Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty

Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty

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In the almost ten years since the United Workers was founded by homeless day laborers, the United Workers has built a multi-racial and bilingual base of low- wage workers and allies that have secured the historic living wages victory at Camden Yards baseball stadium, declared the Inner Harbor a "Human Rights Zone" and taken on billionaire developers in the city. Based on lessons learned from poor people's movements in this country and years of on the ground organizing locally, the United Workers has developed an effective organizing model. In this two part workshop, United Workers leaders will peal back a layer to look at some of the strategies and organizing processes at the core of our work. In Part I, we will discuss our use of a Human Rights framework and transformative values-based organizing and break-down our organizing and leadership development processes. Part II "Winning the Battle of Stories," which will take place on Sunday, will examine the Battle of Stories Framework, a narrative-based campaign strategy.