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[liberationtech] Fwd: Camp Wellstone community-organizing workshop on Saturday! Register today!

Leslie Wu lwu135 at
Tue Nov 3 19:25:34 PST 2009

We're really excited to bring this Camp Wellstone-run community-organizing
workshop to students and the Stanford community this weekend. Forward to
interested parties, please!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Theo Gibbs <tgplessl at>
Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 11:46 PM
Subject: [sustainability] Wellstone community-organizing workshop on
Saturday! Register today!
To: sustainability at

A great opportunity to learn practical skills for coalition-building,
effective communication and campaigning, and getting real action done!

The times are Saturday 11am to 6pm, and Sunday (space is limited) from 11am
to 2pm.

PLEASE try to attend if you are going to be around! I guarantee it will be
worth your while!

Email stanfordcampwellstone at to RSVP and get more info!



Sign up to participate in Stanford's first Campus Camp Wellstone! Learn to
hone the skills we use everyday we fight for our causes/passions/beliefs.


link for sign-up (in case e-mail doesn't work):

Here the nutshell again:

On November 7th, between 11 am and 6pm, four professional community
organizers and active members in grassroots movements from across the nation
will come to Stanford to run a workshop, training students here in a toolset
invaluable to the undertakings of any VSO, the ASSU Executive Cabinet, and
the ASSU Senate.

Students oftentimes are already utilizing these tools (membership
recruitment, retainment, development; campaign/philosophy messaging,
outreach, education; intra-group dynamics, development, innovation; etc),
but this will make students *conscious* of doing so, making it possible to
hone these tools and skills.  It will create a common language amongst the
VSOs and branches of the ASSU, making collaboration easier.

In particular, this presents an opportunity for the ASSU I haven't seen yet:
 a training that brings the members together as a unit.  Up until now, many
of the members now sitting in senator positions have previous experience as
leaders within a VSO on campus, and are so seen as "not needing" any further
training.  But this is not a given.  And beyond that, it shouldn't be.
 Students need to go through a training *as an ASSU member. It's a subtle
difference (mostly on a subconscious level), but it will empower the ASSU,
which functions as one of the largest grassroots organizing bodies on

Here is a quick background on Wellstone Action from their website:
Wellstone Action is a national center for training and leadership
development in the progressive movement.  Founded in January 2003, Wellstone
Action's mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by
training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive
individuals and organizations to engage in their tradition of politics.
 Campus Camp Wellstone trains students nationwide on how to run energized,
community building, winning campaigns. We focus on campus and community
organizing and young voter engagement.
Here is a description of their Camp Wellstone project:

There will be a smaller event on Sunday that is shorter (11am to
approximately 2pm), more direct and focused.  This second day will be
capped, so if any of your members are interested we would need to know now.

Already, a number of individuals have begun working together to make this
event happen. Please let us know your groups interest level: your group's
input would add a very valuable perspective to this event, and we hope you
are interested. There are all sorts of different ways to get involved:
become a co-sponsor of the event (with enough groups it will not weigh heavy
on your budget, and this is exactly the kind of thing the ASSU Service Grant
is made for!); join our organization committee, which is more hands-on work
needed closer to the actual event; enthusiastically help out recruiting;
 endorse us on your websites, etc.  And participate, of course.

I have been in contact with the trainers, and they are excited about coming
and generating an enthusiastic kickoff for all our groups for the academic
year 09/10!.  Camp Wellstone has already given us an initial heads up as
well-- the host committee meets every Tuesday at 9pm at the Haas Center,
come if you have any questions you would like to pose in person.


Theo Gibbs
Co-president, Students for a Sustainable Stanford
Stanford University | Class of 2011
ayelen at | 520.400.3531

sustainability mailing list
sustainability at
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