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Cities Organize!

WTC’s Cities Organize! training cohort based program is a six-week course that demystifies issue-based advocacy and campaigning for people interested in change-making in their local communities. The program is based off our learnings after 10 years of working in Vancouver to promote policies and programs that address all forms of inequity.

 

After joining a Cities Organize! program, participants are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to start their community organizing journey.

Some of the topics we explored together included:

Power, Intersectionality, Accessibility, Decolonization
Campaign Strategy & Community Engagement
Media, Outreach & Content Creation 
Municipal/Local Government & Civic Engagement
How to bring personal experiences to community work
How to care for yourself as an organizer

What's Next

If you are interested in participating in a similar program please let us know using our expression of interest form here.

By the Numbers

90% of participants

indicated that they “agree” or “strongly agree” that after Cities Organize! they would feel comfortable and well-equipped to start organizing around issues in their local community, compared to 11.2% before the cohort.

82% of participants

indicated that they would be comfortable speaking to council on an issue they are passionate about or organizing around, compared to 39% before the cohort.

Workshop Lead

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Diana Kamau (she/her)

Diana was born in Kenya and grew up hopping around the African continent, but now finds herself living on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. This positionality is embedded in every part of the work she does as she aims to centre a decolonial and Anti-Oppression lens while building reciprocal relationships in her role at WTC and beyond.

 

She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A in English Literature and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Studies. The Black women in her life are her main motivators as they have shaped the way she sees and navigates the world. Her other areas of interests include African studies, Afro-diasporic poetics, and Sexual and Reproductive Justice.

The first cohort of Cities Organize in 2022 was funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

 

Reach out to us if you’re interested in starting your own campaign — we'd love to help!

If you'd like to support our work and help us transform cities into spaces that work for all people, please consider making a donation to WTC.
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