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WORKSHOP HOURS

Workshops run from 10 am to 5 pm with a 2-hour lunch break. 

You may choose one workshop to attend each day. All of Sunday's workshops are listed below

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Abortion Storytelling: Crossing Barriers and Creating Change

Workshop Description

Good stories have the power to transport us. They can model the best in human behavior, provide meaning, elevate the experiences of communities whose stories are not often included, and help us cross barriers. How can abortion storytelling, including first-person stories, journey, and supporter stories -- chip away at abortion stigma and negative stereotypes, and begin to create cultural change?

Learning Objectives

The panel will provide those with storytelling experience and those new to storytelling as a form of activism lessons learned from implementing storytelling as an approach to reach and engage audiences; to hands-on opportunities to practice telling your own story and/or helping others tell their story; to sharing the latest research that demonstrates the effectiveness of journey or supporter stories and their impact on public opinion.

Workshop Audience

Audience is anyone interested in storytelling to create cultural change and reduce stigma around abortion.

Trainers

kate stewartkate stewart, ConwayStrategic Kate Stewart is a principal at ConwayStrategic and Co-directs the COMS Project. The COMS Project is an opinion and messaging collaborative for the reproductive health, rights and justice movements. The goal of the project is to foster and expand the use of coordinated, pro-active, and forward-thinking communications strategies.

Marilou CarreraMarilou Carrera, Oregon Health Equality Alliance Marilou Carrera is a social justice advocate, which informs her work currently managing the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA). She is a leader within the BRAVE coalition, Building Reproductive Autonomy. 

Candice Russell
Candice Russell Candice Russell is a writer and abortion storyteller who has been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, and Al Jeezera as well as in the pages of The Washington Post and The New York Times. Her work can be found in publications including Elle, Teen Vogue, Self, and Glamour. In 2013, she was awarded the first Generation Personal Award by ThisIsPersonal.org and the National Womens Law Center. Candice is a We Testify Fellow with the National Network of Abortion Funds and currently sits on the board of NARAL pro-choice Texas

Rocio Córdoba, J.D. Rocio Córdoba is a Principal at ConwayStrategic.  She has over 20 years of experience advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice on behalf of low-income women, women of color, and young people.  Most recently, Rocio served as Program Officer with the Ford Foundation’s Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice program.  She has been a longstanding leader, advocate and supporter of the Reproductive Justice movement on the national, state and grassroots levels.  Rocio co-founded and was executive director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, and previously served as an attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, the ACLU of Illinois, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a Fellow with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, among other leadership roles.

 

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Be Bold! Maximizing Our Advocacy as Nonprofits

Workshop Description

Advocacy is more important than ever to build power and protect our communities. There are many advocacy activities 501(c)(3)s and other nonprofits can engage in to influence the policies and directions of elected officials at the local, state, and federal level. If you’re wondering how to safely speak out on what decision-makers are doing or how to take your advocacy further, this workshop is for you!

Learning Objectives

Whether you are a seasoned advocate or your organization has decided to step into advocacy for the first time, you will leave this workshop feeling bold! After this workshop you will have a clear understanding of the building blocks of a successful advocacy campaign, how to maximize your advocacy, the kinds of advocacy activities nonprofits can engage in, and work through hypothetical situations so you develop a deeper understanding of the rules. You will also have an opportunity to reflect on your organization’s strengths and where you want to partner and grow to increase your advocacy capacity.

Workshop Audience

Nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers who are interested in starting an advocacy campaign or gearing up their organization’s advocacy capacity.

Trainers

Nona RandoisNona Randois, Alliance for Justice Nona Randois. As the Southern California Director for AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program, Nona manages AFJ’s Southern California office; builds partnerships with nonprofits and foundations in the region that are engaged in policy advocacy; and builds the capacity of these groups to advocate for policy and systems change by providing legal and practical training, technical assistance, and publications to ensure groups have the knowledge they need to become confident advocates and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules.

Shyaam SubramanianShyaam Subramanian, Alliance for Justice Shyaam Subramanian. Shyaam serves as Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at the Alliance for Justice. In this capacity, he assists nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to advance their public policy goals. Prior to coming to AFJ, Shyaam was a Public Interest Fellow at the National Health Law Program, a nonprofit organization that advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. Among other responsibilities, Shyaam participated in policy advocacy to improve low-income individuals’ access to affordable and quality health care. 

