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Friday, September 20, 2013

GROW Grassroots Organizing Workshops 9/27-29

If you are planning to come or curious/interested but need more information, contact Jacqui, Iggy, or Larry (contact info below). 
Registration information is below. This should be a great weekend, with a wide variety of people from around Maine and beyond, so we hope you can be there! Just reply to and type in contact information or register on the web site.

GROW New England's
Sept. 27-29, 2013
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp
Bryant Pond, ME
(near Bethel and Paris/Norway)

For New and Experienced Grassroots Organizers in Maine, NH, and Vermont to Learn More about Creating Grassroots Social Change

(You can register simply by typing in the information requested and replying to, or go to
Name: _________________________
Address: _______________________
Town/City: _____________________
State & Zip: ____________________
Phone #: _(_____)________________
E-Mail: ________________________

Please Complete All That Apply:

___Number of people registering for the Sept. 27-29 Weekend
Enclosed is $___________________
Partial Payment is OK; remainder due on arrival. Checks payable to: ROSC: Address is below. Paying the entire amount when you arrive is also an option, but paying some before the weekend is helpful.

Childcare register by Sept. 20th
___I need childcare: Please list ages of children. _____________________

Ride Share:
___I need a ride from _____________
___I can offer a ride from__________

Please note special accommodations required (diet, health, sleeping, etc.) ________________________________

Return form by September 25th, if possible, to: GROW, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951 or E-mail it to

For questions & more info:
Iggy: 207-415-4458,
Larry, 207-525-7776,
Jacqui, 207-284-3358,

Why GROW New England?
(GrassRoots Organizing Workshops)

We believe in a better world where there is:
●Respect for civil liberties;
●Commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution;
●Economic justice and rights for all;
●Affordable health care, housing and education;
●A healthy environment & sustainable lifestyles;
●Celebration of diversity in age, race, gender, etc.

In order to create a world that provides for the well-being of everyone, we have to ORGANIZE!
In order to take back our power we have to ORGANIZE!
In order to ORGANIZE we need to gather, learn, share and plan with each other!

Join new and experienced activists from northern New England as we:
● Learn and teach about the “big picture” of social change.
● Gain new organizational skills/strategies.
● Learn about successful models throughout the region.
● Celebrate successes.

GROW Weekend Schedule
Introductory Friday Workshop
Friday, September 27th, 1:00-4:30 PM
Making a Difference: Skills for the Effective Organizer
This workshop provides basic skills and background for anyone who is new or relatively new to organizing. Good reminder and refresher for more experienced organizers as well.

Weekend Schedule
5:00 PM Friday, September 27th to 2:30 PM Sunday, September 29th
Cost $10-$80 (actual cost is about $70-80/person, but pay what you can/all welcome, whatever amount you can pay) includes lodging (bring bedding), meals, all workshops, and use of outdoor facilities. In addition to workshops (see list), GROW will use interactive methods to help attendees develop skills in planning actions/events, creating groups, and becoming better organizers. For a complete schedule and updated workshop offerings, please contact those below. Information will be added when confirmed, especially in September:

Nate “Iggy” Brimmer (207) 415-4458
Larry Dansinger (207) 525-7776
Jacqui Deveneau (207) 284-3358


This year's GROW Theme is: “Organizing Strategies”

Workshop Topics
Tentatively Include:
Strategy Development
Power Analysis
Skills Share
Overcoming oppression and celebrating inclusiveness
Listening and storytelling to identify the issues
Influencing Public Policy

Accessibility: Facilities are totally wheelchair accessible.

Child Care: Childcare will be available at no cost, during workshop times only. Those requesting childcare must register by September 20th.

Food: Meals will emphasize local foods and will offer meat, vegetarian and vegan options. We can make individual adjustments as needed. Meals (and housing) are included in registration costs. Attendees will be asked to help with meal preparation or cleanup.

Travel arrangements: Call/email a contact person for ride sharing options.

Registration: We encourage people to register by September 25th to help with meal and travel planning, though last minute registrations will be accepted. Registration details and directions will be e/mailed after you register.

For questions & more info:
Iggy: 207-415-4458,
Larry, 207-525-7776,
Jacqui, 207-284-3358,

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