LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Issues and Action and Strategic Campaigns

Training for leaders who want to wage and win campaigns that change structures of opportunity.

April 13 and April 15 (Tuesday and Thursday) 7:00  PM to 9:00 PM

Mt Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, 353 S New Rd, Pleasantville, NJ


Building One America and the Coalition Against Racial Exclusion will conduct a four hour training for leaders and organizers to better prepare us for the fight for our children and schools. The training will be held on two evenings for two hours each. Attendees will be asked to attend both. The training will focus on the principles, disciplines, tools of waging and winning a campaign for racial justice and economic opportunity for all.

Some of those principle, disciplines and tools will include:

  • Understanding power: In any contest people and organizations must understand both their capacity and their limits as well as the limits and capacities of their adversaries.
  • Issues and actions: Understanding the difference between a problem and an issue. Learning how to cut an issue and make it actionable. Learn how to conduct an effective action.
  • Strategic Campaign: Here we focus on issue campaigns with larger objectives involving structural social change. Strategic campaigns often have multiple objectives, targets, tactics and allies as well as strategic and organizational goals. It will be important for leaders at all levels to better understand these elements and principles of strategy.
  • Elements and purpose a power organization: Understanding the key elements of an organization that can fight and win a strategic campaign that changes structures of opportunity. We will spend some time on better preparing ourselves organizationally for a fight including the role of leadership, money, training, information, structure, allies and communication.

The training will take place over two evenings and run for two hours each evening. From 7 PM to 9 PM. There is a $25 fee to cover the costs of the training. Discounts are available for students and affiliated organizations.

  • When:  April 13 and April 15 (Tuesday and Thursday) 7:00  PM to 9:00 PM. The training will take place in two parts over two evenings and run for two hours each evening. There is a $25 fee to cover the costs of the training. Discounts are available for students and affiliated organizations. It will take place at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, NJ.  Attendees are asked to attend both evenings.
  • Where:  Mt Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, 353 S New Rd, Pleasantville, NJ. Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply and register to participate in this program.  Go HERE to register. 

Inquire at info@buildingoneamerica.org about congregational, organizational and students or senior discounts.  


 

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Issues and Action and Strategic Campaigns

Building One America will conduct a four hour training for leaders and organizers to help better prepare us for the fight for our children and schools.

The training will focus on the principles, disciplines, tools of waging and winning a strategic campaign for social, racial juctce and economic  opportunity.

Some of those principle, disciplines and tools will include:

  • Understanding power and powerlessness: In any contest people and organizations must understand both their capacity and their limits as well as the limits and capacities of their adversaries. 
  • Issues and actions: Understanding the difference between a problem and an issue. Learning how to cut an issue and make it actionable. What is an action and how to conduct an effective action?
  • Strategic Campaign: Here we focus on issue campaigns with larger objectives involving structural social change. Strategic campaigns often have multiple objectives, targets, tactics, allies as well as strategic and organizational goals. It will be important for leaders at all levels to better understand these elements and principles of strategy
  • Elements of a power organization: Building an organization that can fight and win a strategic campaign that changes structures of opportunity? We will spend some time on better preparing ourselves organizationally for a fight including: the role of leadership, money, training, structure, allies and communication.

The training will take place over two evenings and run for two hours each evening. From 7 PM to 9 PM. There is a $25 fee to cover the costs of the training. Discounts are available for affiliated organizations.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE. 

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FROM DIVERSITY TO SHARED POWER

Demographic diversity has been increasing throughout American society. While membership  and even leadership in many organizations have reflected this change, power and decision-making often fail to keep up with the racial, ethnic, generational and gender make up of our communities and institutions, including labor unions, local government, and religious congregations. This failure has left us weaker and more easily undermined by those who do not share our values of inclusion and opportunity.

One reason for this persistent power gap is that we too often confuse the visual trappings of diversity and policies of inclusion with genuine equality and political and economic integration. When members of underrepresented groups secure leadership positions they frequently begin at a significant disadvantage. Generational layers of power, privilege, experience and networks of formal and informal relationships are at play in any public arena where leadership matters, power is wielded and important decisions get made. These dynamics are taken for granted or denied by the powerful, while often unseen or not easily understood by the powerless. We frequently find ourselves in organizations, committees, boards and leadership structures that are diverse in name and appearance, but in reality are decidedly lopsided when it comes to the exercise of power.

