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Tripod Training – Organising for Power

 

Are you an organiser or campaigner tackling the root causes of xenophobia and racism and promoting the rights of refugees and other migrants?

Does it sometimes feel like fire-fighting rather than organising and campaigning for systemic change?

Would you like to learn how to have a bigger impact and plan campaigns that win?

Are you involved in a social justice organization with a high turnover of organisers? Want to consider how to make your organising more accessible and sustainable?

If so Tripod would love to hear from you and get your group’s input on how their new programme – Organising for Power – can be most useful for you. “Organising for Power” is a comprehensive programme which aims to strengthen movements against racism and xenophobia and for migrants’ rights in Scotland. Through this programme Tripod want to support you and your groups to work through some of these challenges, to share what works well and to learn together. They would want to support organisations to develop your skills as organisers, to support groups to grow, to increase participation and share responsibilities. Through this programme Tripod hope to be able to support you to strategise and plan campaigns which have an impact, shift power relations and dismantle oppressive systems. This will be done through high quality training, in-person and online coaching in essential campaign organising skills, mentoring with experienced campaigners, peer-to-peer learning and consistent and sustained follow-up. Tripod also envision to create a community of practice among organizers working in this particular area where you will be able to share experiences and skills and potentially collaborate with one another in future endeavors. This programme is free to participate in but with limited number of spaces.

But before Tripod can get any further, they would love to hear ideas on how this programme could be of more relevance to your context. Your feedback would help them shape this programme in a way that it would be able to address your pressing challenges as organisers more effectively. If you are interested to participate please feel free to get in touch with Tripod at info@tripodtraining.org or check out Tripod on Facebook.

Campaign

Positive Action in Housing (PAiH) are asking people to write to the Home Secretary and demand that Britain steps up to its obligations and implements a UK wide relocation plan to tackle the growing refugee crisis. Email Theresa May at privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.  Please copy your emails to home@paih.org.

Write to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and request that she continue to put pressure on the UK government by signalling the Scottish Government’s willingness to take in 50,000 refugees to Scotland as part of a UK wide relocation plan. Please copy your emails to home@paih.org.

Refugees land on a beach near Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / World Council of Churches

Refugees land on a beach near Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / World Council of Churches

Write to your local MSP/MP/MEP (see https://www.writetothem.com/ for their contact details) and ask them to speak out. Please copy your emails to home@paih.org.

Join the #ChangeTheStory campaign by Christian Aid which seeks to influence the way refugees and asylum seekers are portrayed in the media.

Independent petition ‘Britain must accept its fair share of refugees seeking safety in Europe’.

Give

Can you give money or goods to support refugees, at home or overseas. There may be different charities you would prefer to give depending on where you live or your own faith tradition.

Individuals and groups can join the Scottish Refugee Council.

Volunteer Doctors, paediatric nurses and midwives urgently needed as part of an international team heading to Lesvos to support the lifesaving efforts of Eric Kempson and his family who are helping people off the death boats. Helpers willing to help in clean ups are also needed. Positive Action in Housing has joined forces with Eric Kempson and his family in Lesvos to directly assist in saving the lives of thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean. You can find out more about the Kempsons here.

If you want to be part of an international medical team directly saving the lives of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean please complete this online form now.