House Meetings

Bring the movement home


House meetings are a place for community members to come together for food, drinks, fellowship, and conversation. ASID house meetings provide a space for us to discuss the current state of school segregation in New York City, as well as how we experience and respond to it in our daily lives.

ASID house meetings are based on the work of Fred Ross and Cesar Chavez with the Community Support Organization (CSO), and that Chavez later used to found the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. House meetings are used for a variety of purposes, including issue identification and message testing; raising awareness and shifting discourse; general community building; and community mobilization.

We are looking for hosts who will:

  1. Invite members of your community. However you define 'community,' house meetings should draw 6-10 guests to each meeting, and we have found that generally you must invite 4x the number of guests who will actually attend.

  2. Provide a space. Most house meetings take place in the hosts’ home, but in New York City space is always tight. House meetings can be held anywhere where guests can sit in a circle for discussion.

  3. Plan food and drink. If you prefer to order pizza, make it a potluck, or just provide some wine and cheese--it's all good!

ASID will provide a facilitator, so that you can participate fully in hosting and the discussion with your community. 

Ready to bring the movement home? Sign Up Here if you are interested in hosting!

Once you sign up, we will contact you to answer any questions, provide more information, and assign a facilitator to your meeting. You can keep the text below about needing facilitators.

We need facilitators as well! The best training for facilitation is to attend a house meeting yourself. Afterwards we will provide you with discussion materials and coaching, and when you are ready, we will add you to our pool of facilitators.