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Ruth Latta, The Compulsive Reader


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

What might a 2017 general strike look like?

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“Insights from Beautiful Trouble for the era of Trump.” Calls have been circulating fast and furious on social media for a nationwide general strike on February 17. But what does that really mean? A classic general strike happens when a substantial percentage of the workforce refuses to work, thus crippling   …Continue Reading

Trouble vs. Trump

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TROUBLE VS. TRUMP Insights from Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising for the era of Trump. As our movements gear up to face down the looming Trumpocalypse, here are 10 modules from the Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising toolboxes that may prove useful. By Rae Abileah, Nadine Bloch, Andrew Boyd, Paul   …Continue Reading

Beautiful Rising is LIVE! Yellow pigs, flash mobs and ping pong ball flyers, oh my!

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After two years and seven jam sessions and 120 contributions from all over the world… Beautiful Rising is finally LIVE! (And Arabic and Spanish sites coming very soon.) Bursting with stories and hard won insights from activists across the Global South, the toolbox is an interactive platform for building better   …Continue Reading

Making trouble at the conventions

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On Wednesday, July 13th, the BTTN Hangout Live! series continued in part 3 with artivistas and creative action organizers for the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention. Beautiful Trouble will be joined by creative activists/organizers taking their work to the National Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia in the next two   …Continue Reading

“Cultivating Another World Possible” — Student social justice art exhibit at LMU

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This project was the culmination of LMU’s 2015-2016 Alternative Breaks Program, where students have an opportunity to participate in immersive, educational social justice oriented trips to different places around the globe. During a re-orientation meeting upon students’ return, BT Trainer Chelsea Byers led a 2-hour workshop on “Art as a   …Continue Reading