Building a Visionary Opposition Workshop

Jul 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Star Fund, 520 8th Avenue, Suite 1800 (Map)
Type of Event:
Technical Assistance
Event Audience

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for Building a Visionary Opposition, a two-day training with a follow-up session, designed to create space for organizers to think about and use non-violent direct action tactics as tools to strengthen organizing.    

The NYC landscape is rich with the diversity of grassroots organizations working to ensure the safety and well-being of communities in all five boroughs. However, the political landscape has dramatically shifted since the 2016 national elections. The cabinet appointments, executive orders, and proposed budget will result in extreme hardship for communities already harmed by criminalization, poverty, climate change, and other forms of state violence. These effects have already begun to manifest themselves in NYC and around the country.
As conditions change, we recognize the need for organizations to have an opportunity to digest what these changes mean for them, the bases they organize, and the broader movement for justice. 
We will address the following key questions:

  • How do we understand the times that we are in and the implications of Trump’s Administration for our communities?
  • How do we use “defense” and “fight back” tactics as part of a broader strategy that articulates our solutions and vision? How can non-violent direct actions be utilized in our current context?
  • How do we create public opportunities to communicate our vision beyond our base and connect to other movement sectors?

This training will be conducted by Helena Wong, Lynn Lewis, Priscilla Gonzalez, and Daniel Hunter.

Cohort Convenings

  • Monday, July 17, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Follow-up session to be held in the early fall

Expectations and Readiness

This program is open to three representatives from your organization, one of whom must be a staffer with decision making power within your organization, and the other two—if not all —have lead campaign organizing responsibility. Applicants must commit to participating in the full program.


This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

Deadline to Apply

Monday, June 5. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, June 23, 2017.

If you have questions you can reach out to Helena Wong at

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