Protest Training Organizations

National Democracy Spring
Democracy Spring is a movement organization committed to winning fundamental democracy reforms that would end the corruption of big money in politics and protect the right to vote for all Americans. We use campaigns of escalating nonviolent action to achieve this goal and believe in the power of mass civil disobedience to transform our political system.
National Direct Action & Resource Training Center
The Direct Action and Research Training Center, or DART, is a national network of 20 affiliated grassroots, nonprofit, congregation-based community organizations. DART organizations bring people together across racial, religious and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice in their communities. (Works in FL, IN. KS, KT, OH, SC, VA)
National International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is an independent, non-profit educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies aimed at establishing and defending human rights, democratic self-rule and justice worldwide. (Online and East Coast trainings)
National The Midwest Academy
The Midwest Academy is a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice. From local neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations, Midwest Academy has trained over twenty-five thousand grassroots activists from hundreds of organizations and coalitions. Midwest Academy teaches an organizing philosophy, methods and skills that enable ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process. (Upcoming trainings in CA, IL, MD, TX)
National Training for Change
Training for Change was founded on Martin Luther King’s birthday in 1992, a carefully chosen birthday for a group that spreads the skills of democratic, nonviolent social change. Since 1992, they have been committed to increasing capacity around the world for activist training. (Workshops in PA, NY)
National Wellstone
Wellstone believes that politics shouldn’t be about money and power games; it should be about the improvement of people’s lives. The organization believes that electoral politics, public policy, and grassroots organizing can be woven together to create progressive change. (Upcoming trainings in IL, MD, DC)
California Resource Center for Nonviolence (Santa Cruz)
The Resource Center for Nonviolence, founded in 1976, is a peace and justice organization promoting the practice of nonviolent social change. Located in Santa Cruz, California, we cultivate relationships with allies around California, across the United States, in Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere. Our primary mission is to support the growth of nonviolent activists. The Center hosts activists and analysts from nonviolent struggles around the world. And the Center is a venue for social change groups and non-profit organizations to conduct meetings and public events in its 200-seat Scott Kennedy Hall or its Community Room.
California Rockwood Leadership Institute (Oakland)
Since 2000, nearly 5,000 nonprofit, philanthropic and social change leaders from across the globe have gone through Rockwood’s transformational leadership development trainings.
California The Ruckus Society (SF Bay Area)
With an ambitious commitment to social justice and environmental activism and a small staff, Ruckus is busy. To achieve our goals we rely on a diverse network of over 150 talented, committed trainers, coordinators and workers who volunteer their time to train other people to be effective nonviolent activists and direct action organizers.
Georgia Southern Center for Human Rights (Atlanta)
A nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. Does not exclusively hold protest trainings, but have done so in the past based on local political climate.
Tennessee Highlander Center
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the U.S. South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help to create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.
Texas Alliance of Community Trainers (Austin)
The Alliance of Community Trainers is a small collective that works with broader networks of trainers, allies organizations and projects. Somewhat focused on environmental and sustainable goals.
Washington DC DC Trainers Network
The DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured, interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. We strive to provide an inclusive practice space to experiment with different approaches for learning and teaching. This skillshare seeks to strengthen the DC activist community’s ability to meet the needs of progressive social movements.

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