Studying Social Change: A Collective Study for Stronger Social Movements

Studying Social Change: A Collective Study for Stronger Social Movements

Following up on our T.O.A.S.T (Transformative Organizing and Skills Training) series, we are launching a new series of events to help us grow our skills and knowledge as organizers.

Social change requires both action and reflection. In this study group series, we will explore topics identified by our members in order to deepen our collective understanding of important histories, theories and movements that inform our work for human rights and social justice. This series is for SMWC members and the general public.

We will be posting reading materials on this page in advance of the study groups. Follow and share the event series on Facebook.


Saturday, November 17 | 9:45 a.m. | Poverty in America
Where: Where: 56 North Street, Portland

$2.00 a Day – Chapter 1: Welfare Is Dead
Reading Classes Chapter 2: The Invisible Ism

These days, its a real challenge for low income members of society to make their lives work, given the many policies and forces that function to keep people in poverty. We’ll look at some of the forces that keep people down, including the rising costs of rents, stagnant and decreasing wages, and cutbacks on support services. What puts these forces in motion, and how can we interrupt them? We’ll look a the strategies of organizations like Homeless Voices for Justice, and the SMWC to push for policies to end poverty and promote human rights.


Monday, December 17 | 5:45 p.m.| Building Multi-Racial Movements
Where: Where: 56 North Street, Portland
Readings: Coming Soon

How are we building powerful multi-racial movements for racial and economic justice? What historical examples can we look to as we work to build power across our differences, including our different experiences of race and class? How do we make movements that allow us to be evolving and imperfect, but that also works to address the interpersonal & systemic harms of racism and center the leadership of People of Color?


Friday, January 18 | 5:45 p.m. | Movie: Salt of the Earth
Where: Where: 56 North Street, Portland

A 1954 film about a miners strike in New Mexico. The film is a shot on scene with the local miners in the lead roles.