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SOUL 2016 National Youth Organizing Training Institute

Seeding Change is proud to co-sponsor the SOUL‘s 2016 National Youth Organizing Training Institute. Applications are due Friday, February 12, 2015.

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West Coast: March 30, 31 & April 1 : Oakland, CA
Co-sponsored by: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Chinese Progressive Association Youth MOJO, Coleman Advocates, Innercity Struggle & Seeding Change
To apply online: OAK individual application & OAK organizational application.
Apply by  2/12

East Coast Institute Applications coming soon!
Week of April 25-30 :: New York, NY

The INSTITUTE 2016, offered on both East & West Coasts, is an introductory organizing training for young organizers, young member leaders, and youth organizers from across the country.

Participants will come together to build their skills, exchange lessons learned, and strategize to fight and win justice for our communities. We’ll develop a solid and systematic orientation to the fundamentals of organizing, including base-building, campaign strategy, and leadership development. Rooted in current youth struggles, the INSTITUTE will provide a unique space for emerging leaders to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, to advance our organizations and to build a stronger movement.

Participants will receive SOUL’s youth organizing curriculum manual, as well as breakfast and lunch for all days of training. Training fees range from $200 to $690, and are determined on a sliding scale based on organizational budget. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses.

Space for THE INSTITUTES is limited, so please do apply early!

:: Application Instructions ::

This application has two parts.

ORGANIZATIONAL APPLICATION. Organizational staff should complete this part of the application. Only one application per organization is required.

INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION. Each person who is applying to attend the National Youth Organizing Training Institute must complete this individual application.

Each application can be submitted separately, but BOTH applications must be submitted online by the due date in order to be considered.

Oakland Institute application deadline is February 12, 2015.
NEW YORK INSTITUTE week of April 25 :: Applications coming soon!

To apply online: OAK individual application & OAK organizational application.

For more information, assistance, or to discuss your application with us, please please call (510)451-5466 x217 or email SOUL at nyoti@schoolofunityandliberation.org.

 

 

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SOUL 2015 National Youth Organizing Training Institute

Seeding Change is proud to co-sponsor the SOUL‘s 2015 National Youth Organizing Training Institute. Applications are due Friday, February 6, 2015.

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West Coast: March 18, 19 & 20 : Oakland, CA
Co-sponsored by: CJJC, Coleman Advocates, Black Organizing Project & Seeding Change
To apply online: OAK individual application & OAK organizational application.
Apply by NEXT FRIDAY 2/6

The INSTITUTE 2015 is an introductory organizing training for young organizers, young member leaders, and youth organizers from across the country.

Participants will come together to build their skills, exchange lessons learned, and strategize to fight and win justice for our communities. We’ll develop a solid and systematic orientation to the fundamentals of organizing, including base-building, campaign strategy, and leadership development. Rooted in current youth struggles, the INSTITUTE will provide a unique space for emerging leaders to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, to advance our organizations and to build a stronger movement.

Participants will receive SOUL’s youth organizing curriculum manual, as well as breakfast and lunch for all days of training. Training fees range from $175 to $665, and are determined on a sliding scale based on organizational budget. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses. Lodging options in the area can range from $50-100 per night per person. Feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding accommodations.

Space for THE INSTITUTES is limited, so please do apply early!

:: Application Instructions ::

This application has two parts.

ORGANIZATIONAL APPLICATION. Organizational staff should complete this part of the application. Only one application per organization is required.

INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION. Each person who is applying to attend the National Youth Organizing Training Institute must complete this individual application.

Each application can be submitted separately, but BOTH applications must be submitted online by the due date in order to be considered.

Oakland Institute application deadline is February 6, 2015.

To apply online: OAK individual application & OAK organizational application.

For more information, assistance, or to discuss your application with us, please email SOULat nyoti@schoolofunityandliberation.org.

Black Lives Matter

We Choose Resistance: National Call on Black & Asian Solidarity

Listen to the Call


 

We invite you to be on a National Call on Black and Asian Solidarity co-hosted by Seeding Change and Black Lives Matter on Sunday, December 14th from 7-8 pm (PST) / 9-10 pm (CST) and 10-11 pm (EST).

What are the best ways for Asians to show up for Black communities in the current moment? How do we struggle with anti-Black racism in our own communities? Why is Black and Asian solidarity a strategic movement intervention? Speakers will include: ChangeLabSoutheast Asian Freedom Network – SEAFNDRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving, and #BlackLivesMatter.

Check out these reflections and statements:

Please register and RSVP here: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/webinar/register/1044442

This will be a video conference call. For audio, there will be a call-in number. Please download FUZE onto your computer at: www.fuze.com

Call Hosts:
Seeding Change
www.seeding-change.org

#BlackLivesMatter
http://blacklivesmatter.tumblr.com/

Photo Credit: Freedom Inc, Madison WI

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SOUL Summer Film Series

SOUL Summer Film Series presents:

Our Fighters, Our Living Legacies


AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS

FRIDAY JULY 18 7-9pm
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St, SF

popcorn + drinks will be served!

Co-sponsored by: Seeding Change, Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth and POV.

From grassroots organizing and urban rebellion in Detroit to theoretical writing and political debate inside and outside the academy, 99 year-old Grace Lee Boggs evolved as an influential Chinese American philosopher and activist alongside the emergence of US labor, black power and civil rights movements. This powerful film reveals her unrelenting willingness to re-evaluate movement tactics in relation to constantly shifting conditions and her passionate wisdom about what is needed today. Watch the trailer here.

