Between the political discord on social media, images of fear and progress broadcast by news outlets, and local outbreaks of Civil unrest, it is clear that history is happening today. We are not so far removed from the marches of the Civil Rights movement. The only difference between the fight of yesterday and of today is who will be carrying the flames of justice and peace.
One way to find those new champions for justice is through community organizing. Join us for lunch and learn about Community Organizing 101, discussion led by James Cersonsky and Devren Washingtion.
During this session
- Reflect our how folks relate to community organizing
- Different approaches to community organizing
- Unpacking what it means to be an organizer at this time.
Let’s continue to move our work and our world to equity, and social liberation.
More about The Program Facilitators
Devren focuses on building power in marginalized communities to bring equity and inclusion to the people who need it most. With a focus on digital justice, he uses his experience as a founding member of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and organizer with Black Lives Matter Philadelphia to organize directly impacted communities around issues pertaining to technology, surveillance, and internet access.
James Cersonsky is an organizer and communicator based in West Philly. From 2016-2019, he served as ED of the Pennsylvania Student Power Network, where he coordinated economic and social justice campaigns covering 30 campuses. Originally from New Haven, CT, he’s helped lead campaigns to elect a progressive majority to New Haven’s Board of Alderman and to win a union for adjunct faculty at Duke University. He also spent 4 years editing the Nation magazine’s youth section.