Grow your capacity: community meetings and events, engaging young people, more

Local events and resources

River Terrace Community Organization meeting, November 28: The meeting will be held at River Terrace Education Campus starting at 6:30 pm. The agenda includes agency and other reports and consideration of the 2019 RTCO calendar (which has several community cleanups scheduled).

Ward 8 Democrats' Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, December 15: Open to all, the event will take place at Noon at RISE Demonstration Center.

We Own It! Community Grocery Coop Owner-Membership Meetup, December 8: Attend the second official meetup to learn about how the community is coming together to ensure local, sustainable, affordable, and accessible healthy food for all residents in Wards 7 and 8.

Healing Practices To Be A Better White Ally - Holiday Edition, December 8: Join Sandra Kim, the Founder of Everyday Feminism, for a free workshop teaching healing practices to white allies. Who this is for: Anti-racist white folks who are stressed and worried about how to respond to their white family members if and when they say racist things over the holidays.

Movement Matters’ Community Organizing and Popular Education Institute, January 28-February 1: Apply now for the beginning of 2019 learning opp which is perfect for new and seasoned organizers (1-3 years on-the-ground experience), popular educators and facilitators, and community leaders/advocates (that have moved beyond leadership development into organizing).

Tools and resources

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  • Women of Color in the Era of #MeToo, Monday, December 3: Join the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum for a conversation on how women of color experience harassment in the workplace and what can be done to prevent it. The conversation will explore the momentum of the #MeToo movement and the need to ensure that the movement focuses on harassment faced by most vulnerable workers, who are often women of color in low-wage industries. Webcast.

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  • Free Webinar: 10 Website and Email Marketing Best Practices for Small Nonprofits, Tuesday, January 8: Packed with practical, how-to advice and customized for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this free webinar will stress the importance of professional website design and strategic email marketing and fundraising.

  • Writing a Powerful Case for Support, December 12: "One of North America's most experienced case writers shares his secrets for properly selling your projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas." Free.

  • Tools to Engage Webinar Series: Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation, November 28: "Race is difficult to talk about. But when race directly affects the policies that shape our lives, and vice versa, not talking about it is even worse. Join the Building Movement Project and special guest Marlysa D. Gamblin from Bread for the World Institute for this 60-minute webinar to talk about Bread’s new Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation—an interactive tool that helps people talk about race and learn about the importance of racial equity."

Good reads

  • Defending Race-Conscious Admissions, Friday, November 30, 5:00 pm: Join the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for a panel discussion featuring students and lawyers who recently defended Harvard University's right to consider race and ethnicity in admissions to promote diversity on campus (Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard). In addition to sharing their experiences from the three-week trial, the panelists will also provide insights into what's at stake in the case, why a diverse group of students became directly involved, and how this case fits into larger conversations about race, equity, and educational access. Webcast.

  • Motivote Gives Young People the Tools They Need to Vote: "Co-founder of motivote, Rachel Konowitz, set out to find a solution to low turnout among voters aged 18 to 29. Through the motivote platform, groups of friends can sign up and form a voting team. Each member of the team then makes a commitment to vote in an upcoming election. Users receive tailored reminders and customized roadmaps to set them up for success, and help make voting accessible, simpler – and fun." (Spark Action)

  • 'Farming While Black': A Guide To Finding Power And Dignity Through Food: "Leah Penniman was told she wasn't welcome, from her first day in a conservative, almost all-white kindergarten. . . [she has] 'real power and dignity' through food, and how people with zero experience in gardening and farming can do the same." (NPR)

  • New test kit invented by NUS researchers enables quick, accurate, and inexpensive screening of diseases (National University of Singapore)