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November eNewsletter 2011

In this issue: stories from emerging organizers in our WILD leadership development program; "Assessing Our Organizations" tool to help start conversations about LGBTQ issues; the impact of Occupy on our work and a job announcement at the Center!

Dear Friend,

We recently launched our WILD leadership development program for emerging organizers. Find out what participants are saying about their first gathering. This month features a stepping-stone tool, "Assessing Our Organizations",  to help your group start conversations about LGBTQ issues. Also, our Director examines how the Occupy movement intertwines with our work. Finally, we are excited to announce an open position at the Center! 

In solidarity,

KK First Name




Kalpana Krishnamurthy


WILD 2011-12: Each Day "We" Means One More

It goes on one at a time,

it starts when you care 

to act, it starts when you do 

it again after they’ve said no, 

it starts when you say We 

and know who you mean, and each 

day you mean one more.

The words of Marge Piercy’s poem “The Low Road” rang in my head as I left the first convening of WILD (Western Institute for Leadership Development).


Over the last four days, I joined with 17 amazing organizers from five states to build our skills and strengthen our analysis. These folks are leaders spanning progressive movements from tenants’ rights to the fight against sexual and domestic violence, from LGBT advocacy to the immigrant rights movement, and beyond.

Read on for Tash's story...


Read fellow WILD participant, Ikaika Regidor's blog about his experience. 


Assess Your Org's Role in LGBTQ Equality


Assessing Our Orgs

"Assessing Our Organizations" is useful in identifying the gaps and opportunities to strengthening an organization’s commitment to LGBTQ equality. In identifying opportunities within existing work, an organization can deepen the understanding and skills of staff, leadership and membership around LGBTQ equality and issues.

Download the tool.

"Creating a Space We Can All Share" is a story about celebrating National Coming Out day as an occasion for a letter of solidarity. Latino Network is featured and an example of how an organization assessed their values and why they have chosen to 'come out' and support LGBTQ families.


Occupy: Movement or Moment?

Kelley 2011
In Portland, Occupy is moving into its second month of demanding attention to the broken systems that are worsening the inequalities that exist. Occupy reminds us that movements are not a flow chart of demands but organic and messy processes that will make us question and debate and take a lot of time.

Read on...

This month's blog also featured:

Critical Conversations: Race, Gender, and Class

Growing from Groundwork Webinar - October 25


We're Hiring!

We are looking for a Trainer and Organizer to join our team! We are based in Portland, Oregon, and work with hundreds of activists and community organizations in the eight-state region of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah.

More info and apply here

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