The CAW Pride Activist one week Paid Education Leave program is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans members in our union. It is not open to allies. This course will provide LGBT activists with the tools they need to mobilize, organize, and take action on issues facing the LGBT community and the union more broadly. Using a variety of workshops, open forums, and in-class discussions, participants will look at major issues such as hate-based violence, LGBT bullying, and the impact of the current political climate on LGBT equality; participate in hands-on opportunities to engage in current campaigns and international struggles; make plans for increasing our union presence in World AIDS Day, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and Pride events; and develop skills to effect change in the union, the workplace, and the community around LGBT equality issues.
Participants will leave with a strong sense of how to work effectively within the union, and how the union has been, and can be, a vehicle for social change.
A report from the 2012 course can be found here.