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Building a Movement for Racial Justice

Workshop Description

Are you concerned about your complicity in the current political climate? Join us to develop the skills and tools to transform interest in challenging racism to authentic ally-ship for Racial Justice. To create institutional change we need to begin with individual transformation.

Learning Objectives

Coming soon

Workshop Audience

Coming soon

Trainers

Beatriz Gutierrez, Organizer + Trainer at Western States Center

Katie Sawicki Katie spent 8 years at the Urban League of Portland providing policy support to the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Department. She helped to coordinate and publish the 2009 and 2015 State of Black Oregon and other policy and research reports, and support the League's advocacy campaigns, including most recently Ban the Box.  She spent 10 years at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in New York City and continues to work on various projects here in Oregon with nonprofits and other social and racial justice organizations, including Unite Oregon, Oregon Health Equity Alliance, ACLU of Oregon, MRG Foundation, NAACP-Springfield Eugene Chapter and Rogue Climate, Women’s Foundation of Oregon, and The Rebuilding Center.

 

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Changing Policy & Culture So All Families Can Thrive

Workshop Description

Nearly 80% of families don't look like the "traditional" family defined in our culture and policies. This workshop explores how family got defined so narrowly, and how we can use culture and policy to expand family definition. From art to organizing, come hear from innovative campaigners about work about work being done to include all families.

Learning Objectives

  • To help participants see how culture and policy has defined family in the US over time
  • To provide case studies of how expanding family definition helps different kinds of families
  • To identify how local/state policy in their communities includes and excludes families
  • To explore how culture work (art esp) can reshape the narrative around family

Workshop Audience

General community, with a focus on communities of color and LGBTQ folks.

Trainers

Kalpana Krishnamurthy
Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Forward Together Kalpana Krishnamurthy has been the Senior Policy Director at Forward Together since 2013. She helps to build power so that all families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive. Working nationally, Kalpana is particularly excited about Forward Together's state based work in Oregon and New Mexico at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. From 2005-2012, Kalpana was the RACE and Gender Justice director at Western States Center.

Preston Van VlietPreston Van Vliet Preston Van Vliet is the National Campaign Organizer for the LGBTQ Work-Family Project, a joint initiative of Family Values @ Work and A Better Balance. Preston works with states and cities to ensure that no worker has to make the impossible choice between their job and their family. We lead the charge for policies that help families, including paid sick leave and family leave, flexible work, pay equity, and policies that combat discrimination based on pregnancy and family status. Preston previously worked at Michigan Voice, where he managed an LGBTQ voter engagement project, and in homelessness case management at a housing non-profit. 

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Creating a Heart-Centered Giving Plan

Workshop Description

This workshop uses body-based wisdom, heart, and spirit to ground participants in creating a financial giving plan. We are at a movement stage where we need to scale up our work more than ever, and we need more resources to do this. Each person's giving plan is built on the foundation of abundance - that we have enough for all of us, so we can give more boldly to fuel the revolution that is necessary. The intended audience is a cross-class group, and every participant will be coached to reach their stretch and growth zone.

Learning Objectives

  • Defining abundance and eliminating limiting beliefs / scarcity frameworks
  • Financial Literacy - what is enough?
  • Making a giving plan
  • We will use story-telling, interactive exercises, journaling and meditation to tap into the wisdom people already possess, and address barriers to action. One key outcome of the workshop will be each participant creating a giving plan that moves more resources to social justice.

Workshop Audience

General - anyone who wants to think about resource mobilization and gain some tools for action

Trainers

Nitika Raj

Nitika Raj, Moksh Consulting Nitika Raj is an independent consultant, coach, facilitator, organizer and writer. After working in anti-violence, racial justice, and economic justice movements for 12 years, she founded Moksh Consulting. She is former Director of Racial Justice at Resource Generation, and a current board member of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Prior to that, Nitika worked at ChangeLab, a grassroots political lab with a strategic focus on Asian American identity within U.S. racial justice politics. She has also worked at API Chaya (formerly Chaya) as a community mobilization coordinator in a statewide agency addressing domestic violence within the South Asian community. Nitika is passionate about resource mobilization and donor-organizing, leading from the heart and spirit. 

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Designing a 5 Year Racial Equity Plan

Workshop Description

Learn how to design a strategic five year plan to advance racial equity within your organization, including understanding all of the steps from readiness, assessment, plan development, measurement tools, performance metrics to overall project management. (more to be added)

Learning Objectives

Understanding the components of an organizational racial equity assessment, turning assessment results into a strategic plan, overseeing and advancing the plan, measuring plan progress.

