Organizing

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Action Will Be Taken: Left Anti-Intellectualism and Its Discontents
Featherstone, Liza; Henwood, Doug; Parenti, Christian
Article
2004
Marxism's decline isn't just an intellectual concern -- it too has practical effects. If you lack any serious understanding of how capitalism works, then it's easy to delude yourself into thinking tha...
The Activist's Handbook: A Primer
Shaw, Randy
Book
2001
A guide to activism and campaigning strategies.
Activist's Handbook
Article
Articles for activists on organizing.
The Activists' Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy
Ricketts, Aidan
Book
2012
A guide to grassroots activism.
Against Activism
Taylor, Astra
Article
2016
"Activism" stands in contrast to organizing. Organizing aims to bring people together to build and exercise power, informed by a strategic vision for acquiring power and changing society. To be an "ac...
Ah-Hah!: A New Approach to Popular Education
Book
1983
AH-HAH seminars are designed to organize groups of comman interests, especially workers, to come to a common understanding.
Alice in Migraland
The School of Authentic Journalism
Film/Video
2013
The story of how undocumented students organized creatively and strategically and got the Federal Government to grant them legal status.
America's Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century
Thompson, Gabriel
Book
2016
Gabriel Thompson provides a full picture of Fred Ross,this complicated and driven man, recovering a forgotten chapter of American history and providing vital lessons for organizers today.
Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements.
Dixon, Chris
Book
2014
Dixon examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. He presents the histories and principles that shape many contempor...
Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Anti-fascism isn't working
Farrow, Keiron
Article
2009
What all the current anti-fascist approaches have in common is that they miss the real danger. This doesn't lie in the BNP taking power, in the possibility of concentration camps or any of the other s...
At the Escuelita Zapatista, Students Learn Community Organizing and Civil Resistance as a Way of Life: The Class Was Stopped Twice: The First Time to Emphasize the Importance of Discipline in Their Organization
Mensing, Alex
Article
2013
From August 11-17, the Zapatistas brought more than 1,500 people into their communities to attend the Escuelita Zapatista, the Little Zapatista School. According to a February comunicado by the EZLN, ...
Autonomy: Creating Spaces for Freedom
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Article
2003
The Barefoot Channel: Community Television as a Tool for Social Change
Goldberg, Kim
Book
1990
How you or you group can use local community TV station to get your message out.
The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change
Book
2009
A partical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more health, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributio...
Being an Organizer and Being an Activist is not the Same Thing: Community Organizers are the "Brain" that Injects Strategy into the Heart of a Successful Social Movement
Orellana, Carolina Mascareño
Article
2013
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the role that organizers and activists play in social movements. Both roles have profound differences regarding their goals and the way they face problems withi...
Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism
Rowbotham, Sheila; Segal, Lynne; Wainright, Hilary
Book
1979
A call for various fractions of the left to unite and work for a socialism through grass-roots activism.
Beyond the Politics of Place: New Directions in Community Organizing
Delgado, Gary
Book
1997
A look at community organizing and its evolution with a focus on groups comprised of people of colour.
Bogus, Misdirected and Effective
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The Tea Party movement is steeped in misinformation and denial. But it has a lot to teach the left.
Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing
Stout, Linda
Book
1996
A guide to grassroots organizing with a focus on bridging the gap between middle class organizers and affected members of lower class communities.
Bringing Diversity Home: Lakey, George
Article
1995
Diversity provides an opportunity for activist organizations to strengthen themselves. A lot depends on how it's done.
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Thompson, Gabriel
Book
2007
Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy through grassroots organizing.
Canada: Activists Face the Future: Against The Current vol. 91
Moorsom, Toby
Article
2001
Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that impl...
Canada's Young Activists: A Generation Stands Up for Change
Cullis-Suzuki, Severn; Fredrickson, Kris; Kayssi, Ahmed; Mackenzie, Cynthia; Aldana Cohen, Daniel
Book
2007
Twenty five personal accounts of the important work of some of Canada's most prominent young activists championing causes from child labour to environmentalism.
Neil Chacker, 1942-2004: Against The Current vol. 113
Finkel, David
Article
2004
During the Vietnam war, one Colonel Reberry at Fort Lewis, Washington, posted a threatening notice forbidding the distribution of material that would promote "disloyalty and discontent." A response s...
Chinese Workers' Resistance: Against The Current vol. 111
Diamond, Norm
Article
2004
Norm Diamond interviews Tim Pringle, who lives in Hong Kong, where he participates as an observer and also as a member of the editorial board of the Chinese-language magazine Globalization Monitor.
The Chinese Working Women's Network: Against The Current vol. 113
Ngai, Pun; Ming, Yang Lie
Article
2004
There is no doubt that China is growing rapidly in importance in the global economy. China has now surpassed the United States as the largest destination in the world for foreign investment. While man...
Choices: A Family Global Action Handbook
McConkey, David
Book
1987
Choices is aimed particularly at parents who want to instil social awareness in their children, and who are looking for ideas, activities, and ways of initiating discussion.
Clandestinity: Resisting State Repression
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Article
2003
Coffeehouses: Connexipedia Article
Article
An establishment which primarily serves prepared coffee or other hot beverages.
The collective decides...
Landry, Charles; Morley, David; Southwood, Russell; Wright, Patrick
Article
1991
The obsession with 'process politics' leads to an obsession with all aspects of internal structure and its working. As a result, the collective can often lose sight of its larger political objectives ...
Community Organising - A New Part of the Union
Goulding, Richard
Article
2012
A look at Unite’s community union organizing.
Community organizing: Connexipedia Article
Article
A process by which people living in proximity to each other are brought together in an organization to act in their shared self-interest.
Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach
Kuyek, Joan
Book
2011
Kuyek examines the creation of positive social change based on a coherent and wide-ranging analysis of the context in which the work is done and the principles needed to make it effective.
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
DARE's Struggles in Rhode Island: Against The Current vol. 110
Buhle, Paul
Article
2004
Let's start in a scene from last summer that will be familiar, not exactly but approximately, to many older readers: the labor awards banquet. The setting is a "casino"— in the 1880s sense of a banqu...
The Day the Internet Died: An Oral History of the Egyptian Revolution
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism
Article
2012
When Hosni Mubarak Shut Off Cell Phones and the Internet in January 2011 Was the Moment When More Egyptians than Ever Went Out into the Streets.
Defender of the Forests: Bonnie Phillips vs. the Timber Beasts, Gang Green and the Big Foundations
Schlossberg, Josh
Article
2015
Veteran forest advocate Bonnie Phillips passed away on May 4, 2015 in Olympia, Washington. This article is based on her final interview.
Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago
Miller, James
Book
1987
A thoughtful and evocative history of the American New Left in the 1960's, looking critically but sympathetically at the struggles and passions of that period.
The Extraordinary Myles Horton
Horton, Myles; interviewed by Gould, Ellen & Dobbin, Murray
Article
1988
Myles Horton is the founder of the Highlander Folk School, a centre for leadership training in Tennessee. The Highlander trains organizers for unions, civil rights organizations and local citizens' gr...
Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams
Kuyek, Joan Newman
Book
1990
Detailed information and advice on how to organize a group for social change.
First Contract: Women and the Fight to Unionize
Conde, Carol, Beveridge, Karl
Book
1986
Looks at the "personal side" of the struggle of working women to organize themselves into unions and win first contracts.
First Person Plural: A Community Development Approach to Social Change
Smith, David
Book
1994
Smith provides an account of his experiences and addresses the ways of building an effective and democratic orgranization to bring about social transformation. Useful for those interested in adult edu...
Get Active
Website
A guide to organizing and carrying out campaigns on social and environmental issues, prepared by Greenpeace Australia.
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada.
Czerny, Michael
Book
1984
See also CX3147.
Global Labor: Socialist Register 2001: Review published in Against The Current Vol. 95
Fletcher, Bill Jr.
Article
2001
For all intents and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early '90s. When I say "discovered" I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard ...
Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign
Honey, Michael K
Book
2008
A history of the sanitation worker strike in Memphis.
Going Public: An Inside Story of Disrupting Politics as Usual
Gecan, Michael
Book
2002
An introduction to the Industrial Areas Foundation and their method of organizing.
Grassroots media relations
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2010
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
Grassroots Power vs. Police Brutality: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Claire
Article
2000
Widespread police abuse is a long-time, normally mainly secret side of life in capitalist America, especially for minority communities. Now, in a number of cities, outrageous cases of police murders o...
Grassroots Power, Women and Transformation: An Interview with George Friday: Against The Current vol. 85
Luce, Stephanie
Article
2000
George Friday is an organizer with the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN)—a national network of organizations working to build alternatives to the two-party system. An African-American wo...
