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CivicLab Launches The POWER Institute

The POWER InstituteThe CivicLab proudly announces the launch of a new series of training programs to help you organize, resist, engage and WIN for social justice!

Our first workshops are on basic subjects to prepare people who are new to public life.

Session #1 – Wednesday, June 14 – 7-9pm – “Chicago 101” – What are the basics for preparing to organize and win in a city dominated by the Democratic Machine for 75 years? You will learn about the history of Chicago grassroots victories, how wards work, what aldermen are most vulnerable and much more! All attendees will get a copy of “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve.”

Session #2 – Wednesday, July 19 – 7-9pm – “Organizing 101” – Did you know Chicago is the home of modern community organizing? Learn the basic skills and mindsets of a community change maker. Hear from some of the most successful and seasoned organizers working in Chicago right now!

Session #3 – Wednesday, August 16 – 7-9pm – “Grassroots Campaigning” – Learn the basic steps toward putting together a principled grassroots campaign for change and justice.

These sessions are $40/person per session. You can attend all three for $100. We will have snacks but not dinner. All attendees will receive take-away materials with resources and links to more in-depth materials.The workshops will be at the Loyola Law School, 25 E. Pearson.

You must register via EventBrite -> https://power-institute-summer-2017.eventbrite.com [or use the form below]

We will have full-day workshops for advanced training in these areas in the near future. Stay tuned.

Your trainers will be Jonathan Peck and Tom Tresser.

Tom Tresser Jonathan Peck

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Tom Seeks To Raise The Bar at Our Revolution Chicago Launch

Bernie Sander’s legacy organization Our Revolution launched its Chicago effort today at a forum at CTU Center on Carroll Street. Cook County Commissioner and 2015 Mayoral candidate Chewy Garcia led off with a call to build a progressive infrastructure to win aldermanic seats and the mayor’s office in 2019. While he spoke “Chicago Is Not Broke” gained its youngest reader!

Listen to my comments on the budget and Mayor Emanuel’s performance (12:45)…

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We Were Right In 2009…Will You Listen Now?

Oh, my colleagues in the nonprofit world. I may sound like Chicken Little crying “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” when I urge you to get involved in power politics in order to see your values realized in public life. But – here is an interview with Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Rick Telander from October 7, 2009 – just five days after the International Olympic Committee eliminated Chicago from consideration for the 2016 Games in the first round of voting…

Read the full article…
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Wide Ranging Interview With Bill Cameron

Tom was interviewed on the “Connected To Chicago” radio program with long time political reported Bill Cameron. We discussed “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” in light of the Inauguration of Donald Trump, which took place shortly before we began the interview.

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