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HOW DO YOU MOVE THE CROWD? BUILDING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES
October 13-15 - New York City

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From October 13-15, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and the Working Families Party (WFP) are co-hosting a workshop bringing together activists from Germany and New York State. The workshop will discuss strategies about how we can strengthen civic and political engagement, with a particular focus on building support among and empowering low-income communities.

The workshop will start by analyzing the state of a “new class politics” in Germany and the United States. How has neoliberalism transformed the labor market, and how has this transformation in turn affected campaigning strategies? What can be done to overcome the underrepresentation of low-income communities in politics in general, and in election campaigns in particular?

In this context, we will look into a number of methods that connect campaigners to people in low-income communities, including canvassing and various models for phone banking used on the state level in both Germany and the U.S. Are they useful tools for reaching out to the disenfranchised?

We will also look into how these methods fit into progressive politics. The workshop will close with a discussion on community organizing as a political tool for education. In particular, we will talk about the strategic approach of the transformative organizing model.

Concerning the model of transformative organizing, check out our study on this topic by Steve Williams, Demand Everything.

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