Minneapolis Momentum 2019

May 16–19, 2019
Minneapolis, MN

This Momentum training is an intensive 4-day training designed to give organizers the tools to build progressive popular social movements to win on the most pressing justice issues of our time. 

About the Application

Applications have closed. Applications are due March 8th. We'll get back to you shortly after applications close within a couple of weeks. Registration and confirmation will be expected within a week of acceptance.

If you have any questions, please contact lead recruitment, Oluchi Omeoga (oko0806@gmail.com).We will be selecting participants across experience, issues, and identities in order to create a diverse learning environment.

Over the past year, we have seen interest and demand for the Momentum training increase dramatically. In order to create a learning space that supports our participants, our training will be limited to 50 participants, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.

We are committed to making this training financially accessible to those who need it most and who will be most poised to implement the tools and strategies our trainers will share. If you would like to support our scholarship and travel fund for Momentum, you can donate here

If you've been through a Momentum training already and want to apply to be a facilitator, stay tuned for the application link here soon.

About this training

As our political context changes rapidly, organizers of all experience levels are jumping courageously into the frontlines to lead mass mobilizations. Many do this at a moment’s notice, with little preparation. In order to make the strategic choices that this moment calls for, organizers need a shared understanding of what we mean by “mass movement” and the role movements play relative to other approaches to change.  Furthermore, organizers need support to become the courageous, visionary leaders we need. Stepping into this kind of leadership -- and sustaining it over time -- isn’t easy. It requires deep relationships of trust and vulnerability to hold the inevitable discouragement and isolation and space for honest reflection to learn from successes and failures.

Minneapolis Momentum will meet this need. Participants will learn from some of the most experienced, innovative organizers in the field who will share their learnings along with a synthesis of best practices from disciplines including social movements and the field of civil resistance, complex systems, decentralized networks, and strategic communications.  

Participants will leave with not only a deeper understanding of the role of movements and the tools to build them, but also lasting relationships of solidarity across movements that will strengthen the growing network of Momentum trained organizers spearheading national and local movement cycles. After hosting the Momentum for Organizers of Color (POC Momentum) for three years in a row, Minneapolis has become one of the strongest national hubs of organizers trained in the Momentum model. Minneapolis Momentum will provide a multi-racial learning space to strengthen existing cross-movement organizing relationships. Together, organizers of all identities and issues will grapple together with critical questions of strategy.

About Momentum

Momentum is a collectively-run training institute and movement incubator, dedicated to understanding and building transformative social movements. Our training curriculum covers:

  • Designing the DNA: story, strategy, and structure of powerful transformative social movements that win through the support of the public.

  • How to grow your movement through cycles of action and absorption.

  • Communicating your vision and goals in a way the public can understand.

  • The difference between effective and counter-productive protests—how to claim the moral high ground and inspire mass support.

  • Planning in advance to absorb people outraged by “trigger events” such as mass deportation raids, declaration of a Muslim registry, etc.

  • Case studies from successful popular movements, including the Birmingham campaign, ACT UP, Indian independence movement, and others.

Who should apply?

Momentum aims to support the next wave of experiments in movement-building in the United States and beyond. Our participants come from a wide-range of backgrounds - some have been organizing for decades, and some have just begun. What they share in common is an eagerness to interrogate both their successes and failures in their experiences so far, and a hunger to learn from history, themselves, and others as they continue to grow. As a ‘movement school,' our ideal participants are those who:

  • Wish to learn movement strategy as a craft developed throughout the history of global struggles

  • Want to engage large numbers of people in social change

  • Are willing to experiment and try new things

  • Have experience in the field - organizing actions, and building people-power with their communities, at national and local levels

  • Have personally reflected on and want to continue reflecting on organizing insights about what works and what doesn't work

The Momentum training is ideal for those who are able to influence strategy within their organizations as well as those who are willing to operate outside of existing organizations to launch new experiments. 

Training Costs

We strive to make our trainings as accessible as possible to those most directly impacted by injustice, including those from organizations with small budgets. With this in mind, we have a sliding tuition scale structure to meet these costs that accommodates organizations of various budget sizes. 

  • The actual cost per participant for the four days of training, materials, lodging, and food is $800 per participant. If you are coming from an organization with resources, we ask that you pay for the full cost. Your support in covering the full cost allows us to dedicate more resources to travel scholarships and subsidized tuition for others.

  • If your organization has resources or if you are willing to sponsor the costs for other participants, you may pay a sponsor-level tuition, and we appreciate your support. All additional tuition funds will go directly to scholarships and travel funds for participants to attend.

  • We have structured a sliding scale tuition level for smaller organizations or for individuals coming without organizational support.

  • We anticipate that most individuals and organizations will not be able to pay the full cost amount, and are committed to providing tuition discounts or scholarships to the majority of participants. If you have resources to cover the full cost or more, that helps us keep it accessible for other participants. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please indicate your interest on the application.

Training Team

Hani Ali

Eden Berdugo

Nicole Carty

Cicia Lee

Yonah Lieberman

Akin Olla

Carlos Rojas

Cata Santiago

Production Team

Miski Noor

Kandace Montgomery

Oluchi Omoega

If you have questions regarding the application process, please reach out to Miski Noor, at miski@momentumcommunity.org.