Two Capacity Building Training (Community Organizing) Apps Due June 5, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017

Building a Visionary Opposition (for grantees who practice community organizing)

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for “Building a Visionary Opposition,”  a two-day training, with a follow-up session, designed to create space for organizers to think about and use non-violent direct action tactics as tools to strengthen organizing.

Dates: Monday, July 17, 2017 & Tuesday, July 18, 2017, with a follow-up session to be held in the early fall
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: North Star Fund, 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10018
For grantees who practice community organizing.

The NYC landscape is rich with the diversity of grassroots organizations working to ensure the safety and well-being of communities in all five boroughs. However, the political landscape has dramatically shifted since the 2016 national elections. The cabinet appointments, executive orders, and proposed budget will result in extreme hardship for communities already harmed by criminalization, poverty, climate change, and other forms of state violence. These effects have already begun to manifest themselves in NYC and around the country.

As conditions change, we recognize the need for organizations to have a space to be able to digest what these changes mean for them, the bases they organize, and the broader movement for justice.

We will address the following key questions:

  • How do we understand the times that we are in and the implications of Trump’s Administration for our communities?
  • How do we use “defense” and “fight back” tactics as part of a broader strategy that articulates our solutions and vision?  How can non-violent direct actions be utilized in our current context?
  • How do we create public opportunities to communicate our vision beyond our base and connect to other movement sectors?

This training will be conducted by Helena Wong, Lynn Lewis, Priscilla Gonzalez, and Daniel Hunter.

This program is open to three representatives from your organization, one of whom must be a staffer with decision making power within your organization, and the other two – if not all – have lead campaign organizing responsibility. Each applicant must register separately. Applicants must commit to participating in the full program.

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

Deadline to apply: Monday, June 5, 2017. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training and sent preparatory information by Friday, June 23, 2017.

If you have questions you can reach out to Helena Wong at