ETOC’s Mentorship Program has 5 Phases.
Phase 1: Pre-configuration – consolidate working & process norms such as recurring meetings, socials, and how to onboard new members Phase 2: Inquiry – review popular outreach approaches, frame organizing convos that involve the law, and canvas as a tenant in your block or building Phase 3: TU Skeleton – minimal operations as a dues-collecting member organization with a public purpose and outward-facing materials Phase 4: Fight – conduct pressure campaigns against landlords as a mass organization where tenants lead their own struggle and not as a service org Phase 5: TU Formation – formalize decision-making procedures, define political line that unites multiple tendencies, and streamline procedures to enable new member involvement as TU grows
Before entering mentorship, we recommend groups attend the 2 Day Training, which can help cohere a group’s commitment to building an ATU. Some topics covered include:
- Tenant unions, councils, and associations
- Why build the tenant struggle?
- Landlord research
- Effective tenants meetings
- Common problems
- The role of fun
- Building the broader union