New Webinar Wednesday Series: GROW!

You’re invited to the new workshop series, GROW: GrassRoots Organizing Workshops!

Join PJALS Youth Organizers Sarah Hegde and Ivy Pete for intergenerational, interactive workshops on key skills YOU can use! Learn power-mapping, recruitment, public speaking, campaign planning, self-care, and more! All ages and experience levels welcome. Those who attend four or more workshops/panels will receive a certificate! The workshops will be the fourth Wednesday of every month through July and will be recorded and available via the registration link.

You can find all workshop titles and descriptions below, along with their sign up links!

Upcoming GROW Workshops:

Self Care and Preventing Burnout Workshop- Wednesday, July 28, 7:00-8:30 pm

When doing this work and being an organizer, it is so easy to get burnt out. It is so important to take care of yourself so you can keep doing the work. Ivy and Sarah will go over preventing it as well as time management for if you start to feel burnout.

Past GROW Workshops:

Militarism and Nonviolence- Wednesday, June 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

This workshop will cover what militarism and non violence is. The principles of nonviolence, steps to nonviolent change, as well as local and national context will be covered as it’s important to understand how numbers are impacting people

  • Recording and slides will be available here soon.

Campaigns Workshop- Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

The workshop will cover what a campaign is, and the roles within it. It will also go over phases of a campaign and how it builds, falls, and rebuilds again.

  • Recording and slides will be available here soon.

Roles Within the Social Justice Movement- Wednesday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 pm

During this workshop, Ivy and Sarah will cover the different roles of an activist. They’ll use Bill Moyer’s tool that clarifies how we work for change on two levels: individually and organizationally.

  • Recording and slides will be available here soon.

Organizing Workshop- Wednesday, March 24, 7:00-8:30 pm

The organizing workshop will cover the basics of grassroots organizing. Specific organizing tactics, key steps to mobilization, and the anatomy of a successful campaign. There will be interactive activities as well as poem analysis!

Approaches to Change & Power Mapping Workshop- Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:30 pm

This is the first workshop in the GROW series! Youth organizers Ivy and Sarah will present on different ways to make change on local and national levels. They will also cover how to make change by working the way up institutions or individuals who have power.

Regular-Basis Webinar Wednesdays

Declarations of Heart: Poetry Open Mic- Wednesday, July 14, 7:00-8:30 PM

Open mic time! Declarations of Heart—Every heart is a sacred space where land and community intersect. Depending on the culture we grew up in, some of us have forgotten this, others can never forget. We offer this time and space to reclaim and recenter in this truth. Come share your praise and grief, funk and grace, blue wolf howls, sighs of desire, your vision of poetic justice, strategies of liberation.

“We are creators of this place with each other. We mark our existence with our creations. It is poetry that holds the songs of becoming, of change, of dreaming, and it is poetry we turn to when we travel those places of transformation…” Joy Harjo

All are welcome! Come ready to share a poem of your own, a favorite from another writer, or just to share space.

Sign up to receive the Zoom link here.

Past Webinar Wednesdays

Annual Membership Meeting- Wednesday, June 9, 7:00-8:00 pm

Checking in each year is one of our ways of being accountable to each other. We hope that you’ll join us whether you’ve been part of PJALS all forty-plus years, or whether you just started following our work. We’ll update you about our priorities for the coming years, our finances, our vision and plans for the near future, all the ways you can get involved, and more!

Resilience, Resistance, Renewal: Poetry Open Mic- Wednesday, April 14, 7:00-8:30 PM

Join us for our first open mic poetry night. The evening’s theme will revolve around resilience, resistance, and/or renewal. Sign up whether you want to perform or just listen. You can share any topical poetry, yours or your favorite poet’s.

Community Without Borders- Wednesday, March 17, 7:00-8:30 pm

Join us for a community discussions on building a world where many worlds can live. How many borders have you had to cross to be the person you dream of being or becoming?

Coming Home/Going Forth- Wednesday, January 27, 7:00-8:00 pm

Calling our PJALS family to gather for poetry, dialogue, reflection, and planning with re-centering intention. We will have breakout rooms so we can debrief the past and plan for the next few weeks with each other

You can get the recordings and slides from some of our previous webinars at the links below.

Countering White Nationalism: Preventing Online Recruitment of Youth- Wednesday, February 3, 7:00-8:30 PM With so many young people on the internet as schools are using online learning, there is more likely exposure to white nationalist recruitment content. Sign-up here for the recording, slides, and resource sheet from this webinar.

We Keep Us Safe with Organizer/Attorney/Author Zach Norris. Zach discusses his newly released book, We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities, laying out a new vision of a care-based strategy for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment. Sign-up here for the recording and slides from this webinar.

Anti-Asian Racism: Bystander Intervention Training, an important workshop on how to speak up against anti-Asian racism in person or online. Sign-up here to get the recording and slides from this webinar.

For all our Webinar Wednesdays, you’ll be able to register on our website. If you don’t yet receive our email updates and action alerts, sign up here!