WORKSHOPS

CREATIVE WRITING & PERFORMANCE

Learn How to Write Steady: Creating a Safe Space to Share Your Stories and Build Community

Our journeys are driven by our identity. By remembering the past, honoring the present, and imagining the future, participants will develop a basic understanding of their truth and goals. First, we establish the conditions of a safe space for attendees. Then, we dive deep into writing exercises and an open mic format to express stories in a safe and creative environment. Sharing our unique stories is a basic building block of what it means to create a community.

DIRECT ACTION

Practical Tactics for De-Escalation

Being an activist can be stressful when you’re balancing school, work, and organizing. As activists aiming to create systemic change for communities long seeking justice, the work we do is bound to get pushback from those seeking to uphold the status quo. What do you do when a comrade is having trouble finding that balance, or is in crisis? Or when an agitator is derailing your organization’s message? Whether you’re talking one-to-one with a friend or marching in the streets with your fist up, de-escalation training provides skills that can be used in many situations. Participants are provided scenarios and given hard skills for learning and practicing how to verbally de-escalate a situation. Open learning environment in which people of all skill levels are welcome.

 

 

Pro-People Guide to Political Lobbying

Lobbying is: free speech; one way to petition the government for the redress of grievances; influencing decision-making bodies to propose, pass, defeat, or change potential, or existing laws. Or, lobbying is just telling your legislators how you feel. Do the research. Know the issue. Take action. Anyone and everyone can lobby. Like you. Seriously.

FILIPINO STUDIES

Forgotten Filipino American WWII Veterans

Since the Rescission Act passed in 1946, our Filipino American veterans have had their military service gone unrecognized by the US. Learn about the issue, and the actions taken to achieve justice for our aging veterans, widows, and their families.

 

What Does Black/Filipino Solidarity Look Like?

From the Buffalo Soldiers during the Philippine-American War to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the black community has literally put their own lives on the line so that Filipinos could have independence and freedom. How do we show up for black lives today?

The Farmworker Movement’s Filipino Roots

Everyone remember Cesar Chavez. But what about Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz, and the Delano Manongs? Uncover where the true origins of the momentous labor movement began — with the Filipino agricultural workers.

The State of Pilipinx Studies

Everyone benefits when taking an ethnic studies course; whether you are pursuing a career in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or physical sciences, cultural competency is relevant to all professional fields. Ethnic studies should be a requirement, not an elective! This workshop examines Pilipinx Studies, discussing its historical characteristics, importance, and development while presenting avenues to actively establish and sustain our relevant education. We will be providing organizing skills and how they translate on and off campus.