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Strategize Your City

How can your organization become THE dominant force in city politics? This workshop introduces the basics of creating a long-lasting coalition that fills local government with true representatives of the people.

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only
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    TI101
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About This Course

How can your organization become THE dominant force in city politics? This workshop introduces the basics of a new, proven way of organizing that elects true representatives of the people every election. In this workshop, The Incorruptibles guide you through the five key areas you'll focus on to build a strong grassroots movement to take over your city.

Our model for city organizing is based on the incredible success of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. For decades Richmond was controlled by Chevron, which had a large oil refinery there, to the extent that Chevron had a desk inside city hall. The RPA began in 2003, and over the course of a dozen years elected first one progressive, then two, and before long had the mayorship and a super-majority on the city council. These electoral victories happened despite Chevron spending over $3M in one election trying to defeat RPA candidates. Even more impressive, the people that RPA elected remained true to their campaign promises: they reduced the homicide rate by 75%, passed the first rent control law California in 30 years, and got over $100M in back taxes and fees from Chevron for city programs.

Your city can have this kind of success, too. The model has been proven to work in small towns, large cities, and even state-wide. This first course gives you the basics, and following courses focus on specific strategies and tactics.

Enroll at our website to get an invitation.

Requirements

This course has no requirements. It is our introductory course, the first of many that you can take to fully understand and implement the new model of political organizing. To get the most out of this course, we recommend you take it workshop-style, with other people in the room.

When you sign up for this course you will be invited to a "facilitator training". This training will give you the preparation you need to run this workshop for your group. Whether your group is five people or fifty-five people, this introductory workshop will set you on the path to taking over your city.

Course Staff

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Anna Callahan

The Director of The Incorruptibles, Anna Callahan was a software developer before quitting her job to volunteer full-time for the Bernie campaign. She coordinated a group of activists in Berkeley to volunteer for a slate of candidates and ballot measures for the local elections in 2016, almost all of which won. Anna is the primary trainer at The Incorruptibles, facilitating all in-person workshops so far.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll?

Please fill out this form to apply to take this course.

Is this course for me?

This course is designed for group organizers. We train you to facilitate our game-changing "Strategize Your City" workshop in your own local group. The workshop itself is great for anyone who wants to get the most out of their volunteer time. It transforms your group from one that tries to influence politics into an organization that sends dozens of unwavering representatives of the people to local, state, or national offices.

What is the time commitment for organizers? For workshop attendees?

If you sign up as an organizer, you will attend one of our 90-minute trainings on facilitation. After that, you can schedule your workshop at a time that works best for your group. The workshop is three hours.

Why focus on local elections?

Our model works because of its focus on a single electoral body instead of on individual campaigns. Let's say you focus on campaigns, and you elect one good person to city council, one to state assembly, one to state senate, one to the House, and one to the Senate. Each one of those people will probably be outnumbered by pro-corporate forces and unable to pass the legislation we want. But when you focus on a single electoral body with the goal of getting at least 50% of the seats, those representatives can then make real changes that improve people's lives.

We only focus on local elections because it's easier to get started there. This model is being used at the state level with great success. We believe that the best way to organize at the state level is with multiple cities all using the new model at the local level.

What if I don't have a group?

Start one! This workshop is a great first step. If starting a group, sign up for our training, then invite your friends, churchgoers, coworkers, and anyone else you think would be interested to your first workshop.

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