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Building Capacity for Mutual Aid Groups, Workshop 4: Bringing New People In

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How do we recruit more people to our groups, help them get deeply plugged in and feel co-stewardship of the work? Facilitated by Dean Spade.

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This workshop is part of a multi-session series facilitated by Dean Spade. Participants will be asked to contribute questions upon registration. Participation in all four sessions is recommended but not required. More information about the series below.

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Live transcription (English/Spanish) and ASL interpretation will be provided. Please email any additional access needs to skreitzb@barnard.edu.

This event has a suggested registration fee of $5. One-hundred percent of funds raised will be donated to a mutual aid organization. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All welcome.

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Building Capacity for Mutual Aid Groups: A Workshop Series

4 Sessions, Thursdays, 7 p.m. ET: Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 20

Sponsored by BCRW, Fireweed Collective, and Survived & Punished NY

In this series, Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During this Crisis (and the Next), will present four interactive workshops designed for people working in mutual aid groups. Each workshop provides tools for addressing common obstacles and growth areas for people doing sustained work together to meet basic survival needs in their communities. The workshops are appropriate for people doing work in all-volunteer groups or in groups that have some staffing.

October 28: Workshop 1 - No Masters, No Flakes! (more info here)

Group culture, capacity, overwork, procrastination, and perfectionism in mutual aid groups. 

November 11: Workshop 2 - Decision-Making (more info here)

Planning and making decisions together in mutual aid groups.

December 9: Workshop 3 - Skills for Abolitionist Practice (more info here)

Giving and receiving feedback in mutual aid groups.

January 20: Workshop 4 - Bringing New People into the Work (more info here)

How do we recruit more people to our groups, help them get deeply plugged in and feel co-stewardship of the work? How do we create and maintain supportive group culture as new people join? How do we set shared expectations and help new members build skills for accountability in the work?

About the Presenter

Dean Spade has been working in movements to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He’s the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, the director of the documentary “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!,” and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at BigDoorBrigade.com. His latest book is Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next).

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