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Consortium forSocial Movements and Education
Research and Practice



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Past Events

Apr 5, 2024
– 4:00PM

We hosted a webinar titled "How to Get Your City Council to Pass a Gaza Ceasefire Resolution: Lessons from State College, PA", where we explored the strategies behind the successful campaign to get the State College Borough Council to unanimously pass a Gaza Ceasefire Resolution.

Aug 31, 2023
– 5:30PM

Distinguished featured speakers, Arnie Graf and Hahrie Han will discuss how community organizing can lead to more just economies and societies. Grassroots organizing and collective action have always been fundamental to U.S. democracy and progressive social change. Yet some instances of collective action have been especially successful. What’s the difference between a social movement that wins victories for its constituents, and one that fails? What are the factors that make collective action powerful and effective? These questions will be addressed through an examination of the Industrial Areas Foundation organizing model, one of the largest and longstanding community organizing groups in the United States.

Nov 2, 2022
– 7:00PM
Foster Auditorium

Against crushing odds, workers at the Amazon distribution center in Staten Island, New York, voted to form the Amazon Labor Union on April 1, 2022. Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer were two of the leaders of this grassroots effort and will talk about how they were able to organize their coworkers to support a union, despite very few financial resources and Amazon’s intense union-busting tactics. Come learn about how workers won this historic victory against one of the world's most powerful corporations and what comes next!