Thanks everyone for a great first week of Fight Back Pittsburgh’s Organize PGH Summer Training Program! Materials and pictures of flipcharts from Claire and John’s workshop on facilitating meetings are now posted on the Organize PGH website. And thank you to Chelsea for putting together this great photo album from the social movement mapping exercise on Wednesday!
For this week’s political education session, we’ll take a look at Pittsburgh’s rich social movement history. Labor historian and retired Steelworker Howard Scott will introduce us to Pittsburgh’s role in important social movements going back to the early days of the labor movement. Then Hillary Lazar will provide a look at social movement organizing in Pittsburgh over the past decade.
If you want to get a head start on Pittsburgh’s social movement history, check out our interactive labor history map! The session starts at 5:30 on Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers hall at 10 South 19th St.
Then on Saturday, Ben Brewer from SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania will lead us in our skills based training on having effective one-on-one organizing conversations. That session starts at 10am on Saturday, June 17th at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Hall.
After Saturday’s skills-based training, Howard will join us again for a labor history tour of Pittsburgh. We’ll leave the PFT hall at about 1pm and should be back by 4:30pm. If you’re planning on coming PLEASE make sure to RSVP online so we know that we have enough seats on the bus! It’s going to be a long day so we’ll be providing lunch between the training in the morning and the labor history tour in the afternoon. If you have any dietary restrictions please let me know so we can make sure to accommodate you!
If you missed the first session but you’re planning on sticking with us through the program, check out the #IdentityNavigation: Personal & Professional Accountability worksheet that the Good Peoples Group introduced us to in the first session. We’d encourage everyone to use the worksheet each week to help reflect on what you’re experiencing in the training program. Liana, Sydney and the folks from the Good Peoples Group will be joining us again the week-after-next for our workshop on collective liberation so if you have questions or reflections that will be a great opportunity to follow up with them.
Some other actions and events to check out this week!
Organizing Through the Lens of Disability—Tuesday, June 13th at 12:45 at 841 California Ave.
Don’t Criminalize Transit Riders Meeting—Thursday, June 15th at 6pm at One Smithfield Street.
Also, as a quick reminder, after our skills training on June 24th—Direct Action Gets the Goods—we’ll be taking another ‘field trip’ to Ryerson Run State Park to join our friends from the Center for Coalfield Justice at their annual DRYerson Festival. We’ve got a bus lined up to take us from Glitter Box to the festival. There should be plenty of room but please RSVP so we can have a solid headcount.
Thanks again for some really great work this week!