Our efforts for social change will be stronger if we learn to build bridges across differences in social class, as well as other differences. Organizations vary by class culture, and groups come to coalitions with varied resources and clout, creating tricky class dynamics. This workshop will build on our own class experiences to sharpen our cross-class alliance building skills.
I hope you'll join me at one of these Portland events:
1. BRIDGING CLASS DIFFERENCES: A READING FROM "CLASS MATTERS"
Thursday June 23, 7:30 pm
Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Free and open to the public
2. BUILDING STRONGER CROSS-CLASS ALLIANCES: A PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP
Saturday June 25, 11 am to 3 pm
Location: First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave. (between Main and Salmon)
Co-sponsors: Oregon Action, the Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church, Class Action
and United for a Fair Economy
Pre-registration required: Contact Pat Gorman, 503-528-9797, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sliding scale fee: Working people, $5 to $25.
For involuntarily low-income people, no fee; transportation and childcare subsidies available.
Wealthy people, please consider paying $50 to $100 to subsidize low-income participants.
Betsy Leondar-Wright, the Communications Director at United for a Fair Economy, is a long-time economic justice activist from a middle-class background. Her new book, "Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists" (New Society Publishers, April 2005), is excerpted on the web at http://classmatters.org/