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Be The Change: Take Action in 2022

Change happens because of people like you. Join our people-powered movement for justice, equity and freedom!

No matter your level of experience, there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved: 

  • Sign up for our general volunteer e-mail list to receive information about upcoming trainings, virtual events, and opportunities to take action. 

  • Join us for a text or phone bank. Our Outreach Team helps us mobilize voters to contact their lawmakers, turn people out for online events, and connect people to ACLU resources. Want to mobilize folks to support the Oakland Fair Elections Act - Measure W or support Sincere Peer-to-Peer texting to increase voter turnout? Click either link and register today!

  • Chapters are the grassroots team of the ACLU, organizing locally across Northern California. They host events to build community and educate the public, cultivate partnerships with local organizations and leaders, and work with staff to move forward ACLU campaign goals and civil liberties priorities. Click here to learn more about your local Chapter.

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Upcoming 2022 Training and Events Calendar 

Please sign up for individual trainings and events below. You can sign up for one or all: they’re free! Check back here for recordings and an updated calendar as we add new trainings and events throughout the year. If at any time you have questions, please email changemakers@aclunc.org.

November

  • Culture Shift Workshop Series | Transformative Justice 101
    Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    Transformative Justice is a practice for responding to harm and violence without creating more harm and violence. It is the very opposite of the police and carceral systems that tear our communities apart, and can be practice on a community- or interpersonal-level. In this workshop, we will develop an understanding for how transformative justice practices can transform our relationships and our communities.  Registration will open Monday, October 17th. 
  • Election Day
    Tuesday, November 8 
    Go vote, if you are legally able, and check out www.letmevoteca.org for information on your voting rights. 
  • Post-Election Debriefs
    Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    Tuesday, November 29 at noon
    Election results aren’t always determined on Election Day. In the meantime, many unknowns and questions arise. Join Organizing Director, Ashley Morris, for a recap of election results and what we can anticipate in the days and weeks after the 2022 General Election on November 8th. Registration will open on Thursday, October 20th. 

December

  • Bill of Rights Day
    Stay tuned for event date
    We’re optimistically looking towards a future where we can gather together again in person! Stay tuned for an announcement about our plans (COVID-19 permitting) for in-person events in Sacramento, the Central Valley, and the Bay Area to come together for our annual end of year celebration!

Past 2021 Training and Events Calendar 

September

  • Culture Shift | Trainings for Equity and Racial Justice: What is Respectability Politics
    Be a lady. Be professional with your language. Activists of today need to protest the way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr did if they want to be taken seriously. These phrases are commonly said to set expectations about who deserves respect and fairness. But these expectations can reinforce systems of racism and sexism, even if that’s not the intention. In this workshop, we will explore the subtle ways in which the politics of respectability unfold in social justice movements, alienating impacted people, and derailing movements to build collective power to achieve freedom, justice, and equality. This event has passed. Please contact changemakers@aclunc.org for the slides or more information.

  • Trainings for Change Makers: Campaign Planning: Setting Goals and Identifying Targets
    During this training, we’ll cover how clear goal-setting, identifying target decision-makers, and people power are critical to achieving meaningful change. What’s your visionary goal, and how do your short-term goals get you there? How can we identify the local decision-makers who can give us what we want and build the power to influence them? This event has passed, but you can view the recording here.

October

  • Trainings for Change Makers: Immigration Detention
    Immigration detention is fundamentally cruel and unnecessary. Despite recent progress on the state level to enact immigrant-friendly policies, our state still has seven immigration detention facilities: six of them privately run and one run in collaboration with Yuba County. In this training, join us to learn how you can advocate with your member of Congress to call on the Biden administration to take action to close some of these facilities.This event has passed, but you can view the recording here.

  • Trainings for Change Makers: Campaign Planning: Power Mapping
    Power mapping is an important tool to figure out how you can persuade and influence your target to give you what you need to achieve your campaign goals. It is a necessary part of building a campaign strategy. In this workshop, we will cover making sure you are targeting the right decision-maker for your campaign goals, several models of power mapping, and how to use publicly available data to map networks of influence and persuasion. This event has passed, but you can view the recording here.

November

  • Culture Shift | Trainings for Equity and Racial Justice: Land Acknowledgments and Indigenous Justice 101
    Land acknowledgments can be a first step towards rectifying the centuries-long attempt at complete erasure of Indigenous people in the United States. When done well, land acknowledgements can serve as a reminder that all land that is now the United States is occupied Indigenous territory, bring visibility and awareness to Indigenous leaders advocating for freedom and justice, and serve as inspiration for audience members to learn and get involved. When done inappropriately or un-thoughtfully, land acknowledgements can unintentionally cause more harm to Indigenous peoples. Learn how to integrate land acknowledgments into your organizing and gain a deeper understanding of indigenous justice and decolonization. This event has passed, but you can view the recording here.

  • Trainings for Change Makers: Analyzing Public Policy
    Public policy has a huge impact on all of our day-to-day lives, but reading and understanding it is challenging. Find out how to decipher public policy with staff from the ACLU California Action legislative advocacy team, including the difference between a resolution and ordinance, subtle shifts in meaning because of words like may or shall, and how to spot key words and phrases to understand the impact of legislation that affects you. This event has passed, but you can view the recording here.