By Equal Voice Action | March 11, 2020
In early February, members and allies of the Ubuntu Village + Equal Voice Action partnership, The Village Project, came together for a community organizing training facilitated by Angela Kinlaw of the New Orleans People’s Assembly, along with EVA’s Community Organizing Manager Rose Berry.
The purpose of the training was to facilitate a better understanding of community organizing, best practices for effectively aligning with other grassroots organizations, and how to capitalize on collective power to drive community change.
Participants began the training reflecting on and acknowledging the revolutionary ancestors who paved the way for the movements and work being done today. In doing so, they also reflected on their own contributions and investment to organizing work in New Orleans.
Training participants reviewed specific examples of Black organizing campaigns that have been won in New Orleans and learned the various components of successful campaign work. They also learned about the significance of organizing strategies rooted in Black, southern traditions and histories.
“The Village Project is greatly invested in the traditions of organizing in New Orleans; the histories that made way for justice, the important work and leaders helping to light the path, and the futures that will get us closer to liberation,” said EVA’s Rose Berry. “EVA is honored to be in partnership with Ubuntu, with the commitment to build up the capacity of freedom fighters on the ground to continue organizing for better policies and conditions for poor families in New Orleans and beyond. This training, led by the Peoples Assembly, was one step toward realizing that goal.”
This post is brought to you by The Village Project, a partnership between Equal Voice Action and Ubuntu Village. Equal Voice Action partners with Ubuntu Village through The Village Project to help parents and families support their young family members involved in the court system, access resources and opportunities, and advance family-led systems reform. Read more about the Ubuntu Village + EVA partnership here.