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Non-violence training session Nov. 7

BOONE—Brian DeRouen, a social justice advocate, will conduct a non-violence training session at Appalachian State University on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in room 11 of Anne Belk Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

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DeRouen will focus on situations that students and activists could potentially find themselves in as well as discuss the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), a U.S. Department of Defense Institute located at Fort Benning, Ga. WHINSEC, formally known as the School of the Americas, has attracted protesters for years.

DeRouen is certified in non-violent direct action training and was featured in the documentary “On the Line” along with Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen and Father Roy Bourgeois.

He is a graduate of the University of Dayton, and while completing his studies he worked as a graduate assistant in the university’s Center for Social Concern. Through his work DeRouen organized trips to El Salvador and vigils/protests at Fort Benning to protest human rights abuses committed by some School of the Americas’ graduates in Latin America. He has also taught classes on voluntary simplicity.

“Non-violence is a guiding principle in my life and I really enjoy conducting non-violence trainings,” said DeRouen.

This event is sponsored by Appalachian’s Amnesty International and Invisible Children chapters.

For more information about this event, contact Amanda Moore at mooreaa@appstate.edu or 252-229-2922.

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