Ella Josephine Baker Black Organizers Group

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Network Delaware’s Ella Josephine Baker Black Organizers Group is for aspiring Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) organizers wishing to improve their skills to make an impact for racial justice and fight for Black liberation.

This small group immerses participants in the fundamentals of social change organizing, base building, leadership development, and campaign planning.

Selected participants will develop their skills through group workshops, campaign simulations, and working with guest speakers. Through out-of-class assignments (e.g. readings, videos, and exercises) participants will hone their ability to be successful Black organizers.

This program is for:
Aspiring Black individuals who want to organize Black communities and fight for Black liberation. This program is ideal for those who want to develop the political analysis and fundamental organizing skills to center Black issues in our state.

Schedule

The program starts March 2019. The program meets from March to July on the following days:

  • March 12th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • March 26th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • April 7th: 3pm to 6pm
  • April 9th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • April 30th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • May 5th: 3pm to 6pm
  • May 14th : 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • May 28th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • June 2nd: 3pm to 6pm
  • June 11th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • June 25th: 6pm to 9pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthe

Objectives

Through this program, participants will be able to:

  • Apply best practices from Black-led organizers, movements, and Change Agents throughout history
  • Build the base among both Black and multiracial communities
  • Facilitate leadership development among Black communities
  • Coordinate issue campaigns with a sense of urgency (e.g. tackling the wealth gap, mass incarceration, and educational inequity)
  • Improve personal productivity and ability to “get things done”
  • Analyze how to challenge institutional and systemic racism and white supremacy (e.g. organizations, policies, narratives, etc.)
  • Create detailed action plans, thorough strategies, and a diverse tactical repertoire
  • Foster committed action-oriented groups
  • Translate values into a public narrative that motivates others to action

Organization

This program involves a mix of facilitated class discussion, individual reading, involvement in an external “organizing project,” group work, etc. Below is the full breakdown of expectations.

1. In-person sessions
Through structured learning, participants will review course readings/videos and how they connect to their organizing project. Sessions will involve full- and small-group discussions, practice of skills, and guest presentations.

2. Practicing skills
All participants will do field practice assignments, join/create an issue campaign, or coordinate a neighborhood team in order to practice the skills used in the program.

3. Out-of-session assignments
Participants will occasionally be asked to work on an assignment in-between sessions. Some assignments could include: readings, watching videos, writing why they wish to run, researching policy, etc.

4. Coaching sessions
Interested participants may also have meetings with a coach during or after the program to better understand the process of organizing.

5. Rotating facilitation
Each participant will get the chance to facilitate at least one session of the program. We will provide the curriculum and resources.

Take Action

Applications are now closed for the Spring session of the program. However, if you're interested in this program for the future, please apply below and we will reach out when scheduling the next session.

Email us at info@thenetworkde.org for more info.

FAQ

  • What if I have to miss a session?
    Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged, however if you need to miss a session please let the program managers know in your interview.
  • When is your next program?
    Depending on interest, we will do another one in the Summer/Fall
  • What scholarships are available?
    Full and partial-scholarships are available. Please note in your application
  • Who can apply?
    Anyone is encouraged to apply!
  • What is the application process?
    It’s a two-part process. First a written form, and then an in-person interview.