The CivicLab is excited to offer a new round of our "Civics 101" workshops!
Get TRAINED to ORGANIZE and WIN in order to get a city that we all deserve and can prosper in. Our trainers are super experienced in grassroots democracy with over 60 years of public campaigns between them!
The sessions are $40 each. You may get all three sessions for $100! All attendees will receive a copy of "Chicago Is Not Broke" and access to a private web space loaded with resources and links to more in-depth materials. Read about the book from this front page article from Gazette Chicago-> http://www.gazettechicago.com/index/2017/09/is-chicago-really-broke-book-challenges-that-notion.
Session #1 - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7-9pm - "Chicago 101" - What are the basics for preparing to organize and win in a city dominated by the Democratic Machine for 75 years? You will learn about the geographic and political history of Chicago from the 1800's through the present day. The past is prologue. Get smart in order to win.
Session #2 - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 7-9pm - "Community Organizing 101" - Did you know Chicago is the home of modern community organizing? Learn the basic skills and mindsets of a community change maker. This will be a highly interactive workshop where participants will construct a Power Matrix around a real issue and plan a campaign. We will talk about Chicago's history of organizing, what distinguishes organizing from other forms of helping efforts, the key attributes of a great organizer and much more! Get trained to win.
Session #3 - Wednesday, September 19 - "Grassroots Campaigning" - Learn the basic steps toward putting together a principled grassroots campaign for change and justice. Attendees will analyze the election prospects of their own aldermen based on election results from the the 2011 and 2015. All attendees will receive the chapter "Organizing a Campaign" from Winning Elections in the 21st Century by Dick Simpson and Betty O'Shaughnessy. Make plans to win.
Sessions will be at 2136 E. 71st Street, Chicago.
These sessions are $40/person per session but $100 will get you all three "101" sessions. All attendees will receive a copy of "Chicago Is Not Broke" and access to a private web space loaded with resources and links to more in-depth materials.
Participants at our first round of "101" sessions said...
- "I wish it could be more than two hours a session"
- "I was really inspired by the class and appreciate thinking about Chicago history and politics."
- "I learned so much! Thank you!"
- "Very excited about the organization and class - learned a lot today!"
- "I loved the first session and am looking forward to learning more in the forthcoming seminars. I haven't been able to stop talking about CivicLab with colleagues and friends."
- "I wish the workshops were more often and closer together!"
- "More time! I would pay more :)"
The simple URL for this Facebook Event page = https://tinyurl.com/PI-Summer-2018-Chicago-101.
Your trainers will be Jonathan Peck and Tom Tresser.