Organizing 101: Political Education Program is an initiative presented by the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, and HWDSB Kids Need Help to train organizers in the Greater Hamilton Area. The training will be run from January to December 2021 by Pascale Diverlus, founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. This program addresses the lack of organizer training in Hamilton and will train people on the basics of picking an issue and seeing change through to completion. 

Training Objectives

Build collective power in Hamilton among those seeking progressive change

Build historical knowledge on movements locally, provincially, and federally

Equip organizers with the skills to analyze and organize

Act as resource for organizers to develop demonstrations and political actions

Times, Dates, and Topics (2021)

Blackness and Black Organizing in Canada
January 29th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Making Space for the Most Vulnerable: Intergenerational and Inclusive Movements
February 18th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Large Scale Mobilizing
March 18th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Organizing in White Supremacist Political Climates
April 21st, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Healing Justice
May 19th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Frontline Organizing
June 17th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Direct Action Coordination
July 21st, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Strategic De-Escalation and Diffusion
August 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Media Coordiation
September 16th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Coalition Building
October 14th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

We Keep Each Other Safe
November 16th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Putting Organizing Principles into Action
December 9th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Program Partners

Pascale Diverlus

Pascale Diverlus is born of a lineage of Haitian freedom fighters. She is an award-winning community organizer, storyteller, communications specialist, digital strategist, and educator. Pascale is the owner of a boutique consulting agency specializing in social justice education, project management and full range communication services.

Pascale’s practice is rooted in reimagining, redefining, and rebuilding a different, better world— liberation through all methods. She is a freelance writer whose words have been featured in the Toronto Star, Flare Magazine and Chatelaine Magazine amongst others. As an educator, she supports organizations, agencies, and businesses to develop and adopt organizational transformation rooted in anti-oppressive frameworks. 

For nearly a decade, Pascale has stood on the frontlines calling for justice; she is a co-founder and former lead organizer for Black Lives Matter Toronto, the first international iteration of the Black Lives Matter movement. During her time, Pascale led the movement’s community engagement, curriculum development, public education, and direct action coordination.

Pascale sits on the advisory board or advises many social justice organizations including Adornment Stories, Resource Movement, and Across Boundaries. She is the recipient of the J.S Woodsworth Human Rights Award, the Viola Desmond Award and the Evelyn Myrie Political Action Award.

Though young, eager and determined for change, Pascale is a firm believer that at the core of revolution and change is love. That is what drives her passion. You can visit her work at


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Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion 

423 King Street East
Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297 4694

423 King Street East, Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297-4694