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The latest from Beautiful Trouble

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Training for Trainers on Nonviolent Action with IfNotNow

In October, 30 young leaders from IfNotNow, a movement working to end the American Jewish Community’s support for the occupation in Israel/Palestine, and Sunrise, youth-led movement to end the climate crisis, came together at the Watershed Center for a Nonviolent Action Training for Trainers with nonviolent action trainer extraordinaire Nadine Bloch.

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This #GivingTuesday, don’t just give. Give a damn.

Every year, people all over the world come together for Giving Tuesday to kick off the holiday giving season, the benevolent hangover of the frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Generosity replaces consumerism as charitable giving and volunteerism are celebrated.

This year, what we want to see most is more action.

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Los Angeles Creative Action Training January 2019

The team of troublemakers behind the best selling DIY-Revolution manual, Beautiful Trouble, are hosting a special weekend of trainings catered to serve organizations, networks, and activists organizing for a more just, healthy, and equitable world.

Want to join us?

We will be conducting a 2.5 day training for trainers, delving deep into Beautiful Trouble’s creative toolbox.

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Beautiful Resistance in the Portuguese-speaking World

This month, we’re celebrating the Portuguese edition of our Beautiful Trouble toolkit!

In partnership with Brazil’s Escola de Ativismo, we’re hosting an online workshop for our Portuguese-speaking friends speaking truth to power, whether they be in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola or anywhere else.

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Beautiful Trouble Seeks Activist Editor(s) to Join Editorial Team

Are you passionate about creative activism? And are you a skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, an ability to synthesize complex ideas in accessible language, and a passion for using persuasive language as a tool for social change? This is an opportunity to join a dynamic global network of changemakers in the work of documenting, analysing and disseminating social movement advances from all around the world.

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Beautiful Rising launched in NYC and Saskatchewan

At the volunteer-powered Bluestockings bookstore in New York’s Lower East Side, Beautiful Rising co-editors Juman Abujbara and Andrew Boyd, along with contributor Nadine Bloch, riffed with activist-author L.A. Kauffman on the lessons of resistance documented in Beautiful Rising.

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Training at CSU San Marcos

On October 25th, 2017, Beautiful Trouble delivered the third program in The Activist Lab series, which was held at the Cross-Cultural Center at California State University San Marcos. This series aims to teach students and faculty how to become better activists and advocates for social justice.

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Movement Organizer Gathering in Tanzania

In partnership with ActionAid, for a week in September Beautiful Trouble gathered together in Tanzania leading movement figures from four continents, and mixed them with civil society folks from formal civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share lessons and stories, and explore how movements and NGOs can better work together and strengthen that relationship.

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Brooklyn Book Fest

At September’s Brooklyn Book Fest, the largest event of its kind in America, Andrew Boyd, co-editor of Beautiful Trouble, spoke about “Books as Tools of Resistance” alongside some of the leading voices of our movements, including Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American activist and co-organizer of the Women’s March, and L.A. Kauffman, author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.

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Beautiful Trouble goes to Netroots Nation 2017

Thanks to the support from Mozilla Foundation, Chelsea Byers had the opportunity to share Beautiful Trouble resources for creative action with the 4,000 organizers that gathered from across the country in Atlanta at Netroots Nation 2017.

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New! A Latin American Spanish edition of Beautiful Trouble!

Hot off the press! The brand new Latin American Spanish edition of Beautiful Trouble is now available.

Published by Paidós, this new edition of Beautiful Trouble includes Latin American-related case studies that weave creative tactics and principles together into stories from this localized political region.

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Recap: First Half of 2017

Check out a recap of our activities during the first half of 2017 and stay tuned as we turn up the heat this summer.

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“Stand Up Fight Back” – Training with the Hammer Museum

On April 9th, 2017 – Beautiful Trouble partnered with the Hammer Museum to host a one-of-a-kind training on Creative Direct Action for nearly 500 people at the historic Wiltern Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was called “Stand Up and Fight Back: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Creative Activism.”

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Training for Trainers of Nonviolent Action

On March 9th, Beautiful Trouble gathered together 33 people for a Training for Trainers of nonviolent direct action (NVDA) workshop. The training gathered experienced activists and trainers, some of whom were lapsed trainers of NVDA looking for a refresher course, as well as experienced facilitators who were looking for NVDA content-specific training.

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