You’re all invited to a fantastic series of FREE workshops on…

Knowing your rights and protecting your communities from police violence and state repression!

Have you heard about the beating of a community activist who was documenting police abuse of homeless people? The preemptive house raids before the RNC last September? The mass arrests during the RNC? The person tasered to death during a traffic stop?

All of these happened in our communities last year. And many more incidents of police violence that we never hear about!

We must fight back! Coldsnap is dedicated to spreading basic legal knowledge to help people protect their rights and fight against repression in all forms, in all locations.

Join us at one of our series of workshops in February, March or April, which we’re excited about hosting in conjunction with the Experimental College (EXCO). The first is an interactive Know Your Rights training, the second focuses on teaching you to spread this knowledge within your
community, and the third covers advanced topics to help you protect yourself and your allies as you exercise your right to dissent. More detailed info is at the end of this post.

Register for the workshops online at (the link to each series is provided below).

Workshop Schedule


Macalester University, Carnegie Hall, room 06A
1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Saturday, February 14, 1-4pm: Know Your Rights Training
Saturday, February 21, 1-4pm: Trainers’ Training
Saturday, February 28, 1-4pm: Advanced Legal Support Training


Nokomis Library meeting room
5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55417

Saturday, March 7, 12-3pm: Know Your Rights Training
Saturday, March 14, 12-3pm: Trainers’ Training
Saturday, March 21, 12-3pm: Advanced Legal Support Training


Place & time TBD

Saturday, April 4: Know Your Rights Training
Saturday, April 11: Trainers’ Training
Saturday, April 18: Advanced Legal Support Training

About the Workshops

This is a series of three workshops that build off each other to give you the knowledge you need to protect your rights, help others learn how to do the same, and create the legal support structures for your activist group that you need to do your work as safely as possible. The first workshop is a Know Your Rights training, in which you’ll learn about your constitutional rights from experienced trainers. This workshop is highly interactive since it uses role play scenarios that require audience members to join us in the front of the room with our awesome props and prompt cards. After the training, you’ll have a chance to talk through how it went so you can start mastering the knowledge and prepare yourself to teach it to others.

In the second workshop, the trainers’ training, you’ll learn how to conduct the Know Your Rights workshops on your own or with Coldsnap at future events.

In the final workshop, you’ll learn all about building off the basic Know Your Rights information to create legal support structures within your activist organizations. Some of these structures include designating a legal support coordinator, planning for jail and court solidarity strategies in advance of actions, using good Security Culture practices to protect the members of your group, and using copwatching and legal observing techniques to help prevent police abuse and brutality and to provide evidence for criminal and civil suits that arise from any violations of your rights.

Because the topics we cover in these workshops can create intense, emotional situations, we use consensus-based facilitation in an attempt to create a safer space where we challenge oppression and hierarchy and that is conducive to learning and growing as a community. We operate through informed consent, so we will always explain what is entailed in the various activities in the workshops so you can decide your comfort level in participating. In turn, we ask that all participants agree to interact with each other in ways that empower everyone present to engage in the activities without fear of condemnation and to respect others’ experiences and choices of activist tactics and strategies, even when someone doesn’t understand or agree with someone else.

Class size: Minimum – 5ish; Maximum – 25ish