ORGANIZING FOR POWER
October 29, 2019 - Worldwide
Join Jane McAlevey, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and organizers around the world this October for Organizing for Power: A Four-Step Course on How We Win.
Workers across the globe are under nearly unbearable pressure as the growing millionaire and billionaire class strategically redistributes all wealth away from the many and towards a tiny few. Neoliberalism—the deliberate destruction of worker power and with it, the social welfare state—must be reversed if we stand a chance at restoring dignity and fairness for the majority, and saving the planet from the climate crisis. The rise of the far right, who promise simple solutions while advancing anti-immigrant, racist tropes that blame people of color and poor people for the injustices caused by corporations and the super-rich, must be stopped. And only real, deep organizing is going to ensure that our future world is based not around the corporate 1% but around the needs and desires of ordinary everyday people, across the world.
Jane is a long-time union organizer, negotiator and strategist. Because Jane’s earliest years of organizing work were in the environmental justice and community organizing movements, she developed an approach to trade unionism that deeply integrates workplace and nonworkplace concerns into one collective agenda. In her most recent book, No Shortcuts, she writes about her thirty years of experience defeating the toughest opponents and gives practical guidance for organizing campaigns designed to win. And Jane is also great at teaching organizing methods, from how to identify the people in the ranks we need to build majority participation to creative strategies involving hundreds, and thousands of workers in the collective bargaining process, and building electoral power as an essential compliment to shop floor organizing.
This course, which is free, will include voices from the labor movement across the world because more than ever, the fight for worker power is a global fight. Corporations and bosses move seamlessly across the globe, maximizing exploitation, while workers fight in isolation from one another.
Registration is required for this completely free course, and space is limited. There are two criteria for this course: you build a group of no less than five people and participate as a team, and, you commit to all four sessions, with a willingness to do light homework—designed around your own campaigns but testing methods in the course—in between each session. The course will offer simultaneous translation into German and Spanish, and additional languages based on demand.
The lectures start at the end of October and take place every Tuesday from 18:30 to 20:00 Central European Time, and again from 8pm-9:30pm Eastern Standard Time.
– Lecture 1: 29th of October
– Lecture 2: 12th of November
– Lecture 3: 19th of November
– Lecture 4: 26th of November
All sessions will be live and online in English. There will also be a channel for simultaneous interpretation; if you are part of a group that would require such interpretation, please contact us as soon as possible.
Participation in Organizing for Power requires participation in all four sessions to ensure a continuous and collective learning process. In order to achieve the best possible exchange at the local level, groups of activists should connect to attend Organizing for Power together.
For more details, or for group registration, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a nine month process that began with the Overcoming Fear: Creating a Trinational Workers Toolkit gathering at UE 506 in Erie, Pennsylvania on November 14 and 15, 2019, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, along with all of our partners who dedicated time and resources to this project, are proud to release our completed Trinational Workers Toolkit. This toolkit is geared toward fostering greater international solidarity to overcome reactionary and right......
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