This training is fully interactive and has direct application in each session. We train using popular education and integrating experiential education, allowing people to explore in a hands-on, direct manner, while also drawing out the expertise that the individual already has within.
Who should attend this Community Organizing Skills Training?
Experienced and less-experienced organizers, activists, community leaders and any other people who wants to learn what ‘community organizer’ is about.
Topics covered include:
Intro to Organizing, Campaign Planning, Facilitating Meetings, Working with Media and Intro to Nonviolent Direct Action.
Where: 1000 South Cooper St. Memphis Tn 38104 – First Congregational Church Conference Center
When: Friday, May 27: 6-9pm
Saturday, May 28: 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 29: 2-6:30pm
****** No partial attendance allowed ******
Cost: Sliding scale ($30-$375) based on the individual’s income. If your organization is sending you to the training, use the organizational budget to determine the fee.
Please consider that it costs MSPJC $200 per person to do the training.
Fee includes 14+ hours of training, simple snacks, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday, materials and follow up support from a network of the mid-south best organizers and activists.
Some scholarships may be available, please request scholarship application by email.
Donations for workshop scholarships gratefully accepted!
We’ve met with the Mayor and countless stakeholders in pusuit of a robust investment in public transit. With bus riders and operators leading the charge, we have shed light on the #BusCrisis. By demanding #transitNOTtrolleys, we have forged a new narrative about WHO should take priority. The media and our elected officials are increasingly noticing the race and class disparities in transportation funding.
Now it’s time to see the fruits of our labor. Will MATA receive it’s funding request for an increase of $8 million for operating and $5 million for new buses in Mayor Strickland’s budget? Or will bus riders across Memphis suffer from more cuts?
Join us at City Hall April 19th for Mayor Strickland’s budget presentation to City Council!
We will meet up in front of City Hall at 2:30 for a rally and press conference. At 3:30, we will enter the council meeting and listen to the budget presentation.
Watch the Facebook event page for other ways to get involved.
See you there!
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
- No grant is going to fully pay for what we do. Our willingness to follow the needs and demands of the community and willingness to speak truth to power, no matter who holds that power, means that many foundation and traditional funders turn away from our important work.
- You want a world where any person has the heart and skills will speak out and act up to make the future better for our community.
- You want to support campaigns such as the Memphis Bus Riders Union, Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality andMemphis United.
- You’ve been attending rallies, forums and marches for years and you know the value of organization such as the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. You want to support groups like us that are building long-term movements for change.
- You want a radical local grassroots movement that is able to take the fight to the next issue and support the next person and community that is ready to act for justice in the interests of peace.
Meet the new Executive Committee!
At our December meeting we elected the new executive committee that will lead our work in 2016. These transit warriors have demonstrated a strong commitment to the work of MBRU.
Cynthia Bailey & Sammie Hunter
Former Outreach Coordinator, Bailey has been a fearless organizer with MBRU for 3 years. Hunter joined MBRU in 2013 and led MBRU as co-chair in 2015. His no-nonsense approach to negotiation continues to protect the interests MBRU.
Davis is a junior at Rhodes College. Davis joined the MidSouth Peace & Justice Center as an intern in 2015 and quickly found his home in the trenches with MBRU!
Foster joined MBRU in 2012 and served as secretary in 2015. Foster is an organizer with the Transit Justice program at the MidSouth Peace & Justice Center
Harden is a dedicated organizer. In 2015 she worked in the Outreach Committee and became well known in the community as a voice for justice.
2016 We’re coming for ya!