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Community Organizing with Intentionality, presented with Gaia Croston

Everyone can be an organizer, but a great organizer is conscious of identity and intentional with every choice they make – and great organizers make stronger and more sustainable movements. In this workshop, we will reflect on what can be learned from great youth organizers and activists who preceded us. We will also discuss some basic principles and practices to go forth organizing to effect change with greater intentionality. Whether you have organizing experience or not, you are welcome to join us!


Laura (she/her) is a Chula Vista native but spent most of her childhood living in Tijuana, Mexico as a cross-border student. She attended San Diego City College, where her passion and activism for social and economic justice began. At City, Laura interned with AFT and worked on political campaigns, their student workers’ rights center and organized teachers on campus.  Laura, was part of the Students for Economic Justice internship with CPI, in which she organized fast-food workers in the fight for $15. After City, Laura moved to Portland, Oregon to start her internship with the Harvard Trade Union Program and AFSCME in which she worked with Multnomah County Workers handling grievances and contract negotiations. Soon after, Laura transferred to UCLA where she continued to work for ASFCME and spent the summer of 2015 in Washington D.C. doing policy and research. After earning her B.S. in Political Science, Laura came back to San Diego and started organizing domestic workers with UDW. Prior to joining our team, Laura organized City Heights youth with MCC and used organizing and policy to create positive change for their community. Laura is passionate about protecting the civil liberties of our most vulnerable communities and organizes our Central San Diego team.

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