Ashley Daniels: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Ashley Daniels, an organizer with the Carolina Federation (and participant in the 2021 virtual WiLD Academy): 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? I've learned (repeatedly) that the fissures and deep disrepair experienced in organizing is 9 times out of 10 caused by isolation. The times that I've felt inadequate or unbelonging to a movement was because, in isolation, I had begun to create stories about how others might be assessing me. Likewise, the times that I've connected with people who had been removed from the group, they were [...]

2021-06-23T11:59:51-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Dreama Caldwell: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Dreama Caldwell, Executive Co-Director at Down Home NC: 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? I have learned the importance of trying again after the fall, using the lessons from before to keep me from making the same mistakes. I am not afraid to own mistakes, be incorrect, admit to giving incorrect advice, or make choices that can be seen as failure. I understand that failure is just a lesson and success occurs when the lessons are applied. It is all a part of growing. It also shows courage [...]

2021-06-09T12:15:43-05:00June 8th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Maya Bueso: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Maya Bueso, a student organizer with Our Future Our Fight. 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? “Falling off the bike” to me personally is a learning experience to later reflect on and better myself in the skill I’m trying to learn. As much as it is stressful to “fall,” I’ve started to take it as a learning opportunity to learn what to do better the next time I “ride” my bike. New skills take lots of time to perfect, and that’s why it’s totally okay to have those [...]

2021-05-27T08:16:50-05:00May 27th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Aaron Jamal: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Aaron Jamal, an organizer with Carolina Federation: 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? I’ve fallen off the bike many times in my 11 years of organizing, and have learned a few lessons along the way: joyful discipline is a precondition for victory and long term commitment. Leadership is as much about your own development as it is about someone whose leadership you are deeply invested in. 2) What sustains you? Where do you get the energy to keep going? I have sustained myself through a revolutionary politic of [...]

2021-06-14T15:06:26-05:00May 12th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Laura Abellera: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Laura Abellera, an organizer with Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT): Photo Credit: Blessing Opeyemi Photography 1) What have you learned from “falling off the bike” as a leader? It's important for organizers (especially youth organizers) to know that working in the realm of social justice requires constant learning, growth, humility, and resilience. Unsurprisingly, I have learned SO much from the young people that I get to share space with and they are my motivator to keep challenging myself to be a better human being. I think the biggest thing I've learned is to challenge [...]

2021-05-05T10:04:41-05:00April 28th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Lisa Jones: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Lisa Jones, the lead organizer with Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH): 1) What did you learn from the challenges of being an organizer in 2020? I would have never thought organizing could be done by distance but, in some circles, it can be done. For those of us with computers and access to the internet, it was not difficult to make the shift to virtual. In this virtual organizing environment, it was clear that having technology is a barrier and makes it difficult in organizing those most impacted by systemic racism. 2) What [...]

2021-04-13T09:41:54-05:00April 13th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Anna Dvorak: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Anna Dvorak, a labor and political organizer: 1) What did you learn from the challenges of being an organizer in 2020? While we've experienced so much trauma and loss over the past year, I've learned the importance of giving myself grace and have tried to re-focus my mind towards gratitude as often as I can. I'm extremely grateful for all of the new connections I've made, the mutual aid programs I've been a part of and the new hobbies I've been able to take up during the past year. 2) What sustains you? Where do [...]

2021-03-17T09:27:08-05:00March 17th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Tony Brown: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Tony Brown, an Indigenous voting advocate with the Menīkānaehkem-Menominee Rebuilders: 1) What did you learn from the challenges of being an organizer in 2020? Organizing can be done online doing it for all people. Clean water is essential for life. Working through the road blocks was tiring at first until I realized the other side was having the same issue. 2) What sustains you? Where do you get the energy to keep going with the work? Sustainability for me is fed by my love of my tribe and my people. The thing about sustainability is [...]

2021-03-03T08:52:32-06:00March 3rd, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Michael Greif: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Michael Greif of the Leave-It-In-The-Ground Initiative, Sunrise Movement (Appleton Hub), Citizens' Climate Lobby (Appleton/Fox Cities Chapter), and Fox Valley Young Democrats. 1) What did you learn from the challenges of being an organizer in 2020? There is a story about Cesar Chavez saying that organizing is talking to one person, then another, then another. I don't think being in the virtual space has changed that. Making sure that people feel connected and feel a part of something bigger than themselves remains the key. The volunteer engagement in the 2020 election was beyond anything that long-time [...]

2021-02-23T10:14:01-06:00February 19th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Chris Hambuch-Boyle: Organizer Spotlight

This week's organizer spotlight features Chris Hambuch-Boyle of the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN): 1) What did you learn from the challenges of being an organizer in 2020? It was a year of connecting to a growing team of organizers at WPEN, who remain committed to ensuring that all children and staff in Wisconsin Public Schools get what they need to thrive. We engaged with all candidates running for the legislature in Northwest WI, asking questions about their commitment and policy asks for public schools. Sharing this information with their constituents helps educate all on the complexities and long term [...]

2021-02-11T11:09:11-06:00February 8th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|
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