Shutting Things Down to Open Things Up.
Structure of Work
Political Space – physical, emotional, intellectual/mental, spiritual
Our relationship to space as a process of social change is about knowing when we can reclaim it. Shutting things down, which opens up the space for other things to happen.
In this workshop I want to look as what I call the Fundamentals of Organizing: Power, Interest, Strategy, Campaigns (corporate, direct action etc), Actions and Tactics. In each of these I will keep an anti-oppression and leadership lens. I also hope to train people on how to think about the physical spaces of our subjects- offices, homes, etc.
Offer inspiration, vision and ideas for what is possible
Share lesson about how change happens
Provide hands on tools and skills for shutting things down
5 Welcome – Who I am and a bit of what we will be doing.
10 Introductions – who is in the room, who is not?
5 Review Plan for Our Time Together
20 Grounding – anger, fear, moving through space. (snatch???) Reclaiming and redefining political space and gaining the courage and inspiration to do and keep doing the work we do – collective
25 Labor History Video – 30’s and 40’s,
40 Fundamentals for Organizing: Key Concepts / Building Blocks (mix in some exercises)
Case Study: Justice for Janitors (dc and houston) slides and video?
My basic theory of social changes is dual strategy of dismantling structures of oppression while creating structures of liberation. – every choice we makes either oppresses or liberates..
Power - hassle line?
Campaign – corporate, direct actions, civil disobedience
Actions – tactics
60 `What Do You What To Shut Down?
10 Case Study: DNC and RNC – provide maps of the areas, bridge, roads, etc
45 Scouting Exercise
5 Brainstorm: Build List, What Do We Want to be looking for?
10 Report Backs
20 Case Study: Global Justice Slideshow – maps, formations, evolutions Seattle, Germany G8 and a few things in - between
40 Working Across Cultural Lines – Solidarity, Agreements, Accountability and Strategic Use of Privilege
20 Discussion Groups: who do you want to be in alliance with? What would solidarity look
like. Are their agreements you could imagine that would help?
10 Strategies/ Principles for Dealing with Police and Security
We often have more time than we think
They respond to Authority
There is a web of restraint we can work
Ignorance, Intelligence and Information – rights
10 Evaluation and Close