Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability |

Please find below the winter term workshops that are designed to support your continuing engagement in community-based social change. These workshop build on the 27 previous workshops that were attended by some 500 students, alumni, faculty and community members.

Please share them with your friends, organizing groups, classmates, etc! They are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and the public.

We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Center for Intercultural Organizing who will be hosting all workshops at their offices at 700 N. Killingsworth in Portland.

2/12 – 6:30-8:30 – Rain Crowe

Leader-full Groups for Empowered Movements

The word leader can instantly conjure up all the inherited misuse of power within traditional hierarchical systems of governance.  It can connote automatic relationships of subordination and domination.  Or, the word and practice of leadership can be reclaimed as a model for people who abide by the saying, “with power comes responsibility”. Leaders must be possessed of certain skills that demonstrate a readiness and ability to take risks, and to act on behalf of the group that is entrusting them to do so.  What are the character associations of effective leaders? How do we cultivate fluid, strong, and collaborative leadership amongst everyone in the group?  How do we each learn or know what our natural aptitudes are, and when to employ them in certain circumstances and contexts?  How do we support earned authority in groups and not project impossible standards and expectations onto our leaders?   These questions and more will be discussed.  Voluntary group discussion and role playing will be a part of the workshop.

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2/19 – 6:30-8:30 – Enlace – Jaime Trinkle, Peter Cervantes-Gautschi

Corporate Campaigning

How do we pressure unethical corporations to stop business as usual and do the right thing? How do we effectively organize against a business model is so destructive that we need to shut an entire industry down? How do we measure success in these long fights against powerful, inherently destructive commercial enterprises?  In this popular education workshop, we will discuss targets, strategies, and movement building in corporate campaigns. We will then bore down into the details of divestment campaigns, using the work of Enlace’s Private Prison Divestment campaign as a case study.

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2/25 – 6:30-8:30 – Sally Eck

The Anatomy of an Interruption

Why is interrupting oppression so difficult? In this advanced workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to unpack and analyze the complicated moments of interrupting oppression. We will examine the components of an interruption, identify our own “interruptions style,” and deepen our practice in respectful community.

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3/6 – 6:30-9:30 – B-Media Collective

Roots of Remix CultureDiscover the basics of remix video, the best online archives, and how to download and convert footage from the internet for your film or archival use.  Remix is a genre of transformative DIY media production whereby creators critique power structures by re-cutting and re-framing fragments of mainstream media. Discussion includes a primer on the roots of political remix video and its use in movements for social justice, the open source movement, and your rights in the digital commons.  Hands on workshop introduces the free tools necessary to download media content before the Google bots remove it, and how to convert and use it for fair use purposes.  The workshop will be led by members of B Media, a community-based video art collective that uses political remix video, documentary films, and skill-building workshops in their work for social justice.

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3/11 – 6:30-8:30 – Kayse Jama

Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity

Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity is popular education workshop designed to inform community members on how they can become good allies in the struggle for immigrant and refugee rights.  Kayse Jama, an original founder of CIO, was born into a nomad family in Somalia. He left when the civil war erupted, and finally found sanctuary in Portland. From 2005 to 2007, he trained immigrant and refugee community leaders in five Western states—Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Idaho—under a prestigious New Voices Fellowship at Western States Center. He has been awarded the Skidmore Prize for outstanding young nonprofit professionals (2007), the Oregon Immigrant Achievement Award from Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2008), and the 2009 Lowenstein Trust Award, which is presented yearly to “that person who demonstrated the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in Portland,” and the 2012 Portland Peace Prize.

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