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Leadership is not good or bad, it is how you use it! Community and labor organizing models place a high value on leadership and leadership development. They know that leaders are critical for moving people into action. At the same time there are many movements that unfortunately know that to be public as a leader can mean death. Some grassroots direct action movements– horizontal movements – say we are all leaders. Leadership is the ability to inspire, motivate, energize, engage and move people into action, to move people to accessing their own power to make a change. Leaders can do this because they are respected. To be respected you must be respectful. Leaders serve as a source of...

posted on: May 14, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Organizing Resources

General Organizing Checklist of Basic Principles of Democratic Organizing, from the Association for Union Democracy Direct Democracy & Consensus The Roles & Responsibilities of Community Organizers Activist Skills & Experience Questionnaire, This chart lists 175 skills and 98 experiences typical of seasoned activists. It can be used for self-assessment, goal setting, or progress evaluation, from the Vernal Project 20 Rules of Activism Elements of Organizational/Movement Culture How to Suppress Political Dissent in 10 Easy Steps Fire It Up! A Youth Action Manual Rising Tide North America Resource Packet, tons of games, information, resources, and ideas for trainers and organizers Rainforest Action Network activist resources Training Agendas Community Skills Workshop Notes – conflict resolution, nonviolent communication, stages of group...

posted on: May 14, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Action Planning Template

Click Here to Download Action Planning Template Goals what are we trying to accomplish – concrete, tangible, winnable. What does victory look like? What do you want the headline to read the next day? Target who has the power to decide? Who are we trying to impact/move, what is strategic reason for it/them. If there are multiple sites, which is best suited for an action? Messaging & Demands what do we want our target to do, what do we want them to know. Are there other audiences besides the target? Messenger who is delivering our message? An impacted person or community leader working on a particular issue is always more powerful and credible than a talking head spokesperson....

posted on: May 14, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Action Resources

What a Direct Action Campaign Can Do Direct Action Strategy Questions Steps in a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign & Campaign Planning Worksheet How to Write a Proposal for an Action, from the Vernal Project Action Organizing Manual (3 pages) Solidarity in Practice personal, in the streets, in the media, and in jail Action Check List Tips for Mapping & Scouting Peace Keeper Quick Reference What to Bring to an Action Crowd Wisdom Training Agendas Shutting Things Down to Open Things Up, workshop agenda for thinking about space and dual power structures in organizing direct action Basic Civil Disobedience Training Agenda – 2 hours Sample Nonviolent Direct Action Training – 4 Hours Declaration of Peace Nonviolent Action Training Wall Charts...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Campaign Planning

A Direct Action Campaign can Win concrete improvements in people’s lives. Make people aware of their own power (by winning victories). Alter the relationship of power between people, the government, and other institutions by building strong permanent organizations and relationships Phases of a Campaign Preparation: doing your research, analysis, dirt digging, escalation planning etc Launch: begin negotiations and making campaign and demands public Battle: engage a comprehensive campaign and protest tactics Settlement: winning your goals or getting better than your bottom line Steps in a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign Each step continues through the duration of the campaign. For example we need to continue to research and education throughout. Each step builds/escalates to the next while setting up...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

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