ITVS Community Organizing Workshop and Film Screening

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 3:00pm - 8:00pm
WHYY 150 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join ITVS in an afternoon and evening that creatively examines community organizing, domestically and internationally. Co-sponsored by WHYY, in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Cares, Neighborhood Interfaith Movement and Training for Change.

Nonviolent Action Community Organizing Workshop, 3 PM - 5 PM

In this highly interactive workshop - sponsored by Trainings for Change - participants will explore how and why strategic nonviolence works and how to apply the lessons from the Liberian movement for peace into citizens' work right at home. 

Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell, 6 PM - 8 PM

A film by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

Leymah Gbowee, one of the founders and leaders of the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, who is also featured in Pray the Devil Back to Hell, will be a guest on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Thursday, September 15th at 11:00 a.m.

Pray The Devil Back to Hell is part of the PBS series Women, War and Peace that will air on WHYY-TV this fall. Check listings for more information.

Event Type: 
Community Events
Civil Rights
Global Crisis