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This website is full of resources for organizers, activists, students, journalists, or anyone trying to learn about creating positive social change.  The resources are broken up into section corresponding with the Building Blocks of Change, along with some others. Action Planning Resources: tools and resources for planning actions, including tactics, affinity groups, legal support, health, media, communications, direct action manuals, and training agendas Action Planning Template: a template for planning effective actions Anti-Oppression Resources: articles, exercises, tools, and links to trainers groups Campaign Planning: overview of how to plan a direct action campaign Campaign Planning Tools: a variety of power maps for strategizing Campaign Planning Worksheet: use this to plan...


Movement History

This section contains historical documents from past campaigns and mobilizations, as well as pages with stories and resources from various campaigns I’ve been part of, including pages dedicated to Abbie Hoffman, Common Ground, and Camp Casey. You will find action agreements, direct action manuals, pictures, articles, reflections, and more; some organized by topic, some by mobilization, and some in multiple places where it makes sense. The ability to evolve is necessary to the work of any social movement, and this ability rests both in paying attention in the present and in knowing our history.  Each generation has a chance to make things different, better, more just.   But this has never happened without struggle. ...



A compilation of select writings, articles, videos, photos, and slideshows by or about Lisa Fithian and the campaigns and mobilizations she’s worked on. Writings by Lisa Writings About Lisa Photos Videos Slideshows Lisa’s Right Wing Fan Club Steal This Book – by Abbie Hoffman with an introduction by Lisa What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, And The State Of The Nation – with chapter author by Sue Hilderbrand, Scott Crow and Lisa Fithian. Sexism, Ego’s and Lies: Sometimes you Wake Up and Things Aren’t Different by Lisa Fithian on FBI information Lessons from a Summit Hopper, an open letter to the direct action community in advance of the Miami FTAA...

Beautiful Trouble & We Are Many

One of my biggest challenges and areas where I lack confidence is finally beginning to change – my ability to write about the work that I do! I was published in two books this year: Beautiful Trouble and We Are Many. In Beautiful Trouble, I wrote a case study about the DC Justice for Janitors campaign and the art of escalation, as well as a piece on anti-oppression.  We Are Many is a compilation of pieces by about 50 different writers about the Occupy movement. My piece was based on a talk I gave at the Left Forum this year with Frances Fox Piven and Stephen Lerner. The Left Forum talk was great, and I was honored to...

Beautiful Trouble & We Are Many
posted on: Sep 15, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Homecare Workers & Janitors...

This summer I thought I was going to have some free time for a change before the political conventions heated up in August.  I was just starting to unwind when I got a call to help the California Statewide Homecare Workers campaign pull off some nonviolent civil disobedience at the Capitol in a fight to prevent the defunding of that program.  Instead they were moving a proposal for a restructuring of the industry that would save the state more money over time.  The homecare workers and their clients had mobilized for days at the Capitol talking to legislators all day and doing education and outreach at night.  I had the privilege of working with an amazing group of...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Homecare Workers & Janitors
posted on: Aug 10, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Shareholder Spring

This spring I help put together, train and coordinate folks to confront Wells Fargo and Bank of America investors at their annual shareholder meetings in San Francisco and Charlotte NC.  In both cases new and emerging movement relationships keep growing and building trust and experience.  With Occupy being a strong force in each area, blended with the strength of the community-based organizations and labor union skills and resources we successfully impacted both shareholder meetings.  In both places we were able to use multiple marches, giant props, nonviolent civil disobedience and escalating actions in the lead up.  These were part of a larger initiative by a coalition of groups that has been growing for  several years.  Some of this...

Shareholder Spring
posted on: Jun 4, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

The Audacity of Hope

I have just recently returned home from Greece on my own volition, not deported from Israel as I had expected.  I am alright with that to.  My work as part of the US Boat to Gaza and the International Freedom Flotilla II/Stay Human was to get a message out to the world that the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza must come to an end.   Our message went further than our wildest dreams, as millions of people around the world  watched.   Israel threw everything they could at us: lies about the passenger, sabotage of boats, threats of being homophobic, threats of chemical to attack soldiers, complaints against our boat, petty bureaucracy to tie us in, economic and political...

The Audacity of Hope
posted on: Jul 20, 2011 | author: organizingforpower
Make Big Banks Pay!

Make Big Banks Pay!

posted on: May 18, 2011 | author: organizingforpower

Spending time in NY in the early part of this year, made it possible for me to continue some of the banking work I have been doing for the past three years.  Working with allies in SEIU, National People’s Action, New York Communities for Change, United for Peace and Justice we gathered one of the more diverse coalitons in recent NY history to challenge first the State Budget Crisis followed by a NYC fightback against Billionaire Mayor Bloomburg budget cuts! We did some great lead up actions at REBNY – the Real Estate Board of NY, Committee to Save NY and JP Morgan!  This was followed by a State House takeover in Albany.  By early April we were able to get focused and hone in on a plan for a massive Teach-In on Wall Street for May 12th.  20,000 plus joined together in 10 marches – 9 of them unpermitted...

Monkey Wrencher of the Year Award!

Monkey Wrencher of the Year Award!

posted on: Apr 20, 2011 | author: organizingforpower

On April 17th I, along with several distinguished others, was bestowed a Monkey Wrencher of the Year Award by our fabulous local radical bookstore – Monkey Wrench Books!  What an honor to have my work recognized as having the ability to wrench the system… Thanks Monkey Wrench – I will do what I can to live up to this award!   Thanks also for hosting great events and keeping the Austin community connected and...

United Auto Workers Rise Up

United Auto Workers Rise Up

posted on: Mar 30, 2011 | author: organizingforpower

On March 24th I had the privilege of addressing the 1000 member delegate assembly of the United Auto Workers at their Collective Bargaining Convention in Detroit.   I was given 45 minutes to share stories and lessons about the power of nonviolent direct action to win justice and change the course of history.   The UAW under the new leadership of Bob King, is looking to reclaim the powerful heritage of the UAW and is organizing to win new power for the workers in the auto industry.  I have had the pleasure of working with Bob and his team since the early 1990’s when Iwas in Detroit doing actions around Detroit Newspaper Strike  I’ve done many a training with his people over these years and am proud of their organizing victories.   For this convention we organized a multi-faceted protest that also trained their activists for the fights ahead.  Check some of it out...

Welcoming 2011 Belated

posted on: Feb 18, 2011 | author: organizingforpower

2011 really began for me over the holidays of 2010, when our good friends Laurie and Jenn visited for a week.  They often come to Austin, as Jenn hails from not to far away and Austin is a more hospitable place to stay.  We get to hang, but this year was different.  Laurie wanted to talk to me about the US Boat to Gaza and getting me involved.  The campaign was transitioning from a 6 month fundraising effort with moving international departure dates to a period of intensive implementation.  The campaign has decided to create a Boat Council and I was asked to join as a steadfast- meaning I was recognized to be part of a group of people who were invited to join the boat, even at the last minute.   As we spent hours talking, exploring and visioning about the project and mission.  We discussed the delemas of US laws that...

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