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Train. Organize. Win. Training from the POWER Institute - Fall 2018

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Why is Chicago so corrupt? What does a community organizer do? How can you help someone run for local office? What is a TIF and how does it impact your copmmunity? Get the answers - and much MORE - at the POWER Institute's Fall 2018 workshop series!

The CivicLab has launched the POWER Institute (People Organizing to Win, Engage & Resist) to get you TRAINED to ORGANIZE and WIN a Chicago and a world that we all deserve and can prosper in. Our trainers are super experienced in grassroots democracy with over 60 years of public campaigns between them!

Session #1 – Wednesday, October 10 – 7-9pm - “Chicago 101” – What are the basics for preparing to organize and win in a city dominated by the Democratic Machine for 75 years? You will learn about the geographic and political history of Chicago from the 1800's through the present day. The past is prologue. Learn Chicago's past in order to change her future.

Session #2 – Wednesday, November 14 – 7-9pm - “Community Organizing 101”Did you know Chicago is the home of modern community organizing? Learn the basic skills and mindsets of a community change maker. This will be a highly interactive and hands-on session as you construct a Power Matrix for a real campaign. "Power concedes nothing without a demand!"

Session #3 - Saturday, December 15 - 10am-12:30pm - "TIF 101 - Organizing For Community Development/Grassroots Economics" - Did you know that Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts pulled over $493 million in property taxes out of our communities in 2017? How does this secretive program impact our communities? How can you organize around these harms? Learn from the TIF Illumination Project - we've been invited to do 73 community presentations since 2013! How powerful is this work? Watch short testimonies by community leaders who brought us to their wards here: http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Organizers-Talk.

Session #4 - Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 7-9pm - "Grassroots Campaigning 101" - Learn the basic steps toward putting together a principled grassroots campaign for change and justice. We will go over the basics of preparing a campaign to run for local office. How to think about the ground game and "behind the scenes" work that must be done before the campaign begins. Attendees will analyze the election prospects of their own aldermen based on election results from 2015.

All attendees to Session #4 will receive access to the chapter "Organizing a Campaign" from Winning Elections in the 21st Century by Dick Simpson and Betty O'Shaughnessy. Understand what it takes to win so you can win.

Classes will be at the Loyola Law School, 25 E. Pearson Street in Chicago, Room 1202. Sessions are $40 each or take all four for just $100! You can also attend three sessions for just $75.

Participants at our July 2018 "Chicago 101" session said...

"Tom and Jonathan really came through! Their presentation on ‘Chicago 101’ made people mad about how Chicago works, and it made people curious, but most of all it got people engaged. This is exactly the kind of education every citizen needs in order to make meaningful change in our city. One of my favorite moments of the night was when one particularly engaged audience member literally threw her hands up and said, 'Why doesn't anybody teach us this stuff?' Well, Tom and Jonathan are teaching this stuff - and I will gladly welcome them back to continue to inform, engage, and empower our community." - Gabe Piemonte, Candidate 5th Ward Alderman

Your ‘Chicago 101’ training was great last night!! It was the boost I needed. It reminded me of what I really care about and where I come from in terms of activism and my roots. In our activism we are working with a lot of people who have never engaged so conversation is tough because they aren’t aware of the history, there is no context. We often get caught up in nonsense and focus is lost as we try to get the newly engaged to act. Being with seasoned pros was so nice. I gained some new perspective and knowledge as well as reaffirmation of my values and goals. It was energizing and gave me some clarity, just what I needed for the burnout I’ve been feeling. I’m really looking forward to the next two sessions!” - Meaghan McAteer, Co-founder Indivisible Brookfield

The sessions are $40 each. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR A HOW-TO ON HOW TO A ORDER SINGLE SESSION OR MORE THAN ONE.

All attendees will get a copy of the book with the answers - "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve." Read about the book from this front page article from Gazette Chicago.

Jonathn Peck + Tom Tresser

These sessions are $40/person per session and all attendees will receive a copy of "Chicago Is Not Broke" and access to a private web space loaded with resources and links to more in-depth materials. Attend all four Fall sessions for only $100!

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Your trainers will be Jonathan Peck and Tom Tresser.

Jonathan Peck, most recently was the Development Manager for Alternatives, Inc., where he also served as the South & West Side Coordinator for Restorative Justice. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Urban League and has over 25 years experience working within the community development field facilitating projects, coalitions, and alliances at the neighborhood, citywide, regional, national and international levels. Jonathan worked as a community organizer, and later as Associate Director of the Southwest Youth Collaborative (SWYC), a Chicago based organization dedicated to the healthy development of low-income children, youth and families. Jonathan Peck has extensive experience in the international arena, most notably working on the ground in Southern Africa and Nicaragua. Jonathan has worked and visited over 15 countries across North and Latin America, Europe and Southern Africa. Mr. Peck has extensive experience as an Advisor and Consultant, providing strategic advice in the areas of organizational development, strategic planning, and nonprofit executive leadership and business management. Mr. Peck is a Master Facilitator, Organizer, Trainer, Coach and Mentor and has provided these services to over 5,000 individuals. Jonathan recently served on the Community Relations Working Group of the Police Accountability Task Force of the City of Chicago.

Tom Tresser is a civic educator and public defender. His first voter registration campaign was in 1972. In 2008 he was a co-founder of Protect Our Parks, a neighborhood effort to stop the privatization of public space in Chicago. He was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago, an all-volunteer grassroots effort that opposed Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. In 2010 he was the Green Party candidate for Cook County Board President. With Benjamin Sugar Tom co-founded The CivicLab, a co-working space where activists, educators, coders and designers came to work, collaborate, teach, and build tools for civic engagement. Located in Chicago’s West Loop, the space operated for two eventful years closing on June 30, 2015. He is the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project that is investigating and explaining the impacts of Tax Increment Financing districts on a community-by-community basis. Tom is the organizer and editor for Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve, which has triggered 63 public meetings across the city. That's 63 MORE meetings than Mayor Emanuel held to discuss his 2017 and 2018 budgets! With Jonathan Peck Tom launched The POWER Institute in June of 2017.

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