Organising – the big picture
The Andrew Marr show this morning had a brief section on community organising and community organisers and made reference to the ascent of President Obama from Chicago Community Organsieer to, aherm, President of the USofA. We at the Organising Academy have for years been training union organisers to build capacity at grass roots level. As a consequence of the Organsing Academy and other union initiatives , we have over 200,000 union reps who have volunteered and been elected to make a difference in the areas where they work. Many union campaigns link directly into communities and reach locally elected councillors, MPs, church leaders and other grassroots organisations. I am not saying that our esteemed Academy has or is housing the next PM of the UK, but what I am saying is that the bigger picture of organising – in workplaces, communities, and beyond – is not about career paths or stepping stones, it’s about finding and training local people and empowering them toward achieving a fairer more just society. Fulfilling this ambition take time, tenacity and hope. The TUC Organsing Academy has trained hundreds of organisers, and just this week alone is training over 30 people to continue to meet this ambition, we are in this for the long haul!