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PeaceFirst A.

March 26, 2018

Hi Ashley,

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard, you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Raul
Bobby J.

March 09, 2018

Hi Ashley, this is Bobby from Peace First. This is a great project and I really like the focus on preparing young people with the tools to create the change they want to see in the world and so happy that Peace First is contributing to your curriculum. I'm assuming you have the link to our digital activity center, but if not, its also a great resource. http://www2.peacefirst.org/digitalactivitycenter/
For your solution - "To solve this injustice of an inequitable society where social issues persist in our communities we will address the lack of courses equipping students with practical community organizing skills by teaching a course each semester where students can learn these skills and create their own community organizing projects that address social injustices in their communities" one thing I would encourage you to do is to further explore the root cause of this problem. Why are the classes that help students to do grassroots organizing being cut over other classes? What is the university's perception of community organizing that makes it seem less essential than other courses? I think digging into those questions will help unearth insights that can help you not only continue to do your work as an educator and organizer for students today, but also help to solve the bigger investment issues that impact students (and communities) in the future. One of the core tenets of Peace First is crossing lines of difference and I think asking these questions can help provide deeper insights into the problem that can continue to help you solve this injustice on multiple levels.
This is great work and excited to see it come to life. We are here to help.
Fish S.

March 06, 2018

Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for sharing this project. Really, really excited by what you're doing -- it really speaks to the heart of the work we do! We're honored that you're using our resources.

A member of the team will give formal feedback on your insight soon, but I love your theory that making sure access to community organizing training is widespread will enable people to better challenge and resolve social issues.

I'm wondering if there is a way you could leverage the training you're already doing to advocate for more resources for these types of courses at UC Berkeley?

Really, really psyched about the work you're doing. How can we help?