Stand Together Workshop

Stand Together: A Day of Action Workshops

--Report by Hyung Nam, HCAO Education Chair

Hyung Nam participated in co-organizing a first of a series of workshops on organizing.  The organizers and sponsors included the many groups in the Climate Action Coalition, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, HCAO, Portland’s Resistance and many others. Even with the snow and ice, event organizers did not cancel knowing how crucial this kind of preparation will be to get people ready not only for mass mobilizations around the presidential inauguration, but for building and sustaining ongoing social movements for strategic change. The event had over 200 participants, despite the weather.

The facebook event page described it as follows:

“Join us on January 14 for a day of workshops for people new to social and political action and for those upgrading their skills. We'll have a full day of sessions in strategic action planning, media, community outreach, messaging, peace-keeping, tactical design, legal observing, Know Your Rights, non-violent direct action, and more.

“Concurrent skills sessions will be available all day. Gain practical ideas for effective dissent and target messaging within a non-violent framework. Support and implementation of the workshops comes from a variety of Portland-area communities and issue advocacy groups promoting Immigrant and racial justice, gender rights, fair housing, healthcare-for-all, and climate action.”

Hyung Nam presented a three-hour workshop entitled “More Than a Protest: Proceeding Strategically After the Election,” which explored strategic campaigns and actions for change; understanding the spectrum of allies and opponents; building people power and coalitions; and story-based advocacy strategies and narrative insurgency with issues like health care and immigration.  See notes and materials HERE.

In a debriefing meeting, the organizers agreed that it was a successful day and that we will continue to organize more on an ongoing basis. Bonnie McKinlay from the Climate Action Coalition will also help organize similar event in Eugene on Feb. 4 with the Civil Liberties Defense Center and later in Southern Oregon.

See the workshop event page for photos, comments and a video of the opening panel, including Hyung Nam, not speaking officially for HCAO, on social movements