Location: Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago 400 S. Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607 Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) is at the core of all Extinction Rebellion (XR) actions. The NVDA Introductory Trainings provide a historical, conceptual, and practical overview of direct action as an evolving set of tactics for activist movements. At each training we work as a group to articulate goals and identify the possibilities of direct action for supporting long-term strategies to meet those goals. The trainings bring together people who are new to activism, people with some experience who want to learn more, and veteran activists who want to join XR. This training allows them to learn from one another and experiment with using NVDA in innovative ways. What you will do in the NVDA Introductory Training: - acquire basic knowledge of and experience with the different kinds of NVDA - discover the possibilities and limitations of NVDA - understand the individual and collaborative skills it requires - realize the personal commitments it entails - learn your rights and what to expect when arrested for NVDA - experience how exhilarating direct action can be! - identify the many ways that you can get involved with XR Chicago or climate action in general The training begins with an orientation to Extinction Rebellion and XR Chicago. Then a team of trainers guide participants through a series of activities that build to the enactment of a practice direct action. The session ends with a discussion of affinity groups, a longstanding component of direct action events, and participants are encouraged to begin forming affinity groups that will continue organizing future meetings and participate with Extinction Rebellion organizing. Lunch and breaks with snacks and beverages are provided.