2006 BSCS Events

Strategy: How to Organize to Get What You Want
Saturday, April 1, 10 am 3 pm
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street

How can your group organize best to make change? How can you build power within your organization? What is a community organizing strategy? When does your group need one? How can you create one? Having a clearly defined strategy can make all the difference between achieving your goals and spinning your wheels. Trainer David Hunt returns to Philadelphia to lead this energetic workshop that will provide tools for more powerful organizing.

About the facilitator:

Originally from North Philadelphia, David Hunt has been organizing for over 20 years. He has led organizing campaigns for better housing and healthcare, including one that resulted in $750 million targeted to low-income housing development in Chicago. David was formerly a trainer with the Midwest Academy, and he is currently president of David Hunt and Associates Community Empowerment and Development in Washington D.C.

The Barbara Smith Community School is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Third World Coalition at AFSC.

Generations of Activists: A Dialogue
Wednesday, May 10, 6 9 pm
1199C Union of Hospital and Healthcare Workers

100 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor

Generations of Philadelphia’s activists are connected by a sense of commitment to social justice. While the political landscape and historical context have changed through the years, the struggles, triumphs, and even disappointments are familiar across the decades. Join this extraordinary panel discussion, as members of our community, each of whom joined the social justice movement during a different era, share stories of their activism across generations.

About the panelists:

Bob Brand joined the fight for civil rights as a high school student in the early 60s and went on to resist the draft during the Vietnam War. He is currently active in the anti-war movement and is the founder of the consulting firm Solutions for Progress.

Gloria Casarez has been active in student and community organizing for 14 years. She is Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI) and Co-chair of the board of directors of Bread & Roses Community Fund

Louis Massiah is a filmmaker who has documented local and international struggles. He is founder and Executive Director of Scribe Video Center, a 23-year-old media arts center that helps people use video for personal expression and progressive social change.

Nijmie Dzurinko is an organizer, poet, popular educator, and movement strategist. She has been organizing in Philadelphia for 12 years, with a focus on supporting youth campaigns for public school reform and international campaigns for human rights in the West Bank.

Ruth Balter began her activism in the 40s as a student at Brooklyn College in New York and has been active in peace and human rights work in Philadelphia since the 70s. She currently works with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Darfur Action Coalition.

Building Successful Coalitions
Wednesday, May 17, 12 2 pm
1199C Union of Hospital and Healthcare Workers
100 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor

Essential to organizing yet difficult to build and maintain, coalitions involve bringing groups with very different perspectives together to achieve a shared goal. Facilitated group discussion and experiential exercises will address issues such as:

-making the decision to form a coalition
-sharing of leadership and responsibility
-establishing rules for participation, and
-honoring differences among coalition members while maintaining the focus on common goals.

About the facilitator:
Steve Honeyman has decades of coalition building experience. He is Executive Director of Eastern Philadelphia Organizing Project, a coalition of more than 30 religious congregations and community organizations.