For RSVP or questions: info@schoolofunityandliberation.org, (510)451-5466 x217

Suggested donation: $5-25 :: No one turned away for lack of funds.


Come out for all three screenings!

7/24 8pm The Trials of Muhammad Ali :: 1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

7/31 7pm Free Angela & All Political Prisoners :: 518 Valencia St, SF

SOUL School Of Unity & Liberation
::: a school to build a movement :::
www.schoolofunityandliberation.org
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Grassroots APIs Rising

Grassroots APIs Rising is a new formation of grassroots AAPIs organizations to exchange and share best practices in organizing, civic engagement, multi-racial coalition building, youth and queer justice work, organizational development, and fundraising. The past two decades, grassroots organizations have brought new organizers and leaders into the movement, and have won effective organizing and electoral campaigns. As the fastest growing demographic in the US, AAPIs need to develop a unified strategy around the role of AAPIs in the broader social and economic justice movement on a national level.

Last summer, over 30 grassroots AAPI organizations and 120 organizers convened in New Orleans, Louisiana to explore the role of AAPIs within the current moment, how we organize and build power among AAPI communities, and how we can work in solidarity with other communities for social change. The convening engaged with local organizing groups and supported the growth of AAPI grassroots organizing and activism in the South. Grassroots APIs Rising plans to hold its next gathering in 2015.

The Coordinating Committee includes: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) – Oakland, CA, AYPAL: Building API Community Power – Oakland, CA, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities – New York, NY, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) – San Francisco, CA, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) – Providence, MA, VAYLA – New Orleans, Louisiana. CPA, through Seeding Change, is currently providing coordinating support for the initiative.

Grassroots Asians Rising – Background & History

Background & History

Since 2004, the grassroots exchanges and relationship building have laid the ground for Grassroots Asians Rising. In response to the rise of neo-conservatism and the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004, API grassroots organizations, organizers, and activists from across the country came together 
to form the API Movement Building Network.

In 2007, the grassroots organizational exchanges began with the Chinatown-based grassroots organizations at the US Social Forum in Atlanta, where an API track for grassroots organizing and movement building was created. There was desire for the Chinatown grassroots organizations to continue building and exchanging and subsequently held exchanges in San Francisco in 2008, and then New York and Boston in 2009.

However, there was a need and interest for a broader
 AAPI grassroots organizing space, especially with Southeast Asian grassroots organizations that were on the leading edge of youth, queer, and trans organizing. In 2011, we convened the first API Organizers Retreat in San Gabriel Valley with 12 API grassroots organizations from across the country. These exchanges were an important space to share best practices in organizational and campaign strategy development, and most importantly build a movement.

10 years later, as AAPIs become one of the fastest growing demographics in the country and is declared 
a “swing” community, our grassroots organizing sector is stronger and our generation’s leadership has grown. As Grassroots Asians Rising develops, we are poised in this moment to move our communities and begin thinking about a national strategy for grassroots organizing in the AAPI community.

Grassroots APIs Rising Convening 2013

Grassroots APIs Rising for Racial Justice
July 31 – August 2, 2013
New Orleans, LA

On July 31st to August 2nd, over 120 Asian Pacific Islander organizers, activists, and community members will gather in New Orleans to discuss the role of API communities in the racial justice movement.

With the theme, “Grassroots APIs Rising for Racial Justice,” we want to explore our collective experiences of being API in the US, our role within theracial justice movement, how we organize and build power among API communities, and how we can be leading and working in solidarity with other communities for social change.

We are excited to be hosting the convening in New Orleans, where we will be engaging with local organizing groups and supporting the growth of API activism in the South! VAYLA-New Orleans is our local host and we are excited at the opportunity to support and growth the work of API and multi-ethnic communities in New Orleans!

Our Program

Goals for Conference:

  • To demonstrate impact of racial inequity within API communities and families
  • To create unity around what role APIs play in racial equity and racial justice organizing, given the context of our community’s history
  • To support, strengthen, and grow basebuilding in API communities as a critical strategy for achieving racial equity
  • To build strong relationships among low-income immigrant and refugee API organizations

Grassroots APIs Rising for Racial Justice is a collaborative effort between the following organizations:

  • VAYLA New Orleans (VAYLA)
  • Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
  • CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (CAAAV)
  • AYPAL Building API Community Power (AYPAL)
  • Chinese Progressive Association San Francisco (CPA)
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Materials from the Convening:

Asian American Community Training

The Asian American Community Training (ACT, pronounced A-C-T) is a collaboration between student organizers and Seeding Change that seeks to promote social justice and activism within the AAPI community.

Launched in 2005, ACT was founded to support AAPI young adults’ commitment to movement building and progressive social change. The program supports students to become leaders on their campuses and communities by supporting students to analyze and study our world in new ways, develop skills in grassroots organizing, and connect students with one another as well as with community organizers and movement elders.

At this time (2020) the Asian American Community Training is not active.

Movement Building Conversations

In 2012, the Chinese Progressive Association launched our Movement Building Conversations – a space where community organizers and activists could come together to learn from one another and engage in some of the movement’s key questions. Over the last two years, we have hosted conversations with journalist Reese Erlich, movement veteran Bob Wing, philosopher Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige, and the Boggs Center. Each of these conversations has helped to sharpen our thinking and understanding of what is happening locally, nationally, and internationally.

Upcoming Movement Building Conversations

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