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99% Spring On Line Trainings — This is for everyone!

99% Spring On Line Trainings — This is for everyone!


  • Welcome to the 99% Spring Online Training

    You are about to join 100,000 of us gathering in homes, places of worship, on campuses and in the streets to train and prepare ourselves for non-violent direct action.
    This spring we are joining together to reclaim our country through action, one neighborhood at a time.

    This training takes less than 2 hours to complete – and you don’t have to finish it all at once. You’ll tell the story of how you’ve been impacted by the 1% economy, learn how we got here, and get the tools you need to plan an action in your own community this spring.

    1Meet the Trainers 4 Min

  • This quick video will introduce you to Mehrdad, Linda, Sam, and Keron; explain what the 99% Spring is all about; and introduce you to the content of our training. In short: how to stand up for yourself and how to get into action this spring to bring about change for you and our country.

  • 2We Are the 99% 12 Min

    Who are the 99% and how are we affected by our 1% economy? Leadership requires that we tell our own stories and build relationships with others so that we are stronger when we move to action together.

  • 3What Happened to Our Economy? 28 Min

    Let’s take a look at the history of the American economy over the last 40 years to understand the of our current economy. The economy we live in now was created by a series of individual and institutional choices. What choices were made and by whom? What choices could we make differently now to create an economy that works for all of us?

  • 4Intro to Non-Violent Direct Action 13 Min

    Ok, we all know what the 1% economy looks like. But what would an economy look like that works for all of us? We can’t just fight against the past, we have to fight for the future! What would your ideal community look like? And how would you defend it against attack?

  • 5Power of Non-Violent Direct Action 17 Min

    The 99% Spring is only the latest chapter in the book non-violent direct action in the United States. Our history is one where the promise of democracy and the challenge of inequality have been consistently in tension. Learn from what others have done before us when they faced unfathomable odds. The next chapter is ours to write!

  • 6Preparing Ourselves for Action 12 Min

    The first step of preparing for action is preparing ourselves individually. non-violent direct action surfaces deep underlying tensions so we can all see what’s going on. But surfacing those tensions can create conflict. Responding to conflict with non-violent discipline is an emotional and physical skill set we can each learn and practice. This lesson provides an introduction to that skill set.

  • 7Planning for Action 9 Min

    This spring tens of thousands of us will plan for and engage in non-violent direct action to challenge the status quo where a few in the 1% control both our economy and our democracy. We’re counting on you to step up and help lead or participate in actions this spring. That requires planning and practice, so we’ll give you some tips and tools here for building a strategic, effective action.

  • 8Moving to Action 2 Min

    This is not a training just for training’s sake – let’s get ready for action! Together, we the 99% can take back our country so our economy and our democracy work for all of us!


April 17, 2012 - Posted by | Events, Walking Blog


  1. Who posted this? Was it one of the walkers?

    Comment by OccupyEarthNow (@OccupyEarthNow) | April 17, 2012 | Reply

  2. It seems like comments should be about Occupy, about the walkers or written by the walkers.
    This “99% Spring” is not Occupy, right?
    I’m curious if it was by one of the walkers. I think probably not.

    Comment by OccupyEarthNow (@OccupyEarthNow) | April 18, 2012 | Reply

    • Occupy Walk USA intends to host one of these “non-occupy” events, as well as many other kinds of events involved with Sierra club, Earth Day, Abolish Corporate Personhood Now (ACPN). This is why we walk. Everything we do is OCCUPY.

      Comment by theoccupymeme | April 18, 2012 | Reply

  3. Okay Susan that’s fine. I was just curious what the walkers thought about it.

    The “99% Spring” is about following a top-down Democratic Party controlled agenda. There are plenty of people who consider it the anti-thesis of what Occupy is: free and independent horizontal action working outside of the corrupted two-party system.

    I totally support the walkers in the spirit of Occupy.

    Comment by OccupyEarthNow (@OccupyEarthNow) | April 19, 2012 | Reply

  4. Just read the “partisanship” entry left just now. That explains more. Thank you.

    Yes linking up with others is awesome and is what it’s all about. Raising awareness and truth. Just engaging in some dialogue to think about what it means to be free.

    Comment by OccupyEarthNow (@OccupyEarthNow) | April 19, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi OccupyEarthNow
      I agree about the top down hierarchy and the existing two party system. They may have been great in the past but the future is moving away from centralized control of the 99% by the 1%. We are looking at local solutions.

      One of the reasons why I put the 99% spring content on this website is so that anyone who might want to adapt the information in a new format that is directly generated by an occupy group — at least they would not have to attend the training to get what was presented, they can just get it here!

      Comment by theoccupymeme | April 19, 2012 | Reply

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