Updates 2015

Still considering whether to attend RootsCamp MA this weekend?

posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:55 PM by Robbie Samuels

Hopefully this update will help you decide to register at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com (before 11:30pm Thursday, 4/23). Tickets sales are available at the door. (If you've already registered you'll receive a similar email from me via Eventbrite.)

 

Wondering where the session topics are listed?

Session topics are not pre-set - they are chosen by YOU each morning of RootsCamp MA. Read "How Sessions Work" to become familiar with the process of setting the agenda. 

 

Everyone is encouraged to come prepared to propose a session. 

You know what you know and you know what you're curious about. Bring that! RootsCamp MA is a great safe space that allows everyone to debrief their experiences, ask questions, have demonstrations, and hold discussions. Those who aren't presenting are free to move to any session, and are encouraged to if they’d like during sessions.  The principle is to vote with your feet! The result is everyone gets what they need whether presenting or discussing.


Interested in facilitating a session? Read these tips. 

RootsCamp MA is participant driven and we encourage everyone to come prepared to present on a topic, facilitate a dialogue, or brainstorm best practices. Sessions are determined each morning of the event.  If you have an expertise to share, are willing to facilitate a dialogue, or bring folks together to brainstorm best practices - then you should suggest a session. Some of you will come to the event with a session in mind and others will add to "The Wall" throughout the weekend. No credentials required. The focus is on communicating ideas, not fancy PowerPoints. We're encouraging you to change up your rote presentation and instead bring open ended questions and your curiosity. 


A/V & Supplies: Most of the sessions will be in spaces without A/V. There will be one break-out room with A/V set-up for sessions that require internet or PPT (online organizing, visual communication, etc.). We will provide flipchart paper and sharpies.

 

Need some inspiration before proposing a session?

During the registration process we asked what topics you planned to submit and which you hoped someone else proposed (i.e. wish list). If more than one person suggests a topic we will ask them to collaborate/co-facilitate.

 

2015 Possible Topics and Wish List

2013 Possible Topics and Wish List 

 

You are an impressive bunch! So much being offered and asked for. There will be many interesting rich discussions this weekend because of YOU.

 

We look forward to seeing you this weekend. 

 

For Justice,

Robbie

 

Robbie Samuels

RootsCamp MA Lead Organizer

www.rootscampma.org

 

P.S. Thank you. We really couldn't have pulled this grassroots "unconference" together in just 10 weeks without the support of over two dozen sponsors and partners, the generosity of our host venue 1199SEIU, and many amazing volunteer organizers!

 

FAQs

 

When is RootsCamp MA? 

Saturday, 4/25 9:30am-6:30PM

Saturday, 4/25 After Party 7-9PM at Harp & Bard in Dorchester (complimentary appetizers and cash bar)

Sunday, 4/26 10am-6PM 

There are 3 session blocks per day. 

Will there be a keynote?
Our Saturday Keynote is James Shearer, Co-Founder of Spare Change News and our Sunday Keynote is Daunasia Yancey, Organizer of Black Lives Matter Boston.


How do I get to 1199SEIU?

Please take a moment to look at the directions page on our website. It's a little tricky to find it your first time. This page has maps, photos and detailed walking directions. There is a huge (no fee) parking lot and it's a short walk from JFK T stop on the Red Line. We will have signs and chalk directing you from the T.


Will I be able to eat? What's for lunch?

Thanks to our sponsors, we are providing breakfast, lunch and snacks both days. Lunch on Saturday is from Haley House and on Sunday is from Clover. There will be vegetarian and vegan options. There will be 5 gluten-free meals set aside each day for those that requested it. We do have space in the fridge if you decide to bring your own food.


When do online tickets sales end? Can tickets be purchased at the door?

Online ticket sales end tonight (Thursday) at 11:30PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door - $20 Solidarity Ticket or $10 Discounted Ticket. NOTE: If you are a sponsor you may still pay for your sponsorship at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com after ticket sales have ended. If paying by check, please first contact Robbie Samuels.

