February's Building Skills for Change was an experiment for us. The Institute just implemented a new pricing structure that preserves subsidies for students from marginalized backgrounds, while actually being sustainable. It worked! Students and facilitators had a wonderful weekend learning how to organize more effectively together. If you want to attend our next session, you can apply at www.changeleaders.ca/skills
Canroots 2017 was a huge success.
Over 300 people joined us for two days and 91 percent of those who gave us evaluations thought that the conference was either fantastic or solid.
Many took from the session “how big organizing changes everything” practical skills on how to engage, trust, rely and work with large numbers of volunteers through expert advices from Becky Bond and Zack Exley of the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Others were challenged and inspired by the Black Life Matters panel of speakers, Zanana Akande, Sandy Hudson, Desmond Cole, Anna Willats and Howard Morton.
Participants learned from Gilary Massa - National Council of Canadian Muslims, how to deal with Trump's message of hate and provide solidarity with the Muslim Community. They vowed to work together to repeal safe third country agreement after hearing from Raoul Boulakia - Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario and Syed Hussan - No One Is Illegal.
Other specific actions were generated from the conference, ranging from pooling data for collective benefit, to working on different campaigns like say no to nestle bottling Ontario fresh water, fight for 15 minimum wage, professional pay for early childhood educators and update the employment standard act so it reflects real workers conditions.
All in all, the participants gave us a ringing endorsement as 93 percent said if CanRoots happens again next year, they would attend.
Thank you again. Let’s continue to work together to creat a more fair and progressive society.
We trained 200 community members how to recruit their friends and lobby their MPPs for the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)'s #MakeItFair campaign! You can help win decent work for all by visiting www.makeitfair.ca
2 weeks after the US Presidential Election, two of our trainers visited the Wellstone Institute's 'Unconference' called Rootscamp. This annual gathering of progressive organizers had many fascinating conversations about what happened over the election campaign, and what we need to learn from it.
Here are some key takeaways we'll share with you.