Okay, some of you know that I love Karaoke and this event is my favorite part of SMWC's year. Whether Brittany Spears, Taylor Swift or George Michael, I pour my heart into each performance with enthusiasm matched only by my zeal for organizing. I invite you, friend, to be part of the fun this year, by making a donation to SMWC. If you give $25 or more, you will be invited to vote on the song I perform. If you donate $100 or more, you can put any song on the ballot. Last year my friends at Grassroots Global Justice put “Father Figure” on the ballot leading to the hilariously awkward performance the photo above is from.
I’ve just recently changed my role at SMWC from Executive Director to Leadership Development Coordinator. I think this change at SMWC makes us especially worthy of your hard earned dollars. My new role is focused on supporting and multiplying new leadership. We’ll be training members to become fierce and skilled organizers who can bring their talents both to the work of SMWC and out into other struggles for racial and economic justice. While many organizations say they support member-leadership, it’s not often that an organization sets aside the resources to make this a priority in their work. This year I’m working on a curriculum for skill building workshops, launching our new Solidarity School that will link political education and organizing skills, and providing one-on-one support for members to speak to the media, give testimony at hearings, organize events, conduct one-on-one and more. This isn’t grant funded work or even a priority of many foundations. We’re doing this work because we believe that leadership development must be central to any basebuilding organization’s work.
And that is something to sing about!
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