Oct 052012

Join us for a conference call among PCNers and our allies:

Civic Engagement Communications: Sharing Best Practices
October 17, 2012, 5 PM – 6 PM ET, 4 PM to 5 PM CT, 3 PM to 4 PM MT, 2 PM to 3 PM PT

Three longtime PCNers will start off the conversation — each will share one example of effective communications strategy in support of civic engagement of communities of color and working class communities.

  • Matt Nelson, currently with Color of Change
  • Ludovic Blain, currently with Color of Democracy
  • Tracy Van Slyke, currently with The New Bottom Line

After hearing their examples, we’ll open up the call to discussion among call participants. That’s your chance to ask questions, present your work, and connect with other progressive communicators.

Who’s invited:

PCNers (anyone who has been to a PCN gathering or is involved in a local chapter) as well as other people involved in progressive communications focused on civic engagement and communities of color.

Why this call?

When the PCN Leadership Council met this summer, we looked at where there was interest in the network, and where there are opportunities for PCNers to work together to enhance social justice communications.

We decided to focus on supporting civic engagement — not just communications to increase voter turnout but ongoing organizing and communications to engage communities of color and working class communities in the full spectrum of civic participation. Many PCNers already have elements of this in our work in one form or another. There are possibilities to explore, and we’ll build toward chances to support grassroots groups who are building political power for communities of color.

And we’ll tap the network for models of how we can craft effective and realistic communications support for groups that PCNers engage with.

Please RSVP using the form below if you wish to join the call. We are not publishing call-in details on the web — you must RSVP to be on the call.

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If you have questions or comments, contact us.

Aug 062012

This gathering was held at the Cenacle retreat center in Chicago in May, 2011. Over 30 PCNers participated, highlights included:

  • Presentation of CMJ’s case study of their organizing against the T-Mobile Merger campaign
  • Report back from PCNer Sangita Nayak of Wisconsin on the Wisconsin Uprising
  • Three PCNers with books published or about to be published (Linda Stout’s Collective Visioning, Chris Rabb’s Invisible Capital and Jamala Rogers The Best of The Way I See It)

PCNers can add more highlights in the comments section below.



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In 2010 we held our gathering in Detroit to maximize our networking possibilities with the Allied Media Conference and the US Social Forum. Highlights included:

  • A daylong session on the Racial Justice Learning Circle to sharpen our racial justice messaging skills presented by Makani Themba and Karlos Gauna Schmieder (using Fair Game: A Strategy Guide to Racial Justice Communications in the Obama Era)
  • Several of us participated in the Allied Media Conference right before the Gathering
  • Most of us stayed on to participate in the 2010 US Social Forum


PCN Re-activation: Summer, 2012

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The current PCN Leadership Council, plus a few long-time Progressive Communicator Networkers, convened in early June in New York City. In true Spirit in Action style, we brought our whole selves, lots of love from our communities and great thinking to refresh our work.

This meeting came after the last in-person meeting for the Leadership Council in October 2011 in Boston, when we decided to become more powerful by joining with sister networks in Power Up!

We are so thrilled to let you know what we’re planning for the summer/fall:

  • PCN’ers digging deep on civic engagement, while we make some more immediate moves to find partners for organizing local communicators in key places (Boston and New York City)
  • Strengthening social justice work by connecting communications to Power Up Networks (Standing in Our Power, Educators Circle, EMERGE: Environmental Justice)

Thanks to Ludovic, Silky, Sangita, Denise, Kathleen, Linda, Matt, Timothy, Allison, Thom, Tony & Taij for convening this strategic planning!