Join us for disarm

7pm, Mon. Dec 8

Eric Garner and countless others have been murdered by police who are trained in a system that does not value the lives and humanity of the citizens they serve. This is unacceptable.

Join Willing Participant in “disarm,” a performance that will peacefully engage New York City police officers in a dialogue. We’ll meet this Monday, December 8th at 7pm at the SE corner of 49th Street & 6th Avenue in Manhattan. From there, ringleaders Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith and Ben Weber will provide participants with prompts to encourage meaningful conversation with police officers around Times Square. Again, this is a peaceful engagement. Please arrive unencumbered–preferably without bags, backpacks, signs, etc.

RSVP not necessary. Please arrive on time.


Willing Participant whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens. During a meeting, participants work with four ringleaders to research a pressing event and craft a performative reply, which we call a “response.” The group and others then perform the response for the general public within the following week.

To get the low-down on future meetings and responses, sign up here.

Ringleaders: Nancy Nowacek, Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith and Ben Weber. Willing Participant is a labor of love and grrrr. An all-volunteer project created by members of non-profit participatory walk organization Elastic City.

Willing Participant identity and site design: Asad Pervaiz
Web development: Alex Gutierrez