Since the election of Trump, I've been getting a lot of people reaching out asking how to get involved in the resistance against him and his fascist acolytes. While I have on occasion been giving out the names of organizations for people to tap into, I've also been pushing people to organize the heretofore apolitical spaces that they frequent (work, school, church, synagogue, union, etc.). My reasoning is two-fold. First, it's really easy to plug into a bunch of organizations and burn out taking on too much work. Second, there is no guarantee that under a Trump presidency, any organizations - whether they be the Democratic party, minor socialist parties, or even small community groups - will continue to exist under a Trump national security state.
To this end, I am compiling a list of resources to help the novice activist get started to organize where they're at. In this guide, you will find the resources you need to push your colleagues to political action, run meetings, and plan a political strategy.
- Security: The Guardian's guide to Trump-proofing your communications
- Conversations: Teamsters local 362's guide on talking to people about organizing
- Decision Making: Seeds for Change's guide to consensus-based democracy
- Meetings: Occupy Wall Street's guide to facilitating a meeting
- Bigger Meetings: Occupy Vancouver's guide to spokes councils (for larger meetings with multiple groups)
- Assessing Allies: Beautiful Trouble's primer on the spectrum of political allies
- Campaign Strategy: 350.org's guide for campaign escalation
- Building Tactics: The Change Agency's tactic star