#MEAction Activist Camp

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

This winter #MEAction is offering ACTIVIST CAMP!, a free three-part activism teach-in series for activists in the United States.

ACTIVIST CAMP! is designed to help participants become more competent activists and dive into current #MEAction campaigns!

With a disability justice and anti-oppression framework, this series will provide participants the opportunity to explore the historical context of social justice movements and contemporary organizing, create effective campaigns and actions, and develop new activist skills.

Didactic presentations, small group breakouts, home study, and more will help participants engage in the material during our time together. Each of the modules drills down into how each participant can take their activism to the next level with #MEAction! 

#MEAction is ready to build an arsenal of activists and we want you to join us!  New and seasoned activists are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by December 7th. Spots are limited! 25 applicants will be accepted

Important information to know before you apply!

  • Who can take the training?
    – United States ME/CFS community members who are committed to disability rights, and learning and engaging with others activists to speak truth to power!
  • When is the training? 
    INSPIRE! (pre-session): January 10th, at 5pm EST During this two hour session, we will get to know each other, engage in a grounding exercise, discuss what our intentions and goals are, share what we will commit to, and describe what we hope to get out of our learning experience. 

    IGNITE! (Session 1): January 24th at 5pm EST During our first two hour session we will learn about social movement theory, current and past inspirational activist groups, what activism is, why we engage in activism, and the challenges and opportunities of engaging in activism in an ableist world. Additionally, we will define disability justice and anti-oppression and discuss the characteristics of an effective activist and factors that contribute to success in activism. 

    ORGANIZE! (Session 2): February 7th at 5pm EST. During our second two hour session, we will drill down into the nitty gritty of planning an action. We will discuss steps in planning an action, inside/outside strategy, what e-activism is, the importance of collective liberation, and why you might choose to engage as an affinity group vs a larger group. 

    THRIVE! (Session 3): February 21st at 5pm EST. During our third two hour session  we will explore the different tools and opportunities available to activists.  We will learn about power mapping, the root cause tree tool, SWOT analysis, campaign development, and the importance of debriefing. Additionally, we will talk about opportunities available to you through #MEAction and tips for sustaining activists  within a disability rights movement.

  • Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop series, participants will be able to
    (1) describe activism both as a change process and as a way to exercise power
    (2) discuss disability justice and anti-oppression as a framework for engaging in activism
    (3) discuss two examples of successful actions from past or more current social movements
    (4) list steps involved in planning an action or campaign, and
    (5) describe two ways to get involved in #MEAction’s activist efforts
    .

  • What platform is the training on? Bluejeans

  • Who is facilitating the training? Terri L. Wilder, MSW

  • Speakers: TBA

  • Applicants will be informed of acceptance by December 15th
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