Coalition Format Test

Last fall we held a programming quarter based around the idea of Civics to coincide with the national election. We had no idea that the outcome of the election would be so uprooting and worrying for all of us. For winter we moved to explore the theme of Co-Struggle in an attempt to regroup and unpack our intersections. This spring we will continue this line of thought by investigating the idea of Coalition.

We seek to form alliances with those who have overlapping interests to instigate combined action towards a common cause. What is the middle space in the venn diagram from which we can organize and move forward? What can be accomplished when we cooperate and build relationships to advocate for disparate groups? What formations encourage direct action? How do we develop shared strategies? Build partnerships? Negotiate terms and actions? Together we will reflect on past lessons learned and look towards future actions.

We will be joined in our investigation by three resident collectives; The Moozis, a collective of Muslim folks interested in making themselves count in the definition and understandings of their culture, Intersectionality NOW, a group who wants their feminism decolonized, inclusive, and international, and Small Fries, Full Lives Collective, who aim to explore how access to paid parental leave and universal childcare can create an equitable Los Angeles. Each of these collectives will offer regularly scheduled programming in conjunction with coalition based programs from the larger WCCW community listed below.

Call for Poster and Postcard Designs In Support of Job Protected Paid Family Leave
Small Fries, Full Lives Collective are looking for designers, artists, friends to help design images that can graphically represent the importance of Job Protected Paid Family Leave for California communities! More info & design guidelines

Let’s Get Started!
Thur, Mar 9, 7-8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective


Why is Paid Family Leave and Universal Childcare important and why are we looking at it now? For this first week we will introduce ourselves and we will ask and answer with your help: What do we currently have?, Why is what we have not okay?, What do we want and need?, and What are we trying to do over the next 12 weeks?

Know Your Rights + Questioning Policies: Paid Parental Leave
Thursday, Mar 16th, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Curious about California’s parental leave policy? Wondering if you qualify for short term disability from the state? Want California to do more? Join us to learn your rights for paid and unpaid parental leave, and what’s currently happening around the state level. We will start to brainstorm ideas on what we can advocate for at the local level and how we can better support advocacy at the state level.

Paid Family Leave: What the rest of the world has
Thursday, Mar 23rd, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

The US’ Family and Medical Leave Act provides protected unpaid family leave for only 40% of the country’s employees! Yup, crazy! On top of that the US provides ZERO paid family leave, that’s less than the Bahamas, Kenya, and Iceland to name just a handful of countries. This week we will look at how the rest of the world provides family leave for their residents and how they got there.

How do we take care of our kids? Childcare in California
Thursday, April 6, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Scrambling to find child care for your 0-5 year old? Spending the majority of your paycheck on day care? This week we will be discussing challenges parents face to finding affordable quality child care, existing financial aid programs, and local advocacy efforts to increase the number of spots in child care.


Let’s get it done, LA!
Thursday, April 13, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Nancy L. Cohen will join us to help us explore the gender equity efforts happening locally and understand our local political climate.

Paid Family Leave + Universal Childcare are Good for Business
Thursday, April 20, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

We will be exploring the often contentious position of business on Paid Family Leave and Universal Childcare. LA’s Chamber of Commerce will be joining us to help us better understand the position of business.

Refining Asks + Zine Development
Thursday, April 27, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

We will firm up our asks, create a timeline and action steps, and develop a campaign. We will finalize our power map and use it as a guide for reaching out to and confirming allies and coalition members. We will be exploring the use of a Zine for distributing messaging and campaigning.

Coalition Resident – Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Call for Poster and Postcard Designs In Support of Job Protected Paid Family Leave
Small Fries, Full Lives Collective are looking for designers, artists, friends to help design images that can graphically represent the importance of Job Protected Paid Family Leave for California communities! More info & design guidelines

Let’s Get Started!
Thur, Mar 9, 7-8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective


Why is Paid Family Leave and Universal Childcare important and why are we looking at it now? For this first week we will introduce ourselves and we will ask and answer with your help: What do we currently have?, Why is what we have not okay?, What do we want and need?, and What are we trying to do over the next 12 weeks?

Know Your Rights + Questioning Policies: Paid Parental Leave
Thursday, Mar 16th, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Curious about California’s parental leave policy? Wondering if you qualify for short term disability from the state? Want California to do more? Join us to learn your rights for paid and unpaid parental leave, and what’s currently happening around the state level. We will start to brainstorm ideas on what we can advocate for at the local level and how we can better support advocacy at the state level.

Paid Family Leave: What the rest of the world has
Thursday, Mar 23rd, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

The US’ Family and Medical Leave Act provides protected unpaid family leave for only 40% of the country’s employees! Yup, crazy! On top of that the US provides ZERO paid family leave, that’s less than the Bahamas, Kenya, and Iceland to name just a handful of countries. This week we will look at how the rest of the world provides family leave for their residents and how they got there.

How do we take care of our kids? Childcare in California
Thursday, April 6, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Scrambling to find child care for your 0-5 year old? Spending the majority of your paycheck on day care? This week we will be discussing challenges parents face to finding affordable quality child care, existing financial aid programs, and local advocacy efforts to increase the number of spots in child care.


Let’s get it done, LA!
Thursday, April 13, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Nancy L. Cohen will join us to help us explore the gender equity efforts happening locally and understand our local political climate.

Paid Family Leave + Universal Childcare are Good for Business
Thursday, April 20, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

We will be exploring the often contentious position of business on Paid Family Leave and Universal Childcare. LA’s Chamber of Commerce will be joining us to help us better understand the position of business.

Refining Asks + Zine Development
Thursday, April 27, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

We will firm up our asks, create a timeline and action steps, and develop a campaign. We will finalize our power map and use it as a guide for reaching out to and confirming allies and coalition members. We will be exploring the use of a Zine for distributing messaging and campaigning.