Having the Hard Conversations: Jane McAlevey on Fight for 15, labour's crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing
McAlevey, Jane; Rozworski, Michael
Article
2015
An interview with labour organizer Jane McAlevey on labour's crisis of strategy and the difference between organizing and mobilizing. McAlevey discusses what ails the labour movement, problem with the...
The History Behind the Organizer of the Water War: Oscar Olivera remembers how the Bolivian people took back their land and their power
Blanc, Chen
Article
2013
Many know Oscar Olivera as the voice and the organizer of the water war in Cochabamba in 2000. Others remember his experience as a factory worker.
How Can We Step Outside the Box?
Stratman, Dave
Article
To sustain our efforts and help them to grow, we need a solid core of relationships and ideas that confirm the best of what we know and do against the pressure of capitalist ideas and values. Building...
How Not to Get Eaten When the Dinosaurs Escape from their Cages
Giordano, Al
Article
2012
The risks of moving too quickly to occupy TV stations, and “Suggestions for Radicals” who are in for the long haul.
How People Get Power: Organizing Oppressed Communities for Action
Kahn, Si
Book
1970
A book about community organizing, written for organizers.
How the Rural Poor Got Power: Narrative of a Grassroots Organizer
Wellstone, Paul
Book
2003
The author's experiences as an activist in rural Minnesota.
How to fight reactionaries
Younge, Gary
Article
2006
Fundamentalists of all kinds only thrive when their communities feel besieged. Understanding why is not an indulgence.
How to Light a Prairie Fire: The Spell Can be Broken
Rovics, David
Article
2010
If there's one thing I think many people need to understand, it is this: sustained mass movements rarely happen unless many of the participants believe they might win.
The International Workingmen's Association, General Rules
Article
1864
Rules of the First International Workingmen's Association, adopted at its founding congress in 1864.
Invitation to form Operative Groups YoSoy#132
Article
2012
#YoSoy132 is against Enrique Peña Nieto, seeks the democratization of the mass media, and behaves as a peaceful movement.
I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle
Payne, Charles M.
Book
2007
A study and history of the legacy of community organizing in Mississippi.
Johanna Lawrenson: Organizing on the Run: Lawrenson and Partner Abbie Hoffman Ran the Guantlet of US Law Enforcement to Organize for Justice
Mensing, Alex
Article
2013
In 1978, Johanna Lawrenson launched a social movement with a fugitive. Her partner was Abbie Hoffman, an experienced organizer who at the time was wanted by the FBI.
John Kerry and Me
Giordane, Al
Article
2012
Experiences in community organizing and electoral organizing.
Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program
Smith, Brendan; Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2015
The victorious Keystone campaign also exposed the perennial Achilles' heel of those who are fighting against climate change: We are often painted by our opponents and perceived by the public as caring...
Killer Coke Exposed: Against The Current vol. 135
Abbott, Jared
Article
2008
In their September-October 2006 Against the Current (ATC 124) article “The Real Life Side of Coke,” Camilo Romero and Leslie Gill documented the growing movement of students and labor organizations th...
Labor Scores at Verizon: Against The Current vol. 89
Douglas, Rachel
Article
2000
On August 6 87,000 members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) struck Verizon Communications in twelve states from Maine to Vir...
Learning from our History: Ernie Tate's Memoir of His Early Years
Fidler, Richard
Article
2014
Richard Fidler reviews political activist Ernest Tate's two volume Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 60s: Ernest Tate, A Memoir.
Lessons From Arizona: Direct Action Organizing From 1999 to Now
Strauss, Jesse
Article
2010
What we saw in Arizona over the summer showed a new model of organizing, wherein cooperation between people who are dedicated to different tactics as well as space for accountability within the strugg...
Lessons from small shop organizing
Rinaldi, Lou
Article
2013
A significant amount of organizing experience in the IWW comes from working in relatively small workplaces such as stand-alone single shops or franchises of multiple smaller shops. These places presen...
Let the People Decide: Neighbourhood Organizing in America
Robert, Fisher
Book
1994
A history of neighbourhood-based community organizing in the United States.
Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky, His Life and Legacy
Horwitz, Sanford D.
Book
1992
A biography of Saul Alinsky and the evolution of his ideas on organizing.
Living by the Clock of the World: Grace Lee Boggs' Call for Visionary Organizing
Birkhold, Matthew
Article
2012
Grace Lee Boggs recently argued that activists should spend less time on protest organizing because it "leads you more and more to defensive operations" and "Do visionary organizing" because it "gives...
