Before you hit the streets, learn to monkey-wrench from the best at this weekend’s National Conference on Civil Disobedience. The NCCD will give beginners and seasoned activists the chance to learn the ropes of unrest from activists who have spent the last 20 years defending everything from old-growth forests to Mumia Abu-Jamal to lab bunnies. Become an authority on the art of protest by reviewing nonviolent demonstrations from such far-flung locales as the former Burma, Chile, and Cuba, and then master effective social actions like pirate-radio broadcasting and staging sit-ins. Later, put those new skills to work at an anti-fur protest. Hey, just because you missed the WTO riots in Seattle doesn’t mean you can’t be a rabble-rouser. From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at American University’s Ward Circle Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $10. For reservations call (202) 244-4415. (Lisa Locker)