Dear beloveds in the Pacific Northwest! We are pleased to announce that kiran and Jenna will be returning your way for a Spring tour. We are now booking workshops, consulting, facilitation, and mediation for Olympia, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver, and anywhere (easily) in between! Please get in touch if you'd like to coordinate a public workshop in your town, or bring us in to work with your organization, collective, or co-op. And keep your eyes on our calendar, where we'll be posting public workshops as they confirm! Tour dates: March 27-April 14th. See you soon!
AORTA member Jenna Peters-Golden is featured alongside Noam Chomsky and Michael Parenti, speaking on the recent FBI raids in the Pacific Northwest.
Says Jenna: "The recent FBI raids in the Pacific Northwest are thinly veiled tactics to enact state repression on left and radical thinkers and do-ers. These clear violations of civil rights follow in a long tradition of the state using fear and brute threats to keep us too afraid to vision, to dream, and to resist..."
From March 5-12, AORTA Core Member/Trainer Jenna Peters-Golden was on a non-stop adventure in the Pacific Northwest! Her first stop was at Evergreen State College where she was brought by the amazing folks from F.I.S.T. (Feminists in Solidarity Together) to host three workshops: Power, Privilege and Oppression Fundamentals, Queer Liberation is Collective Liberation, and a Training for Trainers...
AORTA core member Tyrone Boucher was a featured speaker at the recent Activate! Conference put on by students at the United World College in New Mexico (a two-year high school for students from all over the globe), and had an amazing time! Read more about the conference on UWC-USA's student blog.
Dear Friends and Allies in the Co-op and Economic Justice Movement,
This Thursday, December 15th, the National Cooperative Development Act will be introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives. Please act now to support its passage. There is more work to be done after it has been introduced, but we need support NOW!
Who knew we could talk about racism, transgender justice and radical youth programming AND rock out so hard?! Well, luckily, now *we* nkow. Spending the first week of December with the staff and board of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls was an eye opener and a pleasure. Team building, action planning and articulating anti-oppression values were just a few of the accomlishments that came out of this rock n' roll weekend. It was a sheer pleasure to be part of Willie Mae Rock Camp's journey to redefine girlhood!
Over 150 participants attended AORTA workshops at this year's NASCO Cooperative Education and Training Institute! AORTA trainers facilitated a range of workshops, caucuses, and working groups including the Inter-Cooperative Committee on Privilege and Oppression (ICCOPO), Pop Media to Pop Ed workshop, the Cooperative Educators Training of Trainers, Institutionalized Patriarchy workshop, and Anti-Oppression Meeting Facilition training. AORTA is excited about continuing to build off this weekend for social justice and a solidarity economy.