Organizing 101 | Summer Series: Becoming an Engaged Citizen
July 20 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
We are looking for dedicated American-Muslims of any age, political stripe, and background in the Bay Area to invest three Saturdays towards becoming the change-makers that the American-Muslim community so desperately needs to maximize and broaden its impact in 2020 and beyond.
Each free Saturday session hosted at the MCC is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a light break and complimentary lunch included.
Here is the plan:
- Saturday, July 20 – Grassroots Organizing, led by MPower Change
Learn about grassroots organizing and building out a base in your community.
- Saturday, July 27 – Legislative Advocacy, led by Poligon Education Fund
Learn what works, what doesn’t, how to build relationships, how to present new policies, and how to stay ahead of policies being raised in your legislature. This training is focused on Congressional advocacy (national bodies – the House of Representatives and Senate), but the skills are transferable to local and state-level advocacy as well.
- Saturday, August 3 – Listening Session/Town Hall, led by CAIR – San Francisco Bay Area
Build an action plan for your community. Participate in a listening session which will combine lessons learned and reflections from the Grassroots Organizing and Legislative Advocacy training.
You will benefit most by attending all three workshops in the series. Let us know you are coming at www.mcceastbay.org/engage
We have national speakers travelling in from Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles to put on this valuable training for community minded folks in the Bay Area.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?
Since the last presidential election in 2016, Muslims in America have been faced with challenges and opportunities to shape our political destiny. With three iterations of the Muslim Ban, a sharp rise in hate crimes, attacks aboard airlines, and constant anti-Muslim rhetoric from elected officials and the media—it feels like there’s a perpetual target on our communities.
Meanwhile, only 17% of Muslims engage with Congress – the lowest participation amongst any faith community. Muslim registration rates are 20+ percentage points behind other faith communities as well.
Despite this, 2019 has been a year filled with moments of Muslims in the U.S. standing up for justice. Join the momentum.
This three-part training and action-planning series is all about unleashing you into your community so you have the necessary skills and know-how to excel in grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and building out a base in your community.
We will use this training as a platform to continue to build power, identify the issues impacting us the most, and organize towards maximizing our impact in 2020 and beyond.
This series is hosted by the MCC East Bay in partnership with three community nonprofits: CAIR-SFBA, MPower Change, and Poligon Education Fund. MPower and Poligon staff will be traveling from Los Angeles and Washington DC, respectively, especially for these training for the Bay Area community!
WHO WILL TRAIN YOU?
CAIR – San Francisco Bay Area is the Bay Area chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a nonprofit grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR works to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims by being a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.
MPower Change is a digitally native grassroots movement rooted in organizing diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States for social justice. We lead and work on both offline and online campaigns impacting marginalized around immigration, education, health care and civil rights. We rely on the Prophetic example to educate Muslim leaders on social justice issues and skills to build spiritual, racial and economic justice for all people.
Poligon Education Fund is a national nonprofit leading work to increase Muslim participation on Capitol Hill. Poligon is guided by values of peace, justice, and pluralism, and seeks to amplify Muslim American voices in Congress through training, research, and education. We educate policymakers and make meaningful progress on issues of concern to Muslims and other marginalized communities such as civil rights, Islamophobia, and social, racial, and economic justice.