Organizing on the Side of Love: Tools and Tips for Interconnection and Impact (160) (Summer 2016)

Social movements are moving all around us. The basic idea of community organizing as ‘unite to fight back’ is real for our time. In the 1960’s Saul Alinsky offered a model of community organizing designed to disrupt the power of the “establishment” by connecting different interest groups to win campaigns that were of mutual benefit. In retrospect, Alinsky only had part of the answer, and his part was not easily resonant for People of Color, Trans people, LGB or most women. Organizing on the Side of Love

Today, we realize we need lessons from classic community organizing but we also need to understand hybrid models of organizing and movement that cross lines of race, class, culture, gender and other identities to offer hope and action in the face of backlash rooted in racism, gender oppression, xenophobia and hate. Backlash will be playing a massive role in the next few years of organizing, as it is ignited by progressive advances but also decreasing economic opportunity.

None of us have all the answers. Grappling with the questions at hand for organizing can sharpen and nurture our practice and growth. Join us!

NOTE: This course will be 8 pre-recorded sessions of about 30 minutes each, with some readings/short videos: you can watch whenever you want, just watch them all by September 15! The recommended book for the course can be found on Amazon for $12 or so. There will also be 3 1-hour long ‘discussion circles’ at:

4pm pdt/5pm mdt/6pm cdt/7pm edt on Fri. July 1,

3pm pdt/4pm mdt/5pm cdt/6pm edt Thursday July 28,

4pm pdt/5pm mdt/6pm cdt/7pm edt Wed. Aug 24. 

Course materials are available from June 1 until September 15, 2016.

Sorry, but registration for this course closed on July 15, 2016.

Please review the course covenant from UU Leadership Institute here.

 

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Led by: Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director, and Nora Rasman, Campaign Coordinator for Standing on the Side of Love.

Online course fee:  $30 via PayPal or mail in a check
Important! Before you purchase this class – please either log into your account, or create a new account. If you do not, the system will create a new account for you and you will not be able to choose your user name.

 

Course Materials

This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. By Mark and Paul Engler http://tinyurl.com/zswo6g7

9 Replies to “Organizing on the Side of Love: Tools and Tips for Interconnection and Impact (160) (Summer 2016)”

  1. Bob Davis

    Howdy,

    I’m really pumped about taking this course. I am having some trouble signing up. I click on “Take this course”. Then, on the next page when I click add to cart I get a page not found error. Does anyone know what I may be doing wrong?

    Thanks!

  2. Kenneth Jones

    I am hoping to get a few of my activist cohorts in my church and local and state UU Networks to take the course…timely and needed! An Alinsky UpGrade! Saul is smiling proudly at this! I live in Backlash Central – Houston, Texas!

  3. Claire MacDonald

    I’d love to take this — but live in the UK (just took the Healthy Leadership 101 with Renee as part of a UK group), and I couldn’t do the circles because of other summer commitments — it looks as if simply doing the reading and taking the sessions would be very useful. Is this OK?

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