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.
The program starts March 2019. The program meets from March to July on the following days:
Through this program, participants will be able to:
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.