This month the ODC at its February 21 meeting (7PM to 8:30PM), will present a workshop outlining some of the roots of community organizing in the US as done by Alinsky, King, Chavez and Obama. We will then explore how we at Oakmont can use principles from that history to more effectively advocate for issues we care about. Club Chair, Tom Amato, has been asked to make this presentation based on his nearly 40 years helping to create community organizing efforts in such places as the South Bronx, San Jose, and cities from Sacramento to Fresno.
The workshop will explore how organizing creates the power to impact decision makers and win concrete community victories. At previous Club meetings, members have prioritized several local issues and part of the workshop will be the forming of a working group to analyze how to move to action on one local issue.
All Oakmonters are welcome. Registration will begin at 6:45pm and the workshop will be held at the OVA Offices Suite B (6637 Laurel Leaf Place). Participants are requested to park in the lot on Oakmont Drive between the OVA office and the Berger Center.
Teri Shore of the Greenbelt Alliance, who had been scheduled to address this month’s meeting, will instead present at the March membership meeting.