Workshops are offered throughout the term to empower students and alumni with the skills needed to be effective change agents. These are offered by both faculty and community members with relevant skills. They are oriented to giving students and alumni the tools they need to be agents of social change.

SPRING TERM WORKSHOPS

Allyship in Praxis
Sally Eck
Wednesday May 21st from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N. Killingsworth
In this workshop we will analyze the potentially fraught, yet invaluable concept of allyship in social justice practices.  What happens when people self-identify as “allies,” but continue to operationalize privileged practices, unchecked? How do we check ourselves? How do we change the term “ally” from a destination to a journey and an action?  What practical tools can we develop to support our efforts in effective allyship?  In this workshop, we will build skills and strategize collectively; building our consciousness toward using privilege for accountability and for strengthening the movement for social justice.

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National Forest Policy Crash Course
Brenna Bell – Bark
Thursday 5/29 6:00 – 8:00
Portland State University, Cramer Hall Room 228

Learn how the forests of the Cascades became federal land, and about the laws & policies that shape past, current and future land management.  With a focus on Mt. Hood National Forest, Brenna Bell, Bark’s staff attorney, will explore the ins and outs of politics and law as it relates to public’s forests and water – and provide some tools for engaging with them.

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Theory ∞ Practice
Roy Perez
Tuesday, June 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N. Killingsworth

How do we move between speculative thinking and political action?  How do we salvage theory from the stultifying effects of the increasingly corporate university?  Whose work are we reading as we plan our next moves as activists, social workers, harm reducers, teachers, and agents of change?  How do we translate our work into writing, wisdom, and memory, to make our experiences as thinkers and workers useful to future thinkers and workers?  This workshop will draw from the participants’ own knowledge bases to reflect on the moves we’ve made between theory and political practice—rather than from one to the other, or against one in pursuit of the other. We will reflect on the uses of education in political work, ethical ways of translating and enacting abstract thought, and ethical ways of listening, reflecting, planning, and acting in the pursuit of social change.  Conversation will draw primarily from our personal experiences as activists and thinkers, in all the diverse ways these vocations have taken shape in our lives.

 

Winter 2013 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

All workshops will be at the Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N. Killingsworth, 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.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1460840914136004
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.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/198264330380512

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.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/620628434651244

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.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/620628434651244

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.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/620628434651244

 

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Fall 2013 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Tuesday 10/29 – 6:30-8:30PM

Fundamentals of Community Organizing

Facilitated by Abigail Singer

Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street
Do you want to get your community organized to take on an oppressive boss, a neighborhood polluter, or some other force of oppression? Are you interested in starting a community garden? Wondering how to start a group, keep it together, and create a healthy, collaborative and inspired process for realizing your collective vision? This workshop will go over the basics of how to start a campaign or community organization, identify your goals and strategy, and make a plan that is both realistic and also addresses the root causes of issues in our communities. Folks are welcome to bring specific questions or issues that you may be grappling with.

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Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

 

Thursday 11/7 – 4:00-5:50 PM
Why Should I Care? Stories for Social Change

Facilitated by Kari Koch

Portland State University – Cramer Hall 225
Building towards social change is not about finding the most compelling statistic or fact. It’s about understanding what people are experiencing and telling a story that connects issues with actions, vision for change, and a plan to win. Stories move people and make social change possible. In this workshop we will learn about constructing narratives and stories around campaigns, events, and actions using our own personal experiences.

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Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

Thursday 11/14 – 6:30-8:30 PM
Developing and Sustaining A Global Perspective through Solidarity and Collaboration: Independent Hip Hop, Cultural Activism and African Solidarity
Facilitated by Mic Crenshaw
Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street
Mic Crenshaw is a socially conscious emcee, a social justice activist and an educator. Crenshaw’s work combines elements of independent Hip Hop, popular education, community organizing and direct action under the umbrella of cultural activism. Through Hip Hop Culture which is global Crenshaw has established links with cultural activist across the continent of Africa.

How does African Hip Hop relate tour our community? Why work on social justice issues in African countries when we have our own issues here? Come learn about efforts to build and sustain a computer center in Burundi Central Africa, and radical Hip Hop Collectives in Zimbabwe and South Africa and current efforts to link them to local classrooms and communities. Learn about the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan project and the work that the Obo Addy Legacy Project is doing in schools locally.

