The Japanese Trade Union Confederation – Rengo (JTUC-Rengo) has been eager to incorporate community organizing into their work. Community Organizing Japan (COJ) proposed an organizing workshop to Rengo which took place June 19-21, 2014, thanks to the effort of Shugo Ikemoto, Secretary General of COJ who has a strong connection with Rengo. COJ invited Dr. Marshall Ganz and conducted the workshop together with a teaching team of 10 Japanese-speaking coaches, led by Katsurako Matsuzawa and Kanoko Kamata, COJ. Continue reading
If you are a college or university instructor, please read this important message from Shana Berger, Leading Change Network Teaching Initiative Coordinator and let us know if you are interested in participating.
The goal of the LCN Teaching Initiative is to invite college and university educators to join us in expanding opportunities for students to learn community organizing, civic engagement, and leadership based on a pedagogy we have developed at Harvard College, Providence College, College of the Holy Cross, Stonehill College, Wellesley College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Michigan and Syracuse University. Continue reading
We are pleased to share this update from Ana Babovic, team leader of the Serbia on the Move core team.
Being a parent is not an easy job. It is full time, requires proficiency, love, patience and after all money. No matter how difficult it is, everybody says it’s one of the most precious moments in your life when you get that screaming small creature. However, In Serbia moms don’t have that luxurious position to enjoy carelessly those moments. The fact that their salary is late for months put them in the position of worry about how to create sufficient means and satisfy all needs of newly born kids. To be clear, we are talking about fully and legally employed women whose salary during 11 months of maternity leave is guaranteed by state. However, irresponsible state hided itself behind the employer who is in charge of payments for moms, which are then reimbursed by state. This of course functions only on paper since in real life state is late with these payments which puts employer in the situation to finance state and become financially impotent. At the end of the story, employers don’t pay moms and moms are left without salaries in the moment when they need money at most.
With an idea of solving this problem Serbia on the move started a campaign to push the state to take full responsibility for moms and pay them directly from the state budget.
We are so excited to announce the release of Hahrie Han’s new book about how organizations build and mobilize effective networks of activists. Below is a letter from Hahrie to members of the network. We hope you’ll check it out.
I first learned about organizing as an undergraduate in Marshall Ganz’s seminar at Harvard. Growing up in Texas as the daughter of Korean immigrants who were more concerned about securing their own financial footing than they were about politics, I had never heard of community organizing. But in that class, I developed a language and framework for understanding the experiences I had attending school as the only Asian kid in a predominantly white, wealthy parochial school. Building power, Marshall’s class taught me, begins with developing leadership.
A few months ago, LCN launched its first election, and the participation of the LCN community enabled a Board of Directors to be voted in! We learned a lot in the process of organizing the election, and we wanted to share this learning so others could benefit as well.
Our Network Organizer Ruby Sinreich took the lead on writing this report with great support and advice from Dan Grandone, Marshall Ganz, Sung E Bai, and the Board candidates. We hope you find it useful.