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We Don’t Want To Be Stars: A 21st-Century Intersectional Feminist Organizing Curriculum for These Times

September 2, 2020

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This is a grassroots organizing and training curriculum rooted in lessons from multi-racial, cross-class, feminist organizing. It is for emerging or established groups and organizations working to get into good trouble here and now in 2020 and beyond, as we confront a world where our economic, governance, and ecological systems are literally on the brink of collapse. The curriculum is built for groups aiming to build a feminist future that is Pro-Black, Pro-Worker, Pro-Queer, Pro-Immigrant, and Pro-Planet. 

The curriculum in this workbook is supported by illustrations and interactive graphic worksheets. It is designed for you and your organization to pick and choose from various workshop templates, activities, worksheets, readings, and other resources to suit your individual needs. 

After much deliberation, the sections of this workbook were chosen to answer the questions: 

  1. What are the kinds of organizers we need at this time? 
  2. What do we need to have inside us and between us to wage the fights that are calling our names? 
  3. How do we build adaptable, focused, and courageous teams and projects? 
  4. Are there parts of the magic of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and other red-state organizing projects that can be offered more broadly to the movement? 
  5. How do we inoculate ourselves against the despair and infighting knocking at our door?

This curriculum was developed and tested through the Auburn Seminary’s Feminist Leaders for Reproductive Justice cohorts from 2019–2020. Auburn is equipping leaders with the organizational skills and spiritual resilience required to create lasting, positive impact in local communities, on the national stage, and around the world.

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