Resources for Organizers
If you are leading one of the many progressive activist groups on Vashon, or are thinking of starting one up, this page is for you.
The Backbone Campaign has great resources for organizers.
From our annual week-long activism training camp to individual workshops and mentorship, trainers in Backbone’s network will help you design creative interventions that keep the news cameras captivated and get more people activated.
Rosa Parks didn’t accidentally spark a bus boycott and invigorate the civil rights movement. Her training at the Highlander Folk School was a foundation for her direct action. There are many hard-won lessons, innovative tactics, and success stories we ought to learn from our comrades.We are excited to help you amplify your activism and reenergize your engagement with a new set of skills and tactics!
Former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama’s agenda, and have created a guide for progressive groups across the US to organize successfully. Highly recommended. Click here or go to https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
And it is really taking off. See this update from Rachel Maddow: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/interest-in-anti-trump-organizing-guide-flourishes-849615939935 300,000 copies of the how to guide have been downloaded.
Diane Emerson has created a shorter, Vashon-centric version of the guide. You can download it here: Indivisible Key Points for Vashon
And here is a 4 page version of the guide for folks outside of Vashon: Indivisible Key Points for USA
Here are additional video links to discussion about the Indivisible guide:
The Rachel Maddow Show (TRMS).
- Resistance to Donald Trump begins to grow with local roots
- What is the 'Indivisible' guide?
- Online guide helps focus anti-Trump movement
- Interest in anti-Trump organizing guide flourishes
The first three clips are from the 1/4/17 TRMS; the last is from 1/6/17
Remember to Breathe!
From Michael Moore:
"This morning I have been pondering a nearly forgotten lesson I learned in high school music. Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they actually can hold a note. In those cases, we were taught to mindfully stagger when we took a breath so the sound appeared uninterrupted. Everyone got to breathe, and the music stayed strong and vibrant. Yesterday, I read an article that suggested the administration's litany of bad executive orders (more expected on LGBTQ next week) is a way of giving us "protest fatigue" - we will literally lose our will to continue the fight in the face of the onslaught of negative action. Let's remember MUSIC. Take a breath. The rest of the chorus will sing. The rest of the band will play. Rejoin so others can breathe. Together, we can sustain a very long, beautiful song for a very, very long time. You don’t have to do it all, but you must add your voice to the song. With special love to all the musicians and music teachers in my life."