Help me build my leadership skills

Trump's election has radically altered my life. When I woke up on November 9, 2016 (after very little sleep), I promised my kids that we would fight back against everything he stood for.  After a few very teary days, I invited neighbors for coffee and action at our first Solidarity Sundays meeting. By December, I joined other Philadelphians at Senator Toomey's office and became a part of the statewide Tuesdays with Toomey movement.

Through Tuesdays with Toomey, I met amazing progressive organizers from all corners of the state. I began to wonder what it would take to mobilize the tremendous grassroots energy I saw everywhere I went. In January, 2017, I sent out an email to a small group of folks to see if there was interest in joining forces. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

Together with a small team of dedicated activists, I co-founded Pennsylvania Together, a statewide coalition of grassroots resistance groups in February of 2017. In the past year, I've been fortunate to work with grassroots leaders from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties who are resisting Trump's racism, misogyny and fascism; demanding accountability from our elected leaders, and running for office themselves. I'm more convinced than ever that we are building a powerful movement that will save our democracy.

The work of running a statewide coalition draws on many skills I've built in the past 20 years as a food policy advocate. But I'm hungry for a new skillset as a political organizer. I'm ready to take my organizing to the next level and to get clear about what kind of change I'd like to make in the world. I'm also ready to begin to lay down a long-term strategy for building the world I want for my children's children.

This April, I plan to attend People's Action Institute's week-long transformative leadership training program.  I'm so excited to challenge my assumptions, sharpen my analysis, and get really clear about the change I want to see in the world.  I attended People's Action Rise Up conference last spring and was so inspired by the caliber of trainers and organizers they brought together. 

I need to raise $1200 by April to cover the cost of the training ($900), transportation ($100) and extra childcare ($200) while I'm away. Will you help make this dream possible?

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Hannah Burton Laurison
Philadelphia, PA

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