DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM 101: A “TRAIN THE TRAINER” WORKSHOP
June 24-25, 2017 - New York City
Co-hosted by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York office & Democratic Socialists of America
From June 24-25, 2017, our office co-hosted a “Democratic Socialism 101” workshop in collaboration with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). More than 30 leaders from across the United States came to New York, together with 12 trainers, to participate in this “train the trainer” weekend. In it we focused on building leadership among women and gender nonconforming people, with the goal of training and developing a new generation of democratic socialists activists, who will then take their newly-honed skills back to their respective communities.
The weekend was both a lot of work and a lot of fun. We started with a Friday evening dinner for participants to better get to know each other. This was followed by all-day training sessions on Saturday, at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York office, and Sunday, at The Nation magazine office. Topics we covered included: an introduction to training & community agreements; creating socialist communities and cultures at the base; social movements and fights for racial justice and socialist feminism; network mapping and coalition building; and identifying and developing leaders.
The workshop concluded with many participants going to join the annual Pride March. Check out photos from the training here.
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