Organize PGH Summer Training Program

Fight Back Pittsburgh’s Organize Pittsburgh Summer Organizing Training is a new(er) and more experienced organizers training on key organizing skills, political education, and opportunities to get involved in social movements in Pittsburgh. Each week we will host a political education seminar (Wednesdays at 5:30pm) and a skills based training (Saturdays at 10am. We will also pick 2-3 key events, actions or meetings hosted by local organizations to attend as a group and debrief them as a group afterwards.

All of the sessions are free and open to the public.  Additionally a group of 30 fellows who have committed to participate in the entire program have been matched up with experienced organizers as mentors to help guide them through the program.

The program follows a coherent progression with a specific theme each week. In the first week, we will introduce basic organizing models in place in current social movements. Then in the second week, we will look at Pittsburgh’s rich social movement history. In the third, fourth and fifth weeks, we’ll  dive into key issues at play in the region. In the final week we will dive deeper into the theories of change we’ve explored through the training and start to think about our organizing priorities going forward.

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Political Education

Since the election of Donald Trump, scores of new activists and organizers have joined social movements here in Pittsburgh and around the country, bringing a whole new level of energy, enthusiasm and excitement. But energy and enthusiasm alone won’t allow us to build a movement powerful enough to protect our communities and bring about a wave of progressive transformative change. Our movement needs to develop a comprehensive and intersectional political analysis in to guide us in our organizing. 

During the Organize Pittsburgh Training Program we will host weekly political education sessions to introduce a wide range of social movements, issue areas, and theories of change.  Political education sessions are Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

  • June 7–Mapping Social Movements in Pittsburgh–And Beyond
  • June 14–History of Social Movements in Pittsburgh
  • June 21–Collective Liberation and Dismantling Systems of Oppression
  • June 28–The Fight for Workers Rights–Labor and Economic Justice Organizing
  • July 5–Climate Justice and Environmental Justice Organizing–An Intersectional Approach
  • July 12–A City for All–Combating Gentrification in Pittsburgh

Childcare is available on request for any of these sessions. If you need childcare for an event please shoot us an e-mail at patrick@fightbackpittsburgh.org  at least one week before the session you need childcare for.

Dismantling Institutional Oppression and Navigating Identity

Wednesday, June 21 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Glitterbox Theater, 460 Melwood Ave. Pittsburgh, PA Facilitated by the Good Peoples Group Identity navigation is the ultimate goal and core of our work. We believe identity drives our actions collectively and individually. It begins by understanding that our identity is made up of both how we view …

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The Fight for Workers Rights–Labor and Economic Justice Organizing

Wednesday, June 28 from 5:30 to 7:30pm Glitter Box Theater, 460 Melwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA For decades, working people in Pittsburgh and around the country have faced declining wages, eroding job security, unpredictable schedules and increasingly abusive bosses. To be sure, working class people are under attack. But in Pittsburgh, workers in every segment of …

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Climate Justice and Environmental Justice Organizing–An Intersectional Approach

Wednesday, July 5 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Glitter Box Theater, 460 Melwood Ave. As we sit on the precipice of catastrophic climate change our politicians and fossil fuel companies are doubling down on dirty energy and dangerous extraction techniques that put our communities and our water at risk. To our south our streams and rivers …

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Skills Based Trainings

Since the election of Donald Trump, scores of new activists and organizers have joined social movements here in Pittsburgh and around the country, bringing a whole new level of energy, enthusiasm and excitement. But energy and enthusiasm alone won’t allow us to build a movement powerful enough to protect our communities and bring about a wave of progressive transformative change. We need more organizers with the hard skills to move people to action and build sustainable organizational structures.  

During the Organize Pittsburgh Training Program we will host weekly skills-based trainings to present tried and true organizing skills from a broad range of social movements.  Skills based trainings will be each Saturday at 10am.

Childcare is available on request for any of these sessions. If you need childcare for an event please shoot us an e-mail at patrick@fightbackpittsburgh.org at least one week before the session you need childcare for.

  • June 10–Facilitating Meetings (Large and Small)
  • June 17–Moving People to Action with One-on-one Organizing Conversations
  • June 24–Organizing Creative and Effective Actions
  • July 1–Getting People in the Streets-Building (and Implementing!) a Turnout Plan
  • July 8–Arts in Action
  • July 15–Telling our Stories–Working with the Corporate Media and Making Our Own Media

Direct Action Gets the Goods!

Saturday, June 24th at 10am Glitterbox Theater 460 Melwood Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Direct action gets the goods! Creative tactics disrupt the banality of capitalism and pushes strategic campaigns forward. In two hours, we will explore what direct action is and what we can create together while considering how our identities and personal risk levels …

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Getting People into the Streets-Building and Implementing Turnout Plans

Saturday, July 1 from 10am to noon Glitter Box Theater, 460 Melwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA The day after Trump’s election, thousands of people took to the streets in Pittsburgh and in cities around the country, largely mobilized and coordinated by social media posts. When Trump implemented his illegal and Islamophobia travel ban thousands responded to …

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Facilitating Meetings—Large and Small

Saturday, June 10 at 10am Glitter Box Theater 460 Melwood Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 As organizers and activists, we spend a lot of time in meetings. Probably too much time. We’ve been to meetings that run smoothly, feel empowering for everyone, and quickly generate concrete action steps. Good meetings don’t just happen; they’re well plan …

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