4312 SE Stark St


How to organize + create momentum in your community: a framework for anyone from the curious beginner to the established organizer. Learn about history + basics, and workshop your ideas for action.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

In a time of great uncertainty, it's important to increase our connections to community and to each other. This course follows the November 21 What Now? organizing event to provide a framework on how to organize and create momentum in your own community. Join us and learn about the history, basics and also workshop your own ideas for action.

Week 1 || History and Background A brief history of activism and organizing in America. What worked/didn’t work, where we are now and what we see both locally and nationally. An interactive lecture and also discussion.

Week 2 || Basics of Outreach Understanding your goal/mission, identifying your base, building infrastructure to track commitments and staying in touch. We will discuss metrics, basic follow up, and how to measure success.

Week 3 || Event Planning All the tools you’ll need to create a successful event and bring people together in a positive and impactful way. This will include an overview of roles commonly used by national advance teams, as well as protest plans and other helpful tips for events from small gathering to thousands big.

Week 4 || Your Next Move Pulling from the previous classes, we will discuss your own individual idea behind community involvement and movement. What will you be a part of? What momentum will you start? Each participant will share with the group and we will collectively brainstorm ways to put your particular initiative into action and provide feedback on how to take next steps.

Natalie Sundeleaf Sept is a sixth generation Oregonian with broad ties in the political and art communities of Portland. Her work includes time with Congresswoman Bonamici, Commissioner Fish, as well as President Obama 2008 campaign and most recently as an advance staffer for Hillary Clinton. She is a trained painter, and splits her time at community events and in the studio. Her art maintains a civic lens and received local fame for the Dishwasher Project in 2013. When she's not painting or organizing, she's running, hiking or watching basketball.