National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Shared Power for Social Change

Ann Rider, Heather McDonald, Molly Cisco & Darby Penney

Recent events in the U.S. have resulted in rapid moves by state legislatures to disenfranchise and disempower people with psychiatric labels. In Connecticut, rapid organizing helped avert some of the worst possible legislation, but in many parts of the country, organizing is still an uphill battle. This panel presentation, featuring well-known activists and organizers from around the country, will discuss organizing and coalition-building to help us strengthen our relationships and prepare for the next challenge. One presenter is the author of a coalition-building curriculum that will be discussed in the workshop.

Learning Goals:

Participants in this workshop will:

◊  Understand the definition of “coalition”

◊  Understand how a coalition operates and why it’s important

◊  Learn some basic steps toward building a coalition

Learning Objectives:

Throughout the workshop and presentation, participants will have a chance to:

◊  Discuss their experiences with organizing and coalition-building

◊  Practice communication tools that support coalition

◊  Describe steps they may take on returning home to build coalitions

Link to brief presenter bios:

Molly Cisco   

Heather McDonald

       Darby Penney

Ann Rider