As Frederick Douglass famously reminded us, power never did and never will be given away by those who have it to those who don’t.

Building One America’s training does not claim to make people more powerful nor does it create diversity, but it does better equip emerging leaders from diverse and working-class backgrounds to better understand and navigate the dynamics of power and politics and to have the tools to compete effectively and further themselves and their values in the public arena. Moreover, it will help individual leaders to recognize more clearly their own potential and motivations to build a powerful and meaningful public life.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE

  

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Who: This training is for leaders from all over America who want to become more effective in making a difference – including organizers, leaders and volunteers from the faith community, labor unions, electoral politics, public office holders and grassroots rank-and-file leaders. 

What: The training teaches ordinary people to unleash their capacity to impact the social, political, environmental, and economic decisions affecting their lives. The training has been designed and will be conducted by experienced organizers affiliated with Building One America. The training is unique in combining elements of leadership training developed over the past fifty years by national community organizing networks, with a contemporary analysis and strategy for developing multiracial institutional and social power to build more inclusive and equitable communities.

Topics covered include:

  • An orientation and reflection on power
  • Understanding self-interest as a way to build membership, engage allies and adversaries, and become a more focused and self-motivated leader
  • The role, value, and techniques of one-on-one organizing
  • Conducting and understanding a power analysis
  • Distinguishing the “public” from the “private” in order to build an effective public life
  • The key principles and elements of strategy and tactics and issues and action
  • Identifying and developing leaders
  • The importance of organized money
  • Principles and techniques for effective meetings
  • Personal reflection, strategic planning and developing a personal path to power

The training is not just an intellectual exercise. It challenges and helps emerging and existing leaders to identify, reflect on, and overcome internalized attitudes and beliefs that stand in the way of becoming more powerful. The goal is to produce more powerful leaders and to facilitate the expansion of more powerful and more unified multiracial coalitions and power structures.

When:  The training will take place over four days starting Thursday, January 9 through Sunday January 12, 2020.

Where: Case Western Reserve University - Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University, 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Cost: Tuition plus room and board is $500 per participant

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can beaccessed HERE. 

TESTIMONIALS 

The training institute helped me become a more powerful leader, acting more strategically, efficiently, and decisively, creating greater accountability for myself and others - Eloise Henry, President, Richmond Heights (OH) City Council

 ...a very powerful training. It equipped me with the tools to reinvent myself - Rev. Rohan Hepkins, Mayor, Yeadon, PA

This is the most relevant, intense and productive conference I have ever attended - Heather Sorge, Campaign Organizer, Healthy Schools Now

Despite 40 plus years in politics, I found the 4-day training to be new, useful, and refreshing.  It was helpful in expanding my own political power and in understanding and dealing with others who are exercising theirs. Ant it led to new and significant relationships for me - Dale Miller, Member, Cuyahoga (OH) County Council

Completely caught me by surprise. I thought I knew what being a leader meant, but the training showed me parts of leadership that I knew nothing about. It really helped me with my networking skills and in my new position as President of CWRUs Black Student Union. I’m excited to see what it can do for more people in our community - Aliah Lawson Executive Chair, Black Student Union, Case Western Reserve University

Learned how our stories of powerlessness informs our own path to power. I had great moments of clarity - Ashley Bennett, Freeholder, Atlantic County

It was helpful. Extraordinarily. Thank you! - Tomea Sippio-Smith - Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PA) Education Policy Director

Training was awesome. Confirmation for me as well as new found skills – Alexis Rean-Walker, HPAE, Secretary-Treasurer

 Learned new skills for active listening and relationship development; clearer understanding of power dynamics that drive organizations and elected leaders; deeper understanding of structural causes of inequity and a path to racial integration; and practical steps to develop an inclusive and powerful network that can drive change - Tom Bullock, Member at Large, Lakewood (OH) City Council