The Long Haul: An autobiography
Horton, Myles
Book
1990
Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk School. A major catalyst for social change in the United States for over sixty years, this school has touched the lives of so many people, including...
Looking at the Conference
Chester, Ashley
Article
1976
Ashley Chester comments on the Popular Education Conference.
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Making Their Voices Heard
Larkin, Florence; Torres, Sara
Article
1986
An account of international solidarity work in El Salvador.
Marx et Makhno a la rencontre de McDonald's
Goldner, Loren
Article
2005
A Paris, les travailleurs précaires qui sont sortis vaniqueurs de plusieurs grèves en ont perud d'autres avec les honneurs à cause des méthodes à la fois légales et illégales des syndicats et des ultr...
Marx and Makhno Meet McDonald's
Goldner, Loren
Article
2005
Over the last several years, a revolving network of militants in Paris, France, have developed a strategy and tactics for winning strikes by marginal, low-paid, outsourced and immigrant workers agains...
The Medical Cannabis Victory: A Textbook Case of Organizing and Resistance
Giordano, Al
Article
2009
Shifting from mere activism and advocacy to a referendum strategy also forced significant swathes of drug policy reform movements to enter a new phase: that of community organizing. Referenda in most ...
The Mexican Student Movement Is Younger & Faster than "Occupy"
Giordano, Al
Article
2012
It has been decades since I have seen any march of this size include a pledge by participants with that much discipline and awareness that the march is about influencing public opinion (in other words...
Mkhuseli "Khusta" Jack and the Art of the Boycott: 27 Years Later, a South African Organizer Looks Back at a Tactic that Hastened the End of Apartheid
Rothschild, Leehee
Article
2013
A key figure in organizing a consumer boycott was the young South African Mkhuseli (Khusta) Jack, who recently discussed his experiences in that campaign with students and professors assembled for the...
Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All
Shapiro, Tricia
Book
2010
In recent years, local people fighting against Mountaintop Removal's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's co...
The Movement Comes to Jena: Against The Current vol. 131
Dubinsky, Joanna
Article
2007
The humid air felt electric as the sun ascended over the hundreds of buses idling a 20-mile stretch of Louisiana Route 49, the gateway to the rural hometown of the Jena 6. It was 6 AM, September 20, 2...
Moving Toward A New Society
Gowan, Suzanne; Lakey, George; Moyer, William; Taylor, Richard
Book
1976
A vision of a new society, with a strategy for achieving it through non-violent revolution, and specific suggestions for what individuals can do now to work for fundamental social change.
Murfreesboro vs. Islamophobia
Short, Jase; Woloszyn, Andy
Article
2011
When the Muslim community in Murfreesboro, Tennessee sought a permit to build an expanded Islamic Center, local bigots saw an opportunity to exploit the same "moral panic," invented by the Tea Party, ...
Naming the Moment: Political Analysis for Action: A Manual for Community Groups
Barndt, Deborah, Freire, Carolos
Book
1989
A given moment - this moment - is unlike any other moment in time. Howe can we understand what it offers so that we can make the best use of it? How have people used moments in the past to push toward...
The New Worker Organizing
Garvey, John
Article
2013
Many, perhaps most, worker center–based organizing projects focused on workers in low-wage jobs, are conducted with the active support and, often enough, leadership provided by a variety of community-...
The Newsletter #2
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
No Heroes in Montreal -- Why Endless Protest Does Not a Movement Make
McCuen, Heather
Article
2012
No matter what you've taken to the streets to oppose - no matter how just your cause - your message gets lost when you don’t engage the community, you don't exercise discipline, or you just start acti...
Notebook of an Agitator
Cannon, James P.
Book
1958
Over 100 articles from the pen of an active participant in the events of thirty years of labor history. Cannon covers the campaigns to save Sacco and Vanzetti, the historic strikes of the 1930s, the K...
Nothing Is Ever Won Without Organizing: Remarks to the First Nonviolence Training Session of the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity
Giordano, Al
Article
2012
All organizing begins with the telling of a story. When we listen carefully to somebody’s story, we learn what motivates him, what she is passionate about. Listening is the first skill and duty of a c...
On Organization
Camatte, Jacques; Collu, Gianni
Book
1969
The authors argue that political groups, whether large or small, formal or informal, hierarchical or not, can only be a hindrance to revolutionary developments.
On Organization
Wetzel, Tom
Article
Discusses the democratic organizational forms appropriate to libertarian socialist organizations.
