Other 98%, Service Employees International Union, Rebuild the Dream, UNITE-HERE, Greenpeace, Institute for Policy Studies, PICO National Network, New Bottom Line, United Steel Workers, Working Families Party, Communications Workers of America, United States Student Association, Rainforest Action Network, American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Center for the Common Good, UNITY, National Guestworker Alliance, 350.org, The Ruckus Society, Citizen Engagement Lab, smartMeme Strategy & Training Project, Right to the City Alliance, Pushback Network, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Progressive Democrats of America, Change to Win, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Campaign for America’s Future, Fuse Washington, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Citizen Action of New York, Engage, United Electrical Workers Union, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Alliance for a Just Society, The Partnership for Working Families, United Students Against Sweatshops, Presente.org

MoveOn.org Civic Action is hosting the online event registration process but is not responsible for the content or programming of the trainings or for the planning or organization of any specific actions. The 99% Spring is a collaborative effort between many organizations to train over 100,000 Americans in the basics of nonviolent direct action—not an electoral campaign.