Grassroots Organizing 101

Sat, Nov 9, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Oakes lounge, inside Whig Hall

This semester, the Alliance of Jewish Progressives (AJP), Princeton Students for Immigration Empowerment (PSIE), Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition (PEAC), Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), Young Democratic Socialists (YDS), and Whig-Clio are collaborating on Grassroots Organizing 101, an interactive workshop series for student activists at Princeton.

Every other week, local, directly impacted activists will host a two-hour training session focused on the practical skills required for on- and off-campus community organizing. This unique opportunity is oriented towards those entering the activist community on campus for the first time, as well as seasoned activists looking to deepen their organizing skills.

The first workshop on Saturday, November 9 from 6 to 8 pm in Oakes lounge, inside Whig Hall, will focus on forging genuine partnerships between community organizers and student activists. This is a space to discuss our experiences with community collaborations, learn from experienced community organizers about their successes and challenges in building sustainable partnerships between different stakeholders, and make a plan to apply these lessons learned to our existing partnerships. The community collaborators are:

  • Antonne Henshaw, a formerly incarcerated activist who, after 30 years inside, now works on community healing, anti-solitary activism, and supporting returning citizens through the transition to life after prison. He is the vice president of Wo/Men who never give up, an organizer with the NJ-CAIC coalition, and a Master’s Candidate at Rutgers Camden in the school of Criminal Justice.
  • Alexis Miller, a lead organizer for the Paterson, N.J., chapter of Black Lives Matter, and a J.D. Candidate at Rutgers Law School, where she is the the president of the Association of Black Law Students.

Dinner will be provided at 6. All are welcome! Future workshops will focus on building community power to leverage against private institutions (November 23) and the mechanics of planning direct actions and media strategy (December 7).

Sponsored by: Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Office of Religious Life, Program in Latin American Studies, Pace Center for Civic Engagement, USG Projects Board, and Whig-Clio

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