Working Families Party of New York (New York City)
Paladin Partners joined with Dan Cantor, Executive Director, Bill Lipton, Field Director, and co-chair Bob Master, CWA Region I, Political Director, to brainstorm around resource development, expansion nationally, and creating progressive alternatives to conservative populism through the Working Families Party.
“The Working Families Party is fighting for a more just world.
One where the economy works for everyone. One where politicians are held accountable to working people, instead of big-money backers. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure retirement.”
Judy Duncan, Head Organizer, ACORN Canada (Toronto and Nairobi)
With almost a decade of community organizing experience, first in Seattle with Washington ACORN and then as co-founder and head organizer of ACORN Canada since 2004, Judy has led an organization that now has 35,000 members and offices and staff in Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton, and Ottawa, which has won ground breaking campaigns for tenants in Toronto, the first living wage ordinance in Canada in New Westminster, and reforms in pay day lending in British Columbia and Ontario. Paladin Partners agreed to maximize the professional development grant offered by the Toronto-based Metcalfe Foundation to Judy working with her to develop a plan for a spending a month both learning from and assisting in the development of Kenya ACORN in the Korogocho mega-slum of Nairobi, where Paladin Partners will join with her for a week in bridging sessions around strategy, development, financing, campaigns, sustainability, and other issues. For more information on ACORN Canada see www.acorncanada.org or for ACORN Kenya see www.acornkenya.org.
Leadnow was founded in 2010 by a group of young people who care about a wide range of issues and wanted to create a new way for people to participate effectively in our democracy.
Leadnow’s full-time co-founders, Adam Shedletzky and Jamie Biggar, are working with a multi-partisan network that has a wide range of passions and expertise. Both Adam and Jamie started organizing and campaigning in Canada’s youth climate movement.
Their founding objectives are to deepen democracy, strengthen communities, advance social justice, extend economic opportunity and protect our planet. They’re working to build an independent community that works together to help set the political agenda, take effective action on important issues, and shift elections.
They’re inspired by a new model of political and movement organizing that uses technology as a tool to help people organize themselves and strengthen their voice. This model was pioneered by organizations like MoveOn (USA), GetUp (Australia), 38 Degrees (UK), and Avaaz(Global), mobilizing over 10 million people around the world. They hope to bring some of the best of these organizing techniques to Canada, while we adapt them to suit Canada’s unique character.
DREAM Organizers (Washington, DC and Miami)
Perhaps the high water moments of hope and courage were evinced by the struggle of young immigrants of uncertain status marching and campaigning in 2010 for passage of the DREAM Act, which would have provided status to children raised of undocumented families for a future in the United States after having successfully matriculated educationally. Risking everything, organizers like Gaby Pacheo, began marching to raise attention to the bill and their plight from Florida. Others like Carlos Saavedra working with United We DREAM (www.unitedwedream.org) build the campaign infrastructure that came within votes of passage in the lame duck session of the 111th Congress at the end of 2010. Paladin Partners are working with Gaby and Carlos to strategize about future capacity in this long fight for a DREAM.
Organizers’ Forum – International Dialogues
Paladin Partners will select several individuals for the week long international dialogue of the Organizers Forum by sponsoring either their program fees or transportation as appropriate to the situation and their individual and organizational resources to facilitate their full participation and benefit from the experience, interchange with the whole delegation, and learning from other groups in the visited country. In 2011 the destination is Cairo, Egypt which turns out to be especially propitious and timely. In 2012 the likely destination is Bolivia.