Why Organizing?

Most targeted communities have complex power dynamics because of chronic neglect and disinvestment by policymakers and other gatekeepers. Therefore, enacting policy requires more community leadership, advocacy and grassroots participation to overcome these dynamics than in communities where relationships are more equitable and less adversarial. Power Analysis Tool Tips on Base Building Building Diverse Community-based Coalitions

Simple Target Map

Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO)

This tool serves as a guide to help you identify who should be the focus of your campaigns and guides you in developing the best strategy to get what you want from that target.

Conducting Recruitments and Personal Visits

Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO)

An organizer’s guide to conducting effective recruitment and personal visits, it also includes a number of role plays that provide concrete examples of ways to be effective at the doors.

Rep Ya Block -Transition Training

Movement Strategy Center


The purpose of BLOC is to support the personal and political development of young organizers and activists through community building, networking and peer exchange. BLOC is creating a foundation for increased collaboration, stronger alliances and movement building between organizers from different organizations, identities and political traditions.

 Movement Building 101

Movement Strategy Center

The Movement Strategy Center brings a cohesive plan to strengthen and build the progressive social justice movement. We do this by supporting individuals, organizations, alliances and sectors to be more strategic, collaborative and sustainable. Movement Building requires that we shift the way we approach change. This means we need to focus on making a cultural shift as well as structural shifts. This document illustrates some of the key changes we need to make in how we work.

 Spirit in Motion

Movement Strategy Center

Spirit in Motion believes that it is necessary to integrate sustainability into all levels of our movement work. The tools in this toolkit are activities that have been developed by Spirit in Motion, designed to engage activists, organizers, and movement builders in reflection and action about sustainability. We are sharing these activities in the hopes that the activists and organizers who participate in these exercises will take them back to their organizations to broaden and deepen the conversation about the kind of deep transformation necessary in our movement. Enjoy!

Introduction to Popular Education -A Discussion and Reflection Guide 

Colectivo Flatlander                                                                                                  

Popular Education, has also been called “Educación Liberadora” (Education for Liberation”)"Educación Dialógica" (Dialogic Education) and Participatory Adult Education and is based upon the principle that all people have knowledge, based on their experiences in life, and all people have dignity as human beings. From this base the goal of Popular Education is to open a space for trust and participation where human dignity can be affirmed and diversity can be honored and knowledge can be created and recreated.

An Article on Cultural Organizing

Highlander Research and Educational Center

Cultural organizing exists at the intersection of art and activism. It is a fluid and dynamic practice that is understood and expressed in a variety of ways, reflecting the unique cultural, artistic, organizational and community context of its practitioners. Cultural organizing is about placing art and culture at the center of an organizing strategy. It is also about organizing from a particular cultural identity, community of place or worldview.

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