You are invited to join Chicago Harambee 2016 -2017
Harambee means "Let us all pull together" in Swahili. The Harambee is about nation building. It is an ancient process long used in Africa to bring people together in times of strife and conflict.
We are convening Chicago Metro social justice movement leaders, organizers, activists, and social service practitioners for an in-depth dialogue about our current situation. We seek to transform the current campaigns and efforts into a metro/citywide movement that looks, feels and sounds interconnected, unified, viable and impactful across all of our issues, platforms and communities.
Our goal for our Chicago Harambee 2016-2017 is to set a collective and mutually shared practice and politics for organizing and movement building throughout Chicago Metro area.
We seek to change the civic narrative from one of scarcity and limitation to one of abundance and unlimited possibility.
Chicago has incredible assets and resources that can be brought together to address our most salient issues. It’s time now to come out of our silos and connect with each other to build the counter-narrative that we know is possible through our collective effort.
Please join us and engage with authors from the “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” book in an in-depth conversation about how our public and private funds and resources can be best applied to transform Chicago. We seek to support our children, youth and families across Chicago. We seek to build greater unity and cohesion amongst our myriad campaigns and movements.
Our first Harambee will take place on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago located at 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago IL 60615.
Below is the Tentative Harambee Flow:
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Register and Welcome, Opening Ritual Ceremony
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - What is the Upper Story? Framework and Knowledge Building: Keynote Speaker, Phillip Thomas and "Chicago Is Not Broke" Editor and Authors Presentations
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - What is the Lower Story? Small Group Strategy Sessions: 7 small groups with Authors and Facilitators address key strategy questions
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm - All Group report back and discussion
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Closing Ceremony
There is no charge for this event.
All attendees will receive a copy of "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve." Lunch and snacks will be provided. We look forward to meeting with you soon.
Amara Enyia, Co-Author, “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City that We Deserve”
Jonathan Peck, Co-Author, “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City that We Deserve”
Tom Tresser, Organizer/Editor, “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City that We Deserve”
The simple URL for this event = http://harambee-2016.eventbrite.com.