Come to the GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops), September 16-18 in Bryant Pond

Please pass along to others who might also want to come to GROW. Pre-registration helps in planning meals, overnights, and ride sharing, so if you are planning to attend, please register or let us know you are planning to come. Thanks.


GROW New England’s 


September 16-18, 2011 

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond, ME, (near Bethel and Norway, on Christopher Lake)


For New and Experienced Grassroots Organizers in Maine, Vermont, & New Hampshire to Learn More about Creating Grassroots Social Change


A project of ROSC, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951




Why GROW New England?

(GrassRoots Organizing Workshops)


We believe in a better world where there is:

* Respect for civil liberties

* Commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution

* Economic justice and rights for all

* Affordable health care, housing, and education

* A healthy environment and sustainable living practices

* Celebration of diversity in age, race, gender, etc.


Join new and experienced activists from Northern New England as we:

* Learn and teach about the “big picture” of social change.

* Gain new organizing skills.

* Learn about successful models throughout the region.

* Celebrate successes. 


Comments from past GROW weekends: 

“It was the best experience of my life.  The weekend felt like a

community-building utopia.” 

“Wonderful. Took away exactly what I was hoping to gain from the weekend” 

“I’ve made several contacts for future projects and allies for my life’s mission. GROW made me grow.” 

“I learned far more than I ever expected as well as dusted off my old skills. The ability to meet and get to know so many other social justice minded people was phenomenal.”


 GROW Weekend Schedule 

Friday September 16th   1:00-4:30 pm 

Making a Difference: Skills for the Effective Organizer


This basic workshop provides an overview of social change organizing for people new to the role, as well as an opportunity for seasoned organizers  to reflect on why they continue to choose this work. Experienced organizers are encouraged to attend in order to share and recharge.


5:00 pm Friday, September 16th – 3 pm Sunday, October 18th – weekend workshop series commences.


Cost: $10 – $80 (pay what you can/all welcome) includes housing (bring bedding), meals, all workshops, use of facilities and nearby outdoor environments.


In addition to workshops (see list below), GROW will use interactive methods to help attendees develop their skills in planning actions and becoming better organizers.


Our 2011 Theme: “Tactics for Organizers” 

Workshops Topics Include:

 °Canvassing: One to One Organizing

 °Media Tactics for Grassroots Organizers

 °Alternative Structures: Saying Yes as Well as Saying No

 °Using Referenda and Town Meeting Resolutions

 °Using Popular Education to Organize

 °Direct Action for Social Change


Accessibility: Facility is fully accessible.

Child Care:  Provided, at no cost, during workshop times only. Those bringing children must register by September 7th.

Animals: Only service animals permitted.


Food: Meals will be supplied (included in cost) and will offer both meat & vegetarian/vegan options. We can make individual adjustments as needed. Attendees will be asked to help with meal preparation or cleanup.


Travel:  If you need help with travel, please contact us. Check the web site or call a contact person for ride sharing options.


Registration:  We encourage you to register by September 7th, though last minute registrations will be accepted as space permits (not usually a problem). Registration materials and directions will be e/mailed after you register.


Registration Form (type in info and email back) 




Zip code_________________


Email _________________________________


Please Check all that Apply:

___I am registering for the September 16-18 weekend


Enclosed is $_____  Check payable to:

“Resources for Organizing and Social Change” (ROSC). Partial payment is OK. Remainder due when you arrive.


___I need childcare. Please list ages of children.



Ride Share:

___I need a ride from_____________________

___I can offer a ride from _________________


Please note any other special accommodations






Return this form to:

GROW New England/ROSC,

161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951

or email to


For registration/other questions:


Iggy, 207-415-4458,

Jacqui, 207.934.1911,

Larry, 207-525-7776,



In order to create a world

that provides for the well-being

of everyone, we have to ORGANIZE!


In order to take back our power

we have to ORGANIZE.


In order to ORGANIZE

we need to gather, learn, share and

plan with each other.





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