Author/Activist Rivera Sun speaks, reads from her novels, and facilitates workshops in strategy for nonviolent movements. Set up your workshop, speaking engagement, or book reading today!
Take Courage! Heartening and Empowering Stories for Change Makers! – A Special Evening with Rivera Sun
WHEN: Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding Office, 322 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville
COST: FREE – Love donations will be happily accepted for Rivera!
This is an evening that you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking for hope, come. If you’re searching for ideas that work, bring a notebook. If you feel alone and overwhelmed, come discover solutions from people like you all over the world. Rivera will share stories of nonviolent action, peacebuilding, restorative justice, unarmed peacekeeping, compassion-in-action, reconciliation, and more.
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is proud to welcome Author/Activist Rivera Sun for an uplifting and empowering evening of stories and strategies for making change in challenging circumstances. Hear about how mothers and women stopped a civil war and how kids won impossible struggles. Draw inspiration from the Singing Revolution, the true history of the treehuggers, and the hidden history of the world’s best boycotts.
Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, The Way Between, and many other novels. She is a nationwide trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements. Rivera is the editor of Nonviolence News, a weekly newsletter that shares 30-50 stories of nonviolence in action each week. www.riverasun.com
Past Events (in case you’re wondering!)
Organize & Win: Using Creative Tactics to Protect the Valley
Sat, September 14th 9am-5pm, with a lunch break
A full-day workshop with Rivera Sun on training the next generation of community activists. Heart. Courage. Creativity. If you have these, you have the ability to make change. Join Activist/Author Rivera Sun for an empowering and uplifting workshop on making change with nonviolent action. In this engaging workshop, you’ll find creative and powerful examples of how people like you have stood up for life, safety, health, people, and planet. You’ll gain skills and tools that you and your community can use in the effort to stop fracking and build a vision for a sustainable valley. We’ll examine concrete strategies . . . and we’ll also reconnect to the heart and soul of why we work for change. Bring your love. Bring your hope. Bring your creativity. We need them all to organize and win.
Heroes of Our Times: Be kind, be connected, be unafraid.
Friday, September 13th, 6-7pm, Blacklight Studios, Paonia, CO
People of all ages are rising up to make change. Elders bring wisdom and experience. Children and youth bring passion and energy. Together, they are our hope for the future, our inspiration, and the true heroes of our time. Rivera Sun is changing the way we think about heroes. She shows that it’s time to honor nonviolent heroes who protect everything we love and cherish.
Conflict in the Comments, Dec 14, 2018, 12-1:30pm ET, Hosted by Nonviolence Now
Relationships are being created, nourished and sometimes destroyed in online spaces. Are there ways to nourish authentic dialogue and conflict resolution when things get ‘hot’ online? How can we deal with trolls – or friends and relatives acting like trolls – and get through heated arguments to meaningful communication? Join Rivera Sun and Dominic Barter to explore these questions and emergent best practices for an online conversation, moderated by Kit Miller and hosted by Molly Rowan Leach. These online skills can also translate into a toolbox that we can use in the street or around the dinner table to shift from fighting to opening hearts and minds. This event is a benefit to support Nonviolence Now, a global media project dedicated to introducing nonviolence to the planet’s 7 billion residents. Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/wgO6UtiXLtx5UFlh1
Sliding scale to participate is 0-$25.
Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum, Dec 2-3, 2018 Toronto, CAN
Join us December 2-3, 2018 to explore feminist approaches to business design, product and service innovation, strategic planning, and more. We’re uplifting the voices of feminist business practitioners of all genders and identities. Author/Activist Rivera Sun will be presenting a Foundational Workshop on “What Entrepreneurial Feminists can Learn from Activists”. https://www.feministforums.com/
Sept 15th Petaluma, CA, Potluck Brunch and Book Reading at the Metta Center for Nonviolence 11-1pm
Join Author Rivera Sun for a special potluck brunch and book reading at the new Metta Center offices in Petaluma. Rivera will read from her novels, especially her most recent, The Roots of Resistance, speak about nonviolence, and reflections and ideas for these times. Bring your questions and comments and a potluck dish to share. Pick up signed books. Gather with good company for a memorable conversation about nonviolence in truth, reality, and fiction. The Metta Center is located at 205 Keller Street Suite 202D, Petaluma, California, 94952. Special thanks to the Metta Center for Nonviolence for hosting this event. Can’t join in person? Metta Center will livestream her discussion on their Facebook page. Questions? Contact Rivera Sun: rivera(at)riverasun.com
Sept 16th, 2-4pm, Book Reading and Talk at Book Passage Corte Madera, CA. Campaign Nonviolence Marin is proud to announce Novelist Rivera Sun. Rivera Sun will speak about nonviolent strategies for change, as well as her novels, The Dandelion Insurrection, and its newly released sequel, The Roots of Resistance, connecting fiction to reality in a hopeful and inspiring message for everyone working for change. Sponsored by Campaign Nonviolence Marin. The Book Passage, Gallery Room, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Donations appreciated. To R.S.V.P. in advance, email angeladawnparker(at)yahoo.com
Sept 22nd, Beaverton, OR, 9-4pm, Active Nonviolence Workshop. Part of the Moving our Community to Nonviolence and Peace conference. Come to learn active nonviolent approaches to the challenges before us. Snacks and lunch are provided. Special diet? Bring what you can enjoy and eat with us! Space is limited and advance registration is required. Email Mary at NSFAmary@gmail.com to register by Sept. 15. Free, donations accepted. Open to the public. We welcome all faith traditions and ethnic groups. In conjunction with Campaign Nonviolence and Spirit of Grace, Catholic and Lutheran Community. Learn more here.