Workshop Audience

Advanced. Program Managers, organizational leadership staff, change agents working for organizations ready to advance racial equity.

Trainers

Zan Gibbs
Zan Gibbs, City of Portland Zan Gibbs is the Equity and Inclusion Program Manager of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.




Dora Perry Dora Perry is the Equity and Policy Program Manager of the Portland Bureau of Development Services.

Art Hendricks

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DIY Strategic Planning

Workshop Description

Is the thought of strategic planning completely overwhelming? Tired of trying to stick a square peg into a round hole when it comes to strategic planning? Too often strategic planning is mistaken for a game of saying the right things to please funders or trying to force a for-profit model to fit a community organization's needs. This session will introduce you an easy to use strategic planning tool designed specifically for nonprofits organizations/groups working for social change. 

This easy to use model places mission and programs/campaigns at the center of the strategic planning process while also integrating other essential elements needed to support the mission and programs, such a funding, leadership and more. This session is designed to help leaders use the Nonprofit Organizational Model® to guide strategic planning in their organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Demystify strategic planning. Learn what it is and is not, and how to make it accessible to organizations of all sizes and budgets.
  • Learn how to use the Nonprofit Organizational Model® to facilitate strategic planning within participants organizations.
  • Have fun (of course!)

Workshop Audience

Organizational Leaders (board, staff and key volunteers who are thinking about strategic planning)

Trainers

Terrill Thompson
Terrill Thompson, CTThompson Consulting C. Terrill Thompson is the founder and principal of CTThompson Consulting, an organization development consulting business that specializes in increasing the effectiveness of mission-driven organizations, coalitions and social justice groups by providing customized facilitation, consulting, and training support. Terrill brings over fifteen years of professional experience and passion to developing leaders, teams and organizations. He works with a wide range of mission-driven organizations, from large international organizations to small community groups, and leads capacity building workshops for audiences across the country. He has an open and collaborative approach that respects and builds upon clients’ expertise.

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Getting to YES: Recruiting Leaders for Public Office

Workshop Description

Are you an organizer who often meets someone and thinks “We need them in office?” Or “If only they were the elected official” - This is the workshop for you! Recruiting community accountable leaders and supporting our superstars during a campaign is what Amplify is all about. We have decades of experience recruiting people to run for office and supporting them as elected officials.  We believe our governments should represent the communities they serve so we help find progressive champions and coach them to run and win. However, electoral power is a team sport and we need YOU. There is no one better to find the next great Mayor, Senator, Irrigation District Commissioner, or even Dog Catcher than you! Come gain useful tactics and learn about resources to help get your leaders to say yes...and win!

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn the nuances of recruiting people, especially folks from marginalized communities, to run for office.

Workshop Audience

Community organizers, introverts and extroverts, people people.

Trainers

EJ Juaréz
EJ Juaréz, Amplify Executive Director EJ Juárez works at Amplify. Prior to that he worked with the Progressive Majority Washington, where he was the Executive Director. Prior to PMWA, he worked with Washington’s largest anti-poverty organization, the Statewide Poverty Action Network. While there, he managed statewide communications campaigns, research and development campaigns. Prior to this EJ worked with SEIU 1199NW and the Win/Win Network. Additionally, he has managed several candidate and issue based campaigns across Washington state.

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Resisting Authoritarianism

Workshop Description

The success of Trump's presidential campaign has energized organizing to resist and replace the regime -- and prevent a descent into full-blown authoritarianism. In this interactive workshop we'll explore what authoritarianism is; how to recognize the warning signs; and priorities for justice activists to weaken the Right and shore up democracy so we can build for long-term change.

Learning Objectives

Participants will become familiar with the concepts of authoritarianism/fascism/totalitarianism, gain an understanding of the right-wing forces that make up Trump's coalition; and explore priorities for defeating Trumpism.

Workshop Audience

Coming soon.

Trainers

Tarso RamosTarso Ramos, Political Research Associates Tarso Luís Ramos is executive director of Political Research Associates. Tarso has been researching the U.S. Right for 25 years, including the Christian Right, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and anti-environmental movements and campaigns. Ramos previously worked with Western States Center and served as founding director its racial justice program. Throughout the 1990s, Tarso worked in various western states to counteract anti-gay campaigns, right-wing militias, and other organized threats to social justice.


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Theater of the Oppressed: A Tool for Social Change

Workshop Description

Theater of the Oppressed is used for community problem solving and social change. You will learn to promote direct action, community dialogue and problem solve around issues of race, class, culture, gender, immigration, religion and sexual orientation. This workshop will integrate participants’ stories into interactive theater pieces.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of Theater of the Oppressed and interactive theater techniques
  • Explore social and political issues through theatre-based exercises
  • Learn how to develop performance material and facilitate public performances

Workshop Audience

This training is geared toward activists, artists, actors, community organizers and educators but all are welcome.

Trainers

Jeannie LaFrance
Jeannie LaFrance, Act for Action, Jeannie LaFrance is the Director of Act for Action-Theater for All, based in Portland Oregon. Act for Action was founded in 1998 and uses theater and teaches others to use theater as a form of community building, education and social change.  Jeannie also coordinates Portland Community College’s Illumination Project, a nationally recognized peer education theater and campus diversity program and has published The Illumination Project: A Guide to Creating an Interactive Theater Program at Your College or University.  

 

Terrie Quinteros
Terrie Quinteros, Act for Action Terrie Quinteros has worked with Act for Action-Theater for All since 1999. She has used theater and other forms of social change to encourage dialogue and address issues of community violence, the prison industrial complex, domestic violence, sexual violence, heterosexism, and racism.

Coming soon 

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This Impacts All of Us: Blackness and HIV/AIDS

Workshop Description

The impact of HIV/AIDS on black communities is deep and profound, but we are often the most at risk community because of a lack of knowledge matched with a wealth of misinformation, a negligent medical community, and deeply seeded biases within our community. This workshop aims to unpack all of that while providing information and skills to help our community push back the tide on HIV/AIDS.

Learning Objectives

  • Black people will have a better understanding of the impact of HIV/AIDS on our community. 
  • Provide strategies for navigating a hostile healthcare system. 
  • Provide statistics and and information related to the topic. 
  • Provide basic information on safer sex. 
  • Provide information on local resources.

Workshop Audience

Our main audience is black people. However, the messages and information will be of interest to LGB and Queer folks, trans and gender nonconforming folks, and other people of color.

Trainers

Sirius Bonner
Sirius Bonner, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Sirius’ work, as Director of Equity and Inclusion for Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, focuses on the intersections between social justice issues such as racial oppression, LGBTQIA rights, reproductive justice, poverty, sexism, and sizism; recognizing that as we begin to untangle one issue, we can untangle them all. She is also the board chair of the MRG Foundation. Previously, Sirius was the Special Advisor to the President for Diversity and Equity at Clark College, led diversity recruitment at PSU, and was the director of multicultural recruitment in admission at Reed.


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Tracking What Matters with Microsoft Excel

Workshop Description

A practical exploration of Microsoft Excel.

Prior to the workshop I will request examples of your real-world Excel/data challenges, and build the curriculum around your needs. 

Whether you're  the volunteer coordinator, fund-raiser, social media director, this workshop can benefit you if you have ever had to fix messy data, extract certain details, or track activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Deeper understanding of how best to use Microsoft Excel to get the most from your data. 
  • Introduction to Get & Transform, a new feature in Excel that simplifies a lot of needs that used to require complex formulas or writing code.

Workshop Audience

If you can navigate your way around Excel, you'll be fine. A computer isn't required. But if you would like to bring a computer and follow along, Microsoft Excel version 2010 thru 2016 would be best. Also, some Excel feature that we'll see are only on Windows version of Excel, not Mac versions.

Trainers

Oz du SoleilOz du Soleil Oz du Soleil is a Microsoft Excel MVP, author of Guerrilla Data Analysis 2nd Ed. and popular YouTube personality who's known for his fun, over-dramatic Excel tutorials that make Excel accessible to non-experts.

 



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Los artes de organizar nuestras comunidades y entrenar para el movimiento

Workshop Description

¿Tiene confianza en sus habilidades como organizador comunitario? ¡Avance sus estrategias al próximo nivel! Aprenda herramientas para desarrollar el liderazgo, planear estrategias, y cultivar el poder de la comunidad para ganar victorias importantes. También aumenta sus habilidades de facilitación - 

Cynthia Lin Cynthia Lin is the Organizing Director at the National Network of Abortion Funds, where she supports a network of grassroots organizations to build power to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion and organize at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. She is a board member of Western States Center, having previously served as a Trainer and Organizer coordinating We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity). Cynthia is based in Madison, Wisconsin, where she has worked previously in anti-violence, fighting the criminalization of poverty and homelessness, and social justice education. 

 

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