Growing and Supporting Activists

G R O W I N G  A N D  S U P P O R T I N G

 A C T I V I S T S 

Growing Activists expresses the need to empower people to recognize the power they hold as effective agents of change.

 
Since 2009, PeaceUp has been exploring the idea of creating a nationwide network supporting activists, emboldening them to take effectiveaction. Last Spring, we experimented with our PeaceUp Back-Up model, following the Citizen’s Filibuster and DOI actions in Washington, DC. However, we ran into logistical complications realizing that as a 501(c)(3) we couldn’t raise money for legal fees, which led us back to the drawing board. Hence, launching this novel PeaceUp CoRR model. As our friend Josh Kahn Russell poignantly says, let’s "build a movement that holds one another."

For us, growing activists means helping people find their place in this movement. Through personal transformation, we discover our niche, then confront our own boundaries and limitations. We refine and expand our set of skills, through workshops and skills trainings. Then we craft a narrative, hoping that it will move others to follow suit.
As a movement, we often shy away from taking action, awaiting the perfect action with the optimal amount of planning and resources, but history has shown us that sometimes it’s just about being ready to seize an opportunity. In those moments, Ingenuity takes precedence over training -- as it did for Tim, when he waltzed into that 2008 BLM auction.
Over the years, we’ve witnessed time and time again the transformative power of sharing personal stories. Ours include trials and errors, joyand resolve, success and despair, as we’ve come together to support our own and “built our wings on the way down.” Imagine our collective power, if activists felt supported enough to seize opportune moments, knowing that an entire movement was standing behind them. Trusting that somewhere, someone that you may not even know yet has your back if you take the risk. That’s what a supportive national movement would look like.

Challenge to all of us: Growing as activists in our communities, building a national movement that truly holds and supports each other. And finding creative ways to reach out to others who may or may not have been yet awakened to their own personal power to become salient agents of change.
 

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...

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...

Peaceful Uprising "mini-doc" by Daniel Dancer
Video

On February 28th in Salt Lake City, Utah, hundreds of activists took to the streets to sing, march and do sky art in a display of solidarity with Tim DeChristopher, aka “bidder 70″, whose trial for civil disobedience in defense of Utah wilderness and...

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...

Lessons from a Birmingham Jail
Blog

This site is generally about achieving goals and dream, but this article is especially for dreams that are meant to make this world a better place.Self Purification: This step is the most vital to ensure that further actions for change are positive. Self...

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...