Take Courage! 10 Stories Of Nonviolent Revolution
(In Times Much Worse Than These)
with Activist/Author Rivera Sun
Fri, Aug 10th 2pm-3:30pm, Friends Meeting House on Belvedere Road, Damarscotta, ME
Join Rivera Sun for an uplifting and inspiring evening that will strengthen your heart for the challenges we face. Drawing on the powerful history of nonviolent struggle, she’ll share stories about how people like us faced overwhelming injustice, organized, mobilized . . . and won! Learn effective strategies for change and come away with great ideas for the issues we face.
Organize, Strategize, Win! Tools for Change Workshop
Sat, Aug 11th 1-4pm Unitarian Universalist Church, Auburn, ME
Movements throughout history have tapped into the creative and strategic power of nonviolent action to win human rights, political freedoms, and greater social justice. Learn practical tools for making change in this fun and engaging workshop. Apply them to the issues you are working on. All are welcome. More details coming. Contact info(at)riverasun.com with questions.
Nonviolent Strategies for a Divided World Workshop
Sun, Aug 12th 3-6pm La Salette Retreat Center at 947 Park St Attleboro, MA
In a world of division, how do we work for change? Join Author/Activist Rivera Sun to gain tools and strategies from peacebuilding, nonviolent action, and community organizing that will help you cross divides and achieve goals of justice, peace, and sustainability. Learn how to make friends out of odd bedfellows, build allies, meet needs to resolve conflict, and use tried-and-true tools for moving change forward. Free, but donations are very welcome. Hosted by Sisters of Mercy Northeast Ecology Office and Mercy Ecology, Inc., Fossil Free RI and Nature’s Trust Rhode Island.
Love and Courage in a Time of Change – Talk/Sermon
Sun July 1st, 10am Unity of Greater Portland, Windham, Maine
Times of great change require equal measures of love and courage. How do we rise up with our hearts, spirits, and humanity in these times? Author/Activist Rivera Sun speaks about how to live boldly and courageously as we work for personal and cultural change, weaving in excerpts from her novels and stories from the lineage of nonviolence.
Note: Lunch will be served between talk/sermon and workshop, so you are welcome to come for the first and stay for the second (see below)! Also, I will be signing books and answering questions between the two events.
Organize and Win: Strategies for Nonviolent Campaigns
Sun July 1st, 12-2pm Unity of Greater Portland, Windham, Maine
Join Author/Activist Rivera Sun for a practical and inspiring workshop on tools and strategies for nonviolent campaigns. Learn approaches and techniques that can be applied to any social justice issue, including climate, racial justice, economic justice, peace, and much more! This workshop will bring you hope, courage, and practical skills. Drawing from inspiring stories of nonviolent action, you’ll learn how to bring people together, create a plan, and become part of the growing Movement of Movements. $20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Location: 54 River Road, Windham, ME 04062-4047 Phone: (207) 893-1233
Organize and Win! Workshop
5:30pm-8:30pm, Friday June 1st, Portland State University, SMSU 101 (Parkway North)
Join us for SUN’s Spring 2018 Workshop ORGANIZE AND WIN! Strategy for the Movement of Movements: A Toolbox for Change; focusing on issues like Gun Violence, Climate Crises and Racial & Economic Justice. FREE Food & Drinks! Doors open at 4:30pm; join us for pre-event snacks and conversation. FREE Book for Workshop participants! (limited supply of a selection of Rivera Sun’s books will be on hand, but only while supplies last!) FREE to PSU Students, Faculty and Staff / $10 General Public
Tickets are required: https://goo.gl/igbS4s
The Roots of Resistance Release Celebration!