 

Can I attend only one day? 

You are welcome to attend a single day, but we encourage you to join us for the entire weekend if possible. In particular don't miss the group "building the Wall" of topics on Saturday morning from 10am-11:15am (and again on Sunday morning). Ticket fees are the same whether you join us for one hour or two days.

 

What's the hashtag?

We are going to be working together to document this amazing weekend in real time. Tag your photos and tweets with #rootsma!

 

Can you help me find a job? I'm hiring can I bring info about openings? 

There will be a jobs board at RootsCamp MA filled with social justice jobs in the Greater Boston area. Bring your job openings. Just one copy per opening needed. If you're looking for a job you might want to bring your resume. You never know who you'll meet!


Can I share my upcoming events or ways to get involved with my organization?

There will be a literature table. Bring materials about your programs and projects to share with attendees! Sign-up sheets welcomed if you've got something on the horizon for RootsCampers to jump right into.

 

Networking & job hunting/hiring made easy... 

RootsCamp MA Organizing Committee members will be sure to welcome you and your guests, plus we'll have "I'm Looking For" and "Ask Me About" tags so you can jump right into the kinds of conversations you want to be having. 

 

Who is attending? You can see who else registered at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com (scroll to the bottom of the page).


Other questions? Contact Robbie Samuels at Robbie@RobbieSamuels.com. 


Networking & job hunting/hiring made easy...

posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:20 PM by Robbie Samuels

RootsCamp MA Organizing Committee members will be sure to welcome you, plus we'll have "I'm Looking For" and "Ask Me About" tags so you can jump right into the kinds of conversations you want to be having.

Looking for work? We'll have a Jobs Board filled with social justice jobs in the Boston area. Hiring? Post your opening and we'll be sure it's brought to the event - join us to meet your future employees!

Need presenters for these "wish list" topics... (2015)

posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:10 PM by Robbie Samuels

This is the wish list of topics - are you knowledgable? Step up and present a session!

Progressive lobbying

Arts organizing and management

Being all inclusive/affirming diversity

How to organize communities around issues concerning their health and access to healthcare

Organizing across silos

LGBTQ issues/organizing

Technology

Direct action

Arts and social change

Housing

Resume writing

Education

Connecting on a personal level

Veg*nism

Art of the Schmooze

How to negotiate for a salary (focus on non-profit/underpaid professions?)

Ableism and disability advocacy

Bi phobia and erasure

Self-care for activists

Membership management/technology for advocacy groups

Building alliances between different cultural communities

Environmental justice organizing

The role of politics in labor organizing

Social media and communications

How to start a non-profit 

How to start a worker co-op

Organizing around economic issues

Public water solutions

Strategies for confronting money in politics

Racial justice and anti-oppression organizing

Homelessness

"Why are we doing this?" for technology projects

Tech

Social Media

Hosting events

Alternative fundraising

Arts

Health

Green

Environmental arts

Analytics in practice

Community education

Online fundraising

Advanced A/B testing (analytics)

Organizing with an intersectional framework
Where are we going from Ferguson...?

Economic justice and cross-sector collaboration

How to lobby local legislators

How to secure local and state governmental funding/funding from school districts

Developing effective partnerships

Skill builders

Storytelling as a way to communicate important policy and ideas

Interested in the process of creating an unconference

Skills sharing in general

Coalition building

Online fundraising

Listbuilding

Digital organizing platforms

Outreach and advocacy best practices for nonprofit, volunteer-led organizations

Analytics

Communal living

3rd party candidate political organizing

New organizing techniques for the digital age

Organizing

Social Media

Working in coalitions

How to connect organizing to social media and create momentum for campaigns

Affordable housing/displacement of minority and ethnic communities

Stories

Organizing strategies

Intersectionality with labor justice and other types of social justice

Building community for organizing work

Storytelling

Importance of developing a staff pipeline - chiefs of staff, policy directors, communications director, etc. Not everyone should run for office.

