Community Organizing for Non-violent Direct Action: The San Francisco Model

Speaker: Mr. Gopal Dayaneni
Topic: "Community Organizing for Non-violent Direct Action: The San Francisco Model"
Date: Friday, October 24th, 2003
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland (The Salmon Street Sanctuary)
Sponsor: Portland Peaceful Response Coalition

Gopal Dayaneni is an organizer with the San Francisco-based group "Direct Action to Stop the War" ( He will be discussing the organizing model used to coordinate non-violent civil disobedience actions that shut down the financial district of San Francisco for a full day, resulting in the arrest of over 1,300 people, when the attack on Iraq was initiated by the US this last Spring.

The PPRC is organizing this program to provide a setting within which the Portland peace and justice community can begin to develop a shared perspective and understanding of non-violent direction civil disobedience within the current context of resistance to US wars.

Mr. Dayaneni will also be conducting at spokescouncil facilitation workshop the following day, Saturday, October 25th. For more information, please call (503) 235-4986.

Gopal Dayaneni
Gopal Dayaneni, a leading activist in the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice, is an impassioned speaker and organizer. He is the former Oil Campaign Coordinator for Project Underground, a human rights and environmental rights organizations which support communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. Since October, 2002, Gopal has been organizing and training in non-violent civil disobedience in opposition to the War on Terrorism at home and abroad. Gopal is an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies, the 'War on Terrorism", U.S. government/corporate corruption, war profiteering and the systemic links between war and racism. Currently, Gopal provides progressive organizations with support in Strategic Communications and Campaign Planning through the Design Action Collective. He also sits on the board of Project Underground. Since the late 80's, Gopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic and racial justice through organizing, teaching, writing, speaking and non-violent direct action.

... The Spoils of War: How Corporations profit from the War on Terrorism ... Oil and War: From the Arctic to Iraq ... Axis of Evil or Access to Oil? -- Motivations of the Bush Regime ... Human Rights, Environmental Justice and Oil ... War and Racism: who decides who dies? ... The Real Price of Oil: from militarization to catastrophic climate change - Life Blood of Globalization: The role of oil in the global economy

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