Introduction to Grassroots Organizing
June 3 – June 28, 2021
What will we learn?
This is a crash course in “grassroots organizing” that will cover an introductory set of skills for community organizers. Based on the work of Marshall Ganz, this organizing framework is rooted in building relationships to generate the power our communities need in order to achieve the change we want.
Over the course of three and a half weeks, participants will have the opportunity to develop their public narratives, learn how to build relationships and structure teams, strategize and power map a campaign plan, and draft a timeline for execution.
Who is this course for?
- Open to new things: Participants should be movement-focused people who want to learn a framework for organizing. We welcome folks who are totally new to organizing, or who have been doing organizing for some time but don’t feel like they have a good structure for it.
- Relational & people-focused: Ideal participants are excited to build relationships, to invest in the leadership of others, and to build teams of purpose-driven leaders.
- Involved in movement work: We seek to support organizers who are currently part of an organizing effort or are seeking to build one alongside others they know.
June 3–June 28
DAYS OF THE WEEK
Mondays & Thursdays, 6:00–8:00 PM ET
Thursday, May 13. Admissions decisions will be sent out by May 17.
We believe people with more wealth, privilege, and access to money—and who benefit from systems of oppression—should pay more.
If you work at an organization with more than 60 employees, please ask your employer to cover the full cost of this training. If there’s anything that would help you make the request, please let us know.
We know that this might be a new way of looking at things. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Ideal applicants come from all walks of life—we welcome everyone from activists looking to deepen their skills, to complete beginners who are passionate about organizing. Here are some attributes shared by all our applicants:
Relational: Whether you have experience working directly with leaders or not, we are interested in organizers who are curious and committed to working in collaboration with others. If you are interested in building power through organizations and campaigns, or in investigating innovative ways of organizing, you may be a good fit.
Organizing Insight: You don’t need to be a professional politico, but we’re looking for applicants with experience doing organizing work on the ground. That work can be tied to grassroots, electoral, and/or issue organizing. We seek to support organizers who are currently part of an organizing effort or are seeking to build one.
Dedication to Inclusive Politics and Intersectional Solutions: At re:power, we center race, class, gender and sexuality across all our trainings – it’s part of our practice of inclusive politics. We encourage organizers to be open to new ideas regarding inclusive politics, especially from their fellow organizers who will reflect our diverse communities.
You will need a technological device capable of connecting to the Internet. Windows machines, Macs and Unix boxes all welcome. We will be using Zoom and request that whenever possible, you turn on the video function.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.