The Summer of Resistance Is Coming to a City Near You

by Ryan Schleeter

June 15, 2017

Ten cities. One hundred peaceful, people-powered actions. Thousands of activists like you. The Summer of Resistance starts NOW.

People's Climate March in Washington D.C.

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

In January, just days after Trump’s inauguration, Greenpeace made a promise — we will RESIST.

We promised to resist xenophobia, racism, and bigotry. We promised to resist climate denial, corruption, and fossil fuels. And we promised to keep peacefully resisting every single one of Trump’s threats to our climate and communities.

And right now, the Trump administration is working on all fronts to make those threats a reality. Whether it’s oil and gas pipelines that pollute our air and water or immigration policies that tear apart families, we have no choice but to step up in peaceful protest.

Now it’s time to write the next chapter in our resistance — together. One in which we tap into the power that lies within each of our communities to create the change we want to see. One in which we don’t just play defense against Trump and his enablers, but peacefully demand the green and peaceful future we deserve.

That’s what the Summer of Resistance is all about.

How To Get Involved in the Summer of Resistance

To defeat the Trump agenda, it’s going to take all of us stepping up and speaking out in bold new ways. That’s why there’s a role for everyone to play in the Summer of Resistance. Whether you’re ready to volunteer your time spreading the word, get trained up on non-violent direct action, or take to the streets, here’s how you can launch your Summer of Resistance today.

Step 1: Join a Kickoff Party With Resisters in Your Community

The Summer of Resistance starts with a huge training webcast on Sunday June 25, 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT. All you need to do to join is like Greenpeace USA on Facebook and you’ll get a notification to join the live broadcast when it begins.

And remember, you don’t have to go it alone! Resistance is more fun (and effective) with friends. That’s why Greenpeace volunteers across the country are stepping up to host webcast viewing parties where you can meet fellow activists and start planning for what creative, non-violent resistance looks like in your community.

Head to www.summerofresistance.org and type in your zip code, or use the map to find a gathering near you. If you don’t see one in your area, consider hosting your own!

Step 2: Build Your Skills at a Non-violent Direct Action Training

The Summer of Resistance isn’t just virtual — we’re traveling to cities across the country to lead day-long deep dives on non-violent direct action. Together, we’ll explore how direct action, creative communication, and peaceful protest can help you win big for social and environmental justice.

These trainings are for anyone who wants to skill up, step up, and take action to stop the Trump agenda — no experience required. Space is limited, so RSVP today to secure your spot at one of the local Summer of Resistance trainings below:

Chicago

Saturday July 1 or
Sunday July 2

Philadelphia

Saturday July 8 or
Sunday July 9

Las Vegas

Saturday July 15 or
Sunday July 16

Los Angeles

Saturday July 22 or
Sunday July 23

Washington, DC

Saturday July 29 or
Sunday July 30

Miami

Saturday August 5 or
Sunday August 6

Charlotte

Saturday August 12 or
Sunday August 13

New York City

Saturday August 19 or
Sunday August 20

Still have questions? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch at resist.help.us@greenpeace.org for more info on how to get involved in the Summer of Resistance in your community.

Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is an online content producer and editor of the Greenpeace USA blog. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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