Saturday 12th March 10.00 – 5.00 Carlton Hill Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX
Trident Ploughshares Members Training Non-Violence training workshops for joining Trident Ploughshares.
Trident Ploughshares (TP) has been going since 1998 and it’s a bit different from other anti-nuclear membership organisations. Because we co-ordinate and take part in Nonviolent Direct Action we ask people who want to join us to first come along to a training session to explore what Nonviolence means for them and how they would take effective action against nuclear weapons.
Sometimes a group of people who train together go on to form an affinity group to plan and carry out actions. TP was originally made up of lots of affinity groups and although some still exist there are also numerous individuals who form ad hoc groups when the need arises.
Members meet once a year to make plans for the following 12 months but we welcome autonomous TP groups coming up with their own ideas so long as they stay within our nonviolence and safety guidelines.
People don’t have to commit to joining us before the training but afterwards if they want to become a member we invite them to sign a commitment that they are going to take part in or support nonviolent direct action against Trident. For a variety of reasons some people cannot risk arrest but support roles are VERY important and active supporters are just as much a part of the group.
These one day trainings are just a start. Some people say that learning nonviolence is a life times work. But our nonviolence is a very active one, we learn by getting out there and doing whatever we can to disrupt the nuclear weapons system in a safe, open and accountable way. You can read some inspiring stories from our early days on tridentploughshares.org
At the moment groups are forming to make plans for our Month of Action at Burghfield in June and we expect that these trainings will lead in to that.