Community Empowerment

C O M M U N I T Y   E M P O W E R M E N T  

Empowering community members to become their own powerful agents of change, while reclaiming our collective power.

Personal experiences shape our unique motivations that fuel our social change advocacy. And we’re each walking in the door with distinct levels of skills and experience; not to mention diverse willingness to take risks. Sometimes, we don’t even agree on the most pressing issues to be tackled and how to craft the most effective message. How do we create an inclusive space, all the while maintaining a certain level of cohesion? As the Occupy movement
has demonstrated over the last few months, a viable option is to adopt models of consensus while giving people
an opportunity to practice Participatory Democracy. The issues are many, the motivations even more so, and yet the resistance must be unified as the power of our numbers is undeniable.

In an effort to honor our differences within PeaceUp, we’ve come up with community agreements to promote respect and authentic communication -- about our capacity, limitations and triggers. It’s important to work within our capacity, as activists often have the habit of taking on too much, then getting burned out which can easily lead
to personal resentment. We share the skills that we have, whether it be with each other or the larger Salt Lake community. In late 2011, we ran a campaign strategy training and a civil disobedience workshop that we offered to the entire community of local activists, with no other agenda in mind than to share knowledge.

If (as MLK stated) we only need 5% of the population to create change, what will synergy look like within our respective communities of resistance? How will we ensure to reach outside of our small circles to activate and empower future agents of change?

OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU:  Reach out to your allies and friends and plan a workshop, training or community event that’s sole purpose is to share information and knowledge.  



Resources

The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever
Education & Training

The guide is authored by over 30 of the top online organizers from a spectrum of progressive movement groups: from 350.org, Freedom to Marry, New Organizing Institute, Avaaz, GetEqual, Greenpeace, Idle No More, Open Media, and many others.The guide is 80...

Creative Action Cookbook
Booklet or Zine

A SUMMER 2013 COOKBOOK OF CREATIVE TACTICS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE ACTION COLLECTIVELY AUTHORED DURING AN ALL-STAR ARTIST ACTION LAB AT THE BLUE MOUNTAIN CENTER IN MAY 2013.MORE RESOURCES ”Who’s Feeling the Heat? Puppet Show - script and illustrations

Indigenous Philosophy & Politics (Bold School #3)
Document

SOME SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING (INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS)Alfred, T. 2009. Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto. Toronto: Oxford University Press.Angayuqaq Kawagley, O. 2009. “A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit...

Resources: Radical Inclusion Workshop
Education & Training

Below you'll find a living compilation of resources, following the 2nd Session of our Climate Justice Bold School on Radical Inclusion. We hope to keep this list growing, so please feel free to get in touch with us, if there are resources you'd like for...

Post Carbon Institute Reader
Book

In the 20th century, cheap and abundant energy brought previously unimaginable advances in health, wealth, and technology, and fed an explosion in population and consumption. But this growth came at an incredible cost. Climate change, peak oil, freshwater...

Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Document

When he was jailed in Birmingham for a non-violent protest against segregation, he wrote an open letter explaining why the movement needed to escalate its efforts. Although this letter was written with respect to the civil rights movements, the lessons...

How the People Got Their Groove Back: What a Bunch of Farmers Can Teach a Bunch of Occupiers About How to Keep on Going
Guide

Not so long ago, Americans witnessed the beginning of a mass democratic uprising. Thousands of average people, disgusted by greedy elites and corporate control of government, launched a movement that spread to almost every state in the nation. They did it...

The Next American Revolution
Book

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century The new book by 95-year-old philosopher/activist Grace Lee BoggsA world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling...