Participants from a recent Momentum Skillshare in 2019

Elections and Movements Skillshare

August 13-15, 2019 (updated dates)
The Watershed Center, Millerton, NY

In this time of continued political unrest, and as we draw closer to the 2020 elections, movement builders and electoral organizers are faced with challenging questions about strategy: How can we build campaigns powerful enough to inspire and mobilize millions? How can movements use the national spotlight on elections to push for transformative demands like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All?  How can organizers use elections to build grassroots infrastructure that can be expanded after the elections are over?

This skillshare will be an opportunity for movement experimenters and campaigners to share best practices and lessons on what has worked in ensuring that elections champion pressing issues and drive more participation into existing movement organizations.

This is a participant-driven event -- from the planning, the logistics, the content, everything.

There is a saying that “movements move at the speed of trust.” The skillshares are designed to increase trust within and across movements by providing a space and structures for deep relationship building in a retreat setting. We will put a special emphasis on building relationships and trust across organizations to encourage collaborations and partnerships beyond this skillshare.

About the application

We are accepting applications through Monday, July 1, 2019.

We’ll send out acceptances after the close of applications! Spots will fill up quickly. We will prioritize participants who have been to a Momentum training but applications are open to anyone.

We will have travel scholarships available, as well as tuition scholarships. Don’t let funding be a barrier to applying.

The Organizing Team

The organizing team is composed of Momentum staff and leaders from the organizing field who are volunteering their time to make this event a success.

Sara Blazevic has been organizing since she was 15, where she was first introduced to environmental justice work in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Sara was part of one of the country’s first fossil fuel divestment campaigns at Swarthmore College, and led that campaign through a 32-day sit-in that gained international recognition. She worked at the Divestment Student Network, where she trained dozens of divestment campaigns across the US and globally. In 2016, inspired by the growth of Momentum-based movements Cosecha and IfNotNow, she decided to co-found Sunrise. Sara serves as the Managing Director of Sunrise.

Nicole Carty is a lead trainer and core team member at Momentum. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Nicole a veteran of Occupy Wall Street and helped organize Millions March, a march of 100,000 people in New York City to protest police brutality. Nicole also founded the Crown Heights Tenant Union — an organization bent on fighting gentrification in Brooklyn. She currently works at PowerLabs.

Biola Jeje is an organizer, digital strategist, and writer. Originally from Brooklyn, NY she became politicized through youth theatre in New York City. From there she has worked in the student movement, movement for Black lives, labor and environmental justice spaces. She helped organize the first National Student Power Convergence in 2012 and was a co-founder of New York Students Rising, a statewide student network dedicated to the defense of public higher education. She is currently based in Washington D.C.

Leo Liu is a trainer at Momentum, an organizer with Asian Pacific Islander Resistance, and the Lead Scientist at Analyst Institute. Sitting at the intersection of electoral work and movement work, he's passionate about integrating knowledge, skills, and technologies from these worlds to build the future that people of color, immigrants, and queer people deserve. He graduated from Wesleyan University and is based in Washington, DC.

Lissy Romanow is the Director of Momentum, and a trainer. She was first introduced to social movements at the age of 17 as a participant in the City School’s Summer Leadership Program. She was a lead organizer with Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, where she worked to amplify some of the largest grassroots legislative and electoral campaigns in the state. In 2014, she attended her first Momentum training, joined the visionary staff of the Ayni Institute, and co-founded IfNotNow. She is honored to support the Momentum community’s brilliant leaders and to learn from the history of social movements which taught us how to change what’s politically possible.

Serena Adlerstein

If you have questions, please email Cicia at cicia@momentumcommunity.org