|Answering the Need for an Organizing Institute in DC|
|Thursday, 28 February 2008 20:04|
ONE DC has developed a three year pilot initiative that will train local organizers through an intensive institute and year round technical support. Additionally, in years 2-3, ONE DC will develop more intensive technical assistance relationships with local organizations to increase their capacity to integrate organizers and organizing into their organizational culture and workplan. Simultaneously, ONE DC will develop relationships in the funding and evaluation community to demonstrate the impact of this work on the District's neighborhoods, and to create more sustainable funding streams for organizing in the District.
The successful establishment of community organizing in the District has to start with a framework that fits its local culture and history. Attempts to institutionalize models successful to other regions continue to provide limited outcomes. Projects must begin with strategies to change a local culture rooted in:
Today, the District finds itself at a point of convergence, with residents, local community based organizations, and funders identifying the critical need for the establishment of a progressive community organizing tradition to counter the forces that are further segregating the city. ONE DC’s Community Organizing & Popular Education Initiative proposes to seed the District with trained, skilled, indigenous organizers, and to work with local organizations and institutions to insure that these seeds have fertile ground in which to grow.
The development of this type of movement, which would ensure that the needs of the most overlooked are at the center of present and future policy decisions, is especially needed at this stage in the District’s history.
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