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1 Student and Youth Summit on US Global Engagement NOTES

2 Ground Rules Pay Attention to Gender Dynamics Speak from 1 st Person Perspective Allow for Conflict Listen to Understand Remember who is not in the room Respect No Cellphones Honor Confidentiality ½ Finger Policy Have fun, Stay Positive Gauge Agreement with Hand Signals

3 American Friends Service Committee Bolded indicates circled in agreement by another participant Recognize the human dignity in everyone Non-violence; peaceful means -> peaceful ends Justice – freedom from oppression –Economic justice (workers’ rights, immigrants etc…) –Social justice (LGBTQ, Racism etc…) Developing resources for education and advocacy

4 Student Environmental Action Committee Environment = Social, political etc… Environmental racism Environment + Gender Renewable Energy Commitment to Anti-oppression Democratic organizing structure

5 Foreign Policy in Focus What we do: –Produce documents, research, policy papers –training Multilateralism –US inequality does not recognize its responsibility –Strengthen int’l institutions Deepening analysis –Policy -> action bridges through training Encouraging Dialogue –Students + activists +analysis

6 Africa Action US has a special historic responsibility toward Africa Believe racism has been & is a major determinant of US policies towards Africa, Africans ad US citizens of African descent value Africa and people of Africa and seek partnership with Africans Believe in principles of: –Consultation; Openness; accountability; consensus Our dominant frame: global apartheid

7 USFT Founded by student recognizing energy around fair trade activism –Collective demand, share experiences Promote fair trade principles –Dialogue, transparency, equality Relate global issues to everyday life Making connections among trade orgs, fair trade groups, across supply chain Interpersonal relationships –Diversity – seeking allies everywhere –Respect + responsibility to local areas + knowledge –Context Celebration + hope Global economy that supports human beings

8 United Student Against Sweatshops Founded based on economic justice –Through apparel on campuses now, worker solidarity all over Cooperation + solidarity w/ workers providing support in their work Anti-oppression organization –Address racism, sexism, classism, etc.. In the work that we do –Include oppression in analysis Work in coalition Democratic –Often consensus based –Issues decided Cooperative self-determination

9 Oxfam America Overview – hunger, poverty, injustice Relief/humanitarian aid, post-WWII Partnership based model –Needs defined at local level –Eg. Poverty relief, hunger, fair trade Make Trade Fair campaign Rights based framework –Ie access to health care, food –Ability for people to empower themselves – dignity –So we fight for justice and fairness

10 American Anti-Slavery Group 1993, first abolitionist group since civil war Founded by diverse group (multi-ethnic, multi- faith) Be a voice for the voiceless Education -> eradication Empower former slaves etc… to tell stories Partnerships w/ many groups Truth-tellers Non-violence Simple message

11 Sierra Student Coalition Harmony among people around the world Clean air, water, land – human right Student empowerment –Student leadership Public lands are our heritage Social and economic justice –Fair trade People and planet over profit Environmental justice –Disproportionate environmental degradation for poor

12 Global Justice Educate, train, mobilize students around global justice issues Students are not just foot soldiers; should be involved throughout Globalization not inherently bad, but inequality + oppression are People should be empowered for political participation

13 Student Campaign for Child Survival 1)responsible policy means investing in the FUTURE 2)Each child has a right to realize potential: empowerment 3)responsibility – children die from diseases we could treat 4)dignity of every child; caring for our children should not end with our families

14 Student Global AIDS Campaign Global AIDS is symptomatic of a global crisis across geography, race etc… Seeking fairness Student led Solidarity US has responsibility as a matter of justice Poorer countries should have self-control Advocate for multilateral partnership (global fund) AIDS is an issue of POLITICAL WILL – power imbalance etc…

15 Student PUGWASH USA Focus: nuclear energy; genetics; environment Education (speaking events) Learn to think in a new way Working across sectors and communities Forum for sharing about social responsibility Invite different sides of an issue Promote knowledge

16 United States Student Association Education is a right across age, race, class etc… Grassroots power of students to win power Advance student interests Promote diversity Educational access and quality Focus on people who are normally excluded Democratic processes –Caucuses –Electoral system Policy platform –Int’l students –FTAA (privatization) –Elections (access to politics)

