The Community Organizing department of the Independence Center received a huge influx of knowledge and energy after attending a week-long community organizing training in Chicago at the Midwest Academy. Midwest has been known for training thousands of effective organizers on how to win real improvements in peoples’ lives by effectively strategizing issue campaigns on topics across the political spectrum.
[Courtney and Achini in Chicago for training]
The 26 organizers at the training spent 12 hours a day together and learned how to give people a sense of their own power by altering the balances of power that limit peoples’ potential. They planned, role-played, and deliberated – they even wrote a song! The training covered topics from storytelling and one-on-one interviews, to building coalitions and confronting decision-makers.
Ultimately, the process of change is a slow and long one, but the energy, knowledge, and relationships gained in Chicago will only propel The Independence Center towards creating a more accessible, engaged, and empowered community for persons with disabilities, their families and the community.
[Oct training in Chicago]
In addition to training in Chicago, the Organizing Committee on Transit (OCT) held an all-day retreat at the end of August in alliance with the Community Organizing department of The Independence Center. They received a short training on strategic planning and brainstormed about their goals to more accessible transit in Colorado Springs.
The group has incredible passion and truly believes that people with disabilities should be freely able to contribute towards and be involved with their communities by having convenient, safe, and accessible transportation across the city.