Sample Socialist Chapter Priorities, Organizing Models, Anti-Racism/Oppression Work

Chapter Priorities Whereas: Democratic socialists believe it’s impossible to have democracy or social justice under capitalism, an economic system that concentrates wealth and power in the hands of a few. We fight for a society without class, where decisions about what to produce, and how to produce and distribute it, are made democratically. We fight for a society where every …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

Surprisingly high levels of public support for emergency declarations. Both realistic assessment (fear) and hope are needed and effective

Strong fear messages have been found to be more effective than weak fear messages; when fear is combined with hope, this can create an emotional drive that motivates a change of habit. MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY By David Spratt, Resilience.org March 13, 2019 | ORGANIZE! In five countries —  Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK and Switzerland  — an impressive 382 …

Women and Rivers Congress: as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be born. And with them, new strategies and ways of coming together to share, learn, and inspir

International Rivers is honored to announce the first convening of women water leaders at the Women and Rivers Congress to be held in Nepal from March 6th to 10th, 2019. In this time of climate chaos, as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be …

How “movement capture” shaped the fight for civil rights” A new paper on the NAACP and its funders has lessons for philanthropy and activism

Movement Capture, by Kelsey Piper  Feb 28, 2019 Christina Animashaun/Vox SHARE Finding the best ways to do good. Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation. Social movements usually start out on the fringe, without a lot of resources, credibility, or public support. When they get more of any of those, that’s a good thing … right? Well, yes … and no. When a …

Gus Speth: After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?

Policy expert Gus Speth talks about Our Children’s Trust’s lawsuit and how the US government has endangered future well-being, violated the government’s public trust responsibility and citizens’ constitutional rights, explaining the U.S.’s longtime knowledge of climate change even as it pushed fossil fuels. But now we’ve got a fighting chance. By Fran Korten, Yes! Magazine, posted Feb 22, 2019 In 2015, 21 young people …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …

Finding Pathways to a Better Future, by John Foran

In any given society, there usually exist multiple political cultures of opposition, for people do not necessarily share the same experiences, speak similar idioms, or respond as one to the call of formal ideologies. The most effective revolutionary movements of history found ways to tap into whatever political cultures emerged in their society and to bridge the gaps between them, …

Rewriting the rules for inspiring social change

From March for Our Lives to the Movement of Black Lives, the leaders of today’s movements—young, unpretentious, unapologetic—are rewriting the rules for inspiring social change at a time when traditional strategies are proving to be not nearly enough. Is this the dawn of a new kind of organizing and campaigning? In short, yes. And the March for Our Lives movement is only one …