Advocacy in Action

advocateOur Advocacy In Action Workshop is a five-week long advocacy course for individuals who want to take their social justice work to the next level and brainstorm with other activists. We are no longer accepting applications for the fall 2014 series. Questions? Email workshops@redumbrellaproject.orgĀ 

The workshop is led by RedUP team members and activist colleagues. The workshop is intended for both experienced and new activists and will cover the fundamentals of five kinds of advocacy: media, city government, state government, national, and international. Those who would like to only attend certain relevant workshops or who have a current campaign in progress are welcome to participate. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with experienced advocates both from organizations working with those in the sex trades and other important social justice groups.

Classes will meet for two hours, weekly, on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm starting February 11 and concluding March 11 at the Red Umbrella Project office in Downtown Brooklyn: 147 Prince Street, Brooklyn near the A, C, F, R, B, D, and Q trains (directions provided by request).

The class is FREE to all participants. Sessions listed below with dates are confirmed, the others are not set in stone yet – we’re working with several guests and their availability.

  • February 11: “Choosing the Right Tools”: We will cover the importance of targeting an audience and other strategy needed to start any advocacy campaign. Terms like advocacy, ombudsman, and Senate committee will be analyzed and the differences of practice and policy, legislative and corporate campaigns will be discussed.
  • Week 2 “Media Blitz”: We will take you step-by-step through the process of campaigning against a media member or group. Through case studies we will show what strategies have been proven to be effective and why.
  • February 25: “From Brooklyn to Buffalo”: We will explain the similarities and differences of New York City and New York state legislative processes. We will also look at the current political climate, and how you can utilize even what may appear as stumbling blocks in your favor.
  • Week 4 “Capitalizing on the Federal”: We will look at the way the US federal legislative process works. We will also go over other national issues, like coordinating organizations countrywide.
  • Week 5 “Think Globally, Act In Solidarity”: In our fifth session, we will look at the way international legislative bodies like the United Nations work. We will also go over other international issues, like how to best practice solidarity with fellow organizations around the world.