March 17th, Sat, 3-4pm ET
Join Author Rivera Sun for an online Author Q & A in celebration of the release of The Roots for Resistance. Early supporters of the Community Publishing Campaign are encouraged to join, share their experiences reading the book, and take part in the lively discussion of the themes, scenes, and characters from the novel. New readers are welcome to participate and get a sneak peek of the novel, too! Free, registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ad8cfd2c4d54357ccde7dc3c8da9331e
The Roots of Resistance – Community Publishing Campaign Celebration
December 2nd, 2017, 3pm MT,108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571
Author Rivera Sun streams her live reading and words of inspiration from the Taos, NM celebration of The Roots of Resistance‘s Community Publishing Campaign. Be a part of the fun and excitement! Local friends and readers will join us at SOMOS for snacks, drinks (including Dandelion Wine, of course), and an in-person book signing. Rivera Sun will read from The Roots of Resistance‘s powerful and inspiring story, and also offer a heart-warming and uplifting message of courage and hope during these times of challenge and resistance. (free)
RSVP for the free Zoom link to view the live stream of Rivera Sun’s reading and talk: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a2e6227c418cd93dcde7dc3c8da9331e
Thursday, March 23rd, 8pm ET/5pm PT Online Author Q & A
Join this live Q & A with Author Rivera Sun to discuss “The Way Between”. Ask questions, share comments, connect with the subject, the book, and the author! RSVP here for the call-in info: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ed74f81136d59f7ddc2040ba88984b7b
This Author Q & A is part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence’s Book of the Month Series of readings and discussions to build a culture of peace and active nonviolence.
About “The Way Between“: In an exciting blend of action, adventure, and fantasy author Rivera Sun boldly takes the genre in a new direction . . . that of waging peace, active nonviolence, and nonviolent movements. Challenging war cultures and military societies, The Way Between brings the skills of resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and ending violence into a coming of age story for a new generation of readers. Between flight and fight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between, and young shepherdess and orphan Ari Ara must master it . . . before war destroys everything she loves!
Exciting! Four Free Winter Webinars On Nonviolent Change!
Sponsored by the Netherlands-based organization SVAG, this webinar series is offered free to the public (although donations are gratefully accepted). The series is intended to bring US-based and international activists together to learn, understand, advocate and move towards a nonviolent world. It is offered in collaboration between Campaign Nonviolence and the Netherlands-based organization SVAG (Foundation/Association for Active Nonviolence) and its project ToNoWo (Towards a Nonviolent World).
If you would like to donate to support this series and future webinars, donations can be made via Campaign Nonviolence/Pace e Bene. The website will automatically earmark your donation for this series! Here’s where to contribute.
Introduction Webinar – Nonviolent Activism: Oppose and Propose
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
5:30pm-7pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
11:30am-1pm ET (US)
Cost: Free (Donations welcome, but not required)
Learn the basic skills you need for making change with nonviolent action. Join this practical webinar that covers the basic concepts, the 198+ Methods of Nonviolent Action, strategy and campaign design, and also the “Two Hands of Nonviolence” that create an unstoppable force to oppose injustice and propose solutions. Get strategic planning tools, further resources, and learn from nonviolent struggles throughout history.
Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/0df0dc5e5a344a9e34538d7d4481ef37
Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/621148008056153/
Nonviolent Responses to the Rise of Hate, Xenophobia, Discrimination
Saturday, January 28th, 2017
7pm-8:30pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
1pm-2:30 ET (US)
Cost: Free (donations welcome, but not required)
Hear about strategies and share solutions! At a time when hate and discrimination seem to be rising in society, politics and certain institutions, this online conversation offers you a chance to connect with others to hear the many creative solutions that are being used to counter hate, and to affirm respect, dignity, and inclusion. Share what’s happening near you, and find out what others are doing in this lively conversation focusing on people-power, creativity, and nonviolent responses to some of our pressing issues. Opening remarks and facilitation by Rivera Sun.
Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/9b4ab37d8999562cdc2040ba88984b7b
Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/415468098784898/
Webinar – Nonviolent Fiction and Nonfiction: The Dandelion Insurrection
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
7pm-8:30pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
1pm-2:30 ET (US)
Cost: Free (donations welcome, but not required)
In a time that looms around the corner of today . . . when Author/Activist Rivera Sun wrote the opening words of The Dandelion Insurrection, the line between fact and fiction was already blurring. Join her for a special conversation about what parts of the story have come true – and what now looms on our horizon. Find out how this story about a nonviolent movement for change in a slightly fictionalized United States remains timely and highly relevant. Ask questions, see how the book compares to current US situation . . . and find out what’s brewing in the sequel that’s coming in 2017.
Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/7b10d64b0d47ab2c7c24e00bf0acd2b8
Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573343339521349/
Structured Dialogue – Environmental Destruction & Nonviolent Action: Creative Solutions to Big Problems
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
7pm-8:30pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
1pm-2:30 ET (US)
Cost: Free (donations welcome, but not required)
Join with others for a creative, lively conversation about how people around the world are using nonviolent action to stop environmental destruction. Share your experience and favorite stories. Speak up about your pressing concerns. Learn from others and gain fresh ideas for protecting our beautiful Earth, our communities, and ourselves. Facilitated by Rivera Sun.
Please RSVP to receive the login info! Here’s where to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/68faea700c38dcad7510d14dfea9e911
Invite Others! Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/110625452773527/
Online Author Tea and Celebration for The Way Between!
January 14th, 2017
3pm ET/12pm PT
Join us for an online celebration of Rivera Sun’s newest novel, The Way Between. We’re gathering with tea and snacks for a virtual face-to-face conversation about the book using Zoom Videoconferencing Platform. Fun, easy to use, exciting to see one another! Ask Rivera Sun questions, hear from one another about your favorite parts of the book, and enjoy a special experience with new friends, everywhere! This is a free event, but please register here for the login information.
Seeds of Change: Strategy for Action Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the ABQ Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard, SE, ABQ 87106. Learn to use effective nonviolent strategies to confront abuses of power and to promote positive change. Conducted by Rivera Sun, a nonviolence trainer for Campaign Nonviolence, this workshop will focus on the dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action. Participants will learn about Gene Sharp’s 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action and how to uses them to become more effective agents of change. Learn how to use nonviolence to confront injustice, resist militarization, uphold the rights of threatened minorities and build sustainable communities. Brown bag lunch or local eateries. Cost is $20 in advance (register online at www.paceebene.org/abqtraining or register in person at the ABQ Peace & Justice Center), or $25 at the door. Sponsors include Campaign Nonviolence New Mexico, Creating Peace Project of the ABQ Peace and Justice Center and Albuquerque Chapter, United Nations Association USA. Contact: shalseyhoover(at)gmail.com or ABQ Peace and Justice Center (505-268- 9557).
love AS revolution festival, Madrid, New Mexico June 4-5th The second annual loveASrevolution Festival is happening at The Lotus, on the Deck at The Mine Shaft Tavern & Shanti Community this summer June 4th & 5th 2016. Nestled in the beautiful Ortiz Mountains, Madrid, New Mexico will host the second living and loving as revolution gathering of amazing beings working for the evolution of our species! Come support those working to make our world a better place! Join other active love beings in meditation, yoga, dance and art. Meet, support, & join other activists, musicians, Shamans, nonprofit leaders, our drum circle & ecstatic dancers, conscientious vendors, organic farmers, artists, healers, sustainability practitioners, sustainability experts, and all those working to create positive changes in our world with love and peace! http://www.loveasrevolution.com/
Fellowship of Reconciliation Centennial Conference and 58th Regional Pacific Northwest Gathering at Seabeck, WA, July 1-4. Rivera Sun and Dariel Garner will be guest speakers and presenters, along with Erica Chenoweth, Jamila Raqib, Stephen Zunes, Rev. Sekou, and Tom Hastings. Learn more and register at http://forseabeck.org/
“Tools for Change – an engaging, participatory workshop for today’s activist”, Monday, April 11th, 7-10pm. Learn how to weave protest, noncooperation, constructive action, and civil disobedience into powerful campaigns for change. Discover interconnection, collaboration and strategy through the window of ecology and general systems theory. Activist/author Rivera Sun guides this participatory workshop sponsored by the Chico Peace and Justice Center and Campaign Nonviolence. Donations accepted. No one turned away. For more info, contact 530 591-3225 or 893-9078. Location: Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway, Chico, CA.
