Granite State Progress and Granite State Progress Education Fund offer the following workshops to community groups free of charge, and are also available to speak on a variety of topics by request. Workshops are conducted by Granite State Progress & Education staff, legislative champions, and lead volunteers, or in collaboration with our closest organizational allies. To schedule a workshop, training, or speaker in your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communicating Your Message
You know what you stand for, but are you ready to effectively communicate that message to your neighbors, elected officials, constituents, or the media? Learn how to craft and frame your message for use with various audiences. Communications trainings are tailored to the specific needs of each requesting group; sample tracks include: crafting your message, putting together the nuts and bolts of a communications plan, working with the media, testifying at the State House, and preparing for an interview. Communications trainings are a great way to engage your board, staff, or members in campaign efforts.
The Progress Report: New Hampshire State House
What’s happening at the State House this year? Granite State Progress highlights major bills of interest, the key players, and advocacy efforts on either side. This presentation can be given at any point during the session, or on a recurring basis for regular groups meetings. Opportunities for positive and negative accountability for elected officials or other high-profile entities punctuate each section of the briefing. Includes actions taken by the Governor, Executive Council, Senate, and House with occasional Commissioner updates.
ALEC Exposed NH – How Corporations Are Writing Our State Laws
The American Legislative Exchange Council, otherwise known as ALEC, allows corporate lobbyists to write legislation behind closed doors that is then introduced in State Houses across the country. This model legislation is not drafted in response to any local interests or community concern, instead it is intended solely to benefit the bottom line of special corporation interests – often at the expense of everyday Granite Staters. The influence of ALEC corporate special interests in the New Hampshire State House is shocking. Come learn about the ALEC model legislation in New Hampshire, its intent and supporters, and how you can help expose the corporations writing our laws.
The Free State Project
The Free State Project’s stated purpose is to move to New Hampshire, take over state government, and create a libertarian ideal of utopia. Over 20,000 libertarians signed a letter of intent to move, with thousands of early movers already in-state. Granite State Progress and a working group of community members have tracked the influence and structure of the Free State Project over the years, from their attempts to slash public services to their vast social network that helps identify housing, jobs, and political opportunities for movers. Come learn what it is about, how they operate, and what you can do to protect your community from their extreme tactics and ideology.
Digital and Social Media for the Reluctant User (Level 101)
Digital and social media are major sources of information and communication used effectively by progressives everywhere. This roundtable discussion provides an open forum for reluctant users and those who don’t know much about using social media to discuss their concerns and get some of their questions answered. If you are not using social media in your organization or in your personal political advocacy, or are leery of using it for whatever reason, this workshop is a must-attend for you. We’ll discuss some of the concerns along with some strategies for beginners who might want to start using social media. This will be an informal conversation about the benefits of using social media, not necessarily a tutorial on how to use it. There will be resources for your reference and contacts to help you make forward progress in the digital age.
Using The Power of Social Media To Get Your Story To The People (Level 201)
Do you use social media but want to take it to the next level? Join Granite State Progress and one of New Hampshire’s premier progressive bloggers, Matt Murray of NH Labor News, as we teach you how to optimize your website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Tumblr, and more to reach a larger audience and drive a progressive narrative. This workshop includes real-life examples of how NH social media users have repeatedly created national news stories to highlight progressive wins and expose right-wing rhetoric, and how you can do the same. Everything from how to create popular images to pushing a specific meme will be covered, with audience questions in between.
Join us for a briefing on firearms-related policy and politics at the state and federal level, followed by an update on current gun violence prevention efforts. We will spend a portion of our time together discussing how to talk about major gun violence prevention efforts, including background checks and other popular reforms, and then identify action steps that can be taken right now to reduce gun violence in our communities.
Workshops, presentations, and speakers vary in length from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Contact us for more information and to schedule a workshop near you!
*** Special Session: Host a GSP State House Accountability Meeting ***
Join Granite State Progress for a research briefing on the issue statements and vote records of our Governor, Executive Councilor, State Senator, and State Representatives on major issues facing our state, then learn about district-specific accountability tools to help local groups hold politicians’ feet to the fire. Following the presentation, we will discuss how to increase public awareness and civic participation to make sure elected officials are voting in the best interest of their constituents. This is a hands-on strategy session intended for action-oriented groups and requires certain commitments from the host organization and/or community member(s). Apply now for an accountability meeting and district-specific accountability tools.
More Workshop Opportunities from Allied Organizations
Looking for a topic our organization doesn’t cover? Visit our NH Progressive Source List to find one of our recommended partner organizations that does, or look up workshops from the NH Progressive Summit 2017 and reach out to the groups or presenters. We highly recommend the following workshops by allies:
Changing the Political Debate: Birddogging Tactics
Given New Hampshire traditions of participatory democracy and the special role of the nation’s first Presidential Primary election, New Hampshire voters have an unusual opportunity to interact directly with people who seek public office on the local, state and federal level. With good preparation, we can use those interactions not only to find out where candidates stand on crucial issues but also to drive the political discourse in the direction of more justice, more peace, and more democracy. “Birddogging” is a term that describes techniques to get public officials or candidates to address issues out in the open, for all to see and hear. This workshop shows participants how birddogging works and how to do it so that you feel more comfortable when practicing this tool (less anxiety, trepidation, or fear). Come and hone your birddogging skills while learning about local campaigns that will utilize the tactic over the coming year. In New Hampshire an election is always just around the corner; it’s time to get ready! Contact AFSC-New Hampshire or Open Democracy to inquire about scheduling a workshop.
Active Bystander Trainings
Granite State Organizing Project conducts Active Bystander Trainings in English and Spanish. A bystander is a witness—someone who sees a harmful situation and has a choice to make: Do I do something? If so, what do I do? Active Bystander Trainings teach people to recognize and analyze bystander situations, and to act if appropriate. Learn more about the training, including a calendar of upcoming ones, here.
Addressing Structural Racism and Oppression
Structural racism is about power in our society. It is the total of cultural norms, institutionalized inequality and individual attitudes, acting on each one of us at all times. It is one of the core root causes of every problem in our communities, and no significant change can happen locally or nationally without addressing structural racism. Like creating social change more broadly, taking on structural racism requires responsibility and risk, conflict and controversy, personal reflection and public action. This workshop will establish a framework of analysis on structural racism, and begin to use that analysis to understand other forms of oppression and offer participants action steps to continue the work of addressing structural racism. Contact Rights and Democracy – New Hampshire (RAD) to schedule or participate in an upcoming training.
Taking Effective Non-Violent Direct Action
“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.” – Dr. King, Letter from a Birmingham Jail. People in power make decisions about our lives every day. We can confront them through the ballot box, but we can also confront them directly to win the specific changes we seek. If our decision makers won’t negotiate with us, then we have the tool of nonviolent direct action to create the situation we need to level the playing field. This workshop will review the basics of nonviolent direct action and specific strategies and tactics to use going forward. Contact Rights and Democracy – New Hampshire (RAD) to schedule or participate in an upcoming training.
RAD also has a day-long Basics of Organizing Training. Visit Rights and Democracy – New Hampshire (RAD) or contact Maria Fitzsimmons, Organizing Director, Rights and Democracy and national trainer for People’s Action for more information: email@example.com.