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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This section contains historical documents from past campaigns and mobilizations, as well as pages with stories and resources from various campaigns I’ve been part of, including pages dedicated to Abbie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.  When engaged in struggle or conflict we face two...

posted on: Dec 1, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Abbie Hoffman Presente

In 1982 Abbie Hoffman spoke at my college.  During his talk, I thought, I ought to be working with this guy.  Not long after that he talked about a community organizing internship at Save the River that summer.  I applied.  He wrote me back with an A+ on my application.  As the summer neared, I didn’t hear anything, so as I began to track it down.  I talked to his brother Jack who told me it was not happening.  I was graduating and didn’t have anything else to do, so I packed up my car and drove to the River.  I spent a year there gardening, organizing and earning Abbie’s respect. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of...

posted on: Jun 28, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

History of Affinity Groups

The idea of affinity groups comes out of the anarchist and workers movement that was created in the late 19th century and fought fascism in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Anarchist movement provides an exhilarating example of a movement, and the actual possibility of a society based on decentralized organization, direct democracy and the principles behind them. Small circles of good friends, called “tertulias” would meet at cafes to discuss ideas and plan actions. In 1888, a period of intense class conflict in Europe and of local insurrection and struggle in Spain, the Anarchist Organization of the Spanish Region made this traditional form (tertulias) the basis of its organization. Decades later, the Iberian Anarchist Federation,...

posted on: Dec 2, 2008 | author: organizingforpower