17 Common Principles Responsibility – US Responsibility to People they have oppressed Anti-oppression Student Leadership Story/Humanizing Peace Non-Violence Grassroots – student and Local communities Ownership Global Cooperative Engagement Justice – Economic, Social Empowerment Education – promote different viewpoints, deepening analysis Democratic Process Respecting Diversity Coalition Human Rights – Right to Participation Political Participation Local Solidarity

18 How do you see US behavior living up to, or falling short of, these values? Claiming to support democracy and political participation, but… US fails at home to live up to democratic process Also fails in Int’l trade Anti-Oppression: US often the oppressor Corporate concentration of power –Undermines grassroots Preach Non-Violence but go to war

19 US Behavior (cont’d) Problem: Lack of Analysis by Gov’t & By American People, who then support the gov’t US uses “Freedom” Corporations good at working in coalition; using “free speech” to fight electoral reform U.S. gov’t failed in multilateralism Doing “oppressor” work Self-interest or profit interest comes before values US believes in global capitalism Duplicity Slavery continues and government ignores Need a respect for student leadership and Youth participation Human Rights – Our country does not respect H.R. At home – hurts us abroad –Lead by example

20 US Behavior (cont’d) Gaps in our youth involvement –After school etc.. –Activist is a fringe thing –We do not create mechanisms for participation –Need to broaden movement –Lack a culture of involvement –Fragmentation and compartmentalization –Elitism in involvement - people with free time and money Local Knowledge of global issues is strong but overlooked Who do we really mean by students and youth? Using local examples + connections in messaging –Speak from people’s experience Challenge – to reach people and move Partisanship can be divisive What are we willing to compromise? Taking our values to an organizational level

21 US Behavior (cont’d) Conflict: message vs. Actuality We cede power to “experts” and officials Should foster a close connection between local and global U.S. – strong concentration of power + message –We can respond by working w/ individual people Local -> global community -> foreign policy Uneven distribution of power –Who is making the decisions? –Make it hard for global people to gain access to power – even Americans US Behavior – Patriot Act –Speed of passing –Invasion of privacy, freedom –Some nations adopting spirit and language of act Media monopoly/independent media/dissent Conflict between how we identify…America, US, Gov’t, Policy Often US-centric, a view that can be in conflict with global equality/justice Conflict between Americans claiming “justice, freedom etc…” and our historic and current actions (beliefs and actions)

22 US Behavior (cont’d) Dominant culture controlling though media, education, etc.. –Strengthen through messaging Patriotism –Idealism –Historical sense Even among ourselves, we find patterns of elitism Treaty evasion and denial/violation Need to identify ourselves as US Our self-interest is short-sighted –need “enlightened self-interest” We need to understand our privilege and advantage Understanding relationships between patriotism and dissent Theme: How do we relate to U.S.?

23 VOTE – Common Principles for US Global Engagement Responsibility – US Responsibility to People they have oppressed 8 Anti-oppression 6 Student Leadership Story/Humanizing Peace 1 Non-Violence 1 Grassroots – student and Local communities 1 Ownership Global Cooperative Engagement 5 Justice – Economic, Social 16 Empowerment Education – promote different viewpoints, deepening analysis 4 Democratic Process 4 Respecting Diversity 3 Coalition Human Rights – Right to Participation 13 Political Participation 2 Local Solidarity Fairness 3

24 Evaluation Smiley Faces: –Respect for each other –Concentric circles –Food –Good number for discussion/tension –Distribution of speakers –Self + professional facilitation –Kept on track –Groundwork –RBF + Frameworks –Int’l Frowny Faces: –Structure of principles Org vs. US –Structured Method of Getting more voices –Make sure we can stay in touch –Want to hear more specifics –Objectives and ground rules A-HA! Moments: –After being a student –Reasoning of different groups –Impossible -> inevitable –Patriotism

25 Where are we now? From Yesterday Began building relationships Gained Knowledge on framing, joint visioning & lessons from int’l youth activists Understanding of group backgrounds Better idea of shared (and conflicting) –Group values/processes –Principles for US global engagement

