International Civil Resistance Forum

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 // New York City

Join us for a day-long gathering with international civil resistance leaders and US movement builders as we look back on a year of unprecedented mobilization in the US across issue and identity, and consider the role of nonviolent protest movements in the year ahead. There is no better time to expand the conversation and learning community to include those with experience and expertise in mass movements here and abroad. 

We will spend the day hearing about the challenges and successes that movement builders around the world have faced and how organizers in the US can respond to the historical challenges we are facing today.   We'll be building relationships and sharing stories with international movement leaders, diving into case studies of movements around the world, doing fish-bowl style discussions on strategic decisions, and analyzing the rise of authoritarian regimes across the world.

The event will feature international experts in civil resistance and US based movement builders, including:

  • Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institute
  • Johnson Yeung, an organizer of the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement
  • Ivan Marovic, former leader of the Otpor movement in Serbia
  • An organizer from Venezuela who has asked to remain anonymous until the event
  • We are also confirming speakers from Egypt and Zimbabwe and will be announcing them soon. 

The cost of the event is $25-$100. Details on the sliding scale in the application. 

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until March 31. We will do our best to get back to you by Friday April 6. 

Who Should Apply

Space at this gathering will be limited to approximately 25-30 participants. We will be prioritizing applicants who have 1) been to a full Momentum training, and 2) are actively attempting to experiment with principles from Momentum and civil resistance. 

We are building a diverse cohort of participants, and will be drawing from across issues, organizational backgrounds, and identities. In the spirit of making this gathering accessible, we will be providing registration and travel scholarships according to need, and will be prioritizing people of color and communities that experience other structural barriers to access for scholarships. 

We are expecting that everyone who attends will be present from the start until the end of the day, and will participate in all scheduled sessions. Please plan to be fully present. If that is not possible for you, please let us know in the application! 

About Momentum

Momentum is preparing a generation of leaders to launch a wave of movements capable of winning a long-term vision of justice and democracy in the US. For four years, Momentum has been training thousands of activists, building a community of practice, and incubating “momentum-driven” movements here in the US that are grounded in lessons from social movement scholars and practitioners from across the globe. We are a vibrant learning community dedicated to developing the most committed and creative organizers to deepen in their craft and make what is truly necessary in our society politically possible. 


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To apply

Fill out the application form below. You can also access the form directly here