One of the hallmarks of The Gathering for Justice is our training program known as Justice University. Some of the areas of training in which The Gathering focuses include Nonviolence and Violence Reduction, Organizing, Leadership Development, Know Your Rights, and De- Escalation.

Over the years The Gathering has supported a number of groups and initiatives with a great deal of success. In March 2014, Carmen coordinated a 5-day training for the Dream Defenders at Highlander Center. From 2008-2010, The Gathering ran a nonviolence and violence reduction training with the students of North Lawndale High School in Chicago – a school with one of the highest rates of violence in the state. Working with teachers and students on a focused plan for strategic nonviolence, The Gathering was able to train teachers and senior classmen – who then trained the incoming freshmen class - resulting in 150 straight days of nonviolence.  And the program continues today.

Carmen and The Gathering have traveled internationally in El Salvador, Cuba, Germany, Mexico and Venezuela offering trainings and lending her expertise. The Gathering currently provides consultation to local groups in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, including the newly-formed non-profit Freddie G Project. The Gathering for Justice most recently trained hundreds of volunteers as marshalls for our MLK Day 2015 Dream4Justice march and in the last few weeks, trained over 100 young activists in Nonviolence in preparation for last weekend’s 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March in Washington, DC.  We are continuing ongoing nonviolence and civil disobedience training through our Justice University throughout the fall in the lead-up to the one-year anniversary of the non-indictment of Daniel Pantaleo on December 3.

In January 2016, The Gathering will begin a pilot program in the Los Angeles area to begin conversations with and training of Hollywood studio executives in the application of diversity – in hiring and content.

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