[mgj-announce] MGJ NCOR workshop schedule
Mobilization for Global Justice
mgj at riseup.net
Thu Feb 2 11:01:04 PST 2006
UPDATE: MOBILIZATION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS AT THE NATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON ORGANIZED RESISTANCE
IN THIS UPDATE:
****New time for Next Steps for the Global Justice Movement workshop****
*Presenters and facilitators
The National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) will hold its
9th annual conference on the American University campus in Washington,
DC on the weekend of February 3-5. NCOR is an annual event that brings
together activists from a variety of issues, struggles, ideologies and
backgrounds for a weekend of learning and reflecting on the state of
progressive movements occurring locally, nationally and worldwide.
MGJ is sponsoring 3 workshops at NCOR. We hope that you'll come to NCOR
and that you'll consider attending our workshops. If possible, please
spread this information among your networks as well.
MOBILIZATION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS
AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ORGANIZED RESISTANCE (NCOR)
February 3-5, 2006, American University Mary Graydon Center, Washington, DC
This is a two-part workshop, with the first part focused on a critical
reexamination of the global context of local issues in Washington, DC,
the US and the world, and the second part focused on discussion of
concrete strategies for local-global organizing.
PART 1: HURRICANES, TSUNAMIS, AND BASEBALL STADIUMS
Saturday, Feb. 4, 3:00-4:30pm, Mary Graydon Center 3
Hurricane Katrina provides both an opportunity and a need to engage in
reflection about the unequal impacts of natural events and human-made
policies, and how "reconstruction" after a disaster is used by elites
to further consolidate their control. The parallels of unequal impacts
and profit-driven reconstruction between the hurricane in the U.S. and
recent disasters worldwide (such as the Asian tsunami) provide a global
context for this analysis. This workshop will feature presentations on
the political, economic, and environmental dimensions of the hurricane
disaster on the Gulf Coast; the Asian tsunami; hurricanes and mudslides
in Central America; and the gentrification of Washington DC.
Tamika Middleton, Critical Resistance New Orleans
Debayani Kar, Justice in South Asia
Chloe Schwabe, SHARE Foundation
Linda Leaks, Empower DC
PART 2: WHAT DOES LOCAL-GLOBAL ORGANIZING LOOK LIKE?
Saturday, Feb. 4, 4:40-6:10pm, Mary Graydon Center 3
This workshop will be structured as a roundtable strategy meeting, in
which global justice activists working on the IMF, World Bank, WTO,
FTAA, CAFTA, etc. as well as against wars and occupations in Iraq and
elsewhere, and local activists working on housing justice, labor,
immigrant's rights, prisons, etc. will share insights and experiences
of what has worked and what hasn't worked in their efforts at
integrating local and global organizing.
NEXT STEPS FOR THE GLOBAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT IN THE U.S. "FISHBOWL"
Sunday, Feb. 5, 11:40am-1:10pm, Mary Graydon Center 4&5
A grassroots movement against corporate globalization and for global
justice became highly visible in the United States with the protests
against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle in 1999. Since
then, activists in the US have continued to work on global economic
justice. However, mass mobilizations and direct action on these issues
are widely perceived to have declined in this country. Has the US
global justice movement weakened, and if so, why? What is the best way
to advance it? Using a "fishbowl" structure, people actively involved
in the U.S. global justice movement will engage in a lively discussion
of these important questions, followed by a Q&A and general discussion.
The workshop is intended to allow activists to share analysis and
strategies to discuss the way forward in the struggle for a better
Co-sponsored with 50 Years is Enough Network
Sameer Dossani, 50 Years is Enough Network (moderator)
David Meieran, Pittsburgh Organizing Group, the Thomas Merton Center,
United for Peace and Justice Steering Committee
Marie Dennis, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns
Camilo Romero, United Students Against Sweatshops
Julia Schaeffer, Mobilization for Global Justice
CREATIVE MEDIA ORGANIZING
This is a two-part skills workshop.
PART 1: GETTING YOUR STORY INTO THE MEDIA
Saturday, Feb. 4, 11:40am-1:10pm, Mary Graydon Center 200
This workshop will provide hands-on training in basic media skills for
activists, to help us get our messages into the mainstream media. It
will incorporate exercises in messaging and writing press releases, and
role play exercises in pitch calls and media interviews.
Hope Chu, Mobilization for Global Justice, 50 Years is Enough Network
Debayani Kar, Justice in South Asia
PART 2: STREET THEATER AS A MEDIA TOOL
Saturday, Feb. 4, 1:20-2:50pm, Mary Graydon Center 200
This workshop will provide hands-on training on use of street theater
as a tool to get more and better media coverage of the issues that we
work on as social change movements. It will entail basic street theater
skill-building exercises, group exercises in messaging, and in
translating messaging into effective street theater or other creative
Basav Sen, Mobilization for Global Justice
The registration for the whole conference is $10 in advance or $12 at
the door. Registration instructions: www.organizedresistance.org.
Take the red line to the Tenleytown/American University Metro stop.
When you leave the metro station, take the escalator on your left. This
will lead you to the Metro bus stops at the corner of Albemarle and
40th Street. An American University (AU) shuttle bus picks up from this
corner approximately every 15 minutes. Driving and walking directions
can be found on the NCOR website at www.organizedresistance.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on NCOR and a conference schedule:
TO CONTACT MGJ: mgj at riseup.net, 202-898-5953, www.globalizethis.org
The Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ) is a Washington, DC based
group that works on issues of global economic and social justice and
sustainability. We believe another world is possible and necessary. We
envision a world free of corporate domination and crushing debt,
particularly in communities of color. We act to expose and change the
institutionalized violence wrought by international financial and trade
institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and
World Trade Organization.
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MGJ General organizing meetings are every Wednesday, 7-9pm at St. Stephens
Church, 16th and Newton St. NW (Columbia Heights Metro stop, S2 and S4 Bus,
Street parking only, lots of bike parking)
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