Opportunity amid crisis: Invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations, enriching our movement ecosystem and augmenting our work for the multi-year struggles ahead

Crisis presents movement opportunities of which we cannot yet conceive—but we can build the scaffolding, skills, and people who are able to vision, throw down and support in these times of crisis. May we strengthen the old and build the new. BUILD NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A BROADER MOVEMENT By Jeff Ordower, Organizing Upgrade, February 25, 2021 | ORGANIZE! Organizers can draw so much …

Race is the factor that bears the strongest relationship to slow and ineffective enforcement of the federal drinking water law in US

A landmark 2007 study by academic Dr. Robert Bullard, the “father of environmental justice,” found “race to be more important than socioeconomic status in predicting the location of the nation’s commercial hazardous waste facilities.” Bullard helped elevate the issue in the United States as an important target for advocacy. The current Black Lives Matter movement, while largely focused on ending police brutality, …

How Norway Built an Economy That Puts People First

IN DEPTH Where Incarceration Isn’t the Answer The 25% Tipping Point Photo Essay | Signs of Your Identity A Way Out of a Dark Past How Norway Built an Economy That Puts People First 11 Better Ideas for a Country in Need of Social Change A Reset for Unprecedented Times SOLUTIONS WE LOVE CULTURE SHIFT ALSO BY ISABELLA BREDA NOV 3, 2020 …

Closing the Loop: adrienne maree brown on Harm and Accountability

PHOTO BY ANJALI PINTO The author and activist talks to YES! about how to take care of ourselves and our communities, and what that means for movement sustainability. Why you can trust us ByYES! EDITORS  Feb 10, 2021 “Isee the world as a miraculous mess,” adrienne maree brown told YES! in 2018. Fast forward to 2021, and the world feels more mess than miraculous. In …

Anger emerges from a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Interpret and decide what it means to you first.

Anger emerges from three interacting factors: a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Before you actually get angry, you interpret that provocation. You decide what it means to you, and whether or not you can cope with it. These thoughts we have when provoked matter a great deal. When you catastrophise (ie, blow things out of proportion), …

Remembering our past through the lens of charismatic leaders is intentional: Collective organizing was the backbone of a struggle towards liberation

Excerpt from WHY WE SAY: FUCK BLACK HISTORY MONTH by Ready for Revolution, Hood Communist.February 5, 2021 | EDUCATE! Black History Month’s hyperfocus on remembering our past through the lens of charismatic leaders is intentional and should not be taken lightly. There exists a disconnect between Black radical history and the mainstream narratives of Black history that projects progress by collapsing gains made …

Real, greatly improved citizen engagement

Jan 2021 Michael Baskin, Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, MD and Govlaunch co-founder, Lindsay Pica-Alfano collaborate to share insights to help guide efforts for more meaningful and effective engagement. See: https://www.boston.gov/departments/youth-engagement-and-employment/mayors-youth-council https://cities-today.com/industry/4-guiding-principles-citizen-engagement/ What is real citizen engagement? Most think of citizen engagement as a good turnout and vibrant Q&A to close a meeting. But citizen engagement can be so much …

3 Women Civil Rights Activists Who Changed History

March 20, 2015 by Maxine Phillips Through reading, discussion, and small group activities, students learn about three relatively unknown women in the civil rights movement: Diane Nash, Virginia Durr, and Claudette Colvin. Current Issues, Civil Rights Movement, Black History Month, Women’s History Month Objectives: Students will Share knowledge about women in the civil rights movement Study the work of three …

Resources for decentralized organizing, Bill Moyer’s MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, Facilitating online meetings and more

Bill Moyer’s book, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. Also on the Commons: The Four Roles of Social Activism and Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements (MAP Stage 6). Transformational Change Leadership: Stories of Building a Just Future 1. Online Meeting Guides to Get Through COVID-19 Getting Started with Online Training and Facilitation – Jeanne Rewa Facilitating online meetings – Daniel …