In this workshop we will sharpen our perspective on global links between our communities and cultures within the current economic context. There will be a short lecture, performance, multi media presentation and most importantly dialogue.
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Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

Tuesday 11/19 – 4:00-5:50 PM
Finding Ourselves In Charge: Collective Leadership and What We Need to Know to Build Progressive Movement in the Pacific Northwest

Facilitated by Dianne Riley

Portland State University – Multicultural Center (Smith Memorial Union 228)


Turmoil among elected leaders in the nation’s capitol have eroded confidence within an already alienated and distrustful public. After 30 years of downsizing government, is it finally small enough to drown in Grover Norquist’s proverbial bathtub? And then there’s the banking industry… and Corporations personified …and international invasion of privacy, global corruption and on-going financial instability…

But maybe all the chaos in Washington and everywhere else is a sign of something other than chaos… maybe something bigger is happening… This workshop will map the political terrain and times for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest right now. We will place ourselves in the context of large scale trends. We will do this with the purpose of suggesting that all we have to do is read the signs and we will see that a new Progressive era is already at hand and we are already in charge of creating something better.

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Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

Tuesday 11/26 – 6:30-8:30 PM
Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

Facilitated by Sally Eck
Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street
In this workshop, we will discuss and, more importantly, practice the art of engaging in productive dialogue about the experience of oppression in our daily lives.  Learn strategies and build community to recognized and raise our collective consciousness about the detrimental effects of microaggressions and co-create hope toward positive social change.

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Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

Tuesday 12/3 – 6:30-8:30 PM

Conflict Transformation for Resilient Organizing

Facilitated by Rain Crowe
Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street

Conflict is inevitable, especially within groups of people coming together with different value systems, personal, and organizing cultures. Conflict can be an opportunity to grow communication skills, group rapport and trust, and deepen our commitment to the shared work. Or, it can be a painful, individual or group experience that ultimately dissolves the working relationships and impacts the efficacy or functionality of the shared work or the group itself. How does a group consciously choose the path of the former? In this workshop we’ll use a restorative justice framework to explore and discuss how conflict within a group can be anticipated, contained, and transformed.  We’ll look at some common roots of group conflict including abuse or misuse of power, the lack of a strong intact pre-existing group relationships, horizontal oppression, basic communication breakdown, lack of tools, or inherited cultural shame about being involved with conflict. I’ll offer some strategies for engaging the inevitability of conflict in groups before it begins to happen, as well as some clear basic tools for engaging it when it arises. Voluntary pairs work, whole group discussion, and role playing may all be part of this workshop based on the desire of the attendees.
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Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

WORKSHOPS FROM PREVIOUS TERMS

 

SPRING 2013 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEEK 3 – Tuesday 4/16/13 – 4:00-6:00 – PSU Cramer Hall 228

Learning from Social Movement Stories

Steve Johnson

Where are our Raven stories?  Do we know how to learn from stories or are we more comfortable with dialectic learning?  Does it matter we that we learn from our social movement history? What is the Origin of the Portlandia myth?  Created by a business booster group?  Did Mayor Goldschmidt just magically create Portland’s mass transit system?  Why the heck does everyone in Portland bike and recycle? A clever Wyden and Kennedy ad campaign?  Did Rosa Park just decide one day to not stand up on a bus?  Is it important to know that she was coached by a critical community organizing school? The baby boomers are dying.  Does it matter?  Should they be passing on their stories, a baton in an inter-generational race or just crawl off to a nursery home with honorific metal from the Wizard of Oz.

 

WEEK 4 – Tuesday 4/23/13 – 4:00-6:00 – PSU Cramer Hall 228

So You Wanna Change the World: Understanding Social Change

David Osborn

Our world is faced with serious problems. This workshop will explore important issues regardless of whether you are already involved in social change work or have been interested in starting to address issues you are passionate about. Together, we will explore how we understand social change. How do we make changes to the world we live in? What are the different ways people are involved in change? What types of things are important in sustaining engagement in social change work? What are pathways to involvement?

 

WEEK 5 – Thursday 5/2/13 – 4:00-6:00 – PSU Cramer Hall 228

Latinos and Hip-Hop

Jose Guiterrez

This interactive workshop will explore the extensive history of Latinos in hip-hop globally through a socio-political lens and provide a vision for future social change.

 

WEEK 6 – Thursday 5/9/13 – 7:00-9:00 – Off Campus – Musicians Local 99 – 325 NE 20th Ave., Portland, OR

Interrupting Oppression

Sally Eck

This workshop discusses and builds skills for interrupting oppression.  Learn how to engage in thoughtful, compassionate dialogue when we hear oppression being reiterated in our personal and professional lives.

 

WEEK 7 – Tuesday 5/14/12 – 4:00-6:00 – PSU Cramer Hall 228

Skills for Strong Groups and Collectives

Brush

You’ve got something important to do, and the people to do it. You’ll be egalitarian, because everyone’s got something important to offer. But how do you organize? Beyond just making decisions, how do you coordinate information, engage conflict, support accountability, structure
membership, and build relationships? In this workshop we’ll summarize the basics of how collectives work. Then you’ll draw on your own experiences to learn about common pitfalls, and we’ll share tools you can use to amp up your own collective powerhouse.

