Webinar:

Part 1: Motivation and Structure
Part 2: People
Part 3: Process
Part 4: Action, Resources & Questions

Resources:

  • Rise Stronger United States of Resistance: Share your own free group calendar and pages for updates by looking your group 
  • Rise Stronger People’s Calendar: this is a national calendar where you can publicize and share your events. If you are using the RISE “groups” tool, you can enter “private” events to share only with your group members, or add a “Public” event to your group calendar and it will automatically load into the national public calendar.
  • The United Guide: A collaborative effort of organizers helping organizers, including tips for empowering group members, instilling agency, dealing with conflicts in leadership teams, and coalition building.
  • Coming Soon: Rise Stronger Coalitions Tool that will be integrated into the “groups” tool – where you’ll be able to form and dissolve coalitions by tagging several groups, which will generate a shared coalitions calendar. If you want to help RISE Stronger beta-test this tool, please contact Karen
  • What is an Affinity Group?:  the value of affinity groups in consolidating power and staying motivated.

The Building Coalitions webinar was led by:

Marilyn Cachola Lucey, Together We Will (TWW) – Marilyn is part of the Together We Will Leadership Council and an OFA Fellow. She is a longtime education, special education, and disability rights advocate; she serves on a county commission, a state level non-profit commission, and local advisory boards. Her foray into the national grassroots arena is bolstered by a keen interest and commitment to anti-oppression organizing. She works as a special education advocate in the San Francisco bay area and lives in the Tea Party toehold of this blue region with her husband and children.

Lecia Michelle, Real Talk: WOC & Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression: Lecia Michelle is the creator of the Facebook group “Real Talk: WOC and Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression.” Lecia realized after the election that it was important to have a space that centered WOC but also taught allies how to fight racism. Thus Real Talk was born. “Real Talk: WOC and Allies Learning and Growing Together” is a space where allies can come to ask questions, find resources and have discussions about what they can do to truly be an ally. The group strives to be diverse in every way and to embrace and support the fact that we are all connected through the intersectionality of our unique backgrounds.

Bethany Amborn, Real Talk and TWW: Bethany is a long time LGBTQ rights and anti-racism activist, married mom of 2 little girls, and works in the IT field. After the election, she became heavily involved in local and national political activism and is lucky to be a part of some great groups. A founding member of TWW, Bethany serves on the board and has had the honor of assisting the admin team in Real Talk since January.

Emily Gonzales, The Swell Collective: Emily is the founder of the Swell Collective, whose mission is to invest the tools and skills of conscious collaboration, ethical exercise of power & privilege, and resilience & self-care directly into the hands of those working towards and dreaming of peaceful, healthy and diverse communities. SC provides training and ongoing support for a new wave of facilitators and conveners of diverse groups working together for a thriving coexistence. Power is fuel, not a weapon.
Katharine Marrs, California Democratic Party: Katharine is the CA State Field Director for the March Into ’18 Program, with the California Democratic Party. March Into ’18 currently targets five CA Congressional Districts needed to flip the House of Representatives for Democrats in 2018.

Karen May, RISE Stronger: Karen’s first job out of college with Cesar Chavez and the UFW trained her as a lifelong organizer, no matter what job she found herself in – “Si Se Puede” is in her blood. After working on deindustrialization issues in Chicago, cooperative development in Puerto Rico, and back to Chicago in hybrid nonprofit/economic development/Dem politics spaces (where one of her peak experiences was writing “community development venture capital” legislation with then State Senator Barack Obama), she came back to California, and after two Masters degrees (Community Economic Development and International Economics) worked in academic environments taking her experience in equity financing vehicles to an international development context. And then the 2016 election happened and her entire life plan changed. She felt the call to pivot from international work back to her grassroots, and she started organizing with local resistance groups and building coalitions. She currently serve as the Membership Director for RISE Stronger, a national policy-oriented resistance group whose motto is “No Ego, No Turf.” In addition to recruiting volunteers for the national work they do, her mandate with RISE also includes facilitating coalitions and collaboration among grassroots activist groups, as well as collecting and creating training resources. Karen also coordinate a regional coalition called “Southland Resistance” which consists of grassroots resistance organizations along the 10-210 corridor in greater L.A. She is passionate (possibly obsessed) about coalition building and finding innovative ways to collaborate and amplify our message, power, and values. When she’s not organizing, she’s most likely teaching yoga and meditation to bring self-care to diverse communities, resist activist burnout, and integrate inner and outer liberation.

Andrea Catone, Action Together Network (ATN): Andrea is a social movement strategist, sociologist, and data analyst with a passion for community organizing and supporting the work of volunteers. Andrea is the co-founder and Network Coordinator of Action Together Network (ATN), which connects and supports a network of leaders of activist groups and creators of resources for activist groups.

More about the groups our presenters work with and recommended resources:

Real Talk is a space specifically centered on WOC leadership, where WOC and allies can come to ask questions, find resources and have discussions. We welcome cis women, transgender women or anyone self-identifying as a woman. The group strives to be diverse in every way and to embrace and support the fact that we are all connected through the intersectionality of our unique backgrounds. The Google definition of intersectionality is provided for clarification:
Intersectionality: The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
“Through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.”

RISE Stronger is a national volunteer-managed organization that arose after the 2016 election, whose early leadership included many former Obama administration policy experts. RISE Stronger’s ongoing “Policy Working Groups” produce Policy explainers and “Calls-to-Action” for distribution to our audience of over 70k subscribers. Our website also offers several tools for aggregated information and resources for “resistance” groups to connect with each other, like “The People’s Calendar” and “The United States of Resistance” map of groups and customizeable group pages. Coalition organizing tools will soon be integrated into the map and groups tools.
MISSION
We inform and empower people to be active participants working toward a progressive democracy.
VISION
A nation of engaged people holding their government and leaders accountable 365 days a year.

Together We Will (TWW) is a 501(c)(4) civic engagement education organization that gets people involved in local governance and drives progressive engagement at all levels. With over 70% of members being new to political engagement, we are cultivating a lifestyle of activism that will not only resist current dangerous policy, but drive sustainable, longterm solutions that encompass our progressive priorities, including both political and social activism. Together We Will was born from the upswell of progressive political activism following the 2016 election. Hundreds of thousands were spurred into urgent action across the country in an unprecedented mobilization of everyday people into a grassroots movement. TWW groups now count more than 400,000 members in regional and local groups throughout the country, and internationally. 

The Swell Collective is a 501 (c) 3 public benefit corporation. Our mission is to invest the tools and skills of conscious collaboration, ethical exercise of power & privilege, and resilience & self-care directly into the hands of those working towards and dreaming of peaceful, healthy and diverse communities.

Action Together Network (ATN) connects leaders of activist groups and creators of resources for activists with one another and provides them with support services. ATN members troubleshoot together, share best practices, amplify each other’s efforts, and collaborate on projects. At its core, ATN is part of the connective tissue designed to bring together people in productive and mutually-supportive ways. ATN has grown into a network of hundreds of leaders across the the US and abroad. Groups in ATN range in size and focus: from town, district and county groups to state/regional groups and large national/international organizations. To join the ATN Leadership Network, please email Andrea.

The March Into ’18 Program with the California Democratic Party currently targets five CA Congressional Districts needed to flip the House of Representatives for Democrats in 2018. To find out how you can get involved with March Into ’18 events in CA, please visit: https://toolbox.dccc.org/take-action/

ActLocal is a national network of local leaders focused on building local power and promoting allyship and coordination across the progressive movement through in-person gatherings. In November of 2017, organizers and leaders will gather at 15+ invite-only events across the country for a day of workshops, trainings, and networking building. For more information, or press/partnership inquiries, please reach out via email.