Beyond Engagement: Progressive Organizing in Communities of Color
Session Type(s): Training
Starts: Friday, Jun. 8 3:00 PM
Ends: Friday, Jun. 8 4:15 PM
The progressive moment often focuses on engagement with communities of color. From GOTV to social justice work, a main challenge is moving beyond activating voters on our issues to truly organizing and motivating the community. This training seeks to equip progressive organizers with tools necessary to avoid common challenges when organizing and working in communities of color. Understanding and assessing community needs, effective messaging and avoidance of tokenism will be explored. Using a lens of reproductive rights and feminism, case studies in American Indian, Latino and African-American communities will be explored. This session is particularly timely, because we have seen how reproductive rights in communities of color are under attack using the banner of benevolence and protection.
Erica hails from North Carolina via Massachusetts. Erica’s lifelong commitment to the anti-sexual and domestic violence movement, reproductive justice, and anti-oppression advocacy and activism began in high school. She is also experienced in budgetary and financial management, messaging, campaigns, grassroots organizing, nonprofit electoral activity, and other activities to make sure nonprofits and individuals follow regulations to stay out of jail, as she likes to describe it. Erica is from the Lenape Tribe, and she is also multilingual. Erica is deeply dedicated to empowerment and involvement of Native Nations in the political process and civic engagement, and she serves on the boards of the American Indian Women of Proud Nations, Native American Alumni of Harvard University, and the Carolina Native Alumni Club of UNC-Chapel Hill.