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Organize for Power: The Core Fundamentals (Workshop Series)

Liz Medina
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New England AFL-CIO Organizing for Power Team

Apply here to join the Vermont & Maine AFL-CIO Team taking the next series of Organizing for Power Core Fundamentals. Please apply as early as possible but no later than Tuesday, April 26.

Organizing for Power: The Core Fundamentals takes place on 6 consecutive Tuesdays in May and June.
The New England Team will meet together once before the class starts for one hour on Tuesday, May 3 to prepare, will meet weekly during the class, and will meet once after the class.

Classes will take place on six consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 10 running through June 14 with a choice to participate at noon (Track A) or at 8pm (Track B) Each class runs for 2 hours and the same material is covered in both tracks.

New England Team's weekly one-hour debrief/planning sessions on Thursdays will help you prepare for class and then apply what you are learning in the Tuesday classes to your organizing goals, whether working within your union or organization or organizing new workers and community members.

This is the fifth full-length O4P training will focus on the five core organizing fundamentals:
* leader identification, or: understanding who can move people (it’s often not who you first think);
* semantics, or: the words we use matter - they have to center each worker’s active participation as key to winning;
* structured organizing conversations, or: what it takes to recruit the hardest-to-recruit leaders;
* charting, or: a simple method to understand human social relationships, and to prioritize and systematize outreach;
* structure tests, or: mini campaigns to build solidarity and site structure, and to know when you are ready to win.

These essential skills serve as the building blocks of all winning campaigns. The Core Fundamentals uses the same curriculum as past Organizing for Power trainings for the simple reason that the fundamentals of success do not change; the real key is our ability to master them.

Since September 2019, O4P has hosted nearly 25,000 organizers from 110 countries (over 100 people have participated in our Maine Teams). 75% of these attendees have been first-time O4P participants, while the rest are returning participants who understand that practice makes perfect. After all, if lead trainer Jane McAlevey never stops practicing the fundamentals, then neither should you. In The Core Fundamentals, she and a growing team of trainers from across the globe will lead you through a program to better prepare you for the struggles, and victories, to come.

For more information about joining the New England AFL-CIO Team to take this class contact Liz Medina at 802-272-6421, or Cynthia Phinney at 207-491-9928, cynthia@maineaflcio dot org.