Radical Organizing 101

MORE is partnering with Rising Tide North America and Occupy Our Homes to provide a three-week long training and year-long organizing experience for people who want to join a cohort of kickass, radical organizers to do transformational work that:

-challenges capitalism

- is intersectional

- builds a large base

- engages in bold direction

 

You can find the application HERE.  And here's more info: 

Organizing for Radicals 101

There is some incredible work happening in this country. Hundreds of people are willing to face arrest  to stop Wall Street and save people from eviction. People are locking down to mining equipment or facing arrests to stop pipelines. Undocumented youth and adults are putting their entire lifestyles on the line to stop deportations. And every week we see more engagement, more risks, and more disruption. Those of us taking the risks are not doing so because we believe that one piece of legislation, one executive order, or one election will change the game and restrict the power of global finance capital.  No, we are doing so because resistance and disruption at scale are necessary. Through dramatic work at scale, we can envision building enough power to have an opportunity to create a different kind of society and, with it, a different kind of economic system.

Some of the great ongoing work has organically grown from organizers who just went out and experimented. They engaged in bold action, pounded the pavement, and displayed unique and impressive fearlessness. Others started from a place of caution. They moved up a ladder of engagement and attended trainings and conference calls, letting others lead initially while they formulated their analysis of what we need to do to create dramatic social change. The efforts of both groups have been inspirational and awe-inspiring.  

And yet, despite all of the amazing efforts, we are far from where we need to be. The best civil resistance scholars estimate that in order to have a shot at fundamental change, we need to put at least one percent of the population in motion, which is 3.5 million people.  We are currently not on pace to get there. But in order to get there, we are not talking about millions of organizers. We need 17,500 organizers if each organizer could move 200 people.  The populists before us were able to put 40,000 traveling lecturers on the road.

Some may say we have a few thousand organizers already.  While this might be true, many of them, while doing good work, are compelled to do the kind of work that funders demand, rather than work that foments fundamental change.  Others of us wrestle with other jobs and commitments and wonder how we can make this work a true lifestyle.  

So it seems we have three challenges. First, how do we envision models for scaling up to 20,000 organizers (and who will pay for that)?  Second, how do we teach people to be participants in creative disruptions and organizers who can put a base (rather than a small cadre) in motion?  Finally, can we agree on a common strategy and theory of change that involves intersectional work?

While we do not profess to know the answers, here is a proposal for one path that you  can take with us:

We propose that we bring in some of the best trainers this continent has to offer and, together over the course of a few weeks, build a cohort of kickass organizers. Unlike other trainings, we’ll only train those who then want to act.  And while none of us can fully know exactly what the organizing model should be, those who train together will help develop forms of action that will accomplish most of the following components:

1)     Engaging in radical work in places where there is currently a dearth of radical work

2)     Engaging in creative local organizing that is bold but strategic, and interwoven with national campaigns as well

3)     Engaging in collective decision making locally and nationally

4)     Engaging in building movements and organizations at a scale of resistance

5)     Supporting those willing to make organizing a primary vocation, not just something on the side

 

How will it work

There are three phases.

1. Applications and Recruitment

We want you to apply! You can find the application here. 

In addition to the application, please send your resume (along with any questions) to jeff@organizemo.org.

2. The Trainings:

The dates of the training are not set in stone yet. Stay tuned and email jeff@organizemo.org

 The curriculum will consist of the following:

A)     Shared understanding and analysis of a theory of charge and a different kind of economy to follow

B)     A range of basic and advanced organizing skills

C)     A range of basic fundraising/survival skills

D)    Campaign Strategy and research

E)     Direct Action skills

F)     Planning and teaming up for future work

3. Post-training

The work is hard, and some days will be exciting, while others will be a slog.  There will be police repression, allies who do not really believe in transformative work, and times when it’s hard to raise the money to eat. There will be moments where no one seems to want to participate, and there will be moments of internal conflict.

We will need people to work together in groups, ranging from 2 to 4.  We will need people who are willing to make a commitment to each other and to their place for a year. 

For those engaged in the struggle day to day, we will offer a lot, including:

1)     Ongoing weekly check-in calls and mentorship

2)     Regular support on campaigns, fundraising, and research

3)     Monthly campaign calls

4)     Quarterly meetings of all the organizers from a cohort

5)     Knowing that you are part of the team of some of the most kickass organizers on the continent.

 To apply, go HERE. 

Host organizations include:

Rising Tide North America is a grassroots network of groups and individuals in North America organizing action against the root causes of climate change and work towards aJust Transition to a non-carbon society.

Occupy Our Homes is a movement that supports Americans who stand up to their banks and fight for their homes. We believe everyone has a right to decent, affordable housing. We stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and with community organizations who help the 99% fight for a place to call home.

The honorary host and model organizations are SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the United Farm Workers, which engaged everyday en masse people in activities that fundamentally changed the system.

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