26 Where are we going today? Presentation on joint messaging for student global issues Opportunity to reflect from yesterday Defining nature of coalitions Group presentations – your work –How could other support you + vice versa Identify overlap + develop proposal drafts Refine proposals/action plans Presentations and feedback… –Lead in to tomorrow

27 Reflections on Coalition Earth Rights -> Find how values translate across issues Be careful…e.g. the group of farmers vs. the group out to get an international perspective: No recognition for the former Coalition w/ funders is difficult. “Branding” can present challenges When other groups in coalition dominate the coalition, because they lack campaigns + grassroots work Honest about expectations + roles Mutual self-interest – be open (not just philosophical) Success when focus on other org’s, not individuals We should know we are embarking on coalition – be deliberate “Think outside the square” –Diverse constituencies, unlikely allies –Eg. Farmers + aboriginal rights Issue-based works because objectives are clear and can because it can negative when we cross into other issues

28 Coalitions (cont’d) Lack of clear set of demands: –Expectations of work –Personal relationships –Focus on strengths of partners Don’t use coalitions to diversify your work Legislative/Lobbying Coalitions –Share work, amplify voice Long-term coalitions –Need trust-building/relationships Issue coalitions can lead to long term coalitions –Build trust through actions (press briefings, env. Coalitions) Amnesty-Sierra (H.R. + Environment) –Gain New Perspective –Focus environmental defenders who were persecuted –See interconnection

29 SCCS Doing: –Campaigns partner w/ broader foreign aid campaigns children’s health (USAID and other NGOs) –Advocacy for humanitarian aid –Increase foreign policy budget –Encouraging chapter partnerships w/ groups abroad Others could contribute to us –Relationships/contacts –Advice for diversifying –Knowledge of internal power dynamics We could benefit others –Contacts + knowledge of how to do lobby work

30 American Anti-slavery Group Doing – Direct service; education; media; advocacy; organizing –Issue cooperation possibilities Fair trade; transition from slavery Debt relief; connections to oppression HIV/AIDS; sex slavery, rape, chattle slavery Env. Sustainability; New free communities Women + children; disproportionate slavery Sweatshops; slave labor Others could contribute –Let us speak to groups, spread message –Training help on organizing –Vote training together We can benefit others –Can educate around the issue –East coast strength –Advocating what is taught on campuses (collaborate)

31 AFSC (Peacebuilding Unit) Doing –Voter education for 2004 –Beats for Peace – Boston, DC, Philly, Miami Arts, Hip-Hop, communicating w/youth who are vanguard traditionally –FTAA –Coalition work around Peace (WSF, NYSPC, W.W.W) –Counter-recruitment/Anti-Nukes Developing materials to be used by schools + community groups Links among antimilitarism groups Others could contribute –Developing curriculum –Need to connect at grassroots Benefit other groups –Resources (educating on issues) –Breadth of offices

32 FPIF Doing –Conference for Oil Politics, energy policy and organizing alternatives –War on terror –US Africa policy Others could contribute to us –Turnout/planning for conference –Opportunities/connections to meet up w/ constituencies We can benefit others –Ghetto film school: alternative communications –Strong speakers bureau Targeting swing states

33 Oxfam Doing –CHANGE initiative – issue based mobilizing, not chapters; tools for global citizenship; other forms of recruitment, training Hunger Trade Fair Trade coffee –Oct student trade conference Others could contribute –People, involvement for trade conference –Plug students into network for cooperation –Experience from national coalitions Can Offer –Activism/education guides FTAA, fair trade, lobbying –CHANGE curriculum

34 USFT Doing –Fair trade coffee – campus campaigns –Create cross-campus campaigns Pressure companies together –Developing website to connect students Other groups could contribute –H.S. campaigns, knowledge –How we relate to member org’s –Build relationships w/ ethnic org’s; how to struggle against white bias We could benefit others –Contacts + company database –Connect to mainstream, positive messaging –Inroads to fair trade

