[act-ma] SoJust co-sponsoring RootsCampMA - you don't want to miss this

Robbie Samuels send2robbie at gmail.com
Fri Nov 5 05:00:26 PDT 2010

It's very, very rare that Socializing for Justice finds an opportunity to 
co-sponsor events because we purposely don't align ourselves with specific 
issue groups. So it is with great pleasure that I share that SoJust has 
partnered with New Organizing Institute (NOI) to host RootsCamp MA<http://bit.ly/rootscampma>in Boston on November 13 & 14 (just $10 for both days!). NOI 
is coordinating statewide RootsCamps in 25 states and then a national 
RootsCamp in DC in December. 

*What's RootsCamp?* It's a friendly environment where you'll have time to 
make real connections with people working on and interested in lots of 
different issues. (Sound familiar?) Over one weekend in Boston*, *RootsCamp 
will bring together a broad spectrum of organizers to discuss and 
collaborate, share lessons learned, and drive the conversation about  best 
practices in progressive organizing. Discuss the successes and challenges 
facing progressive organizers. Help us to bring together diverse voices and 
perspectives from across the state and create a powerful, inclusive, and 
productive event. Join us, and help drive the progressive movement forward. 

*How's it organized?* *It's an "unconference"* - meaning YOU get to present 
a session without having to submit a proposal. The whole point of this 
RootsCamp unconference is for local organizers to own and drive the 
conversation. It's the only conference this year where you are guaranteed to 
have a chance to talk about what YOU want to talk about. It's part 
reflection: a candid environment to share what's working and what isn't. 
It's also a chance to get to know each other better and plan the year ahead.Here's a quick video explaining the unconference concept: 
*Who should come?* All interested progressives, defined broadly, from across 
Massachusetts who have lessons to share, more to learn, or campaigns and 
projects to move forward.  Whether you consider yourself a "progressive" or 
simply work on an issue or matter that moves our country forward, add your 
voice and perspective -- help shape and take ownership over RootsCamp.
 *Where is it?* SEIU 1199 is generously hosting us in their space: 150 Mt. 
Vernon Street, Second Floor, Dorchester Near UMass/JFK T stop - free parking 
*What can you do to get involved?*
 *We're doing this as volunteers and could very much use your help to make 
this happen and strengthen Massachusetts' cross-issue progressive community, 
network and movement (see it's right in line with SoJust's vision!):

1. Attend one or both days! <http://bit.ly/rootscampma> The best thing you 
can do is *RSVP right now*- we're under a tight deadline to reach critical 
mass. *It's only $10 for both days.*
 2. If you can *volunteer your time* (in the next 8 days or the weekend of 
the event) you'll attend for free or *become a $100 event sponsor* so we can 
cover the cost of food and supplies, you're amazing. Just select volunteer 
or sponsor when you RSVP: 

3. *Invite your network!* We really need your help to be sure we reach 
everyone that would potentially want to be involved. Please share this email 
with any groups you work with. 
Questions? Fill out this form<https://sites.google.com/a/neworganizing.com/rootscamp-ma/home/volunteer>and we'll be in touch.

On Twitter? Follow #maroots @SoJust & #sojust to receive updates on 
RootsCampMA <https://bit.ly/rootscampma>.

Robbie Samuels
SoJust Co-Founder & Co-Organizer
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