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posted Mar 24, 2013, 8:02 AM by Robbie Samuels   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 12:24 PM ]

We are less than a week away from RootsCamp MA 

and could really use your help spreading the word. 


Would you share the press release below with your networks?

Already planning to attend? Register today so we can figure out how many people to plan for.

RootsCamp MA i

s a 2-day cross-issue progressive movement building “unconference” for organizers, by organizers on April 6-7 at 1199 SEIU in Dorchester. RootsCamp MA is a great opportunity to connect with social change organizations and organizers from across the state. 

There are three ways for organizations to get involved:

  • Sponsor

  • Partner

  • Present

Will your organization join the growing list of sponsors and partner organizations? Sponsorship opportunities are available at $500, $250 and $100, check out these sponsorship benefits

Partner organizations commit to encouraging

5 people to attend and sharing the information via their website and/or social media networks.


Let us know your intention as soon as possible so we can add your logo to our website. We appreciate your support as this is a completely grassroots endeavor that will benefit all involved.

This is a participant-driven event so we are strongly encouraging you to come prepared to present a session or facilitate a dialogue. You know what you know, and you know what you are curious about. Bring that and we'll all benefit from the shared learning and relationship building. It’s an “unconference”, so all sessions are chosen the morning of the event. Let us know what session you might lead so we can create some buzz about it!



RootsCamp MA - For Organizers, By Organizers Attendees Call the Shots at Progressive “Un-Conference”

Calling all progressive organizers! RootsCamp MA (April 6-7, 2013 at 1199 SEIU in Dorchester) shakes up the traditional conference model. No need to submit workshop proposals in advance. Instead attendees decide an agenda together each morning of the conference. This allows participants to have meaningful and in-the-moment conversations about their work.

This is progressive cross-issue movement building, where all attendees bring what they know and what they are curious about. They establish lasting new partnerships with other organizers from all over the state. This model builds on the success of 2012 RootsCamp National,  2010 RootsCamp MA and “unconferences” dating back to 2006.

“Unconferences take advantage of the fact that we all have ideas and talents to contribute, as well as things to learn,” said Jessica Critcher, co-organizer of Socializing for Justice, one of several lead sponsors of the conference.

A brief keynote by Gladys Vega, executive director of Chelsea Collaborative, will kick-off the event with an inspiring story about standing with allies. She returned a $40,000 grant from Catholic Campaign for Human Development out of concern that the money came with too many restrictions against working with the LGBT community. According to The Boston Globe, "Two weeks earlier, Vega had received an award from MassEquality, the gay rights organization, for speaking out on behalf of a transgender woman badly beaten outside a Chelsea bar. She feared that sort of advocacy could be considered unacceptable by the church." The grant represented 82% of the funding for their Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee, which advocates for immigrant workers.

Organized in just a couple of months, this event has gained the support of many including Gold Sponsors: ACLU of Massachusetts, Socializing for Justice, Third Sector New England, Tufts Peace and Justice Studies; Silver Sponsors: Echo Ditto, Future Boston Alliance, MassVote; and Bronze Sponsors: Access Strategies Fund, Boston NAACP, Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee, National Network of Abortion Funds, New Leaders Council Boston Chapter, Political Research Associates, The Definition Of Nyce, and The Democracy Center. Partner organizations include: Common Cause Massachusetts, Drinking Liberally Boston Chapter, encuentro 5, Greater Boston Young Democrats, MIRA Coalition, New Organizing Institute, Open Media Boston, Our Bodies Ourselves, Progressive Massachusetts, and Roosevelt Pipeline.

With the help of these sponsors, RootsCamp organizers are committed to making this an accessible event for a diverse group of attendees. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale of $10-$20, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks for two days. Children are welcome to attend. Bilingual presentations are encouraged. Transportation and housing assistance provided to attendees outside of metro Boston area.

More information about the event, as well as the most up to date list of sponsors and partner organizations, may be found at www.rootscampma.org. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased at www.rootscampma13.eventbrite.com. RootsCamp MA After Party is on Saturday evening at Lir on Boylston - all are welcome.