Our WORKING GROUPS
In order to mobilize 9000 people in Santa Cruz County, we are going to need some mighty solid foundations, supported by many volunteers. This is where Working Groups come into play. Each working group is semi-autonomous and is focused on a core aspect of XR Santa Cruz. If you are interested in joining a working group, attend one of our monthly General Meetings, or request a one-on-one XR orientation. Then, email the working group contact, which you can find below. Here are our current working groups and the tasks associated with them:
The Outreach working group is responsible for the following tasks: recruitment, tabling at events, on-boarding of new members, giving the XR “Heading for Extinction and What to do About It” talk at events and to specific organizations, reaching out and engaging with different organizations and communities (such as youth, churches, etc). Please contact email@example.com for more info including meeting times, etc.
The Messaging working group is responsible for the following tasks: posting to social media, creating materials and advertising for actions and events, publicity, engaging with media, writing OpEds and press releases when needed. Please contact AmilliaB@protonmail.com for more info including meeting times, etc.
DEMAND 4/GLOBAL JUSTICE:
The Demand 4 working group is focused on integrating XR’s fourth demand into XR Santa Cruz. The objectives of this group include providing feedback and support to XRSC in regards to inclusion of communities marginalized within the dominant culture, implementing and modeling the integration of Demand 4 into actions and other group decisions, dialoguing with marginalized communities to include concerns, impact, and needs in XR actions and decisions, and creating supportive space for people from marginalized communities to better empower participation in XR when desired. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info including meeting times, etc.
The Regenerative Culture working group is responsible for the following tasks: supporting XR members with group dynamics, modeling and implementing group culture that is nourishing (such as openly talking about fears and having regular check-ins), setting up events that support the XR community, providing support and healing services for members of XR community, modeling and implementing integrative conflict culture, paying attention to unsustainable commitments and supporting members in taking breaks when needed, providing feedback to other working groups when there are celebrations or concerns. Please contact email@example.com for more info including meeting times, etc.
The Action Preparedness working group is responsible for the following tasks: setting up trainings in Civil Disobedience and Nonviolent Direct Action, planning actions, providing materials for actions, communicating with other working groups to coordinate action/training plans with other needed tasks and considerations, coordinate art and dance components for robust and creative actions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info including meeting times, etc.
The Local Engagement working group engages with local Santa Cruz issues, using XR strategies to sustain our community. Please contact email@example.com.
The Stewardship working group is responsible for the following tasks: setting up core meetings and general meetings, ensuring adequate facilitation for these meetings, setting agendas for core and general meetings and engaging with working group coordinators to include their needs within the agendas, supporting decision-making that requires the participation of multiple working groups, sending email blasts and maintaining the XRSC email list, stewarding and forming ad hoc committees to make changes to mandates when needed, tracking and support for integrity with WG mandates, tracking and support for advice and feedback, tracking and attending to any gaps within the larger organization, holding and tracking governance choices and governance needs, coordinating and communicating with California and national XR. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info including meeting times, etc.
The Arts working group is responsible for the following tasks: Gathering art supplies for actions, creating art and banners to be used in various actions, supporting the inclusion of creative ideas to make XR events and actions more vibrant, communicating with Messaging WG to include XRSC messages within art and banners, coordinating costume making if needed, communicating with Actions WG about including art in actions, setting up art actions for XRSC. Please contact email@example.com for more info including meeting times, etc.
This Legal working group is responsible for the following tasks: organizing legal support for actions aimed at supporting activists arrested at XR actions, organizing court support for activists facing court dates for XR activities or for activities supported by XR, connecting with lawyers who support the movement, communicating with Actions Prep coordinators about legal support capacity, communicate with any defendants about their support needs. If you can support us in this area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
FINANCE: if you can support us in this area, please contact email@example.com