Midwest Academy: Organizing for Justice Workshop


February 3, 2020 to February 7, 2020
April 20, 2020 to April 24, 2020
June 22, 2020 to June 26, 2020
August 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020
November 16, 2020 to November 20, 2020

From its founding in 1973, Midwest Academy has been the go-to training school for organizers across the progressive movement.  Its trainers have distilled decades of experience in social justice organizing into practical lessons for social justice organizers.  Organizers in labor, women’s rights, the environment, racial justice, immigrant rights, corporate accountability, and many more issues have found value in Midwest Academy’s skills-based approach to organizing.

Learn more about the Midwest Academy HERE.

Organizing for Justice
(formerly Organizing for Social Change)

The Midwest Academy Strategy Chart is considered a gold standard in the field for analyzing power and going from angry to effective.

This five-day training provides concrete skills as well as a framework for thinking about how to do effective progressive organizing. The tools are compatible with a wide variety of organizing models, and provide a framework for critical and constructive thinking about how to achieve the goals of your particular organization, constituency, issue mix, and social and political context.

Strategy, power, self-interest, relationship building – Midwest Academy’s Organizing for Justice training will give you the baseline skills you need for effective progressive organizing work.  Whether you’re a new organizer or looking to brush up and expand your skills, this training will give you a solid foundation in how to bring people together in campaigns that win.

As an added bonus, you will spend five days in the company of other progressive organizers from across the country, and learn from their experiences as well!

“Strategy, strategy, strategy! I’ve been sitting through it, but not connecting the pieces. We don’t just want to fight fires, we want to be strategic! I feel empowered.”

A sample agenda is available.

2020 Training Schedule

(Click the Register button to resgiter for the session that works best for you)

February 3-7: Austin

April 20-24: ONLINE ASL interpretation will be provided for this training 

June 22-26: New York

August 10-14: Chicago

November 16-20: LA

For more information contact the Coordinator of Office and Training at 312.427.2304, x303 or

Cost & Scholarships: 

The cost of tuition is $1200.  If your organization truly needs help to access this training, use this form to tell us about yourself and your organization.

In the event you can not make the session you signed up for: We honor requests to transfer registration to a future session! Just reach out to us as soon as you know you have a conflict. This helps us accurately plan and keeps our waitlist from growing unnecessarily. 

  • More than 4 weeks prior to the start date of the session: we will happily transfer your registration to a future session, no extra fees! If you prefer to cancel instead, we will refund the total amount minus $100 for administrative fees. 
  • Less than 4 weeks prior to the start date of the session: we will still transfer your registration, though will need to add a transfer fee of $50. Cancellations will result in a 50% refund.

If you do NOT show up and have given no notice, we can not give a refund.

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Racial Equity


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