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Eli Rosenberg, The Brooklyn Paper


“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

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