Most organizations work towards legislation reform in the civic arena. While trade in their grand visions for change and recruit people for the cause. So that they can woo foundations, and other institutions, that continues the injustices in our communities. STP is about empowering communities that need it the most. STP advocates the notion of solidarity, not charity when it comes to working alongside with similar organizations and those on the front line of struggle. Our projects are action oriented for those that want to be involved in serving the people, with the addition of building alternative institutions. Below is our current projects you can be plugged into. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook.
Serving The People
This project sends books to prisoners, neighborhoods, DIY spaces, and places that need books.
A different approach to learning, this free school is a grassroots educational project that provides an opportunity to learn from each other and share what we know, to foster communities of mutual support. From weekly classes and special speakers to debates and forum. Are some of the many formats that the project will offer to better understand the issues we are still facing.
Food For All
Inspired by the work of Food Not Bombs and Food Not Lawns, the bulk of activities is to help those that cannot afford food, assist community gardens in their efforts, create events to educate the public the importance of local food resources
Repair Café is free meeting place and they’re all about repairing things together. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value.
There are two main goals in a skillshare. 1) share knowledge. 2) learn something new. Anyone can set up a skillshare. All you need is a location. If you need to find a venue to host your event, then we can assist. You can set up an event in your backyard or other locations. We can also promote the locations, plus take registrations through our site.
The lotus flower grows in the murkiest of waters, which blossoms into a thriving plant. This can be a metaphor for our own lives when it comes to addiction and mental illness. But like the lotus flower, we too can blossom. Lotus Project is about developing community support groups, provide harm reduction programs, create safe spaces, and other related activities for those with addictions and mental illness.
Building Community and Alternative Institutions
Keith Haring once said, “I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further…”
The art is that expressive outlet to help the public better understand an issue as well as showing off the talents of the artists. Artist For Change is for artists and activists to come together to address our current issues, visually and performing, their ideas for the public. In addition to build community in areas that need it the most.
Influenced by movements like World Forum in Brazil, Occupy, and the Zapatistas. Is where Community Assembly bring together community residents to address and organize around local issues. As a way to take control of their issues in a grassroots from below approach.
Dick Responsibly: A Conversation
From female students being attacked on their campuses to women in India that are being oppressed by their nation’s patriarchy. This project is to address the current rape culture that we have on a global scale.
This project provides a couple of things.
1) To educate those on our androcentric world.
2) Conduct actions to visually show how destructive patriarchy is
Healthy communities rely on local businesses to have the essential services that allow us to thrive, and make our communities work. Yet, our local government and economic development corporations will still bring in big box stores, trending industries, and related entities in our community. We can’t look outside of the local community for our economic salvation. Local First works with local business owners and workers to bring their issues to the front in their community.
Participatory budgeting (PB) is to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with the government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.
The basic process: residents brainstorm spending ideas, volunteer budget delegates develop proposals based on these ideas, residents vote on proposals, and the government implements the top projects.