Are you looking to improve as an activist? To gain perspective on an issue or approach? Then stay tuned for our ongoing DIY Democracy Series events. These workshops and talks will focus on teaching community organizers and activists in Wyoming new ways to elevate their efforts and on informing participants about certain issues. These sessions are a must attend for any grassroots organizer.
Check out a schedule for upcoming DIY Democracy events below!

Women’s Global Health Advocacy Training with Maurine Murenga

Wednesday, March 29th 7 PM-8:30 PM at the Forward Wyoming offices (369 N 4th St. Laramie, WY 82072).

During this DIY Democracy session, participants will have the chance to hear from Maurine Murenga, a Global Fund advocate and the founder of the Lean on Me Foundation. Maurine has openly been living with HIV since the early 2000s. At that time, there was little access to treatment in Kenya and a lot of stigma around the disease. In 2002, Maurine was expecting her first child, but could not access PMTCT services; her son, Earl Fortune, contracted HIV from her at birth. Maurine and her son, now age 12, were able to begin free treatment in 2003 when the Global Fund came to Kenya and Maurine has since had another baby in 2013 who is HIV-free. Now both mother and sons are healthy.

Through her lived experience, Maurine saw the inequalities and vulnerabilities young women and adolescent girls living with HIV experience. In 2008, Maurine founded the Lean on Me Foundation, an organization that provides comprehensive care and support to adolescent girls and young women living with HIV and affected by TB in Kenya. Maurine was a Global Fund Advocates Network “Here I Am” campaign ambassador from 2012-2013. Now she works as the Global Fund Coordinator for the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global) and is a member of Gender Technical Committee on HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Women4GF and the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board.

During this session, Maurine will be giving a workshop on how best to advocate for women’s health issues from the grassroots to the global level. Please join us for this exciting DIY Democracy workshop.

You can join this DIY Democracy workshop by following the link below:

Guerrilla Storytelling: Using Your Phone as a Social Justice Tool with Alan O’Hashi

Saturday, April 1st, 9 AM-6 PM at the Forward Wyoming offices (369 N 4th St. Laramie, WY 82072). Lunch will be provided. 

Over the last decade, the tools available to activists looking to make a difference have changed dramatically. In the past, having the ability to document injustice often meant having access to expensive equipment. Today, nearly every activist carries a device capable of transforming them into a documentarian: their phone. This workshop with the Producer and Director of Wyoming Community Media Alan O’Hashi will focus on how activists today can effectively use their ability to film at any time to become activists and advocates for causes of social justice.

This workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday April 1st at the Forward Wyoming offices. The workshop is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided, though participants may donate toward the cost of the event if they wish. To reserve your spot for the training, simply fill out the form below to get a free “ticket” to the event. Tickets are limited to four per person, so feel free to reserve a spot for a few friends if you’d like.

To reserve your seat for this DIY Democracy workshop, follow the link below: