Organizing 101 Workshops

 

Curricula + Resources

Workshop 7 - We Are Community Organizers! Understanding How to Organize Our Community

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THE GOALS OF THIS WORKSHOP ARE TO:

  • Connect the work of community organizing to people’s everyday experience
  • Understand the difference between community organizing, education and service
  • Understand how community organizing is a tool to solve community problems
  • Practice using community organizing to solve community problems

This workshop is number 7 in a series of 7 workshops in the curriculum "Uncovering Who We Are: Political Education for Latina Women."  Please see the "Introduction" and "About the Authors" files for more information.

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Purpose of Organizing

 

The term "organizing" is often used in relation to community work, but what exactly is the function of organizing within our socio-political umbrella, and how is organizing different from advocacy and service work? This workshop focuses on the concept of organizing, institutional change (shifting power relations), and root causes via games, timeline and examples of organizing, and metaphorical activities.

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Approaches to Social Change

 

Goal: To make sure that participants understand what direct-action organizing is and how it differs from other types of social change.

Objectives:

  • To develop understanding of direct service, self-help, advocacy and direct-action organizing and the distinctions between them.

  • To introduce some basic concepts of direct-action organizing

     

Time: takes 3 hour with a break, 2 1/2 hours without a break   

 

Contents & Methods:

 

Introduction: (10 minutes) This session deals with four different approaches to social change. There are lots of other ways to work for changes in our communities, but we choose to focus on these four. All four are needed. People should to be clear about the differences so they can know which to use to solve the problems they are facing.

 

This session will deal with four approaches to social change (you can substitute different ones for self-help or community development but we encourage you to review direct service, advocacy and direct action organizing:

  • Direct Service

  • Self Help (or Community Development or some other model appropriate to the group trained)

  • Advocacy

  • Direct-Action Organizing

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Goals of Organizing: An Introductory or Refresher Class

 

Goals of Organizing Training

Who: Training to be used for new organizers, for members of community groups, refresher courses in community organizing, and wherever understanding community can be useful to leadership development.

 

Objectives:

To identify six basic goals of organizing and a list of organizing skills associated with each goal.

 

 

*   Winning issues 

*   Building Organizations 

*   Empowering individuals

*   Changing institutions

*   Fostering democratic values

*   Overcoming Isms Used to Divide Us

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ORGANIZING 101 in Asian American & immigrant communities

This training is developed and adapted by the Chinese Progressive Association-SF and Seeding Change for new and emerging organizers. It draws from curriculum created by CTWO, SOUL and uses the "transformative organizing" framework from Eric Mann's recent book "Playbook for Progressives." This workshop includes a scenario based in an Asian immigrant community. This workshop can be adapted for other Asian immigrant and refugee communities and other communities of color.

Chinese Progressive Association-SF (www.cpasf.org) and Seeding Change, a Center for Asian American Movement Building (www.seeding-change.org

 

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Compilations

Curricula

Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco

This training is developed and adapted by the Chinese Progressive Association-SF and Seeding Change for new and emerging organizers. It draws from curriculum created by CTWO, SOUL and uses the "transformative organizing" framework from Eric Mann's recent book "Playbook for Progressives." This workshop includes a scenario based in an Asian immigrant community. This workshop can be adapted for other Asian immigrant and refugee communities and other communities of color.

Chinese Progressive Association-SF (www.cpasf.org) and Seeding Change, a Center for Asian American Movement Building (www.seeding-change.org

 

DataCenter

An Introduction to Research Justice aims to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and community members and better equip marginalized communities to reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information. With strategic support, the knowledge and information generated by these communities can be used as political leverage to advance their own agendas for change.

The toolkit effectively:

  •  Explores the theory of Research Justice – a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in knowledge production
  •  Advances community-driven research as a powerful tool to build grassroots power
  •  Helps participants choose which research methods will prove most effective for their campaigns and organizing objectives
  •  Employs popular-education techniques to encourage leadership development

This is really just a primer to introduce students to the idea of Tactical Clusters. We are developing a more formal workshop outline and will post.

Creative, bold visuals make a great center piece for every direct action. They do much more than make your actions look good. They unify your group, amplify your message, invite people to have a personal interaction with your work, and provide
a visual story through symbols that clarify the issue. If you integrate art into your campaign strategy and actions, you can make change irresistible.

In this manual you will find simple directions on how to make banners, giant puppets, stencils for t-shirts and posters, and cus- tomized t-shirts. Use them as a starting point and improvise your own techniques!

List of organizations providing trainings, technical assistance, fellowships, and curriculum to support community organizing.