Below is an incomplete list of workshops and accompanying descriptions at MMMC 2017. We will update this page with additional workshop information as soon as possible. Please reach out to Jes Kelley, Retreat Organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Cash Rules Everything Around Us: How Class Impacts Us and Organizing
Class patterns are ever present but often unspoken in our lives and communities. In this workshop we’ll look at some of the ways that class manifests and how bringing greater awareness to classism can deepen the commitment of young people with wealth in cross-class communities and struggles for social justice.
We’ll explore questions such as:
- How are class differences created and enforced?
- What messages have we received about being wealthy?
- How have class differences been used historically to divide movements?
- How does class influence which movements get funded and how can we leverage our class experience in this?
Drawing on our own experiences, we’ll deepen our understanding of class together.
Introduction to Campaign Organizing
It is an exciting time at RG with the completion of our 40 Year Campaign Vision, our member-led national campaign issue on “Valuing Labor for All,” and chapters all around the country taking on campaign work! But, maybe you are wondering… what are campaigns?! And how do young people with wealth take action together alongside other movement groups? Join this workshop to learn how to take action together and run successful campaigns.
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of campaign organizing in an RG context. We will learn how to do identify targets for a campaign, discuss different dimensions of power, and learn about different tactics and strategies to WIN! We will have a presentation, discussion, embodiment practices to find the source and blocks to our power, and an activity where we put everything we’ve learned into action as we play through some potential campaign scenarios.
Financial Literacy 101
Come gain a sense of personal empowerment and agency over your finances. Our goal is to demystify the language of the financial world, starting with the basics of everyday personal finances and the world of investments. Explore your values about money among peers, and gain confidence and encouragement to become more engaged with your financial wealth. We will spend time responding to what’s on your mind. We will offer action steps on how you might move forward in your journey. All levels of experience are welcome and we encourage you to bring your questions.
Land‐based Reparations Lab presented by Black Land and Liberation Initiative
This session is rooted in the use of land to rebalance power and repair relationships. This session will use 3 land-based reparations models to explore and assess past and current examples of wealth redistribution involving land. We will explore the value of connecting redistribution of wealth to land and use a couple past and current frameworks as an avenue for discussion and workshopping of possible reparations scenarios. We will give folks a chance to discuss the strategy, challenges, and power building possibilities of transferring land to black-led organizations and groups.
Cross-class Movement Building to Win: Lessons from the Domestic Worker and Care Movements presented with National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
A coalition of domestic workers and people who employ domestic workers won the first statewide Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (BOR) in the United States in 2010, largely because of their dynamic collaborative campaign. This workshop will use the tool of storytelling to explore lessons for cross-class movement building from the BOR campaign, as well as examples of cross-class organizing in the current domestic worker and care movements including the #SanctuaryHomes campaign which sits at the intersection of domestic worker rights and immigration. We’ll also engage in conversations about how the relationships our organizing is grounded in (between home attendants and seniors and people with disabilities, nannies and the families they work with etc.) have not only helped us win, but have sparked a deeper understanding of interdependence, a value that many of us hold but that is sometimes hard to live into. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how and why to build cross-class movements, the critical role young people with wealth have played and can play, and concrete ideas for how you can bring these lessons into your relationships and movement building work.
Funding Our Collective Liberation presented with Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)
Do you feel like running the other way when someone mentions the word “fundraising”? Do you shrink lower in your seat when recruitment for the fundraising committee begins? Do you feel more comfortable giving than asking? In this workshop, we will strengthen our understanding of why it’s important to be good fundraisers for social justice work, as well as gain tools and practice to increase our comfort with asking for money. We’ll explore tough questions such as, What are creative ways to engage the resources? What role can we play individually and collectively?
How to Create a Social Justice Giving Plan During Turbulent Times presented with NorthStar Fund
In this challenging political climate, many of us are ready to step up our engagement with organizations who are on the frontlines of resisting violence and systemic oppression. More and more, we are thinking about supporting and strengthening local communities and campaigns as a means of building and contributing to broader social change. One way to do this is by donating to grassroots, social justice organizations. But how do you decide how much to give and to who? Should the urgency of the current moment change the way we give?
This practical and interactive workshop will help you begin to think through these questions and get you started with creating a giving plan that aligns with your values. We’ll include examples of real people’s giving plans and give you time to start working on your own. Whether you are trying to figure out how to start giving, or you are struggling with aspects of your current giving, this workshop will help you think about the big questions that can lead to a greater sense of purpose.
Capital and the Prison Problem: How Can We Build Solutions and Stop Profiting From Punishment? presented with Corrections Accountability Project/Urban Justice Center and Zevin Asset Management
More than two million people in the U.S. are incarcerated. Right now more black men are under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850. As the scholars and activists in Ava Duvernay’s powerful documentary 13th remind us, mass incarceration is an unfair and ongoing assault on communities of color, exploiting already ravaged resources, crushing opportunity and threatening democracy. It’s just one of the ways the private sector and the idolization of capitalism have deepened racial injustice. Using the seemingly race-neutral label “criminal,” we have justified the exploitation of people of color and their subsequent exclusion from economic life.
We will examine the commercialization of U.S. prisons as a symptom of this racist system. Through lobbying, campaign financing, and association funding, corporations engaged directly in the penal industry thwart criminal law reform and expand their own reach, redistributing resources from the poor and black and brown to the wealthy and white. Corporations outside the industry compound the impact of such wealth redistribution by barring those with criminal backgrounds from the job market. And though such decisions work against their corporate interests, violating their fiduciary responsibilities, they ultimately serve the broader goal of excluding black and brown people from the economy and reinforcing the inequality in our power structures.
At the beginning of a divisive law-and-order administration, investors must help solve the U.S. carceral crisis. Our workshop will undertake a race- and power-centric analysis of the role of private capital in mass incarceration. Participants will examine how inherited privilege, power, and access support mass incarceration and consider unique ways in which wealthy folks can help support solutions. We will brainstorm avenues of impact that include partnering with directly-impacted communities, funding radical advocacy, and investing in change.
And we’ll start with step one: stop doing harm. Most wealthy folks are invested in the prison-industrial complex through stock portfolios. Young people stepping into roles of responsibility can ask:
What do we own?
What should we divest?
And how can we use our investor voices to move the economy away from incarceration?
We will coach participants as they analyze a model stock portfolio and practice presenting problems and alternatives to family members and wealth advisors.
Centering Love in Investing: Returning the Heart to this Work presented with ReGenerative Finance
Finance is often talked about as if it were a neutral science, a practice with certain rules and ways of working that are presented as inevitable. However, we know that finance has intentionally constructed tools that abstract economic activity in order to increase the rate of exclusion, extraction, control, and accumulation. What does it look like to apply financial tools instead towards economic and racial justice? How can we move our resources to support the solidarity economy?
As we move from transactional relationships with our investments — from “investing” to “being invested” — this workshop will help attendees redefine their roles in the next economy. Facilitators Aaron, Tiffany and Kate are steeped in multiple active examples that re-humanize finance including the Buen Vivir Fund, Ujima Fund, The Reinvest Network, and the Southern Reparations Loan Fund. This workshop will include storytelling and theater of the oppressed, as we explore and embody what a just transition to the next economy looks and feels like: what will it take to move from our dominant approach to finance to a liberated approach that centers love and warmth?