Class matters. It really really matters. If environmental social movement organisations continue to ignore it, continue to not understand all the hidden injuries of class and do something about them, they will continue to condemn themselves to irrelevancy.
So, what is to be done? Well, there is some training on offer. I suspect it will be quite good. If anyone from Manchester goes, it would be GREAT to have a follow-up from them, either as an interview with MCFly, or else a meeting with people who give a damn.
Do you want to strengthen your workshop facilitation skills? Do you want to help social change groups and mission-driven NGOs deal more skillfully with social class and classism in their own organisations, in their members’ lives and in the wider society?
If so, Exploring Class may be for you.
Our lead trainer is Betsy Leondar-Wright, one of the co-founders of Class Action in the US. She has facilitated over 100 class and classism workshops since the 1980s, including three weekend Class Action Trainings of Trainers.
We have two UK co-facilitators who will be helping to adapt US tools to the UK class system:
Oluwafemi Hughes is a highly-experienced equality and diversity facilitator from a working-class background.Milan Rai is an activist and trainer from a professional-middle-class background.
This Training of Trainers is intended for class-aware people who are ready for an advanced workshop because of their experience in raising others’ awareness, whether by leading workshops or community dialogues on other oppression issues, by teaching about economic inequality, by doing educational work in the context of workplace or community organising, or in some other consciousness-raising setting.
If you have experienced marginalisation due to your class, race, gender, religion, nationality or immigrant status, disability, age or other identity, you are enthusiastically invited to apply. Diversity is our strength.
Space is limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to attend.
Fees (£60-£220 for individuals) cover food, accommodation, handouts and training.
Please contact Peace News if you are employed by an NGO and would like to attend.
Scholarships are available.
Location & timings
Step-free-access residential space near Tiverton in Devon. 7pm on Thursday 3 August till 4pm on Sunday 6 August.
Because of our experiential approach, it is not possible to come late, leave early, or break in the middle of the workshop.
How to apply
Please read the full information on the PN website and then fill in the application form linked there. Please do apply as soon as you can – the final closing date for applications is 30 June.
– More info from Milan Rai on 07980 748 555 or via skillingup AT peacenews.info. Please read the full info on the PN website before contacting him!