SURJ Direct Action Training

Are you interested in direct action but just don’t know how to go about it? Are you ready to know the ins and outs of participating in blockades and protests while also learning about how to handle police interactions? Do you want to learn how to be at actions in a way that is accountable to and working in solidarity with people of color- led groups?

Now is an important moment in the movement. The white supremacists are openly mobilizing in the Bay Area and the state has an active strategy of criminalizing dissent. This is a critical time to develop our skills and be in community with each other.

Join SURJ Bay Area in our Direct Action Training workshop dedicated to teaching you the framework and the hard skills needed to participate in direct actions for racial justice. This interactive workshop is designed to give you real-time experiences of being in an action and dealing with police and white supremacist interactions. It also aims to build an understanding of direct action from the perspective of white people centering Black and POC voices in the movement for racial justice.

Space is limited to 60 people per workshop and you must pre-register to attend.

Cost: The workshop has a suggested donation of $10 - $25 to cover event expenses, and support future organizing within SURJ Bay Area and our partner organizations. No one turned away for lack of funds - please contact with ticket requests or questions. Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

Materials: Please take a moment if you have not already done so to familiarize yourself with the SURJ Mission, Vision and Values. Also, another document that guides a lot of our work is the BASAT Protocol and Principles for White People Working to Support the Black Liberation Movement. 

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are ADA compliant. Please refrain from wearing perfume or heavily scented products our of respect for people with chemical sensitivities. There will *not* be sign language interpretation during the workshop, however, HOH folks will be accommodated with prioritized seating during group discussions and participatory activities. Inform people from our SURJ team, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Contact: with any questions or concerns.


October 22, 2017 at 9:30am - 3:30pm