Key learning moments were understanding my power, self interest and anger.  Thank you! – Martha Camacho-Rodriguez - Cerritos College, Trustee, Norwalk, CA

I’ve become more confident and feel that I have fully stepped into my leadership role - Safronia Perry, Executive Director, Hope Station (PA) Area Neighborhood Council

 I used to stay in the back of the room, rarely speak, and try to be invisible. The training helped me to find my voice - Darnelle Crenshaw, Student, Case Western Reserve University  

The training did a terrific job encouraging us to reflect on times when we feel powerless, and to consider how those times can help shape how we react to the world and drive us in our work. - Tim Nelson, Vice President, Braham (Minnesota) Evangelical Lutheran Church Council, Chair, Braham (Minnesota) Area Education Foundation

Thank you. The training was awesome – Taylor Picket Stokes, Rescue Mission of Trenton

The training rocked my world and gave me a new roadmap for action. Amazingly intense and perspective-shifting. Great content, compelling examples, helpful exercises and an energized group of participants. - Gary Forman, Trustee and Executive Committee Member, SOMA Action

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:00am to Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
Event location: 
Mount Zion Baptist church, Pleanantville, NJ
Event Fee: 
Tuition is $500 per participant (including lodging and meals)

March Against Secession

March for Freedom and Justice

Sunday, March 21 from Pleasantville to Absecon. 2pm.

Join us as we march for justice, freedom and dignity for our children, Sunday, March 21 at 2pm beginning at at Pleasantville High School, 701 Mill Road, Pleasantville NJ.

You can sign up here.

Here in New Jersey we have been tolerating levels of racial and economic segregation in our schools not seen since the days of Jim Crow in the South.  March 21 is the 56th anniversary of the start of Dr. King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery to confront Alabama’s segregationist governor.

 

Segregation is harming all our children and Covid-19 has only deepened the disparities and the damage that it inflicts.  

Tragically, instead of getting better, school segregation is getting worse and is being made worse by people who wish to further segregate and isolate schools with predominantly black and brown children. Across the state there are active efforts to allow majority white, middle-class schools to secede from majority black, brown and poor districts. One of those petitions to Governor Murphy’s new

education commissioner seeks to “terminate” the send / receive relationship between the Absecon and Pleasantville school districts here in Atlantic County. This act, if approved, would increase segregation and violate our state’s constitution. And the samcabal of highly paid lawyers and consultants are using the same secessionist tactics all across the state to further isolate already poor and isolated children. On March 21 we will march to Absecon to demand a halt to secession and an end to intentional structures of racial segregation anywhere in our state.

Racial and economic segregation is not an accident nor is it a choice. It’s a result of deliberate policies and actions like these that go unnoticed and unchallenged. It’s time we confronted this glaring example of structural and systemic racism right here in our region and our state.

Please join us for this important action to challenge segregation and demand a broad and transformative solution to the problem of school segregation here and across New Jersey. Sign up here to let us know you will be there.

Liberating the world through Love, 

Willie Dwayne Francois III

Pastor. Activist. Writer.

 

Summit for Civil Rights 2021

 

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We are seeking to Make America One Nation The Other America, Dr. Martin Luther King, 1967


 

Summary of Transition Recommendations

An Agenda for Racial Justice and Middle Class Opportunity for All Americans Within a Metropolitan Framework

On July 30 and 31, 2020, over 50 civil rights leaders, including renowned scholars and litigators, clergy and faith leaders, grassroots organizers, labor union presidents and elected officials including powerful members of Congress, convened with over 500 participants to examine and call for action on today’s triple crisis of deadly racial injustice, vanishing middle class opportunity and toxic political polarization. One of our central conclusions is that spatial disparities (segregation by race and income), especially across America’s metropolitan regions, are significant and critical drivers of structural inequalities in wealth, education and opportunity, widening both race and class divides and contributing to our already fractured politics. What follows are recommendations for federal action for reducing these disparities and expanding an inclusive middle class through structural reform at the regional level.  

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
 
The first Summit for Civil Rights began on November 9, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. It was held a year to the day after the election of Donald J. Trump and featured Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Vice President Walter Mondale and many others. Since then, we have held two more gatherings sponsored by Rutgers University School of Labor Relations in New Brunswick, NJ and Georgetown University Law School’s Workers’ Rights Institute in Washington, DC.  Between events, a core committee of Summit organizers representing civil rights scholars, labor leaders, law students, clergy and elected officials have been assembling research and analysis to produce a set of recommendations for a strategic approach and a policy agenda to address some of the most critical issues facing our country.

The Summit for Civil Rights held this past July was the latest in the series of three convenings that included, among others: House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, NEA President Becky Pringle, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Vice President Walter Mondale, AME Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, AFT President Randi Weingarten, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman; and many other civil rights activists, litigators, scholars and experts in education, housing, finance and labor .  
 

Our third Summit was held virtually under the cloud of the current health emergency and economic catastrophe resulting from the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the immediate crisis of the pandemic, the Summit for Civil Rights conference maintained its focus on addressing the three main interrelated topics listed above: racial injustice, economic inequality and political polarization in America. We did not ignore the pandemic. On the contrary, the still unfolding crisis has acted as an ill-timed and regrettable overlay that seems to have only magnified racial disparities, deepened economic inequality and widened the political divide.

This document is an attempt to summarize some of the key areas of transformational reform we believe can and must be pursued by Congress and the new Administration to move our country in a different and better direction. It hopes to unite the energies and the constituencies committed to racial justice and those focused on middle-class opportunity for all Americans—especially groups tied to civil rights and organized labor, including faith communities and local elected officials. Much of this argues for a regional, or metropolitan, approach to bringing us closer together as a country socially, politically and economically.

 

 

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March on Washington Anniversary - Get Out the Vote Kickoff

This Friday, August 28, will mark 57 years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.    It will also mark just 67 days before 2020 general election.

Join us for a remote March on Washington commemoration and kick off of our voter registration drive to give a powerful voice to the voiceless in South Jersey. This Friday, August 28,  5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

This non-partisan event is being sponsored by the NAACP NextGen program, Building One America, the Summit for Civil Rights Project and Fannie Lou Hamer Voice to the Voiceless in CD2.

Sign up here to receive the remote log-in link to participate in this tribute and inauguration of building a powerful movement for racial and social justice in southern New Jersey.

We are honored to be joined by Timuel Black. Mr. Black was the Lead Organizer of the Chicago contingent of the 1963 March on Washington which sent over 4000 delegates, including nearly 2000 on the two "freedom trains" chartered by A. Philip Randolph's Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Union. 

Mr. Black and others will share their recollection of the March; what it meant to them then, and what it means to us today, as we struggle against lethal racism and racially polarized politics to build broad multi-racial power for social, racial and economic justice.

We are also honored to be joined by the dynamic and powerful Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland California. Ms. Lee has been consistent and powerfull voices for racial justice, economic opportunity, and peace throughout her career in office and activism.

 

 

 

 

 

The program will be moderated by Yolanda Melville, National Chair of the NAACP NextGen Program with comments from Marcus W. King, President of New Jersey’s Teamsters Local 331, and Director of the Human Rights and Diversity Commission for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, DC and Richard Tolson, recently retired National Executive Council member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Rev. Willie Dwayne Francois, Senior Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, and Alexander Bland, President of the Cape May County Branch of the NAACP.

On Friday, we launch our new campaign to add 10,000 more registered voters to the roles before the 2020 deadline on October 13, 2020.

The Fanie Lou Hammer, Voice to the Voiceless  (FLH V2V CD2) project is a non-partisan initiative to organize multi-racial grassroots power and increase voter participation among historically disenfranchised and underrepresented communities, including African American, Latino, young people, and working class and low income people of all ages and backgrounds.

