Thursday April 2
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Building “strategic capacity” in the COLA Movement Training

Facilitator: Geoff Henderson, UCSB graduate student

Audience: People involved in the COLA movement

How can we translate our resources--workers committed to our cause--into the power that we need to win? The answer is strategy. But how can we come up with an effective strategy in the first place? And how can we organize in a way that strengthens our capacity to develop an effective strategy? In this training, we'll talk about what it means for a movement to have strategic capacity and how to build it. The training will use Marshall Ganz's case study of the farmworker movement in California in the 1960s as an example of how strategic capacity is developed and how it can contribute to a movement's success. We'll then reflect on how we can build strategic capacity within our own movement.

Geoff Henderson is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara and a Visiting Graduate Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on how to build social movements and coalitions, with a focus on the labor and climate justice movements.


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