NOVEMBER
15
Wednesday | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Schwartz Campus Center Auditorium

Activism that Works: An interactive workshop with Betsy Leondar-Wright

Marching on Washington is satisfying – but what comes next? Many of us are often dismayed by political attacks on immigrants, the environment, healthcare, voting rights, women’s rights…among other issues. We’d like to do something – but what? There are countless requests to sign petitions, attend protests, boycott products, and so on. Which are worthwhile, and which are a waste of time? Dr. Betsy Leondar-Wright will share five criteria for what makes public action effective, drawn from research on social movements strategy and her own social justice involvements. Workshop participants and Dr. Leondar-Wright will evaluate current activist efforts and leave with ideas for action steps to protect what they value most about this country. The workshop is free and open to the public. Betsy Leondar-Wright has been an activist for social justice for over 30 years. She was first mentored by veterans of the Civil Rights, women’s liberation and anti-Vietnam War movements. She teaches social movement strategy, activist skills and race and class inequality at Lasell College. For her PhD in sociology, she studied empirical research on why social movements succeed or fail. She is the board president of Class Action (www.classism.org) and the author of “Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class” (Cornell University Press, 2014). Please join us, and as always, “bring a crowd!”


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