STARC Summer Organizing Institute
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[ed: in addition to the summer institute promoted here, STARC is
also running a conference on "Investing in Our Communities." See
From: LC <radkid2 at yahoo.com>
You've got drive, you've got vision and guts--But all college has
done is teach you to write essays and hold a protest. There's a
movement for social justice swelling across the country and you
want to build it. The STARC Alliance is ready to work with young
activists who want to learn how to organize.
Introducing.....The STARC Summer Institute
What is it? An intensive 8-week training school for young activists.
It is being offered for the first time in the summer of 2002. The
Summer Institute is designed to help youth & student activists
become successful, conscious organizers on our campuses, in our
communities, and for the broader student movement.
Whats STARC? The STARC (Students Transforming and
Resisting Corporations) Alliance is a national network of youth and
student activists who are working for a just and sustainable society
by building power with the people most impacted by inequality.
As young activists, were committed to building our skills as
principled, effective organizers who will work in movements for
racial, economic and environmental justice over the long run. At
the Summer Institute, we'll learn organizing skills and develop our
political analysis through a combination of training and hands-on
community organizing experience. The Summer Institute has 4
Internships: Students will be placed as interns with principled
community-based organizations. There, we'll witness community-
based organizing from the inside, and gain some concrete
organizing experience ourselves. We'll also have the opportunity to
support critical community struggles around a variety of issues.
Political Education: A core piece of the Summer Institute is a
weekly workshop that build our practical analysis of interlocking
systems of oppression-- white supremacy, capitalism, and
patriarchyand their relationship to current struggles and
movements. We'll combine guest presentations, readings,
discussion of liberation struggles of oppressed communities,
challenging privilege, and organizing strategy.
Organizing Skills: A series of organizing trainings led by
professional organizers and trainers will ground us, as participants,
in basic direct action community organizing, power mapping,
strategic campaign design, media, direct action/civil disobedience,
and other important organizing skills.
Building STARC: Participants will take on collective projects related
to STARC, including helping plan our national gathering to be held
at the end of the summer. Not only will we learn and organize
together, we'll also work to build a stronger sense of community in
STARC over the next year. In building thoughtful relationships with
each other, we have the roots to create powerful alliances with
other groups and organizers. We are the next generation of social
justice, and we must work together!
The Summer Institute begins on June 8 with a 5-day orientation
and ends August 9. It will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area
in California. Participants will be provided housing and receive a
stipend to cover their living expenses.
The STARC Alliance is an affirmative action network, women,
queers, people of color are encouraged to apply!
The STARC Summer Institute Application
This application is due Feb. 15 2002
School/Community: Phone Number for Feb.-May
1. Please provide us with a resume of your community
involvement and organizing thus far. 1 pg max, 10 pt font min.
2. Describe your experience organizing with the STARC Alliance.
3. What are you hoping to get out of the Summer Institute?
4. What role does challenging racism, sexism & gender, classism
have in the work you do?
Jan. 14, 2002 Announcement and applications are available
Feb. 15, 2002 Applications due at
starcsummerschool at yahoo.com
Feb. 25, 2002 During this week there will be phone interviews if
Mar. 15, 2002 Well notify you by this date as to whether youre in
Email: Staffer at starcalliance.org or call (503) 247.5995 for STARC
Laura Close, STARC Field Organizer
"Holding each other close across differences, beyond conflict,
through change, is an act of resistance."
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