 

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Summit for Civil Rights 2020

Presented by:
  • The Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C.
  • The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity and
  • The Journal of Law and Inequality at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Building One America 

We are seeking to Make America One Nation - The Other America, Dr. Martin Luther King, 1967


For the past three years, the Summit for Civil Rights Rights has convened multi-racial and intergenerational gatherings of some of the nation’s top civil rights leaders in the field of organizing, labor, faith, academia, law and government to respond to the powerful and dangerous intersection of enduring racial disparities, widening economic inequality, and rising political polarization throughout our entire society.  Our next Summit will not veer from these timely topics that have only intensified with the pandemic and been courageously amplified by the protesters.

The 3rd Summit for Civil Rights will be held remotely and hosted by the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC, and the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 30 and 31.

We have witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of anger, outrage and solidarity across the nation, sparked by the killing of an unarmed Black man by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. This movement for radical change is coming at a time of a global health crisis, political turmoil, and a massive economic catastrophe deepening existing inequalities while accelerating economic trends already devastating workers and communities.

We have confirmed the participation of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and will release more details as we receive confirmation on speakers and participants. The Summit will start at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 30 and end at 4:00 PM, Friday, July 31. It will be broken down into four distinct but interrelated discussions over the course of the two days.

 

While much attention is rightly directed to immediate demands for sweeping police reform, our forum will attempt to examine some of the deeper, historical structures of racial apartheid in American’s institutions and their meaning, especially at this juncture, for working people of all backgrounds and the implications for political action, multi-racial power, and a meaningful and transformative policy agenda.

Some of the topics, building on the past two Summits and attempting to learn from and draw on the new energy, anger and desire for change, include:

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SUMMIT TOPICS

THE STATE OF MULTI-RACIAL AMERICA AND BLACK POWER

  • The national election/s
    • The Black electorate and the rise and fall of populist insurgencies of both the left and right
    • From Black Lives Matter to Black Power

THE TWO AMERICA’S - THE STATE OF AMERICAN APARTHEID

  • The consequences of our inaction and our acquiescence to a racially divided society
    •  52 years since Kerner Commission, 57 since March on Washington
    • Pandemic as microscope and telescope

WHO’S PROFITING?

  • Racial segregation as a lucrative and anti-worker business model
    • How America’s enduring ”Color Line” drives economic inequality

WHAT IS TO BE DONE?  HOW CAN WE HELP?

  • Is America ready for a 2nd Reconstruction? A 3rd “Founding”?
    • What would a Civil Rights Restoration Act look Like in 2020?
      • A New Agenda for Economic Opportunity, Racial Justice, Freedom, and Inclusion

 

 

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Mail in your Ballot

This year's election is Vote By Mail. It must droped off or postmarked today! 

If you are registered, you should have received a Ballot in the Mail

You have until the end of the day TODAY, Tuesday , July 7 to Vote in this Year's Primary

Go to this link for the steps to filling out your ballot

Or you go to this link and watch a demonstration video from the Mainland Pleasantville NAACP

Your ballot must be postmarked before or on July 7th   Best to bring it to an official drop box location

Take your mail-in-ballot to any one of these Drop Box Locations in your County.

 

In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech "Give Us the Ballot".

In 2020, we must Send IN Our Ballots!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
This year we've partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan campaign called When We All Vote. Just as with President Obama’s historic elections to the U.S. Senate and Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised, including African American, Latino, as well as low-income, working-class and young people of all backgrounds.


 Join our campaign now and receive the Outvote texting App for your cell phone.
as well as the link to Michelle Obama's When we All Vote voter registration campaign. 

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless in 2020

ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN THE PADEMIC 

 "Don't complain. Don't hashtag.  Don't binge on whatever it is you're binging on.  Don't put your head in the sand.  Don't boo.  Vote." - President Barack Obama

Sign up here to join the Campaign for Remote Voter Engagement in 2020. 

It should come as no surprise how the Covid-19 crisis has revealed and worsened deep disparities of opportunity, social mobility and health in our nation.

The 2020 primary and November 3 general election will have profound consequences for working people of all races and backgrounds. It’s more important than ever that the voice of the people not be silenced.

That’s why we’ve partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan voter engagement campaign called When We All Vote. Just as with President Obama’s historic elections to the U.S. Senate and Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, including African American, Latino, low-income and working-class voters of all backgrounds, and young people. 

