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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

Strategy Resources & Nonviolence

Strategy WHAT IS PEOPLE POWER? From winning concrete improvements in people’s lives to toppling dictators, people power is a method that works. Every successful social change movement in US history has had a key element of people power and mass direct action; abolition, women’s suffrage, workers, civil rights, anti-Viet Nam war, anti-nuclear, Central America solidarity, global justice, and other recent movements. It was in the heat of struggle by communities of color and poor and working white communities that people-power methods were developed in the US. But people power is more than just a set of civil-disobedience and direct-action tactics. It is a different understanding of power and a wide range of organizing and tactics based on that...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Resources for Ally & Coalition Building...

Alliance Building Guide Tips on Base Building How to Build Successful Coalitions Breaking Old Patterns, Weaving New Ties: Building Alliances Across Cultural Difference, by Margot Adair & Sharon Howell Sample Coalition Principles & Practices Invisible Walls: What Keeps Working Class People Out of Coalitions?, by Linda Stout, Class Matters Tips for Middle-Class Activists in Mixed-Class Coalitions, from Class Matters Allies Chart The Spectrum of...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Exercises on Power

This exercise helps people deepen their analysis of the society they are living in. You want to lead them through a process that starts by asking people why they are active, what they want, why they came. Solicit this; see if anyone says to build power. If not, after harvesting some reasons from the group, ask if anyone is doing it to build power? I believe that building power is really at the core of our work if we want to manifest all the things people articulated as to why they are active. Next, ask the group who has power in our society. Create a list Money State, Government, elector’s People etc The people have power and potential...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Anti-Oppression Resources & Exercises...

Articles & Tips Anti-Oppression Principles and Practices White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by PeggyMcIntosh A Community Builders Toolkit: Tools for Creating Healthy, Productive Interracial/Multicultural Communities, 40 pages Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, by Tema Okun Understanding White Supremacy, by Frances E. Kendall Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change… and Other People Socialized in a Society Based on Domination, by Chris Crass The Role of White People in Ending Racism White Protesters, Black Cops: A Reality Check from Training for Change, by Barbara Smith Healing from the Effects of Internalized Oppression, from the Community Tool Box To Equalize Power Among Us – tips for keeping your privilege in check from Tools for Change Creating...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Spirit & Sustainability

The Importance of Spirit and Energy Work When I learned to make a distinction between religion and spirituality, I was able to open myself to the great forces/energies at work in our worlds. With the help of many I have learned the importance of breathing and staying grounded and connected to the earth. Of being anchored to my core self and being authentic in my voice and practice.  I’ve learned about the power of intention and the importance of working with allies – seen and unseen.  These are powerful tools and practices when one is in the midst of struggle – especially conflict with the State. I have learned to trust my instincts and my intuition and am...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

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