Organizing Tools

Featured: Online Election Resources

November2nd.org - From the League of Young Voters Education Fund, this website asks folks why they vote and helps you send a postcard -- a work of art -- to your friends reminding them to vote and telling them why voting is important to you. It also gves you an opportunity to sign up and volunteer with the League.
 
The Organizer's Guide to Election Administration - From the New Organizing Institute, a guide to election practices in each state. Here's what you need to know to organize, register, motivate, and protect the vote.
 
The Rules of the Game: A Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) organizations - By the Alliance for Justice, this user-friendly guide reviews federal tax and election laws which govern nonprofit organizations in an election year, and explains the right (and wrong) ways to organize specific voter education activities. 

Vote Again in 2010  - A joint website representing over 30 C3 nonpartisan youth-serving organizations and media partners, working to increase youth turnout in the 2010 midterm elections.

The We the People Tour - Conversations around the country to initiate a national dialogue about high-quality education as a fundamental right and a grassroots movement to transform public schools.

State Voices - Information and resources from a national network -- built from the states up-that helps grassroots organizations win shared policy and civic engagement victories and build long-term power.
 

Organizing Resources

Title: New Media Toolkit

AuthorThe Renaissance Journalism Center (RJC)

Brief Description: This curated collection of online tools, tutorials and resources is designed to help nonprofits and ethnic and community news organizations navigate the often intimidating and ever-evolving new media landscape.

Language: English

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Title: Resources for Community Organizers

Author: The Praxis Project

Brief Description: Download useful organizing tools, like a power analysis, base building tops, ways to reach out to service workers, and assessing your individual assets.

Language: English

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Title: Fight Back on Budget Cuts Toolkit

Author: The Praxis Project

Brief Description: All over the country, health programs are facing severe budget crises. Vital programs are slated for deep cuts and the human toll is hard to fathom. This publication is designed to be a resource for organizers, community groups, and public agencies at various levels of capacity working to build support for healthy budget priorities.

Language: English

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Title: Community Organizing: People Power from the Grassroots

Author: Dave Beckwith, with Cristina Lopez, Center for Community Change

Brief Description: There are four fundamental strategies available to neighborhood groups to address community problems: community organizing, advocacy, service delivery or development. There is no right or wrong strategy - each organization has to choose among them constantly. Find out how you can apply these strategies in your organization.

Language: English

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Title: Webinar: Connecting the Issues: Universal Service Fund Reform

Author: Center for Media Justice

Brief Description: On July 21st, 2010 CMJ and Consumers Union hosted a webinar on Universal Service Fund Reform. amalia deloney, Bob Williams and Joel Kelsey gave everyone a run down of the Universal Service Fund, broadband adoption and how it connects to other social justice issues. Learn more about the issue and see our recommendations below.

Language: English

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Title: Racial Equity Community Organizing Resources

Author: racialequitytools.org

Brief Description:  Check these links to community organizing techniques, strategies, best practices, case studies, and toolkits that can be applied to a wide variety of settings and groups - neighborhoods, parents, a school community (administrators, teachers, students, families), a community of decision makers on a particular issue (voters, state legislators, the insurance industry, doctors and other health care providers), etc.

Language: English

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Title:  Building Resources to End Racism

Author: The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)

Brief Description: The Applied Research Center (ARC) and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) developed the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment following ARC’s 2003 publication of Short Changed: Foundation Giving in Communities of Color.

Language: English

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Title: Community Organizing Toolkit

Author: Center for Third World Organizing

Brief Description: The Toolkit is a set of resources that support face-to-face training for residents and community leaders. The computer-based component (the "Organizing Game") is used to introduce concepts, prompt discussion, and allow residents to practice skills in a safe, non-threatening environment. The initial focus of the Toolkit is Doorknocking, an organizing technique that's particularly effective in moving issues within a local community.

