On Monday, December 7th, IMPACT! conducted an Organizer training at Napa Valley College, as part of a student camp-out protesting the budget cuts. Despite the freezing temperatures, about a dozen students attended the 2 hour, outdoor session, where participants discussed what motivates them to make change, a history of class exploitation and popular movements in the U.S. and the world, and the difference between an "activist" and an "organizer." We discussed some victories of grassroots movements including labor rights such as the 8 hour workday, the weekend, the minimum wage, etc. We also discussed how many efforts at reform have fallen short and thus we are required to develop a vision for more long-term, structural change. We closed by envisioning our core values and what concrete steps we can take towards putting those values into practice.
Thanks to the wonderful and dedicated student organizers of Napa Valley College for hosting us, and for keeping up the struggle for education. We look forward to working closely with these fierce and passionate young organizers in the near future, as we begin to lay the groundwork for a strong north bay movement for revolutionary social change.