35 Sierra Student Coalition Doing –400 groups, 40 state coordinators Trade campaign; totally legislative – defeat FTAA Focus on state and local levels Messaging: our communities at risk; identify threatened areas locally Global south partnerships Miami organizing Oct 31 mobilization – halloween, scary, FTAA Electoral trainings with USSA, AFL-CIO –Globalization work –Electoral –Environmental Justice; support local efforts –World Banks campus bonds Others can contribute –Partner on campaigns, actions Offer to others –Trainers bureau

36 SGAC Doing –Donate the dollars, drop the debt, treat the people –Policy: congress and the president Keep the Pledge, O4 Stop AIDS Comprehensive platform – debt, gender, race etc.. –Debt – week of action (IMF, WTO, Secretary etc..) –FTAA intellectual property –Multinational corporations -> coke Corporate responsibility Others could contribute –How to work –Local-global coalitions –Support on ’04 Stop AIDS What do we offer? –Rights for sex workers + drug users –Victories –Advice on AIDS related involvement –Skills for advocacy

37 USSA Doing –Appropriations in higher Education –Immigrant rights in education Freedom rides with USAS – legislation Local campus work SEVIS, DREAM –Elections Voter education, identification, mobilization Voter training Non-partisan voter guide Strategic placements Others could contribute to us –Appropriations knowledge/constituencies –How to plug-in, define role in int’l –Build members in MA, IL, TX, NY We could benefit others –Grassroots + electoral training; even around issues like FTAA –Democratic structure –Knowledge in a student-friendly way –Materials –Understanding organizing on identity

38 SEAC Doing –Movement magazine (threshold)– communicate to member groups –Speakers bureau and regional list serves –Skills building (training institute) –Regional conferences –Campaigns start locally tampon action Militarism campaign Renewable energy, climate justice Others could contribute to us –Trainings more efficiently Trainings regionally/youth organizing –Expanding outreach capacity –Knowledge to build grassroots funding What we can contribute to others –Alumni network – how-to Reunion…serve as partners w/ alumni –Organizing guides – H.S., environment

39 SPUSA Doing –Chapter system, plan own events –Involve, empower student leadership –6 issues: security; environment; sustainable development; genetics; diversity in science; society and technology (civil liberties) Others could contribute –Experts/activists/students in the field –Our national conferences Can offer to others –Conferences –Partnerships –Curricular advocacy –electoral

40 USAS Doing –160 affiliates, strong on coasts, fairly spread out –Labor solidarity and Economic justice –IMF, WTO, WTAA –Immigration reform –Leadership development Anti-racist/oppression training –NYSPC – civic participation work –Women’s colleges, Historically black colleges Others could contribute –Resource development –Alumni work –Electoral Benefit others –Work w/labor movement –Tools for mobilizing –Corporate campaign –“bad cop”

41 Africa Action Doing –Campaigns around “global apartheid” –Africa’s Right to Health campaign Access for all Debt cancellation End to stigma and discrimination Dialogue on reparations IMF/WB colonialism –MOST WANTED – Pres. Bush accountability Expose broken promises –Strength – grassroots movement: DC, NY, Atlanta, Houston, Bay Area, African immigrants, PLWHA’s –World AIDS Day of action Others could contribute –Need more people + allies for campaigns and days of action Can Offer –Connections between global and domestic crisis –Policy analysis on issues –Can generate further analysis

42 Global Justice Doing –Bring groups together –Seeking new campaigns Trade, micro-credit –Bridge issues – debt and Haiti –International partnerships (ie Zambia) Others can contribute –Help us get involved in new issues –Broaden base to public universities, HBC’s, community colleges –Alumni network –Grassroots fundraising –Collaborate domestically Offer to others –Can mobilize quickly –Open to cooperation –Issue education/advocacy

43 Thematic/Campaign Proposals, Votes, Group Leaders HIV/AIDS – 3 – Sean Barry –Day of Action, Debt Electoral/Vote – 7 –Becky Wasserman –04 Stop AIDS, Swing States, Key Issues, Broaden Global Agenda Global Economic Justice – 9- Michelle Dixon –FTAA education, electoral, advocacy, trade conference Corporate Accountability/Responsibility – 0 Media Control/Regulation – 0 US Responsibility/Energy, Environment, Sustainability – 7 – Jessica Leight –Int’ Issues, Multilateralism