“Restoring Dignity, Stopping Hate” – a workshop with Rivera Sun, Wednesday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30pm, 123 Calle Marguerita, Los Gatos, CA 95032. From Trump’s attacks to discrimination against homeless people to racism to class warfare to bullying to Islamophobia, we’re seeing a rise of scapegoating in our society. Learn how you can use the tools of nonviolence for transforming, intervening and interrupting these problems. Discover effective strategies for change, envision creative actions, and learn powerful peacebuilding practices. This engaging workshop is for everyone! Contact Rivera Sun for info. rivera(at)riverasun.com
“Dandelion Skills Workshop – Making Change Through Nonviolent Action”, Saturday, April 16th, 9:30-11:30am, Maria B. Freitas Community/
“Rebel Poetry Workshop” Sunday, April 17th, 2-5pm,Canticle Farm, 1972 36th Ave. Oakland, CA 94601. You are invited to join an afternoon workshop focusing on unlocking the words in your heart. Rebel Poets use the power of words to speak truth to power. Use creativity to express the thoughts churning inside you. Find practical and poetic ways to speak about our times. Gather skills for tapping into your creative potential. This workshop with author Rivera Sun offers engaging and practical ways for you to write, speak, and create poetry with a message.
Cost: This workshop is being offered on gift economics, so bring whatever you have to offer: your heart, a book, a check, a trade. All options being possible, your traveling workshop facilitator would like to note that any monetary donations to cover travel costs are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Invite Facebook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1731698287069129/
“Hope In Action” – a Afternoon of Conversation with Rivera Sun on Saturday, January 30 at 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM in CST, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, 3661 State Highway 131, La Farge, Wisconsin 54639
Thursday, November 5th, A Workshop on Tools for Nonviolent Organizing & Social Change w/ Author & Activist Rivera Sun, 7:00-9:00 PM, DePaul Lincoln Park Campus, Schmitt Academic Center, Room 254 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Rivera Sun is a novelist and agent for nonviolent change. She is a trainer and social media director for Campaign Nonviolence, the cohost of Occupy Radio, and co-founder of the Love-in-Action Network. Her most recent novels include The Dandelion Insurrection and The Billionaire Buddha. In her lively, invigorating speaking events, Rivera Sun connects the dots between the issues we face, relates stories from historic nonviolent struggles, covers groundbreaking new understandings of nonviolent struggles, and brings a pertinent and timely message to youth, elders, students, and ordinary, extraordinary people everywhere. Presented by the Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies at DePaul University. For more information on Rivera, visit www.riverasun.com. For questions about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat, Oct 17th, Creative Nonviolence: Peacemaking in the 21st Century, 8:45am-3:00pm All day workshops with facilitators from around the country, and keynote panel with Sr. Megan Rice, Rivera Sun, and Elizabeth Murray. St. Elizabeth High School, 1530 34th Ave, Oakland, CA (walking distance from Fruitvale BART). Pre-registration $20; at the door $25; no one turned away for lack of funds. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. Questions and registration at oaklandcatholicworker(at)yahoo.com
Sun, Oct 18th, Seeds of Change Workshop, Chico, CA. 12:00pm-5:00pm, Riparia Farm Barn, 2300 Estes Rd. Organized by Chris Nelson. Join us in a beautiful, comfortable space for an inspiring and connecting afternoon workshop on nonviolent action. This workshop will bring you hope, courage, and practical skills. Drawing from inspiring stories of nonviolent action, you’ll learn how to bring people together, create a plan, and become a vibrant part of the growing Movement of Movements that is sweeping across the nation and into our lives! Bring your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change! Donations accepted, no one turned away. All welcome. Contact Chris Nelson for directions, and with other questions: 530-345-7590.
Thurs, Oct 22nd, Billionaire Buddha & Nonviolent Action to Address Income and Wealth Inequality, 3:00-6:00pm, Portland State University. Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU, Room 327. 1825 SW Broadway. Presented by Students United for Nonviolence (SUN). Rivera Sun will speak about her new novel, Billionaire Buddha, and lead a session on nonviolent strategies to address income and wealth inequality. This strategy session builds on Prof. Erica Chenoweth’s presentation from 12:00-3:00pm (Please contact PSU for ticket information. There are no tickets needed for Rivera’s session.) Former multi-millionaire Dariel Garner will also speak at the event. Dariel Garner is a recovering member of the o.o.1%, and the inspiration for the book, Billionaire Buddha. This is a full day of incredible speaking, learning, insights, and awakenings! Come join us! If you have questions contact rivera(at)riverasun.com
Sat, Oct 24th Beyond Violence: A Spiritual Journey 9:30am-2:30pm, lunch provided. First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon. Join people from all parts of the community for a day of dialogues, skill-building, and inspiration. Participants will envision a world beyond violence, gain practical training in moving beyond violence, explore the spiritual dimensions of leaving violence behind, and engage in small group discussions around violence. All are welcome! Free of charge or by donation. Featured panelists & presenters: Author/Activist Rivera Sun; Rev. Kate Lore, Minister of Social Justice, First Unitarian Church; Terri Shofner, Chairperson, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation.