RISE UP! Youth and Direct Action
A Workshop on Civic Engagement

This day-long interactive workshop for students in grades 9 to 12 will teach the fundamentals of First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of assembly; how to petition the government for change; how to operate a non-hierarchical organization; how to develop effective messaging; and how to create a safe, non-violent, effective direct action. Presenters include Jamie Bauer, Justine Moore, Jay W. Walker and Jawanza Williams. Students will be provided with a healthy morning snack and lunch.

WHEN Wednesday, April 13, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

WHERE Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue @ 10th Street, NY, NY 10003

FEE $5.00 per student

COVID PROTOCOLS All personnel on site will be fully vaccinated and masked and maintain physical distancing when possible.


Jamie Bauer (They, Them) is a native New Yorker, a life-long pacifist, and currently a direct action activist and organizer with Rise and Resist in NYC. Jamie was trained in nonviolent direct action by WWII conscientious objectors and Civil Rights activists and draws a direct line between the current fight for freedom and democracy and those movements. Jamie is best known for their work organizing in ACT UP (1987-1995), as one of the main civil disobedience trainers for the group, and as a lead marshal for demonstration logistics. They are a great believer in free speech, freedom of assembly, and knowing and using your rights to actively protest. photo: Robert Croonquist

Justine Moore (She, Her), also known as Taz, realized while incarcerated that she wanted to be part of something that would help society in a positive way. She served 16 years at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution and Federal Prison Camp, nine months in a halfway house and one year of probation. When her parents separated when she was 14 she moved with her mother to an aunt’s apartment in the projects and there decided to work with Rastafarian drug dealers. Thus began her life as a dealer, transporter and “gun-toting girl” determined to get rich or die trying. Her extraordinary lifestyle eventually ended with a federal prison sentence of 240 months (20 years), as well as 10 years supervised release. Justine is a founding member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, Families for Justice as Healing, Ladies of Hope Ministries, Free Her and Nothing About Us Without Us. She travels around the country sharing her story, speaking out on mass incarceration and helping women stay out of prison. She is currently attending school to become a drug counselor and is a cook for The Fortune Society.

Jay W. Walker (He, Him) has been involved in activism surrounding LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS issues for over 20 years. In 1998, he helped form the October 19th Coalition which used direct action activism to raise awareness of hate crimes targeting LGBTQ communities. He also volunteered with GMHC’s NY Citizens AIDS Network legislative public policy initiative. A founding member of Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist, and a co-founder of the Reclaim Pride Coalition and The Queer Liberation March, Jay has conceived, produced and co-produced numerous fundraising events, public awareness campaigns, rallies, marches, and direct action protests focusing on hate crimes, Gun Violence Prevention, HIV/AIDS, Anti-fascism, resistance to the Trump administration, and now restoring our democracy in its wake. photo: Robert Croonquist

Jawanza James Williams (He, Him, They, Them) is a Black, radical Queer, Prison Abolitionist, Socialist and Community Organizer. He is a native of Beaumont, Texas. After he receive a BA in English from Schreiner University in 2012, he moved to New York City, where he now works with the political organization Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY). Williams is an alumni of Public Allies of New York, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership, organizations dedicated to training professional Organizers, and increasing the capacity of nonprofit community based organizations. Williams is also a member of Black Youth Project 100 and Democratic Socialists of America.