Below is the syllabus outline for our Fall 2016 Don’t Kvetch, Organize! course.
Dates: November 6, 2016-December 23, 2016 (including a break for Thanksgiving)
Hours per week: Approximately 3 hours per week
** Weekly online sessions that students can watch on their own schedule
** 3 ‘section’ meetings, led by Course Instructors
** Weekly homework assignments, usually posted to your section’s discussion forum
** Optional: Live sessions with master trainers
Week 1 (November 6) Why Do We Organize?
- Course overview
- Jewish values challenge us to act
- The A, B, C’s of community organizing
- Stories from 50 years of organizing for change
Week 2 (November 13): How We Win: Campaigns That Make A Difference, Not A Statement
- A behind the scenes look at the campaign that set the model for national healthcare reform
- Moving from being overwhelmed to building campaigns that can win
- Using stories to show who we are and tell where we are going
Week 3 (November 20): Course participants will use this time to catch up on any coursework they are behind on from Week 1 and Week 2 or get ahead on the next week’s coursework. November 24-27 will be a vacation period for Thanksgiving.
Week 4 (November 27): Living Out Our Values: Organizing For, Not Against
- The motivation to take a risk – Jewish involvement with immigration and criminal justice reform
- Organizing around people’s own values and interests
- How our relationships can be one of the most powerful things we have
Week 5 (December 4): Nothing Changes Without Power and Strategy
- How the Montgomery Bus Boycott’ers used the resources they had to get the change they wanted
- How we organize communities and resources to build power
Week 6 (December 11): The Growing Inequality Gap and the Struggle Against It: How Did We Get Here?
- Human equality in the bible and our quest for justice
- Why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility
- The continuing crisis of race in America
Week 7 (December 18): What Is Our Place as Jews in Justice Struggles? How Will We Lead Successfully and Respectfully?
- Finding our place in justice struggles
- Finding our Jewish connection to justice
- Becoming the leaders our communities need
- Risk-taking in the Jewish religious tradition