Fwd: 15th Annual GrassRoots Organizing Workshops (GROW), Oct 5th – 7th, Winthrop, ME

The GROW weekends are always a great opportunity for community building, learning new skills, and solidarity. – JR 

From: “Sass Linneken – ROSC (via rosc-events list)” <rosc-events+sass.rosc=gmail.com@lists.resourcesforsocialchange.org>


15th Annual GROW Weekend
GrassRoots Organizing Workshops

Oct. 5th – Oct. 7th
Camp Mechuwana, Winthrop ME

You may have already received an invite to GROW, or you may have recently been added to our event list and are receiving one for the first time. Either way, we hope to see you there!

As we continue to grapple with an administration rife with corruption and brazen in its disdain for immigrants and people of color, women, Indigenous folks, those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, poor and working-class people, and basically anyone who is traditionally pushed to the margins, we’re also seeing groundswells of energy for grassroots action and campaigns aiming to address the root causes of these issues. Whether it involves campaigns to abolish ICE and prison-slavery, to local ordinances and peoples’ referendums, to direct actions that address issues of poverty, healthcare, appointments of supreme court justices, etc., the push is impossible to ignore, and we want to capitalize on that energy to get people in the thick of this work building on and sharing their skills for grassroots organizing.

With that in mind, this year’s GROW will focus on “Skills for Grassroots Organizing”. Topics covered this year will include but may not be limited to: facilitating skills, grassroots fundraising, how to avoid burnout, Theater of the Oppressed, building coalitions, leadership development, how to use social media for the grassroots, creating caring communities & overcoming oppression, grassroots organizing 101, and more!    

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The gathering this year will be held at the beautiful Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, ME, which has gorgeous trails for exploring nature, waterfront coastlines, and a beautiful yurt we’ll hold a number of our workshops in! 

**Note: this camp does offer wheelchair accessibility for all buildings we will be using, however, the layout of the campus is large, so if you’d like to come but worry that mobility may be an issue, please contact Sass (contact info below), to discuss.

There will also be free child care during workshop slots (register by September 24th for this option).

The fee for GROW is on a sliding scale between $0–$100 per day, which includes workshops, lodging, and all meals. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, but if you have the ability to pay more we strongly encourage you to engage in class solidarity as you will be helping folks who struggle to pay and find the fee to be a barrier to attendance.

Class refers to where you fit into the world regarding finances (for example: poor, working class, middle class, wealthy). This event is put together on a shoestring budget so that we can make sure it’s accessible to all. If you are someone who can pay more to attend so others can pay less, please consider doing so. If you do so, you will be taking an action of solidarity and making the event more accessible for people who cannot afford to pay much.

No matter what you pay, there is no judgment. Pay what you can but most importantly come!

If you are confused about what your class background is, check out this useful tool for trying to figure it out: https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Leondar-Wright_Working-Definitions_of_Class.pdf

You can pay at the event or you can secure your spot by paying ahead of time online at: www.tinyurl.com/2018GROWfee

Or, you can also pay ahead by sending cash, money order, or check, made out to ROSC to: PO Box 2444, Augusta, ME 04338-2444, though please note that paying the fee does not automatically register you, you still need to fill out the registration form linked above.

GROW is sponsored by Resources for Organizing and Social Change. To learn more, visit www.resourcesforsocialchange.org or visit our Facebook page!

To request more information, including printable brochures, contact Sass at sass.rosc@gmail.com or 207-607-2571. Logistical information and schedules will be sent out to those who register shortly before the event.

For the grassroots,

Sass Linneken

Program Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them

Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)

PO Box 2444
Augusta, ME 04338-2444


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