How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning with George Lakey

1 - 3 pm | THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

In cooperation with Prescott Indivisible, join us for an interactive reading, discussion, and book-signing with activist George Lakey. George will introduce his new book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning.

In our time of heightened polarization, inequality and failure to deal with climate disruption, immigration crisis, social-economic injustice, health care crisis, increasing violence, and more… How can people assert grassroots power to achieve sustainable humanitarian/environmental solutions for positive change? 

George Lakey says, “There are many ways other than violence to work for change, but only one strategy generates more power than violence:  nonviolent direct action campaigning.”

Scholar and Activist George Lakey, demonstrates how such campaigns can be designed to build mass social movements. And then how such movements can join to become a movement of movements to bring our country through its crisis into a better world for ALL of us.

About the book: George Lakey draws lessons from a century of successful direct action campaigns by civic groups, women, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ, immigrants, environmentalists, religious groups, and students. With a new generation of activists looking to take action – from the Women’s March to Black Lives Matter, to the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School – the time is ripe for a guide on campaigning today. Through vivid stories, the reader learns a variety of activist tools and how they built powerful movements that won victories despite sometimes-violent opposition. In addition to strategy and tactics, the author reveals best practices for fostering cooperative, inclusive leadership and unity with diversity. He explains how campaigns can become building blocks for a movement of movements that transforms an unjust society.

About the author: George Lakey has been active in direct action campaigns for six decades. Recently retired from Swarthmore College, where he was the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change, Lakey's first arrest was at a civil rights demonstration in March 1963, and his most recent was March 29, 2018, in the Power Local Green Jobs Campaign. Lakey also held teaching posts at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, and founded and for fifteen years directed Training for Change. 

He has supported a number of movements, co-leading a sailing ship with medical aid to Vietnam in defiance of the U.S. war, campaigning with others in the LGBTQ community, organizing Men Against Patriarchy, and leading a statewide cross-race, cross-class coalition for Jobs with Peace. He received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award and the Giraffe Award for “Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.”

Event date: 

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

The Peregrine Book Company
219A North Cortez
Prescott, AZ 86301