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Freedom Center: How to Form a Local Support and Activist Community

Vikki Gilbert and Oryx Cohen, Freedom Center

In this workshop, we will tell the story of the Freedom Center, a support/activist group based in Northampton, Massachusetts. We will demonstrate how to effectively build communities that support each other and how to take action on issues important to the group. During the interactive workshop, we will discuss the basics of starting a group, activist burnout, dealing with disruption, group conflict and growth, how to encourage leadership, and the challenges of linking with other movements.