44 Organizational Concerns Trainings Alumni Curriculum Advocacy Film Fundraising Unify Across Issues Media Tactics (Hip-Hop) Appropriations/Lobbying

45 Vote Working Group Problems: –International issues and elections –We have no/little capacity –Focus –Relations to existing coalitions? Solutions/Ideas: –Issue specific info: fliers, vote guide(s)? –Samples: vote guides?, fliers –**Booklet –Guide book – 6 issues –**Voter Guide - Send to candidates? –**Candidate Profiles Past votes Grades Each org says what they feel about candidates –NYSPC –Issue based vote materials –Speaking tours

46 Vote Working Group, cont’d Vote GuideSample Booklet Organization Name Sample Flier Orgs Here MECha NAACP SAF TransAfrica Voter reg. Cover Bush Guns: Y Gore Guns: N Andre plan +additional background info (grades, votes

47 HIV/AIDS Working Group Sept -> Global Justice AFSC -> Peace and Justice Tour October –6-12 -> SGAC -> Debt Week of Action November –SGAC - >Trade Campaign Week of Action –Africa Action -> Most Wanted Campaign December –World AIDS Day Week of Action/Student Day of Silence –AFSC ‘Beats’ for Peace - >2 nd or 3 rd Sunday ->Suggest an AIDS Focus Platform: –US Should Do Its Fair Share Action: –Multicoalition Event –Reordering Gov’ts Priorities

48 Evaluation Smiley Faces: –Small Group Activities –Interest Across Issues –See linkages develop –Excited About Specifics –Didn’t let schedule dictate (flexibility) Frowny Faces: –Use Sticky Dots as a voting tool –Gap in “goodbye” with funders (how do we stay in touch?) –Int’l – not just over meals –Voting –criteria of importance; a way of thinking about the decisions being made –Clarifying “we” –Day was long A-Ha! Moments: –Patriotism moment –Frameworks ->media as episodic –Move On presentation –Talking about positives, looseness, comedy –Landmines -> winning more than liking –Uniting the movement discussions –2004 elections -> encouraging –More help in organizing -> go to funders

49 Expectations for Tomorrow Fleshing out action plans –Comment + involve in Who “We” are…clarification Who’s not here…who to bring in…how? Sustaining relationships Process/Alumni, etc… issues Pitching to our organizations Resource sharing Defining our continuing strategy

50 Update From Yesterday … Learned more about Joint messaging and Coalitions Shared Group Interests Developed Concrete Action Plans Learned more from Internet and International partners

51 FOR TODAY Reflection to get us ready for today Concrete Capacity Building Collaboration; TIG, GJ Conference, Alumni, Etc… Re-visit Action Plans Who are we & How to move forward Evaluation and Commitments

52 What do you want to come out of today ? Concrete plans for continued communications A world wide movement, new resources, synergy, new activist, more energy, new friends Plan/vision to move towards a “trade justice” in the US and internationally Leave space in the plans to be visionary and creative Create a more concrete plan for the Global Economic Justice <- yeah, this Make concrete plans to work on organizational concerns together A concrete plan for sharing our strength Solid working relationships between participants Discuss org. resources and have them continue beyond today

53 What Can You Do To Make It Happen? Elevate the discourse from coalition to talk about a movement, work with others to shake donors/people up, go back to my org. + convey the vision of this conference, stay in touch Coordinate a student trade justice/make trade fair-conference w/ participation by groups here and others Provide (offer) space for groups (ie trade etc..) to meet Follow-up Schedule future lunch meetings Help on specifics projects coming out of this conference

54 Concern: International Partnerships Needs: –USFT – partnerships w/ students in producer nations –SGAC – connect with youth AIDS activists abroad –SCCS – Partnerships w/ youth orgs working on children’s issues –SEAC – needs forum for communication with int’l groups –SSC – needs access to students activists in the global south to build “sister communities” relationships –SPUSA – Though part of an international network, would like to be connected to int’l students specifically working on our issues –AFSC – (Same as above) –AASG – To work w/ people on the ground to spread awareness, provide help+ info about slaves, pressure media to report about slavery, and gov’t and civil society to do something about slavery Resources: –SEAC - History of Int’l component w/ newsletter + other resources –People and Planet – Specific campaigns on trade, HIV/AIDS, climate change –AFSC – Huge Int’l network –IYP – network of youth activists in 150 countries. IYP 2004 –USAS – int’l intern program sends US students to 7 countries; experience & network in Latin America and Asia –Oxfam – Network of community/org. partnerships –AASG – nat’l conference bringing 8 civil society activists from Africa to discuss goals and collective action

