Webinar Series

Multiply & Mobilize! Narratives and Strategies for Resisting Divide & Conquer Tactics

Three sessions designed to support organizers, activists, facilitators, and movement-builders in deepening their analysis of the current political moment and gaining strategies for strengthening our movements from local to national levels.

Hosted by the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance (AORTA) With Manju Rajendran, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Marc Mascarenas-Swan, Autumn Brown and guests.

If you missed sessions one and two, you can still register for Part Three, find the recording and readings for Part One here, and find the recording and readings for Part Two here!


Scroll to the bottom of this page for schedule details and sliding scale fee options.

“This is a time to develop political clarity, to learn from each other, to build unity. It's a time to cultivate a culture of imagination and resistance. To build resilience. To become more and more able to listen deeply to people with whom we disagree, so we can hear the core of what drives them, offer bigger and more hopeful possibilities and win them to us.” -Aurora Levins Morales

Our Framework

Do you feel as though the ground is shifting beneath your feet?

Does it seem as though the issues we are facing regionally, nationally and globally are unprecedented?

You are not alone.

Many organizers and activists across the US are looking for imaginative approaches to the repressive and degrading politics of the new administration, while holding the undeniable reality that this administration is merely a byproduct of decades of neoliberal economic policy against the historical backdrop of white supremacy, colonization, and genocide. 

  • How do we react strategically to the urgent concerns of the current political moment, while holding a broader movement building timeline in view?
  • How do we build cross-racial alliances at a time when geographic segregation and racist narratives undermine our sense of common cause?
  • How do we build collective power and shared leadership during a time when it is increasingly urgent to get progressives elected to local, regional, and national office?

Join us for a 3-part online training, Multiply & Mobilize, that encourages us to look back to go forward, exploring our rich movement history for strategies and stories that work. 

What You Will Get

  • A framework for understanding this political moment, including historical analysis of how systems of white supremacy and capitalism reorganize themselves in response to movement wins, and a working definition of right-wing populist movements.
  • Definition and identification of the divide & conquer strategy, and stories from movement history of how organizers have worked cross-racially to resist divide and conquer tactics.
  • A Toolbox for developing narratives and organizing strategies that effectively build cross-racial movements both locally and nationally
  • Community support from activists and organizers who are similarly impacted by this movement moment, and are asking critical questions about how our strategies need to adapt and shift.
  • Wisdom and stories from organizers, facilitators, and movement veterans.

Who We Are

Experience conversations with seasoned political educators:

Manju Rajendran Headshot

Manju Rajendran

Lydia Pelot-Hobbs Headshot

Lydia Pelot-Hobbs

Autumn Brown Headshot

Autumn Brown

Marc Mascarenhas-Swan Headshot

Marc Mascarenas-Swan

And guests!

How the program works

  • Each month, we will host a 90 minute webinar on the Multiply & Mobilize theme, which will explore movement history through our losses and our wins, the reorganization of the state and the systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism in response to movement building, and the strategies, narratives, and tactics that work to sustain movements and build the world we wish to see.
  • In partnership with these 90 minute webinars, participants will receive a packet of readings and resources that will help you prepare for and reflect on the webinars, as well as host local discussions around the content of the webinars.
  • Additionally, all participants will be added to a private Facebook group designed to encourage supported conversations amongst activists and organizers who are working on these issues in a variety of geographical, economic, and racial contexts. Within the facebook group, we will host monthly live Q&As to workshop questions related to specific campaigns and organizing methods.
  • We strongly enourage you to sign up with a buddy or a group of other folks you organize with, so that you can take these conversations offline and into your everyday organizing work. However, if you participate on your own, there will be opportunities to network online with fellow organizers!
  • Post-webinar resources will include discussion guides for you to use in locally organized events.

Schedule

First Session: Narratives & Strategies for Resisting Divide & Conquer Tactics

Thursday March 30th: Recording and Resources Here!

10:00am - 11:30 pm Pacific
11:00am - 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00pm - 1:30 pm Central
1:00pm - 2:30 pm Eastern

Second Session: Understanding this Political Moment

Thursday April 27th*: Resources and Recording are Here
10:00am - 11:30 pm Pacific
11:00am - 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00pm - 1:30 pm Central
1:00pm - 2:30 pm Eastern

Third Session: When We Fight We Win: Building the Rebel Alliance: Resources are Here!

Thursday May 25th*
10:00am - 11:30 pm Pacific
11:00am - 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00pm - 1:30 pm Central
1:00pm - 2:30 pm Eastern

*Note that recordings of the webinars plus resources will be made available to all registrants; we welcome participation even if you can't make the live webinars!

How do I sign up?

We are making this program available to any organizer who wishes to attend, and inviting you to pay what you are able.

We encourage you to join at one of the following levels, knowing that the more you can pay, the more you are supporting the attendance of others who may not have the personal or organizational resources.

If you expect to miss any of the webinars, you can still register for the full course and receive recordings of the webinars. We encourage participants to plan to attend all three webinars, but this is not a requirement.

We suggest the following amounts to cover all three webinars:

  • Solidarity - $0
  • Support - $10
  • Sustain - $25
  • Bolster - $50
  • Grow - $75
  • Nourish - $100

Click here to register, then visit our payment page to make a contribution.