Wisconsin is often overlooked or only attended to during the 11th hour of national elections. Despite this, Wisconsin is a flourishing and critical site for grassroots organizations that are bringing together communities across geography, race, and class.
These organizers offer a clear, strategic blueprint for how to build long-term community power in a deeply segregated state facing white supremacist agendas that threaten to undermine the self-determination of BIPOC and low-income communities.
Join us for a dynamic, interactive conversation with the following leaders on what it what it takes to educate, mobilize, and build grassroots leadership in marginalized communities in Wisconsin to create systemic transformation:
- Angela Lang (she/her), Executive Director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)
- Markasa Tucker-Harris (she/her), Executive Director, African-American Roundtable (AART)
- Max Lubin (he/him), CEO, Rise
This Fireside session will address:
- Why building community power is the key to fighting segregation and anti-democratic agendas - and why young people and Black communities must be at the center of rebuilding a thriving multiracial democracy
- The infrastructure it takes to build durable grassroots organizations that nurture the transformation of communities and staff
- Wisconsin remains one of the most dangerous states for Black people - what does it mean for Black communities to build power in these conditions?
- The harm done by boom/bust and transactional models of philanthropy and the possibilities of accountable partnerships and reparative philanthropy
- How grassroots power building organizations are reaching folks in the far corners of the state to organize and build power across the so-called “rural-urban divide”
- The questions you have about power building in Wisconsin!
This event includes an interactive conversation with organizers followed by a facilitated funders-only session to support processing, community building, and strategy development to think collectively how to support grassroots organizing in Wisconsin.
Mar 2, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm CT