4 Ways to Honor Juneteenth with Action

Last year’s historic protests against racist police violence has brought more attention to the traditional Black holiday, Juneteenth. What’s the Story with Juneteenth? Celebrated on June 19th each year, Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed the last remaining Black slaves that they were free—and that they had been for almost two years, since the Emancipation Proclamation. Since the late 1800s, Black Americans have used Juneteenth as an opportunity to honor past and current struggles, educating communities about Black history and culture, and highlighting the achievements of Black Americans, often in conjunction [...]

June 15th, 2021|Tools for Action|

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 [...]

June 8th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|

Academy 2021 Report

Fresh off the 2020 Presidential Election, and still in the thick of the pandemic, what would be the interest for community organizing in the new year? With in-person gatherings off the table, and the struggles for racial, economic, and environmental justice rising, the Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project forged ahead in building a community of practice online.

June 8th, 2021|WiLD News|

5 Ways to Support the LGBTQ+ Community During Pride Month

The Stonewall Riots, which occurred in June 1969 in New York City, were the initial spark for the modern LGBTQ+” rights movement. As one of the few gathering places accepting LGBTQ+ patrons at the time, the Stonewall Inn was a safe-haven. Faced with a spontaneous police raid, Stonewall patrons—many of them trans women of color—fought for their right to congregate in peace. There has certainly been progress in the 52 years since Stonewall (marriage equality, for example), but many challenges persist, including health disparities, violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and the introduction of discriminatory legislation. 5 Ways to [...]

June 2nd, 2021|Tools for Action|

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 [...]

May 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 [...]

May 12th, 2021|Organizer Spotlights|


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