55 Concern: International Partnerships (cont’d) Partnerships: –USFT would like to partner with Youth Parliament –SEAC/P&P – Climate Change –SGAC/P&P – re: AIDS/trade, IYP – adopt a project –IYP/SGAC –IYP + CONGO –AFSC + IYP + P&P –USAS would like to work w/ P&P –GJ – IYP, P&P, CONGO

56 Concern: Alumni + H.S. Need –GJ – training – we need to start an alumni program; we need ideas and tactics –SGAC – ideas + examples for alumni network –SPUSA – Locating Alumni; time to devote to program; future publication to provide to alumni –SEAC – ideas for maintaining a H.S. network –AASG – working access to orgs to inform more young people about slavery + ways to stay involved –USFT – maintaining contact w/ alumni, making contact w/ high schools + making curriculum Resources –SSC – works extensively w/ high school students –SEAC – We have on alum network + can share info on how it was created –SPUSA – Currently launching 2 alumni groups (Boston, DC) –USAS has H.S. organizing manual + alumni council Partnerships: –GJ -> SEAC -> USAS -> SPUSA

57 Concern: Training Needs: –SGAC – campus organizing; electoral; designing campaign –SCCS – campus organizing; media –SPUSA – Outreach to new schools; sustaining chapters; networking members –FPIF – media training advice; electoral –Anti-oppression trainings –AASG - general grassroots/leadership development, media, managing chapter finances, election, outreach + coalition building –Oxfam – grassroots student media, lobbying, organizing, campus chapter/campaign building, issue based trainings –Make Trade Fair Conference: Anything you can offer to build students skills and knowledge to advocate around trade and the FTAA –AFSC – curriculum development, materials, youth/student organizing –USFT – campus outreach training –AA – Actions, Global-Local -SEAC needs regional grassroots organizers

58 Concern: Training (cont’d) -Resources -AFSC – Hugeness + lotsa folks -SEAC – grassroots organizing training institute and rally -SSC – models for lobbying, media, campaign planning, facilitation, running campus groups, running a mtg etc… trainings and a developed triners bureau nationwide -FPIF – media training professional -GJ – organizing, media, advocacy -Oxfam – CHANGE curriculum (200 pg binder of media, lobbying, organizing and issue based trainings around trade, coffee and hunger). FTAA teach-in, FTAA -student action and resource guide, FTAA lobbying teach-in. Hunger Banquets. -AA – Staff training experience (media org.) -USAS/USSA –labor GRassrootsOganizingWorkshop (GROW) -Partnerships -SSC – USSA Election trainings -Trade Conference – Oxfam, GJ, AFSC, SGAC -Oxfam-SGAC-USSA – electoral organizing -SGAC-SSC – exchange materials; get some members to attend SSC training; -SGAC-FPIF – media training -USSA electoral trainings – GJ, SGAC, AFSC, SSC, Oxfam, AA, -SEAC – would like to partner with other student orgs. For an anti-oppression training conference, USAS would be interested

59 Concern: Fundraising Thru Grassroots Needs: –SEAC – needs to hire a development director, advice on dues structure –GJ – helpful tips; we need to start up a program –SGAC – tips + lessons learned –Beats 4 peace – specific staff –USAS – advice on effective dues structure –AASG – Advice w/ new chapter system –USFT – advice –SPUSA – unique travel funding ideas –AA - $ for local activist groups Resources: –AASG – Can provide example of our Bearing Witness + Subsequent resources as models including our Freedom Action Network and Telemarketing –SEAC – can provide info on sliding scale dues

