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Organizing for Social Change

Organizing for Social Change is the Midwest Academy’s signature training. Progressive organizers from a wide variety of organizations and varying years of experience spend five days honing concrete skills that enable them to build power, recruit and develop leaders, think strategically, win issue campaigns and develop strong organizations

11/12/2012 to 11/16/2012
When: Nov 12, 2012 - Nov 16, 2012
Where: Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, Maryland  21090
United States

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The Midwest Academy offers a five day, residential, comprehensive "Organizing for Social Change" training throughout the country. Participants come from a wide variety of organizations. Most are working on specific issue campaigns and building powerful, progressive organizations. The training helps them to be more strategic in their fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice.

There are different methods of organizing or ways of making social change, and all have their uses. Midwest Academy uses and teaches the "Direct Action Organizing" concept. Direct Action Organizing is based on the power of people to take collective action on their own behalf. The point is not that one approach is better than others. In fact, often many kinds of organizing are needed, but the Midwest Academy focuses on Direct Action Organizing.

Nov 12, 2012 - Nov 16, 2012

LOCATION:  The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute encompasses over 80-acres. The rolling grounds are tree-lined with ample room for jogging, walking, and other outside activities. This countryside setting is strategically located within the Baltimore - Washington corridor is just minutes from the Baltimore - Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, the BWI Amtrak Station, and the BWI Light Rail Station. The Institute is accessible throughout the Mid-Atlantic region via I-95, MD-295, or I-695.

Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Boulevard 
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Sample Agenda

TIMES: Please arrive for registration between 9:00AM and 9:45AM on Monday November 12th. The training will begin promptly at 10:00AM.  The Training will conclude at noon on Friday, before lunch.

COST: Tuition and room/board: (Full payment is due November 1st. Checks payable to Midwest Academy, include your registration form with your payments.)

·         Private room with Monday arrival $1450 (Sunday arrival $1600)

·         Double room with Monday arrival $1200 (Sunday arrival $1300)

·         Commuting (lunch and dinner included) $900

ACCOMMODATIONS: Newly refurbished guest rooms include, a private bath, satellite television with remote control, High-speed Internet access, coffee maker, refrigerator and a work station with executive chair. Recreational amenities include: Fitness room with Polaris equipment, Indoor pool, Racquetball court, Game room and jogging and walking trails.

MEALS:  The facility provides meals in a comfortable dining room setting. We can accommodate a variety of special diets, please let us know two weeks in advance of the training. Commuters receive lunch and dinner and can purchase breakfast tickets at the facility.

OTHER: Bring a notebook and pens to take notes. Guitars and other musical instruments are also welcome for nighttime recreation. Please dress comfortably. Casual dress is fine.

FREE EVENING: Wednesday evening is unscheduled. In past sessions, groups have gone dancing, joined events at local organizations, or thrown parties. The group will decide how it wants to spend its free evening.


IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ATTEND ALL SECTIONS OF THE TRAINING SESSION. The beginning builds a foundation for the later sections.

Questions about the training or registration please email Tony or call 312-427-2304.
Date Range: 
Nov 12, 2012 - Nov 16, 2012


Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum HeightsMD21090
United States