POWER Institute

The CivicLab has launched the POWER Institute as an instrument for learning and training around civic engagement, social justice and winning victories for equity and progress in Chicago and elsewhere.

The trainers are Jonathan Peck and Tom Tresser who have 60 years experience in grassroots democracy and successful social justice campaigning.

We started in the summer of 2017 with “Chicago 101,” “Organizing 101,” and “Grassroots Campaigning 101” at Loyola Law School. We followed up with a second round of “101” sessions in the fall. On October 14, 2017 we did a full day workshop around running for local office taught by master campaigners Kitty Kurth and Kevin Lampe.

Attendees at our “Grassroots Campaigning” and “Community Organizing” workshops get on their feet. We have them do exercises around the Power Matrix used in organizing and we have ttendees analyze their own aldermen to determine if s/he is vulnerable in the 2019 municipal election.pimontage