Citizens for Free Speech is home of The Citizen Ninja Way™, a method of activism that uses effective strategies, tactics, and tools resulting in positive change at the local level.
CFFS National Training Director Mary Baker is the creator and facilitator of the training program based on her book, Citizen Ninja: Stand up to Power.
Citizen Ninja training is now available on our new training and community-building platform called Local Activist Accelerator.
Why does involvement in local government matter?
At CFFS we believe that exercising free speech is most effective when we're taking a seat on our local city councils, school boards, and homeowners associations. Read this article about why taking direct action in our local communities is our civic responsibility and why it must become a habit of the heart.
Habits of the Heart Activism
Ready to take action in your community?
Get the grassroots leadership training you need to engage with others civilly and confidently. Citizen Ninja training will give you an empowered mindset and practical tips for collaborating with other grassroots activists.
PART 1 -- Citizen Ninja: The Basics is designed for conservative Americans who recognize they have a duty to engage in the civic process but are unsure how to go about it or are fearful of bully tactics being used against them.
What you'll learn:
- The Four Citizen Ninja Powers
- How to Stage Your Discourse
- Bully Tactics and Counter-Measures
- How to Take Action
PART 2 -- Citizen Ninas in Action: Team-Building Essentials builds upon the foundational concepts presented in Citizen Ninja Basics, and will teach local activists how to successfully develop, grow, and activate a team.
Learn how to:
- Build & Align Your Team
- Evaluate and Assign Team Functions & Roles
- Deploy Your Team
Meet Mary Baker!
Watch this video to learn about Citizen Ninja author and training creator Mary Baker and what inspired her to get involved in local activism.
Wondering what your current activism skill level is? Use this personal assessment to find out.
Get Started Today!
Join other grassroots leaders from across the country in this interactive and foundational leadership training. All 11 sessions of Citizen Ninja training is available through a month-to-month membership to Local Activist Accelerator for $29.95/month. In addition you will be able to participate in weekly challenges and discussions to help you integrate your Citizen Ninja skills into your activism activities. | Get Access to Local Activist Accelerator
Citizen Ninja FAQs
Are materials needed for this training? We recommend the book Citizen Ninja: Stand Up to Power by Mary Baker and the accompanying Citizen Ninja Training Manual for taking notes during each session. Details about ordering the materials will be provided upon registration for the course.
Is there a test and will I receive a certificate of completion? Yes and yes! At the end of the training, you'll be invited to complete a short quiz designed to reenforce what you learned. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a certificate of completion that will be sent to you by email. In addition, you'll be part of a larger group of activists trained The Citizen Ninja Way™ and eligible to participate in more advanced training and programs.
Sign up below and receive access to 3 free trainings to jump start your grassroots activism journey:
- Habits of the Heart Activism
- The Public Comment
- The Public Visioning Meeting