Summer of Solidarity Workshop Offerings:
What follows is a short listing of workshops that can be facilitated by members of the Summer of Solidarity Tour. We’re available to facilitate any of these workshops that make sense for the host communities. And, if these exact workshops don’t exactly line up with the needs of your community or local union, let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll see if we can put something together to get your group the skill sets, background, or analysis you’re looking for.
Creative Direct Action
Learn how to put together energetic, exciting, and unexpected actions that put pressure on our targets and leave our base feeling energized and ready to step up the pressure. We’ll look at ways to breath new life into picket lines, plan fun and creative street actions, organize shop floor actions that will drive our bosses crazy. We’ll also take a look at the steps in the planning process that we can take to make sure our action goes off without a hitch.
Arts in Action
For decades, social movements have relied on art and cultural performances to tell our stories and amplify our struggles. Let’s take a look at how to put art into action. We’ll look at ways to bring our struggles to life through hip-hop and spoken word as well as building captivated visuals for our actions with puppets, beautiful banners, stencils, and wheat paste.
Building Power–Taking the Offensive to Win a Better Contract
Building Power is the Steelworkers program for building a shop floor structure to communicate with our members through the bargaining process and making a plan to keep the pressure on management while we fight to win a new contract.
Organizing Online–Using New Media to Support Real-Life Action
Do you use Facebook or surf the web? Does your organization? Learn the simple tricks and techniques that your union or organization needs to win. Combine social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) with the web and even live stream videos. You can do it, and you won’t believe how simple it is.
Beyond the Plant Gates–Corporate Research and Power Analysis
We all hate our bosses, but at work, who is really running the show. Beyond the Plant Gates is an introduction into researching and understanding how power works at our employers–and most importantly how we can strategically push and disrupt our targets.
Holding Up Half the Sky for Half the Pay
Women have been involved in the struggle for workers’ rights from the very beginning of the labor movement.. A glance at the AFL-CIO executive board, the leadership of most unions, and the political positions adopted by those unions, suggests that we still have a long way to go to get the R-E-S-P-E-C-T we deserve. Share stories and songs.
Learn about your legal rights in the workplace protected by federal, state, and local laws. Topics will include wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, health and safety, and collective action at work.
Learn about your legal rights at actions and what to do when stopped by the police. Topics will include stop and frisk, search and seizure, criminal procedure, common charges activists face at actions, and conspiracy charges and grand juries.
Summer of Solidarity—A Report from the Road
The Summer of Solidarity—Report from the Road is an hour-long storytelling and multimedia presentation taking a look at some of the incredible and exciting examples of working-class people standing up and fighting back against corporate greed in communities across the country. This summer the Summer of Solidarity Tour—a traveling roadshow of local union activists and community organizers—is crossing the country to visit 14 communities between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. We’re meeting with local organizers at cultural events, sharing ideas at collaborative workshops and we’re taking to the streets in exciting actions across the country.
Across the country working class people are taking action in incredible and inspiring ways. Workers in traditional unions are organizing strikes and hitting the streets as low wageworkers are trying new models of workplace organization to win real gains; public service workers like teachers and bus drivers are organizing with students, parents, and transit riders to fight back against service cuts and maintain quality public sector jobs; and housing rights advocates are fighting to stop foreclosures and keep families in their homes while taking direct action to occupy and reclaim bank owned homes for families in need.
The Report from the Road offers a unique perspective on the amazing local projects that we’re visiting and provides an opportunity for us to share what we’re learning as we travel the country, point out trends in local organizing work across communities and across movements, and draw connection between our struggles in the hopes of identifying opportunities for collaboration, cohesion and solidarity. We certainly don’t have all the answers but we’re excited to share what we’re seeing and what we’re learning and start the conversation about where we go from here!