SFT Canada hosted our SFT Activist Training for Tibet at York University this past Saturday, February 12, 2011, the first time we’ve ever hosted it at York. We had a great crew of participants from all over Toronto and even London!
Throughout the day, participants learned about non-violent direct action, and peeled away at the true meaning of non-violence, which proved to be quite interesting and thought-provoking for everyone.
Participants were also given training on grassroots organizing to ensure the longevity and success of their individual chapters and were given the chance to creatively organize mock events for their chapter work.
The day consisted of several other workshops, but as always, the thing that I really took away from the training was a renewed promise to continue working for Tibet. Seeing these young people so passionate about Tibetan freedom and independence who were so insistent that China’s brutal rule and occupation of Tibet has to end was extremely inspirational.
I think Nyinjee, one of SFT Toronto’s newest members, said it best on Saturday when he said, “We are born refugees, we will die as free Tibetans.”
Thanks to SFT York and all the facilitators for all their work in helping make this SFT Training for Tibet possible!