Over the next two months, a coalition of groups—led by the CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals—is joining with the Institute for Change to learn the fundamentals of community organizing and build a new campaign to win justice for the victims of cannabis prohibition. The goal: a federal commitment to cannabis amnesty.
Cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018, yet hundreds of thousands of Canadians—disproportionately marginalized and racialized—still have criminal convictions for non-violent, minor cannabis offences. A federal program aimed at expunging past records for cannabis possession has only led to 400 successful pardons as of March 2021. We need a general amnesty for Canadians with convictions for possession of cannabis.
The training will take place over Zoom each Wednesday evening, 7:00pm-9:00pm EDT, for seven weeks starting June 30th. The training series will cover five key leadership practices: telling stories, building relationships, structuring teams, strategizing, and designing effective tactics. Participants will complete the training with a fully-developed campaign plan and will put the lessons into action immediately.
Dates and topics
June 30 - Introduction to organizing and coaching
July 7 - Public Narrative I
July 14 - Strategies
July 21 - Tactics
July 28 - Building relationships and Public Narrative II
August 4 - Teamwork and collective action
August 11 - Commitment and celebration
Olivia Chow leads the Institute’s educational initiatives and has helped train over 7500 activists in political organizing. Olivia has two certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education Program and 9 years of teaching experience. Olivia Chow has also been one of Canada’s most effective and well known public figures. She served 2 terms as a school trustee, 4 terms as a Toronto city councillor and 8 years as a Member of Parliament.