Strategic or creative thinking

Balancing being a friend & organizer

Professional development opportunities

Grad school

Social entrepreneurship

Navigating progressive/social justice work amidst a sea of mainstream funders

Diversity and social justice

Field work, conversations, and managing canvassing teams

Moving non-profits towards anti-racist practice

Popular education and how to use it in campaigns

Fight for 15

Networking

Possible Topics? What's been suggested in 2015?

posted Apr 23, 2015, 12:51 PM by Robbie Samuels

We asked registrants what session they might present - below are their answers. 


RootsCamp MA is participant driven and we encourage everyone to come prepared to present on a topic, facilitate a dialogue, or brainstorm best practices. Sessions are determined the morning of the event. Read "How Sessions Work" to become familiar with the process of setting the agenda.


Digital Media for organizing and capacity building


Secrets to diversifying white liberal groups


Engaging students in advocacy


Canvassing training & best practices


Connecting on a personal level


Microagressions: What are they, how to recognize them, do people commit microaggressions against me, do I commit microagressions against other people?


Health and reproductive justice issues in Native American communities


Local news/politics sources to follow


Using VAN to target state legislators for issue advocacy


The need for independent, progressive media


Testing and analytics


Future of labor organizing


Addressing the root cause of health disparities


Educational change/liberation


Ending racism


Caucus Groups based on ethnicity (Latin@, Native American, and/or African heritage) or gender


Challenging water privatization - protecting the human right to water


Challenging corporate power, creating corporate accountability


#BlackLivesMatter curriculum


Teacher fellowship program to recruit and retain teachers of color in urban districts in RI


Fundraising: getting past the fear of asking



Story-telling as a tool for peer education, advocacy, and support


Finding your donors


Leading public policy discussion


Learning and research with volunteers


Messaging strategy


Intentional Communities talk


How come I get so many emails? Why grassroots fundraising is a good thing!


Field organizing for issue and electoral campaigns


True Story Theater


Conflict resolution


How to run successful citywide campaigns


Identifying root causes or self-sustainability


Beyond Buzzwords: self-care is real


Diversity issues


Reporting on metrics in and around the VAN


Usability design


Women's equal pay


Fostering women's leadership


Online fundraising


Integrating disability access into campaigns and events


Working From Whiteness: supporting and challenging white allies in racial justice


Using participatory and agile methods to manage change and reduce risk in your technology projects


Productivity Tech Tips


How to create infographics


Alternative currencies


Volunteer and community engagement


Basic income


Child development


Over 2 Dozen Sponsors and Partners (and counting...)!

posted Apr 23, 2015, 9:07 AM by Robbie Samuels

We really couldn't have pulled this grassroots "unconference" in just 10 weeks without the support of our many sponsors and partners, and of course the generosity of our host venue 1199SEIU.

Organized in just a couple of months, this event has gained the support of many including: 

Gold Sponsors: NGPVAN, Socializing for Justice, Third Sector New England; 

Silver Sponsors: ActBlue, Benji Mauer; 

Bronze Sponsors: Greater Boston Policy Initiative, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, New Leaders Council Boston Chapter, Still Harbor, and The Definition Of Nyce.

Partner organizations include: Black Lives Matter Boston, Clean Water Action, Community Church of Boston, Drinking Liberally Boston, Emerge Massachusetts, Future Boston Alliance, Greater Boston Policy Initiative, Greater Boston Young Democrats, Hostelling International Boston, The Lenny Zakim Fund, Madison Park Development Corporation, Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, New Leaders Council Boston, New Organizing Initiative, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, Progressive Massachusetts, Roosevelt Institute Boston, Socializing for Justice, and Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.

Are you helping to spread the word and sending staff? Let us know and we'll add you as a Partner organization.

Thanks to our sponsors and in-kind catering donations from Haley House and Flatbread Company, we're providing breakfast, lunch and snacks for two days!

