$60 – $180

Building Power from Within Your Own Toolbox: An organizing workshop

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METRO Library Council

599 11th Avenue

8th Floor

New York, NY 10036

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Join us at METRO for this three-part organizing workshop, taking place on:

  • Thursday, October 11th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM;
  • Thursday, October 18th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; and
  • Thursday, October 25th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


In this workshop, participants will learn concrete strategies for building skills, utilizing resources, and creating networks to challenge and reimagine structures of power. In three sessions, organizers from the Prison Library Support Network (PLSN) will lead attendees through the steps of organizing, from idea to action.

Attendees will learn how to discern opportunities for connection, power building, and resistance within their communities, both personal and professional. They will receive an exercise workbook and resource guide to aid in their future organizing work and personal development.

While it is not required to attend all three sessions, previous activities will frame future ones. If you know that you will miss a session, please let us know so we can provide you with the relevant exercises to complete to keep you up to speed. Attendees do not need to have any previous experience with organizing and are welcome (but not required) to bring personal laptops to work on.


Session 1: Assessment, Planning & Research
This session will cover the initial steps of developing an organizing practice through self-reflection, capacity/asset mapping, and research. We will analyze the social and economic context in which we work, exploring how our work interacts with broader structures of violence, white supremacy, colonialism, and our cultures.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Develop a common definition of organizing and shared process for analyzing and responding to the needs of our community
  • Cultivate understanding of collective research strategies and analysis that can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the historical and current context of an issue and further identify allies, threats, and critical resources to support with organizing efforts


Session 2: Collaboration & Action
In this session, we will define effective strategies and multiple action tactics that create meaningful outcomes. We will also discuss internal organizational structures and practical connection building.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Build awareness of strategies used by community organizations and activists who are organizing across intersections
  • Carry out a process for assessing potential partnerships and organizing campaigns/actions


Session 3: Evaluate and Sustain
The final session will culminate in learning methods for effective maintenance of your organizations and projects through the process of designing relevant evaluation criteria and group reflection.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand how to structure and manage an organization through consensus building and positive meeting facilitation
  • Evaluate themselves and their organization's progress
  • Recognize and learn strategies to overcome burnout



About PLSN
The Prison Library Support Network is an information-based collective that aims to redistribute resources and provide support to incarcerated people. Our work is rooted in our recognition of systematic violence that the prison industrial complex creates. We believe that information is a tool for prison abolition, and that we must create space for people who want to commit and redistribute their own capacities and resources.


About our instructors:

Mia Bruner’s work seeks to activate archival and library collections as sites of public dialogue, collective power, and resistance. Right now, she works as a Librarian at Pratt Institute Libraries, organizes with PLSN, and is building a radical queer subject thesaurus at the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

Emma Karin Eriksson’s personal and professional ideology is one of intersectionality, respect, and DIY. She is currently receiving her MLIS with a focus in critical instruction, library outreach, and community support.


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