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99% Spring action training FAQ

What are the 99% Spring action trainings?
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. One hundred thousand people from across the country will gather in community centers, churches, schools, and homes April 9-15 to receive training on non-violent direct action. We will apply what we learned from these trainings to take action on our campaigns to win change in our communities. Click here to sign up to host a 99% Spring Training.

What will the training include?
The training will provide an opportunity to bring our movement together so that we can equip ourselves with the skills we need to take direct action this spring. Right after we are trained, we will apply what we learned by taking action against the banking industry and Wall Street with actions all across the country. The training will focus on three key areas:

  • The economy. We will tell the story of our current economy: how we got here, who is responsible and what we can do about it. We will talk about what a new economic vision could look like that represents the values of the 99%.
  • Non-violent direct action. Knowing our movement history will help us tell the current story of the 99%. There is no better way to take action then by learning what social justice movements have done in the past. We have a rich history to draw from that can guide us as we take action this spring.
  • Take action. We'll learn how to take action by developing and preparing for tactics that will help build our movement's power. We will then use this information to take action on our own campaigns to win change.

I just decided to host a 99% Spring training. What are my responsibilities?
Thank you! As a host, you'll need to find a venue, identify a trainer or trainer team, and  organize logistics. As the training approaches, you'll also want to make reminder calls to people signed up to attend your event. If you expect more than 50 people at the training, you might also want to ask a friend or a local organization to co-host the training with you.

If I sign up to host a training, am I also committing to lead the training? 
Yes. If your training is in a big city and you expect a lot of attendees, you'll want to find a co-trainer and participate in the "Train the Trainer" program. You should have one trainer per every 50 attendees.

How can I learn to lead the training myself?
There will be in-person regional trainings for trainers in 18 cities across the country on March 24 and 25. We'll follow up with more details soon. We strongly encourage you to attend these regional trainings. If you can't make it and we can't find a trainer to lead your event for you, there will also be a virtual training to participate in.

When should I organize my training?
The trainings are between April 9 and 15. Your training should begin no earlier than 10:00 a.m. and end no later than 9:00 p.m. In order to get the most out of the curriculum we suggest that you schedule either a full day training (7 hours) or a half-day training (3 hours). You will want to take this into consideration if you are planning to host an event in the evening on a weekday.

What kind of venue can I use?
It's best to use a public location that is centrally located in your community, like libraries, community centers, or churches. Trainings can also take place at a private residence. The goal is to train as many people in our communities as possible so please make sure that your venue can hold at least 25-50 people. If you are in a big city, you'll probably want a venue that can hold 100-200 people.

Can I post an event even if I don't have a venue?
Yes! Finding a venue is one of the first things you will want to do—but it's best to post your event in the online system so you can start receiving more information about the trainings. When you sign up for your event you will have the option to indicate where your venue will be held; you can use your own address as a placeholder. Once you identify a venue, you will want to change those details immediately.

Do I have to develop the training materials?
No, we will provide the curriculum training and content for you. There are many coalition organizations and individuals working together to develop the materials and trainings we will need so that our trainings have suitable content.

What organizations are part of the 99% Spring training? 
Click here for the full list:

How will I know if another group is planning a training in my area?
There is a team of organizers that will be reaching out to every event host. You will either receive a phone call or an email about other events in your area. You will receive a phone call from an organizer from one of the coalition organizations that are organizing the 99% Spring trainings.

Who should I contact with further questions?
You can reach out to the network you are affiliated with, member organization or organizer to get answers to your questions. You can also email

What is non-violent direct action?
Non-violent direct action (NVDA) is any form of direct action that does not rely on violent tactics. Some examples of NVDA are the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, the 2003 Immigration Freedom Rides, and most recently the Home Occupations, where community members occupy a home that is being threatened with foreclosure.


The following organizations have called for a 99% Spring: Jobs With Justice, United Auto Workers, National Peoples Action, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Civic Action, New Organizing Institute, Movement Strategy Center, The Other 98%, Service Employees International Union, Rebuild the Dream, UNITE-HERE, Greenpeace, Institute for Policy Studies, PICO National Network, New Bottom Line, United Steel Workers, Working Families Party, Communications Workers of America, United States Student Association, Rainforest Action Network, American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Center for the Common Good, UNITY, National Guestworker Alliance,, The Ruckus Society, Citizen Engagement Lab, smartMeme Strategy & Training Project, Right to the City Alliance, Pushback Network, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Progressive Democrats of America, Change to Win, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Campaign for America’s Future, Fuse Washington, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Citizen Action of New York, Engage, United Electrical Workers Union, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Alliance for a Just Society, The Partnership for Working Families, United Students Against Sweatshops, Civic Action is hosting the online event registration process but is not responsible for the content or programming of the trainings or for the planning or organization of any specific actions. The 99% Spring is a collaborative effort between many organizations to train over 100,000 Americans in the basics of nonviolent direct action—not an electoral campaign.