 

WEEK 8 – Thursday 5/23/13 – 4:00-6:00 – PSU Cramer Hall 228

Getting in the Way: Ways for Artists and Activists to Work Together

Amy Harwood and Julie Perini

Our hope for this workshop is for participants to come away inspired by connecting with people who see the potential for deepening a merger between artist and activist culture. We hope to gather people who can help us think through some of the question we encounter as we perform work in the world that aims to have a variety of social, political, emotional and aesthetic impacts. We will share our knowledge from our experiences at this point of merger. Lastly, the title of this workshop employs a double meaning, referencing both social interventionist art and the problems that prevent meaningful collaboration between artists and activists.

 

WEEK 9 – Tuesday 5/28/13 – 4:00-6:00 – PSU Cramer Hall 228

Process as Practice: Facilitation and Group Dynamics

David Osborn

This is a workshop for people involved in group work on social and environmental justice issues. Group process is the critical and often hidden work behind powerful actions and organizing. Skillful facilitation and process make for good decisions and strategic actions as well as work that is rewarding and empowering. This is important to facilitators, those interested in being a facilitator and participants in any group. Come to this training to learn and practice the facilitation and process skills that can improve our work together.

 

WINTER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEEK 2 – Thursday 1/17/12 – 2:00-4:00

So You Wanna Change the World: Understanding Social Change

David Osborn

Our world is faced with serious problems. This workshop will explore important issues regardless of whether you are already involved in social change work or have been interested in starting to address issues you are passionate about. Together, we will explore how we understand social change. How do we make changes to the world we live in? What are the different ways people are involved in change? What types of things are important in sustaining engagement in social change work? What are pathways to involvement?

WEEK 3 – Wednesday 1/23/12 – 4:00-6:00

Process as Practice: Honing Your Facilitation Skills
Abigail Singer

This is a workshop for people involved in group work on social and environmental justice issues. Group process is the critical and often hidden work behind powerful actions and organizing. Skillful facilitation and process make for good decisions and strategic actions as well as work that is rewarding and empowering. This is important to facilitators, those interested in being a facilitator and participants in any group. Come to this training to learn and practice the facilitation and process skills that can improve our work together.

WEEK 4 – Thursday 1/31/12 – 4:00-6:00

Legislative Advocacy: When and how to turn a good idea into law

Barbara Dudley

Description: This will be a nuts and bolts workshop on how to advocate for an issue within the legislative process. We will explore how grassroots organizing and legislative lobbying interact most effectively; how to know when to engage in the lawmaking process and when not to; how best to engage legislators on your issue; and what the various steps of the legislative process look like.

WEEK 5 – Wednesday 2/6/12 – 4:00-6:00

Weaving A Strong Web: Values, Agreements and Accountability Culture for Groups

Rain Crowe

In this workshop we will discuss and explore what we mean by the word accountability.  The frame of the discussion will be that accountability is a lived practice which can create strong, resilient organizing cultures. Our starting place will be a query about values in organizing as they relate to a practice of accountability.  Understanding a group’s values will inform how subsequent agreements about responsibilities and power sharing. What happens, though, when agreements or responsibilities are unfulfilled by individuals or the group as a whole?  We’ll investigate these and related questions, and also look more deeply at how commitment, communication, radical honesty, self-reflection, and self-responsibility are some of the aspects of a healthy accountability culture.  Pairs work, whole group discussion, and role playing will all be part of our time.

WEEK 6 – Wednesday 2/13/12 – 2:00-4:00 – Walidah

Social Justice Writing

Walidah Imarisha

Writing is often seen as a solitary act, focused purely on the individual and their paper, their screen. But writing can be a liberatory process, for the individual but also for our communities.
This workshop will include writing prompts, time for actual writing, as well as discussions about ways writing and storytelling can be used in the social justice movement.

WEEK 7 – Thursday 2/21/12 – 4:00-6:00

Strategic Campaign Planning and Avoiding Burn Out

Kim Marks

Looking at the big picture – strategy, targets, setting goals/objectives, choosing tactics etc.This workshop goes over the basics of how to build the campaign you need to create change. It will cover: planning campaigns to be more cohesive, effective and strategic steps needed to implement an effective campaign, identifying your targets, building a network of strategic alliances, and how to coherently evaluate what’s working and not working in existing campaigns. The workshop also explores the concept of burn out in the activist movement, and how to avoid it within your group.

WEEK 8 – Tuesday 2/26/12 – 3:00-5:00

Leadership Models for Social Change

Ben Cushing and David Osborn

What does leadership for social justice look like? This workshop will explore a variety of models of leadership for social change. The workshop will focus on models of horizontal, empowering forms of leadership that intentionally seek to dismantle, rather than recreate, the systems of oppression that are often the focus of social justice work. These models will be compared and contrasted with other forms of leadership and the experiences of workshop participants.