Language: English
 

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Title: Left Organizers Respond to the Changing Times

Author: Organizing Upgrade

Brief Description: Check out the tools created by Organizing Upgrade. It's an attempt to engage left leaders and innovators in the field of community organizing in a strategic dialogue. The project brings the kind of inspiration, vision and strategic clarity we need to strengthen our political impact, both in our immediate fight and in our longer-term efforts to build the social justice movement and to revitalize a movement-rooted left in the United States.

Language: English

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Title: Alliances for Change: Organizing for the 21st Century

Author: Building Movement Project

Brief Description: Workers’ centers, youth-based action groups, and urban justice organizations are among those changing the face of traditional community organizing. This report looks at nearly a dozen examples of organizing efforts rising to scale and adapting to the urgent challenges and political opportunities at the beginning of the 21st century. These groups reinforce grassroots democratic practices, achieve concrete wins, and build, sustain and connect diverse bases of power for long-term systemic change, all while creatively incorporating structures and programs that respond to the everyday needs of their participants.

Language: English


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Title: Beyond the Whiteness - Global Capitalism and White Supremacy: Thoughts on movement building and anti-racist organizing

Author: Chris Crass

Brief Description: One of the most exciting developments that has come out of the mass actions - in Seattle, Washington DC, Windsor, Canada, Philadelphia and Los Angeles - is the movement-wide discussion about racism, white supremacy and organizing strategies to build a multiracial radical movement for global justice. Elizabeth 'Betita' Martínez's widely distributed essay, "Where Was the Color in Seattle", put forward the question - why, if global capitalism has the greatest negative impact on people of color around the world and in the United States, was the direct action against the WTO so overwhelming white? Her essay helped launch a dialogue in alternative media and in activists groups throughout the United States and beyond.

Language: English

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Title: Organizing Stakeholders, Building Movement, Setting the Agenda

Author: Xavier de Souza Briggs, The Community Problem Solving Project, MIT

Brief Description: This tool offers a straightforward way of understanding what organizing is and what it does. The tool highlights pitfalls and tensions, and it outlines how you can do or support organizing, help set the community agenda, and build movement for constructive change.

Language: English

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Title: Drawing Upon Language & Cultura Assets: A Toolkit For Strengthening Low-Income Rural Latino Communities

Author: California Tomorrow

Brief Description:This toolkit is designed to assist people living in rural Latino communities to create public programs and policies that will enable you to draw upon your language and culture as social, political and economic resources. It is meant to be used by community groups (large or small) to help you explore the dynamics around bilingualism in your community, to reframe bilingualism from a “problem” into the asset it can be, and to mobilize for action.

Language: English

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Title: Tool for Structural Racism Strategy Development

Author: The Center for Social Inclusion

Brief Description: Our field needs new and innovative ways tools to achieve racial and gender equity, opportunity and well-being in all of our communities. This tool helps to guide you toward a strategy with structural impact.  

Language: English

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Title: Setting a Community Agenda: Building Capacity for Local Decision-Making

Author: Center for the Study of Social Policy

Brief Description: Georgia, Missouri, Vermont, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy have developed a set of curriculum materials for local governance members and staff. materials that represent their collective best effort to communicate what community members need to know in order to make local decisionmaking a successful venture. These guides are meant to help develop local members’ capacities, skills, and knowledge, not to lead to a specific product or blueprint. 

Language: English

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Title:  National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Author: N/A

Brief Description: The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.

Language: English

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Title:  Grassroots Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Author: N/A

Brief Description: Our organizations are fighting hard to build the digital media infrastructure we need to win justice in our communities. But we are fighting with limited resources, and the battle seems endless. With planning and limited coordination, we can build power to make an impact in this battle, and in many future fights.

Language: English

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Title:  Media Justice Institute Opening Panel

Author: Center for Media Justice

Brief Description: An overview of CMJ's amalia deloney's presentation during the "Transform Media, Strengthen Movements" panel discussion at the 2011 Media Justice Leadership Institute.

Language: English

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Title:  Media Justice Leadership Institute: Getting Organized to Work with Media

Author: Center for Media Justice

Brief Description: Presentation from the 2011 Media Justice Leadership Institute covering tips and techniques to interfacing with the media as a communications tool.

Language: English

 

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