NOW DC SOCIAL FORUM
updated as of 20 March 2012
DEADLINE PASSED: Call for Workshop Proposals
(We are continuing to schedule workshops for proposals that have been submitted. We are trying to schedule as many workshops as possible, but we cannot guarantee that space will be available. For questions, please send an email to email@example.com)
NOW-DC SOCIAL FORUM, 2012
at National Occupation of Washington, D.C. (NOW DC)
Part 1: April 3-5, 2012
Part 2: April 10-13, 2012
CONTEXT: March 30, 2012, people from across the country will gather for an American Spring in Washington, DC. The National Occupation of Washington, DC (NOW DC) opposes the corruption of both parties in conducting U.S. domestic and foreign policies. Our most precious safeguard, the Bill of Rights, has been effectively destroyed, and the Supreme Court has allowed the Constitution to be perverted. This cannot be allowed to stand unopposed. We are uniting against a corporate-controlled government which has failed abysmally to promote the public well-being, and in doing so we will demonstrate our commitment to creating a new world where the people, not the 1%, rule.
NOW DC—education, protest and mobilization—will begin with an inspiring NOW-DC Social Forum to bring together the experience, knowledge and thinking of the 99%. Occupiers from across the country will present workshops on socially relevant areas, including political and policy issues, strategies for shifting power from the 1% to the 99%, ending wars and militarization, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Occupy movement, as well as concrete descriptions of how to organize communities, hold General Assemblies, live-stream and create your own media and other practical necessities for successful occupations.
The civil resistance of NOW DC will focus on the power structure in Washington, DC. The first phase of the Occupy Movement showed that people acting in solidarity have power and can change the direction of the country. NOW DC aims to unite occupations in a focused campaign to demonstrate to elected officials in Washington, DC, and K Street and corporate interests that the people no longer trust or accept their rule, that a radical transformation to a participatory democracy operating under the rule of law is essential.
The reign of money in government has fostered policies that throw people out of their homes and drive families into bankruptcy, impoverish whole communities, deny access to medical treatment and wage unending wars abroad. Worst of all, the policies of greed are literally destroying our planet. All this must change soon and change dramatically. The political puppets now occupying public space will not bring about this change. Only a united, courageous and enlightened public can do this.
NOW-DC SCHEDULE (provisional):
NOW-DC: National Occupation of Washington, DC: March 30-April 30, 2012
Provisional Schedule-Update as of 13 February 2012
OCCUPY POWER ARRIVAL WEEKEND: March 30 - April 1, 2012
Friday March 30 - Travel to Washington and set-up
Saturday, March 31 - First NOW-DC General Assembly, Franklin Square Park
Sunday, April 1 - Teach-Ins, NOW-DC Actions, possible General Assembly
Monday, April 2 - March (s)
Monday, April 2, 2012 from 8AM-6PM the Center for the Study of Responsive Law will be holding the Control the Corporation conference at the Carnegie Institute of Washington. This conference is open to people attending the National Occupation of Washington, DC -- all occupiers welcome. The conference will be held at 1530 P Street, NW, Washington, DC
Tuesday-Thursday, April 3 to 5 - NOW DC Social Forum: Part 1
Friday-Monday, April 6-9 - Occupy Faith Weekend
OCCUPY POWER WEEK: April 10-17, 2012
April 10 to 14 - NOW DC Social Forum: Part 2
April 14 and 15 - Celebrate Occupy Power with Music, Arts and Speakers
April 16 onward - NOW DC Direct Action(s) - nonviolent marches and civil resistance
April 17: A17 Occupy Congress Mobilization
April 29 and 30 - Clean-up and depart
May 1 - National Day of Work Stoppage
GOALS of the NOW-DC Social Forum, 2012 are to:
1. Create a space for the Occupy movement to converge, share, learn and strategize;
2. Advance the Occupy movement(s) agenda for action and transformation;
3. Build strong relationships and collaborations between Occupy movements in the USA and strengthen solidarity with occupations around the World;
4. Learn from each other about strategies, tactics, and creating models for economic and environmental sustainability, and more;
5. Strengthen local capacity to improve social conditions, organizing and movement building in the metro D.C. area;
6. Examine polices that would shift power from the 1% to the 99% including creating an economy for the people and a real, participatory democracy.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING A WORKSHOP PROPOSAL
The NOW-DC Social Forum, 2012 will be designed by occupiers to meet the interests and needs of occupiers. Occupiers will submit workshop proposals in one of the following four tracks or a new track can be proposed.
