Chicago has a long history of community organizing. If you are new to community organizing or want to sharpen your skills, join us to deepen your knowledge and ability to be an effective organizer and campaign supporter. In this session participants will examine different approaches to community organizing, examine the elements of successful campaigns and learn tools for analyzing power, framing issues, and base building.
Facilitator: Xavier MaatRa
Xavier Danae MaatRa is a community organizer and activist from Southern New Jersey. For over a decade he has traveled the country as a organizer in the labor movement, social justice workshop facilitator and youth advocate. Before coming to CFS, Xavier worked with LGBT youth through the Drop in Program at the Broadway Youth Center and helping to build a coalition of youth agencies to strengthen youth programs on Chicago’s Southwest side. In his free time, Xavier is a self-proclaimed music fiend, budding poet, and student of Pan African Studies. He’s passionate about creating workshops that showcase the connection between popular education, people’s history and the rhythms of Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz as tools of resistance, transformation, and political change. When he’s not advocating for youth you can find him working in the garden and kitchen at Fresh82 Cafe or organizing with his neighbors to develop the South Shore neighborhood
Offered on a sliding scale. Dinner provided.