Our labor movement has played a leading role in the fight against racism and militarism before. With strong worker organizations coupled with transformative member education, we will do it again. Education, and in particular popular education of and from workers, is vital to a labor movement capable of economic and social change. Our workshops aim to help workers understand the world around them, so we can take back control collectively, intervene in it, and transform it. Learning together as equals and showing solidarity are our principals.

Living free from the effects of racism, militarization, and ecological devastation are what all working people and our families deserve. The United States government has engaged in the longest wars in history (so-called War on Drugs / War on Terror) against the interest of the global working class, while many U.S. poor and working people go without adequate healthcare, clean water, strong public schools, stable retirements, and good jobs in the richest country in the world. As the lines between the militarism of communities abroad and civilian law-enforcement at home blur, organizing for peace and justice becomes our duty.

 

The workshops below can be tailored to a groups needs. Rates vary depending on organization budget and number of attendees. E-mail info@uslaboragainstwar.org

Let’s get real: the only real war is the one on workers – and the struggle is global. Where the wealthy militarize workers abroad, they also lay the groundwork for militarism right here at home. Their for-profit playbook is rooted in fears that stem from racism and xenophobia. But who actually controls the economy and who runs it? How does capitalism work and are there any realistic alternatives? What is the role of the police and Pentagon in all of this? This participatory workshop is filled with exercises that provides students with tools to counter the racist and xenophobic divide-and-conquer playbook of the boss.

The boss class who control the money do a lot of things to keep us from getting the power we need to manifest the world we want for our families and communities. It’s why we must organize in visionary ways that turn fear, apathy and neutrality into hope, courage and action. What is organizing and what does it mean to organize for power? This interactive workshop lays out organizing fundamentals and how our unions can become fighting organizations of the working class. Students will takeaway charting and mapping tools to structure campaigns and have effective organizing conversations.

Leaders already exist in our ranks. What should we look for when IDing leaders and strategies to develop leadership skills? Individually, how can we become reflective leaders and develop a deeper awareness of our own skills? Together we’ll partake in deep self-reflection and highlight the difference between Leaders vs Activists and the Savior vs Solidarity approach. Students will takeaway charting and mapping tools that build the ladder of engagement and effective goal setting with leaders.

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