Jeanne —

Sometimes, we have to get in the way of destruction in the most direct way possible: with our bodies. 

Direct action (DA) has a long history in social movements, and its combination of escalation, disruption, and sacrifice can be a potent tool for change.

This week in the Understory blog, Paul Chiyokten Wagner talks with us about his experience in the forest defense resistance camp at Ferry Creek on Vancouver Island—the largest direct action in Canada’s history, with over 1200 arrests so far. We think you’ll enjoy the interview…and we hope it will inspire you, too.

This summer, we’ll be running an even better regional Agents of Change, an expanded reprise of the DA training series we held last year. The format will be similar: an in-person kickoff in July, 3 weeks of once-a-week webinars, and then a 2-day action camp towards the end of August, followed by a day of action. The webinars and the action camp will be broadly useful for many kinds of direct action, but this year, our focus will be on regional forest defense, which is one of the most important climate fights in the Northwest (as well as one of the most beautiful and pandemic-safe).

Sign the Pledge of Resistance to make sure you’re in the loop! More details will be coming later in spring.

In solidarity,
Emily, for the Pledge of Resistance team



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