On June 24-27, 34 Grassroots Ambassadors and field staff from the Retirement Security field partners North Carolina Fair Share CDC, SPACEs and Welfare Rights Organization came together in New Orleans for the third successful training in a series of 7 summer trainings we’re organizing this year. The group was over 90% African American and highly intergeneration – the youngest person being 14 years old and the oldest 82 years old. While in New Orleans, the group spent time training on the new economic justice messaging developed by CCC, engaged in a conversation about the political moment as we get ready for the 2016 elections, and delved into the local implications post-Katrina in New Orleans. We joined a direct action in front of the HUD building demanding thousands of displaced families get support to move back into their neighborhoods. We also invited Kimberley Richards of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, who led a very effective workshop on race and class and the impact these forces have in our ability to win real changes in our communities and for our families. Folks left the training feeling deeply connected to each other and the movement for economic justice we’re building together and excited about the work ahead.