Events

Added June 10, 2014 by Alison Mann

Southern Maine Workers’ Center launches Summer Workshop Series

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is pleased to announce our Summer Workshop Series. Once a month from June through October, we will host workshops to build our skills, grow our movement for justice, and develop our understanding of the world.

These events are free and open to the public! Childcare and snacks will be provided. Message us at info@maineworkers.org if you need childcare or a ride to the event.

June 19th :: Strangers into Neighbors: Organizer Skill Builder.
6:00PM at the Meg Perry Center / 36 Market Street, Portland
Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/261854287334679/?ref=22 

July 17th :: Listen Up! Media for Our Movements.
6:00PM at the Meg Perry Center / 36 Market Street, Portland

https://www.facebook.com/events/478709125606857/

August 14th :: Organizing for the Right to Heal. 

6:00 PM at the Southern Maine Workers Center / 68 Washington Ave.

We believe health care is a human right. But across the world, the right to health and life is being denied by U.S.-led war and militarism. This workshop will look at relationships between organizing for health care in the U.S. and organizing to end war and occupation domestically and around the world. We will focus on the Right to Heal Campaign — a joint initiative of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq, and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1534589653429286/

September 18th :: Understanding Class. 

6:00 PM at the Southern Maine Workers Center / 68 Washington Ave.

Unemployment, declining wages, the housing crisis, our broken health care system—so-called mainstream economics seems to have increasingly little to say about the way out of these and other pressing problems. The economic logics used in today’s state houses and political debates operate in an abstract, two-dimensional world where “what’s good for Wall Street is good for Main Street.” Newscasts report whether the Dow Jones and NASDAQ are Up or Down as if these numbers bear any indication of the social and economic well-being of our communities. A critical political economy framework roots its analysis of social problems in our lived experience and asks people- and place-centered questions regarding who gets what, why, and to what end? Workshop participants will learn the foundations of this approach, have the opportunity to reflect upon “mainstream” economic stories, and to confront those narratives with the powerful truth of our collective lived experience. What do we know in our gut that contradicts the mainstream stories we’re told about deserving and sacrifice? How can we mobilize that knowledge toward a different—just—future for all?

There will be free food and childcare provided. Please message us if you anticipate needing childcare, or if you need a ride to the event.

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/503603209776806/

October 16th :: Building Multi-Racial Movements. 

6:00 PM at the Southern Maine Workers Center / 68 Washington Ave.

2014 SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES