Activist Toolbox: Organizing to Win Progressive Local Policy

Activist Toolbox: Organizing to Win Progressive Local Policy

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Grassroots Activism & Campaigns

Starts: Friday, Aug. 11 1:00 PM

Ends: Friday, Aug. 11 2:15 PM

Room: Embassy A

In this new political landscape, many who had previously never been politically engaged are pining to get involved in community organizing. Join us for a participatory, interactive session that empowers community members—novice and experienced organizers alike—and offers a comprehensive set of tools to turn an acknowledgment of a social justice issue into an actionable plan. Based on Athens for Everyone’s theory and practice for organizing, the training will cover problem/issue definition, policy development, messaging, audience and ally identification, community outreach strategies, and more. You’ll have a chance to put your learning into practice with an interactive group exercise and presentation.

The training is relevant for both experienced organizers and those who have been struggling to know where to start. While this training is valuable for all community members, the Activist Toolbox is best suited for those who want to spearhead organizing efforts in their local community to achieve progressive policy change and build power at the grassroots level.

Trainers

Briana Bivens

Briana is currently Member Coordinator with Athens for Everyone and also Vice Chair for Membership & Affirmative Action with the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee. She was a Regional Field Coordinator on the successful campaign to defeat Amendment 1, a proposed state takeover of underserved schools in Georgia, in 2016. She is also deeply involved in the push for an Athens Civil Rights Committee in response to continued discrimination at places of business and elsewhere throughout Athens, GA. She is constantly critical of existing power structures and wants to see a world where oppressive hierarchies like capitalism and nationalism are dismantled.

Other sessions: Take the Donkey by the Tail: How (and Why) to Take Over Your Local Democratic Party, Organizing Outside the Perimeter: Reaching Smaller Towns and Communities


Timothy Denson

Activist, Community Organizer, @Athens4Everyone Org Coordinator, ACCFoN, musician…Pursues his happiness in Athens, GA with wife Jenny, daughter Sarah, dog Lorca, and cat Rilke

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