Supporting Communities Affected by Mining

Nearly 200 organizations, from racially and economically diverse communities, participate in WMAN- the Western Mining Action Network.  WMAN provides opportunities for locally-based citizen groups in the US and Canada to educate themselves, influence decision making, and cooperate to create positive social change that goes beyond the boundaries of any one location or issue.

Free Citizen Lecture Series
WMAN hosts a series of free informational webinars and conference calls. These webinars and calls give WMAN participants access to expertise and updates on current issues facing mining-impacted communities. See our  Programs  for more information, updates, and announcements.

Here are the free webinars we are hosting this spring:

Introduction to Twitter Training |  Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 10:00  to 11:00 a.m Pacific

To build your base of support for your cause or to reach reporters or elected officials, you often need to take your message to the places where the people you want to reach hang out. While in person is always best, increasingly you can find those like-minded people on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and topic-specific online communities. Like fundraising or in-person organizing, social networking is all about connecting with people around shared interests. It’s about building relationships and providing supporters with value through your content.

In this introduction to Twitter, you will not only learn to “speak in tweets” and open yourself up to this world of up-to-the-minute news, but you will also learn how to set up an account and grow a following on Twitter. In addition, we’ll teach you how to engage directly with elected officials and reporters via Twitter. We will reserve plenty of time at the end of the webinar to answer any questions you have.

Advanced Twitter Training |  Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Noon to 1:00 p.m. Pacific

To build your base of support for your cause or to reach reporters or elected officials, you often need to take your message to the places where the people you want to reach hang out. While in person is always best, increasingly you can find those like-minded people on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and topic-specific online communities. Like fundraising or in-person organizing, social networking is all about connecting with people around shared interests. It’s aboutbuilding relationships and providing supporters with value through your content.

In this training for intermediate to advanced Twitter users, we will talk about creating more engaged communities, tracking your progress with analytics, and super charging your Twitter content with the latest best practices. We’ll stay on for an extra 30 minutes after the webinar ends to answer your specific, advanced-level questions you have!

Crisis Communications Training | Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to Noon, Pacific 

A bookkeeper embezzles money from your nonprofit, and you file a police report. A volunteer organizer is accused of sexual harassment, and the organization is sued, and the local TV station calls to interview you. These situations and other crises happen to nonprofits far more than we like to think. As the saying goes, “credibility is earned in drops and lost in buckets.” Do you have a crisis communications plan in place, with staff who speak to the public and media trained on how to respond? During this webinar, Resource Media will walk you through several high profile nonprofit crises, how the organizations successfully (and unsuccessfully) responded, and what you can learn. Finally, we’ll help you create a crisis communications plan that can be quickly adapted and applied to any public crisis your organization might face in the future. We’ll also talk about how you can apply this template to crises outside of your organization, including community crises like the recent massive tailings dam failures.

Please RSVP at wmancoordinator@outlook.com to receive call-in numbers and instructions and a link to any documents that will accompany the calls.