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Beautiful Rising Book Launch: Austin, Texas

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The Rising…. It’s Happening!! Our first Beautiful Rising book launch in the United States was held at Monkey Wrench bookstore in Austin, Texas, on October 19, 2017. This event, hosted by Beautiful Trouble/Beautiful Rising co-editor Dave Oswald Mitchell, featured a presentation on key insights and features of the book, as   …Continue Reading


Movement Organizer Gathering in Tanzania

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In partnership with ActionAid, for a week in September Beautiful Trouble gathered together in Tanzania leading movement figures from four continents, and mixed them with civil society folks from formal civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share lessons and stories, and explore how movements and NGOs can   …Continue Reading


“I wanna start a wevowution” – Hazel, age 3

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Hazel Gavin is Beautiful Trouble’s biggest fan. She is 3 years old, headstrong, fearless, and funny. Her folks say she wouldn’t put the book down all afternoon. She also kept saying later: “Dada, I wanna start a wevowution.” See it for yourself:  


Brooklyn Book Fest

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At September’s Brooklyn Book Fest, the largest event of its kind in America, Andrew Boyd,  co-editor of Beautiful Trouble, spoke about “Books as Tools of Resistance” alongside some of the leading voices of our movements, including Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American activist and co-organizer of the Women’s March, and L.A. Kauffman, author   …Continue Reading


Beautiful Trouble goes to Netroots Nation 2017

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Netroots Nation 2017 was a personal first, as well as an organizational first for Beautiful Trouble. Thanks to the support from Mozilla Foundation, I had the opportunity to share Beautiful Trouble resources for creative action with the 4,000 organizers that gathered from across the country in Atlanta. According to seasoned   …Continue Reading


New! A Latin American Spanish edition of Beautiful Trouble!

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Hot off the press! The brand new Latin American Spanish edition of Beautiful Trouble is now available. Published by Paidós, this new edition of Beautiful Trouble includes Latin American-related case studies that weave creative tactics and principles together into stories from this localized political region. Order your copy here of   …Continue Reading


Recap: First Half of 2017

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Check out a recap of our activities during the first half of 2017 and stay tuned as we turn up the heat this summer. Beautiful Trouble has rapidly scaled up offerings and ability to support workshops and actions across the U.S. and around the globe in the wake of 45’s election. We want   …Continue Reading


“Stand Up Fight Back” – Training with the Hammer Museum

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On April 9th, 2017 – Beautiful Trouble partnered with the Hammer Museum to host a one-of-a-kind training on Creative Direct Action for nearly 500 people at the historic Wiltern Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was called “Stand Up and Fight Back: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Creative Activism.”   …Continue Reading


Training with Bend the Arc – Bay Area

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“I had a wonderful experience facilitating the Beautiful Trouble nonviolent direct action training to Bend the Arc. The participants were engaged, enthusiastic, curious, and wanting to learn the material. We were able to cover a lot of information in a short amount of time. The participants appreciated doing role plays,   …Continue Reading


Training for Trainers of Nonviolent Action

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“Amazing. Tons of new exercises, approaches, songs, games. A greater sense of comfort when in front of the room. Lots of in-depth look at the intricacies of the work we are all doing. Leaving with some clarity and tenderness for the folks walking alongside of me.” —Training of Trainers participant   …Continue Reading