Track 1: Policies and Strategies for Ending Corporate Rule and Shifting power from the 1% to the 99%: This track will focus on policies, political strategies, targets, and tactics for ending corporate rule of the U.S. government and creating a participatory democracy. This track will also include workshops on democratizing the economy, media and other institutions.
Track 2: Lessons and the Way Forward for the Occupation of Public Space: How to organize communities that are occupying public space, meeting basic needs, overcoming challenges, negotiating with authorities, holding General Assemblies, live streaming, getting media coverage, fundraising, creative expression and use of the arts, preventing foreclosures, occupying buildings and other practical necessities for successful occupations.
Track 3: Direct Action Tactics & Strategies: This track will focus on lessons learned and best practices for nonviolent direct action, civil resistance, and “occupying” targets. How do non-violent movements shift power to the people? How to get people to participate? How to protect the legal rights of occupiers? How to get the media to cover the event? This will include all types of nonviolent strategies and tactics and an exploration of nonviolence.
Track 4: Models for Building Alternative Models and Systems: As the Occupy movement is evolving, many physical occupations are forming working groups and spreading into communities and into homes and buildings. This track will explore “Occupy” models and systems that work outside of the corporate structure in sustainable ways to meet human needs for education, information, housing, food, the environment, health care, jobs, a democratized economy and more. Knowledge, skills and connections acquired can be used to develop and expand sustainable systems in urban and rural settings.
Track 5: Occupy and Labor
Track 6: Occupy and Faith
The NOW-DC Social Forum organizers welcome all occupiers to submit workshop proposals. This guide will provide information about creating a workshop.
WHAT is a workshop at the NOW-DC Social Forum, 2012?
The workshops at the NOW-DC Social Forum are open to the capacity of occupiers to design, implement, and advocate for effective interventions in their respective communities. Designers decide what type of space is required – outdoor or indoor, classroom, gallery, farm, workshop, etc. Share knowledge, skills, experiences, both successes and failures, which are relevant to the Occupy Movement. Designers decide what materials are needed and if there are a maximum or desired number of participants. Designers decide on the length of the workshop and in what language(s) it will be offered.
HOW do I submit a workshop?
Please submit your workshop ideas by sending an email or attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT information is needed to submit a workshop?
Please submit the following information in an email or attachment to email@example.com
Workshop Track (and explanation if this is a new track):
- Which track do you think your workshop fits into?
- Or do you recommend a new track?
Workshop Proposal (please provide all of this information or as much detail as possible):
- Learning objectives
- First name(s)
- Last name(s)
- Facilitator Experience/Expertise
- Facilitator Contact Details
- Target Audience
- Desired Number of Participants
- Desired location/facility
WHEN CAN YOU OFFER YOUR WORKSHOP?
- I can offer my workshop in NOW DC Social Forum, Part 1: April 3-5, 2012
- I can offer my workshop in NOW DC Social Forum, Part 2: April 10-13, 2012
- I can offer my workshop multiple times during Phase 1 and Phase 2
Occupation/Institution/ Organization/ University
Any particular needs
WHO reviews the workshop proposals?
The workshop organizers are your peers: participants and supporters of occupations in the US. The organizers will be knowledgeable and will be looking at proposals with a mixture of opportunity. When drafting your proposal, try to put yourself in their place. Please help them to understand what you propose to do and how you will do it. Every effort will be made to ensure diversity and to accommodate as many proposals as possible. Reviewers will mainly be looking to how to organize the social forum and where the workshop fits in the program. We seek to include as many proposed workshops as possible.
WHAT are the submission requirements?
- All workshop proposals are to be related to the Occupy Movement and workshop tracks.
- All workshops should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are applying for more than one workshop, complete a submission for each workshop.
- Forms must be submitted as completely as possible. Contact the organizers if you need assistance in creating a workshop.
- Please submit forms in English.
- NEW Submission deadline: Monday, March 12, 2012. Submissions received after this date cannot be guaranteed, although we will attempt to include everything received.
HOW do I contact the NOW-DC Social Forum Workshop Team?
The NOW-DC Social Forum Workshop Team is happy to answer any questions you might have. Any questions concerning your workshop submission should be addressed to email@example.com
We look forward to receiving your workshop proposals for the NOW-DC Social Forum, 2012!