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  • We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us Felix. It is a virtual impossibility that this country will ever again prosper, as long as we have a president who himself is the product of the entitlement society. Such a person refuses to accept FREEDOM for what it truly is, that it is not free, that it demands responsibility in order for us to prosper. And that is truly why we are failing today with such a man at the helm! Obama must be defeated and we must clean out all branches of government.

  • I paid $3.62 a gallon for regular today at Sam's in Pueblo, CO.  The anti-Christian, Founder, Constitution, and capitalism crowd are all following the 1958 blueprint of the Communist Party USA, the Weather Underground, the World Socialist Party, and really the philosophy of Cain when he killed Abel.  This anti-rule, anti-law of nature and of nature's God will continue to rot humanity until humanity is no more.  The Bible shows all of mankind how not and how to live.  We all make that choice daily.

  • I should have said I read Barry Goldwater's book when I was 15.

  • schweizer, I think you, Roland, and many others have recognized the dangers of Islam indoctrination in our education system and, like you said, the problems started with our government interfering with the States' handling of their respective school systems.  THAT, I believe, began in 1960 or 1961 with the election of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.  I remember being in a debate club when I was a sophomore in high school.  We debated the necessity for Federal money for State schools.  I was anti-Federal Aid to Education because I could see the problems created by the strings attached by Washington.  Sure enough, once the States became dependent on Federal money, the States gradually lost independence of local thought, local decisions, and local programs and lastly control of their respective local school systems and programs.  My debate teacher laughed at my concerns and pooh-poohed my objections, telling me the Feds would never do something like that.  Little did he know or ignored the danger signs.  I wonder where he is today.  I had read "The Conscience of A Conservative" by Senator Barry Goldwater.  Since then, well, the rest is history, schweizer and all you other patriots.  I have been a Conservative since I was 15, well over half a century because of that little book.     

  • Felix E. Mc Daniel you are spot on in your assessment re indoctrination of our youth, and it doesn't end there as I am sure you have read re the new Soros program in concert with Obama (the Open Education Resources global project). Nothing wrong with the idea except that we have people like Soros trying to determine our futures by merging radical Muslim sh_t and ideology with our Christian beliefs. These are clearly slanted programs and more indoctrinations. As long as we have politicians forcing upon us so called Muslim refugees, whom we know have been taught to elimination Christians and Jews from pr-kindergarten on up, we are no longer in control of our own destiny. I sure hope we take back control of this Nation and our learning institutions. We must insist that our universities teach truth and history and we must take control of what is being taught Muslim institutions of education, here in this country. Frankly I do not see the rational in why we should be permitting Muslim Madrassas (spelling) in this country. With that kind of mindset we are going down the road of France, Spain, etc. After all they sure as heck don't allow Christian schools in their countries. It is an illusion to think that we can safely tolerate that kind of infiltration of the Muslim faith. Big mistake!

  • LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!

  • Gas went up here in Cottondale went up to $3.55.9, 3.65.9 or higher in the past 24 hours, an average of .12 cents PG to .25 cents PG.  I too gained a lot of experience thru the government (20 Years USAF) and the private sector (many jobs).  I taught school for awhile and learned that the public schools and universities have turned into places of indoctrination rather than learning.  Unless and until We the People stand up to these propagandists for The State Regime, the United States is looking at a steady decline into the abyss of History.  I know not what others may do, but, as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord and prepare for war.  The American people are fast becoming a nation of victims, not victors; of sheep, not lions or wolves.  I myself would rather die standing up than live on my knees.     

  •  Mine are at almost $4.00 per gal. How about your way Felix? Oh! By the way I'm very informed street wise and military wise due to what I call Experience which is more than I can say about this current Administration huh? I did'nt learn mine out of a Book mine was pain along the way but none the less it taught me well. I've worked for the Government, the Private sector,Construction,Demolition and the Gravel Pits so they have nothing on me. TCB my friend! 

  • You are correct in your comments, Roland.  When you challenged the gentleman, he probably had no answer for you.  By the way, how are gas prices out your way today.

  • Felix, With friends like that one. Who needs Enemies because we have enough to go around with the Totalitarian Liberals that are occupying our House however their days are numbered!

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