A CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS!
THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ORGANIZED RESISTANCE
The fifth annual National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) to take place January 25-27 of 2002 is currently being planned. In order to make this year's conference even more successful than last's, we are asking for workshop proposals now.
WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOPS?
NCOR provides an open forum for discussion of strategies and tactics within progressive movements. Workshops this year, as in past years, will be broken down into two "tracks;" strategy and case study. Strategy workshops will address burning questions in our movements and allow a constructive critique of our actions. Some examples of workshops in the strategy track last year include "The History of Counterintelligence and Instructions for Current Movements," "Property Damage and its Role in Resistance," and "Activist Gatekeeping: Understanding our Privilege." The case study track will explore the inner workings of movements for social change. Some examples of case study workshops from last year are "Fighting AIDS with Direct Action," "The Criminal Injustice System and the Growing Prison Industrial Complex," and "The Zapatistas as a Model for Community Based Direct Action." We hope to take advantage of having a large number of diverse activists in one place and also use the conference as a forum for networking and planning.
Workshops may be facilitated by one person or a panel, and may be held in lecture or discussion format. The time allocated for each workshop is generally 1 ½ hours, but we are allowing space for a few three hour workshops this year.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PROPOSAL?
To propose a workshop for NCOR, a one to three page abstract of your workshop is needed by October 22nd. You may want to refer to the attached list of workshop ideas we are hoping to solicit proposals on, but do not feel you are not limited to this list. In addition, please submit your name, organization you are representing (if applicable), full contact information, one reference, and a short biography of yourself and/or your organization. Also, please note how your workshop fits into one of the designated tracks above.
Please send in your proposal via our website, www.organizedresistance.org, by clicking on "Workshop Proposals." If this is not possible, please use the e-mail, address, or fax number listed below. You will be notified of the status of your workshop by the second week in November. Should your proposal be accepted, a confirmation of your availability is needed immediately thereafter, whereupon travel and housing accommodations will be made for you.
NCOR is to be held at the American University in Washington, DC. You may be connected to the NCOR listserve by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with no subject heading. In the body of the message, write - subscribe nccd-L full name. You will receive only conference updates and information on this listserve.
You may e-mail proposals to email@example.com
You may fax proposals to 202-885-3317 (Attn: NCOR)
You may mail proposals to:
National Conference on Organized Resistance
Kay Spiritual Life Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Below are some examples of topics we hope to include in this year's conference. This will give you an idea of the kinds of workshops we are looking for. Last year the conference brought over 1000 participants and over 50 workshop facilitators from all over the country (please see the website for last year's line up).
Submit your proposal now and be part of this growing event!
Here is our wish-list:
· The state of the peace movement
· Messaging during a 'national tragedy'
· Roles and hierarchy in activism
· Consensus process: benefits and drawbacks
· Activism through Hip-hop
· Ethical Shopping: the sweatshop debate
· Community service vs. activism: differences and similarities
· Fighting burn-out in our movements
· Issues in Africa (anything from workers' rights to AIDS)
· Activism as a 'trend'
· Self-sustaining communities
· Community organizing: Bringing globalization issues home (including anything from prisons, public health care, public schools and welfare to immigration, environmental justice, housing and labor)
· Star Wars and Strategic Defense
· Grassroots Organizing vs. Mass Action Mobilization
· The Prison Industrial Complex
· History of Resistance to US Military Covert Operations Abroad
· Strategic Campaign Design
· Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism
· The State of Student Organizing
· Fighting Racism and Hate Crimes
· Organizing in the Transexual Community
· Classism in the Left