Neighorhood Organizing Institute Seeks Nominations for Adult, Youth Organizers


    For the first time ever, Neighborhood Organizing Institute (NOI) is calling on the Madison community to help celebrate local community organizers at the Neighborhood Organizing Summit 2019: Celebrating Resistance on November 16th, 2019, according to a press release. 

    The release describes NOI as a city-wide leadership development program of the Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC) which operates as a social justice learning laboratory. NOI provide grassroots leaders and advocates with the opportunity to analyze social issues in their neighborhoods and think critically about community driven solutions. Its mission is to “build the capacity of local community organizers, advocate for more investment in grassroots leadership within marginalized communities, and to promote collaboration and coalition building within Madison’s organizing community,” according to the release.

    “We would like to take the opportunity to honor and uplift the work of the often unrecognized social justice warriors engaging in grassroots work to make Madison better,” Program Coordinator and Lead Organizer Alix Shabazz said in a statement.

    NOI Leadership Council (from left to right: Alix Shabazz, Nikki Conklin, Kate Moran, Anntonette Davis, Darnetta Carter, Jeanice Franklin, Nicole Wetzel, Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores, Ruthy Stewart-front: Sashe Mishur). Photo supplied.

    Starting this year, two organizers will be recognized with Madison’s Organizer of the Year Award and Madison’s Young Organizer of the Year Award at NOI’s Neighborhood Organizing Summit 2019: Celebrating Resistance. 

    Members of the community are invited to nominate a community organizer who has demonstrated “incredible leadership and dedication to creating change in Madison,” the release says. 

    Nominations will be accepted until October 19th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.