60 Concern: Broadening our Constituency Needs: –SEAC – to learn about building coalitions with diverse groups (in terms of race, class, sexual orientation) without co-opting those movements –SSC – building diversity (race, class, sexual orientation, geographic, ideological) –SCCS – expanding geographically into S, MW; diversifying to public schools, community colleges, historically black colleges etc… Resources: –SEAC – caucus structure

61 Concern: Tactics (Film & Hip-Hop) Needs: –FPIF – groups that want to create these films together –SSC – interested in developing creative street theater/visibility tactics around FTAA & “beat Bush” themes –USFT – Buzzmobile National summer tour –SGAC – more fun outreach –SCCS – connections w/ children’s arts groups –AASG – Use film +Art to increase awareness Resources: –FPIF – Ghetto Film School –AFSC – Beats for Peace –SSC – we have connections to theater of the oppressed folks –FPIF – hip-hop tour (Dead Prez) –AASG – Connections w/ Entertainment Industries Council, Touched by an Angel and Others Partnerships: –USAS, AA, GJ, FPIF, AFSC – would like to participate in these –SGAC wants to participate w/ AFSC (Beats); FPIF (documentary):

62 Concern: Media Needs: –AASG - More consistent slavery coverage – less episodic –AA - Concrete ways to bring local voices to National/Int’l media –Echoed by AFSC; Also, connections w/ alt. media/advertising/artist networks –SGAC – help with materials –FPIF – info on cheap means to get flashy materials –SPUSA – How to get medias attention –SCCS – brochures, flier, poster development –AA Help with messaging, events Resources: –AASG – Can provide help w/ messaging + Media Outreach Ideas (op-ed writing, etc…) –AFSC Communications dept. -> USSA, NYSPC model –SSC – has developed a student media training that can serve as a model –SPUSA – link to great, cheap printer –FPIF – film (tactic) as new messaging! –SGAC – comp. media guide

63 How do we incorporate values into our own organizations’ processes? Anti-oppression thru caucuses –Womens caucus, people of color caucus, working class caucus etc… –Tool for accountability, process, representation (to larger group), communication w/in caucuses Anti-oppression training –Ben will recommend –Anti-racism trainings –Challenging white supremacy –People’s institute… –We need language to talk about these things Ally meetings –How can we be allies to caucus Caucus retreats –Caucuses w/ representation on board (USSA) Changing how people talk about OR changing membership and leadership How we analyze and talk about our issues? Ie racism and sexism It is the same people running the show domestically and internationally When we change analysis…we attract different leaders and member base Helping people OR solidarity against oppression

64 Campaigns, Partnerships, Coalitions Actions -> Shared resources -> larger process, larger movement Focus on larger movement piece from this weekend: –Are we necessarily student and youth…what does this mean for who we are? Groups with some student work or student/youth led groups –How do we treat students within our groups? –Should groups like AFSC join youth + student organizations –Only national student groups? Regional? Local? Int’l? How much work can we do before true inclusion of other groups to allow true ownership and leaders from those groups?

65 What would make people excited about this process? Who do we need to get involved? Who is not here? What does it mean to do “Global Justice” work? Environmental justice groups Immigrant communities Latino + Asian communities National women’s groups Indigenous groups NAACP Int’l participation Ethnic student groups Black student unions (regional network) Non-student youth Groups representing black people –NAACP, TransAfrica, Black fraternity + sorority Faith based networks –Unitarian universalists World federation of democratic students Int’l union of students MECha New voices or common mission or mutual gain? Roots and Shoots Global humanitarian org’s (still have adult-student conflict) Moslem student associations

66 Using your relationships to bring on new partners How to go back to org’s? Challenge about working harder/smarter. Are we working smarter? –Trade campaign as possible example –Beats fro Peace, FTAA, voter Smoother on things to do anyway –More work, but helps with outreach, expedites –Success where groups were working already –Not as much success with new ideas/projects (multilateralism) –How do we look toward new coordination? Used to campaigns? –Hard to incorporate across issues, principle to work together Outcomes –Partnerships/tasks agreed to –Relationships and connections People’s movements For NEXT TIME, new coalitions Afraid of groups dissipating –But one thing that was cool was that groups did improve self-> concrete smarter working relationships Great balance structure


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