How We Win: A Workshop with George Lakey on Nonviolent Direct Action…

Saturday, March 30th 2019 at 12:30 PM – 4 PM

Beacon Hill Friends House

6-8 Chestnut Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108


In this participatory workshop led by internationally known trainer George Lakey, participants will engage in a lively exploration of how to use direct action campaigns to build power toward a movement of movements.

Workshop participants who have read How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning will get the most out of the workshop, but it is by no means a prerequisite. Copies of the book will be available for sale and can be ordered at .

Bring a bag lunch and eat in community together at 12:30pm, or arrive by 1pm for the workshop.

This event is cosponsored by Beacon Hill Friends House and the Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Admission Admission is on a sliding scale. Recommended range $10-$30; all donations gratefully accepted. Scholarships are available: please email Advance registration is required.

About George Lakey“If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker, George Lakey has both remarkable stories and remarkable insights–not to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual.”– Bill McKibben, co-founder

George Lakey, author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, has led over 1500 workshops on five continents. He was first arrested in the civil rights movement and was a trainer for 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. In 2018 he was arrested campaigning for Power Local Green Jobs. In between he gave leadership to campaigns on neighborhood, city-wide, state, national, and international levels, including cross-race, cross-class coalitions and the LGBTQ movement. He co-led strategy workshops with César Chavez. He’s worked with labor unions, Mohawks, high school students, environmentalists, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. He also taught conflict studies at colleges and universities, most recently Swarthmore College, and authored ten books on how to bring about change.

Public TransportationThe Friends House is located just off Boston Common, convenient to all transit lines (nearby stops: Park St., Charles MGH, Downtown Crossing, Bowdoin).

ParkingThe Friends House does not have dedicated parking. For nights (after 4pm) and weekends only, we have $9 parking passes for the Boston Common garage. Park in the garage as usual and purchase the validation here (cash or check preferred).

AccessibilityWe’ve worked hard to make our space accessible. Here are the details:

The event space and bathroom are wheelchair-accessible.Chestnut St. is on a hill. We are a short descent from the intersection with Walnut St., and a relatively sleep climb up from Charles St. We don’t have dedicated parking.The speaker will use a microphone connected to a PA system.We don’t have an ASL interpreter (but please let us know if you’d like to volunteer).Please let us know what we can do to make the space accessible to you, and we will do our best to accommodate.

ContactFor questions about the event, please contact Emily Savin at or 617-227-9118. [Header image: on the left, in an image from the cover of the book “How We Win,” bold yellow stripes radiate out from a black-and-white drawing of a hand making the peace sign. On the right, on a bold black and red background: “BEACON HILL FRIENDS HOUSE and the BOSTON DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA present HOW WE WIN: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, A Workshop with George Lakey.” At the bottom, on a bold yellow background: “Saturday, March 30, 2019. Bag lunch 12:30pm; Workshop 1-4pm. Advance Registration Required. Sliding Scale Admission.”]

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