What would community organizers gain from RootsCamp?

posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:46 PM by Robbie Samuels

Get networked, build support, gain some new skills, and improve your strategy:

1. By meeting with a broad group of progressives who can support your work locally, you can discuss the strategy you've used and learn from others' effective campaigns.

2. Gain some new tools for organizing.  For example, if you are strong at building alliances on the ground and getting legislation passed, RootsCamp MA sessions might help with bringing more online and new media into it to expand and publicize and build on your existing network on the ground, while recognizing issues of accessibility.

3. Host a session on something that you think should be covered.  (What are people missing?  What should they learn from your work?)  It's also an opportunity to connect and bring some perspective to the work of younger tech-savvy online organizers and help them be more grounded with community-based efforts.

4. Find a source of motivation to move forward... interact with dedicated organizers on all sorts of issues and work off of the strength of a more united progressive community.

RootsCamp in DC tends to draw online organizers traditionally, but with RootsCamp MA we've used this great "unconference" model to pull in more diverse voices and bridge the divide between truly grassroots community-based efforts and what happens online, often at a large scale.  With more coordination and mutual support, we can build a stronger cross-issue progressive movement.

FAQ: Vegan food and other access needs?

posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:43 PM by Robbie Samuels

When you register at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com, there is a question about access needs. That is where you can let us know about specific food restrictions, childcare, translation or other access needs. We want everyone to be able to fully use the space and know that is a work in progress. We do plan to have vegan and vegetarian food available at every meal. We are trying to set up childcare and some translation (bilingual sessions are strongly encouraged!). We want to be clear on what is available before we make promises, but it's also good to know that attendees are requesting these services as we work to secure them.

Also, you are welcome to post your questions on our Facebook event wall and someone from the Organizing Committee will respond.

Networking & job hunting/hiring made easy...

posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:39 PM by Robbie Samuels

RootsCamp MA Organizing Committee members will be sure to welcome you, plus we'll have "I'm Looking For" and "Ask Me About" tags so you can jump right into the kinds of conversations you want to be having.

Looking for work? We'll have a Jobs Board filled with social justice jobs in the Boston area. Hiring? Post your opening and we'll be sure it's brought to the event - join us to meet your future employees!

Who Should Present? Should YOU?

posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:22 PM by Robbie Samuels   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 5:23 PM ]

If you have an expertise to share, are willing to facilitate a dialogue, or bring folks together to brainstorm best practices - then you should suggest a session. Some of you will come to the event with a session in mind and others will add to "The Wall" throughout the weekend. No credentials required. The focus is on communicating ideas, not fancy PowerPoints. We're encouraging you to change up your rote presentation and instead bring open ended questions and your curiosity. NOTE: There will be one break-out room with a/v set-up for sessions on online organizing and visual communication. 

Check out "How Sessions Work" to learn more about how we put together the schedule of sessions.

Who Should Attend RootsCamp MA?

posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:58 AM by Robbie Samuels

Any progressive or community organizer or activist from across Massachusetts who has lessons to share, more to learn, or campaigns and projects to move forward.  If you work on an issue or matter that moves our country forward, add your voice and perspective -- help shape and take ownership over RootsCamp MA.

RootsCamp MA is an opportunity for the grassroots progressive community, broadly defined, to come together, share, and debrief -- to learn from each other and discuss best practices moving forward, to collaborate on campaigns and strategy.

* Activists on any progressive issue
* Community organizers and service providers
* Neighborhood leaders
* Social justice advocatesd


This includes union organizers, field organizing experts, nonprofit staff, techies, digital strategy experts, bloggers, and campaign staff recovering from the election cycle. Anyone working on progressive policy, whether national politics or local community issues, issue-based advocacy or electoral campaigns, has something to contribute and experience to build upon.

The more diverse the group, the more perspectives, voices, and experiences we can share.  And the more we can take advantage of an opportunity to sit down and talk to each other.

Progressive politics works precisely because it is inclusive.  This community is what we seek to convene at RootsCamp MA.

Attend, participate, and help shape and take ownership over a fundamentally grassroots unconference.

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