We heard clearly from our alumni that there is a strong need for anti-oppression spaces for organizers, popular educators, and community leaders in the DC region to continue building our skills and apply what we learn on an ongoing basis.
The lack of staffing capacity at our change organizations often leaves us overwhelmed and barely able to keep up with immediate demands in front of us, with no ability to reflect and improve upon our work. That is simply unsustainable, especially now.
In response, we launched the Movement Matters 2019 Learning & Action Circles (LACs). We envision these spaces as a shared workshop where each participant can bring their ongoing projects and have the opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas with peers, access resources, get support in planning and implementation, and deepen their own skills. The sessions are grounded in Movement Matters’ Organizing Framework of: Relationship, Constituency, and Power Building. The LAC’s cement organizers’ capacities and skills in these areas and continue the learning from our Community Organizing & Popular Education Institute and Advanced Training Series.
The Learning and Action Circles provide a great opportunity for our ROC-DC team, including myself, to hone in on specific skill sets that are central to our work in an intimate setting led by Movement Matters, and accompanied by fellow regional organizers who understand our challenges and strengths. My favorite part is the ongoing opportunity to continue to make new connections, and grow stronger bonds with other organizers and other organizations with similar goals and missions.*
All Learning & Action Circles (LACs) are free of charge and only open to our training or technical assistance alumni. The LACs take place the second Tuesday of every month from 10AM - 12PM.
To the best of our abilities, we provide our alumni with tailored support including preparing for these sessions so that they can get the most out of our time together, and apply the learning thoughtfully and successfully to their work.
Register early to ensure that there is space available.
We look forward to building with you!
*quote by Candace Cunningham, ROC-DC organizer.