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.  

Backbone Campaign

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!

Click here for the Backbone Campaign's Organizing Toolkit


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
And it is really taking off. See this update from Rachel Maddow:   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). 

  1. Resistance to Donald Trump begins to grow with local roots
  2. What is the 'Indivisible' guide?
  3. Online guide helps focus anti-Trump movement
  4. 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

Movement Building and Civil Resistance: Key Resources for Movement Organizers
This document contains key educational resources for organizers to quickly immerse themselves in some fundamentals of waging effective civil resistance.
The list is structured to address three of the key attributes of successful nonviolent movements: 
1. Unity 
2. Strategic planning 
3. Nonviolent discipline

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."

Neighborhood Action Coalitions

NACs are cooperative communities of resistance, founded on neighborhood affinity and formed to provide immediate services and protection for politically targeted communities through Direct Action (acting, directly). NACs operate from a platform of Direct Democracy (open, consensual, and accountable decision making) Solidarity (understanding that our struggles are unified) and Mutual-Aid (Caring for each other).

For more information on how they work, Please click here.

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