It's also why we teamed up with Outvote for a friend-to-friend texting campaign right from your own cell phone.

Join our campaign now and receive the Outvote App for your cell phone as well as the link to Michelle Obama's When we All Vote voter registration campaign. 

If you are not registered to vote you can start by clicking this link and Register to Vote today.

If you are already registered, and you care about the outcome of this election, you are invited to join this campaign and register others through your networks and relationships such as congregation, family, friends, neighbors, civic associations, schools, universities and unions. Join us by clicking this link or the red join button below. 

 

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless in DC2

ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN THE PADEMIC 

 "Don't complain. Don't hashtag.  Don't binge on whatever it is you're binging on.  Don't put your head in the sand.  Don't boo.  Vote." - President Barack Obama

It should come as no surprise to how the Covid-19 crisis has revealed and worsened deep disparities of opportunity, social mobility and health in our nation, and no less here in South Jersey.

Some say the pandemic will depress voter participation and discourage people from going to the polls. We say the opposite. The July 7 primary and November 3 general election will have profound consequences for working people of all races and backgrounds. It’s more important than ever that the voice of the people not be silenced.

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That’s why we’ve partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan voter campaign called When We All Vote. Just as with President Obama’s historic election to the U.S. Senate and then the Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, including African American, Latino, low-income and working-class voters of all backgrounds, and young people. 

Download Outvote and join our friend-to-friend texting campaign right from your cell phone.

If you are not registered to vote you can start by clicking this link or the button below and Register to Vote:

If you are already registered, and you care about the outcome of this election, you are invited to join this campaign and register others through your networks and relationships such as congregation, family, friends, neighbors, civic associations, schools, universities and unions. Join us by clicking this link or the red join button below. 

 

 

 

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Voice to the Voiceless in NJ's 2nd Congressional District

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR VOTER ENGAGEMENT AND MOBILIZATION IN SOUTH JERSEY

Saturday, February 22, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM,  Shiloh Baptist Church, 1837 NE Blvd, Vineland, NJ 08360

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ORGANIZING FOR POWER

This non-partisan leadership training is for people of all ages and backgrounds who want to become more effective in organizing people for political and electoral power.

The Second Congressional District of South Jersey is today one of the most competitive in the nation. It was twice won by Barack Obama and once by Donald Trump. It’s current member of Congress, Jeff Van Drew, recently switched parties, and there are now a half dozen contenders for that office. Voice to the Voiceless Project will train leaders as community organizers and promote expanded electoral participation in the Second Congressional District  throughout 2020.

The program will not endorse or support candidates for Congress or President. The program is not about candidates, it is about voters and grassroots leaders like you who want the voice of the people of the district to be heard above the national media, the big money and the two political parties. Participants do not have to be from or live in the district. 

This training is modeled after the highly successful Camp Obama program developed by President Obama and hiscommunity organizing field staff in 2007 and it is an official partner of the non-partisan When We All Vote project led by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Like in Camp Obama, grassroots leaders will be trained in the communityorganizing methodology for advancing an aggressive Get Out the Vote program among all voters with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised and underrepresented populations – including African American, Latino Voters, and Young Voters. 

The training will be about the principles of leadership and community organizing and the mechanics of expanding political participation including:

  • Power, Self Interest, Relationships, and Listening - understanding and leveraging your own (and others) motivations for building power and changing structures.
  • Identifying, Recruiting and Developing Leaderstargeting constituencies, their institutions and their leaders.
  • The Tools for Power - voter identification, voter registration, organization, participation and turnout.
  • New Tools and Technologies - using a voter database, demographic and spatial analysis and vote by mail.  
  • Building a Team - becoming an organizer and developing and managing leadership teams.
  • Calendar, Goals, Assignments and Time Management - how many, where and by when?

The training will start at 9:00 AM sharp and will end at 2:00 PM. It will include lunch and breaks. Participants must attend the entire training. 

All attendees must pre-register. There is a $10.00 fee to cover refreshments and lunch.

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Event Date: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Event location: 
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1837 NE Blvd, Vineland, NJ 08360
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