Everyone knows about the tremendous impact the Occupy movement has had on the national conversation on inequality. But many Occupies have been equally instrumental in bringing about major change in their own communities and making a real difference in local issues.
The examples are abundant. Across the country, Occupations have saved homes from foreclosure, challenged corrupt municipal officials, and stood up to unfair ordinances and local laws — and the list goes on and on.
However, as the organizers of these actions will tell you, to successfully organize local activism, it is critical to effectively research the issue ahead of time to identify pressure points, supporters and opponents and figure out how to craft your message for real, local change. For this reason, we will be sharing tactics and strategies for researching these types of issues at tonight’s Occupy Supply webinar.
We’re pleased to invite you to join our free online talk “Identify, Investigate, Occupy: Researching Stakeholders for Local Activism” with ACORN founder Wade Rathke, former Occupy Buffalo member and FDL Director of Operations Samantha Colon and Occupy Monterey member Colin Gallagher.
Tonight’s panel will begin with a presentation by Samantha Colon, former protester with Occupy Buffalo and the newest member of the Firedoglake staff. Sam will be talking about the steps to identifying stakeholders in local issues — answering the important questions of who stands to benefit and who stands to be hurt by a particular action? Sam’s work with Occupy Buffalo helped make that Occupation one of the most effective in the nation for local activism.
We’ll also be joined by Wade Rathke, the founder of ACORN, who will talk about the ways in which Occupations can build coalition support with other local groups, which is often necessary for effective community organizing.
Finally we will hear from Occupy Monterey’s Colin Gallagher, who will share his experiences with local activism and discuss the tools available to occupations so that they can learn more about what is happening in their communities.
The presentation portion of our webinar will be recorded for everyone, but we will not record the Q&A portion so that people may speak freely.
As always, tonight’s discussion is open to the public – occupier, activist or supporter.