On Spontaneity and Organisation
Bookchin, Murray
Article
1971
On the relationship of spontaneity and revolution.
On workplace organisation
Article
1997
A look at the exchange between Stan Weir and Sam Friedman on workplace organisation.
Organising Things: A Guide to Successful Political Action
Ward, Sue
Book
1984
A comprehensive guide to practical political action, packed with information and handy checklists.
Organize! Organizing for Social Change
Bobo, Kim; Kendall, Jerry; Max, Steve
Book
1996
A guide to community organizing with attention to specific tasks such as hosting meetings, public speaking and making partnerships with other activist groups.
Organizer Renny Cushing Tapped the Power of Community to Pull the Plug on Nuke Plants: Clamshell Alliance Drew a Line in the Sand That the Nuclear Energy Industry Has Not Crossed to This Day
Clarke, Feliticy
Article
2013
As one of the key figures in the Clamshell Alliance in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cushing was effective in organizing a movement that played a major role in freezing the construction of new nucle...
The Organizer's Manual
O.M. Collective
Book
1971
Practical suggestions for small-group and grassroots organizing, political self-e4ducation, mass education and communications, alternate community services, mass actions, legal and medical self-defens...
Organizers Worth Their Salt: "Let's drink to the hard working people; Let's drink to the salt of the Earth"
Slaughter, Jane
Article
2014
A few unions are recruiting salts these days, usually young people who apply for low-wage jobs in retail, hospitality, or logistics. But unions are reluctant to talk about salting, not wanting to aler...
Organizing Around Transit: At the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Class Struggle
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2011
For the older big cities in North America, public transit is critical to their daily functioning. Organizing among workers and riders on public transit has a strategic importance.
Organizing in a Small Town
Two members of the Toronto Liberation School
Article
1976
Experiences in organizing in a small town in Ontario in the early 1970s.
Organizing "The Poor" - Against The Working Class
Repo, Marjaleena
Article
1971
The newly found "poor" have become a focus for middle class activists. Having learned in the schools and universities that the working class either did not exist or that if it existed, it was co-opted...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 12, 2015: Organizing
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
The focus of this issue is organizing. How can we challenge and overcome entrenched structures of economic and political power? Our own source of power is our latent ability to join together and work ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015: Climate Change and Social Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a produ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 16, 2016: Working class organizing
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Working to change things for the better, fighting to prevent things from getting worse, remembering the past to illuminate possibilities for the future: as always, that is the focus of Other Voices. I...
Out of the Driver's Seat: Marxism in North America Today
Article
1974
Outlines the political perspective of the Windsor-based Labour Centre in the wake of divisions in the Centre in 1974. Issues explored include the nature of the working class, women in the working clas...
A Parable of Women's Liberation: Against The Current vol. 134
Tax, Meredith
Article
2008
Interview with Meredith Tax.
Paulina González Uses Story Telling as a Tool of Civil Resistance: The organizer from south Los Angeles believes that you can touch peoples' hearts with stories
Payan, Ximena
Article
2013
Paulina González believes that story telling is fundamental to succeed any social movement needs the support and dedication of a critical mass.
Planning As Learning: The Education of Citizen Activists
Alexander, Donald Hayley Morrow
Book
1994
Phd thesis focusing on the learning undertaken by members of citizens' groups involved in land use planning.
Power: Building it Without Taking it
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Article
2003
Prison organising
Article
2004
If you're struggling for a better world, there is a chance that someone you know or even you yourself could go to prison. Thousands of people have been jailed for standing up for themselves and their ...
A Proposal to American Labor: 'Open source unionism' could reinvigorate American labor in the age of the Internet
Freeman, Richard B.; Rogers, Joel
Article
2002
The authors posit that union membership is too restricted by the requirement that unions have majority support in the workplace. They believe that pro-union workers who are a minority in their workpla...
Rank and File: Personal Histories of Working Class Organizers
Lynd, Alice; Lynd, Staughton (eds.)
Book
1973
A collection of stories and recollections from labour movement organizers.
Red Menace #1: Volume 1, Number 1 - February 1976
Article
1976
The first issue of The Red Menace, a libertarian socialist newsletter.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
Book
1977
A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to tra...
Reveille for Radicals
Alinksy, Saul D.
Book
1946
Alinksy connects his theoretical notions on radicalism to practical movements and events.
Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir: Volume 1, Canada 1955-1965
Tate, Ernest
Book
2014
The first volume of long-time Canadian revolutionary socialist Ernie Tate's memoir.
Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir: Volume 2, Britain 1965-1970
Tate, Ernest
Book
2014
The second volume of long-time Canadian revolutionary socialist Ernie Tate's memoir.
Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana's 1905 Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 114
Westmaas, Nigel
Article
2005
1905 was a landmark year in the history of Guyana, as it was for several places around the world. In Russia, the Tsar and his troops shot workers delivering a petition in St. Petersburg. In Bengal t...
Revolutionary Organisation and Open Letter to IS
Article
1972
A 1972 pamphlet incorporating two previously published texts, 'Revolutionary Organisation' (1961) and 'An Open Letter to I.S.' (1968). They are presented as "a contribution to the serious discussing n...
Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
Alinsky, Saul
Book
1971
Alinsky's Rules for Radicals provides perspectives, principles and lessons for realistic radical organizers.
Social centre: Connexipedia Article
Article
Community spaces are used for a range of disparate activities.
Social Movements/Social Change: The Politics and Practice of Organizing - Socialist Studies 4
Cunningham, Frank; Findlay, Sue; Kadar, Marlene, et.al.
Book
1988
This collection of essays covers movements related to labour, ecology, childcare, peace, disability, gay rights, and access to abortion.
Some ideas about organizing from Citizens for Local Democracy
Article
1997
Suggestions about starting a local group which will focus on issues of local democracy.
Some Thoughts on Organization
Murtagh, P.
Article
1978
What type of organization should anarchists, libertarian socialists and libertarian Marxists be working towards?
Sounds of dissent The politics of music: New Internationalist August 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
The role of music in politics. Discusses how music has changed the world, and the pioneers in the world of political music.
Spontaneity and Organisation: From 'Anti-Bolshevik Communism'
Mattick, Paul
Article
1977
Although Lenin counted on, he simultaneously feared, spontaneous movements. He justified the need for conscious interferences in spontaneously-arising revolutions by citing the backwardness of the mas...
Spontaneity and Organization: Some Comments
Montgomery, David
Article
1973
A contribution to a symposium on Jeremy Brecher's book Strike!
Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy
Sen, Rinku
Book
2003
An overview of contemporary organizing strategies and philosophies with case studies.
A Strategy for Antiwar Organizing
Grosser, David
Article
2011
There is a paradox here: The organized antiwar movement’s effectiveness has declined, even while public opinion polls showed that antiwar sentiment among the public as a whole has grown steadily. A mo...
The Strategy and Organizing Behind the Successful DREAM Act Movement
Gonzalez, Paulina
Article
2012
Undocumented youth have shown that ordinary people build extraordinary people power, even in the United States.
Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society
Rees, John
Book
2011
John Rees draws on the experience of recent mass movements and past revolutions to suggest ways in which the left can maximize the effectiveness of all those who want to transform society.
"Sure, Stick It In": Who Will Organize the Organizers?
McConnell, Alan
Article
2009
One has to recognize when the movement is all there, ready to go, and just needs a little impetus.
Take a STAND Canada. An Interview on the Darfur advocacy group's path to success with director Ben Fine
Stavro-Beauchamp, Laura
Article
2006
An interview on the Darfur advocacy groups's path to success with director Ben Fine.
Talking About Organizing: A Series
Article
2014
This is an active online archive of commentaries and stories, first published in Our Times, about the experience of union organizing: what works and what doesn't. It's also the place where you'll find...
Techsoup
Website
A technology resource centre for non-profits.
Traite du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Giordano, Al
Article
2011
Once upon a time, twenty thousand people descended on Wall Street, the capitol of capital, occupied it nonviolently, and won exactly what they demanded. This is not a fairy tale. It really happened. T...
A Troublemaker's Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work -- And Win!
La Botz, Dan
Book
1991
An organizing manual for workers dealing with both major issues and everyday problems in the workplace.
A Troublemaker's Handbook 2
Slaughter, Jane (ed.)
Book
A manual for workers who want to take control over their lives at work. In hundreds of first-person accounts, workers tell in their own words how they organized and struggled to do that.
Two Struggles, One Story
The School of Authentic Journalism
Article
2013
Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack and Oscar Olivera met face to face and shared their stories of strategic organizing with the scholars and professors of the School of Authentic Journalism.
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
Freeman, Jo
Article
1970
Contrary to what we would like to believe, there is no such thing as a "structureless" group. Any group of people of whatever nature that comes together for any length of time for any purpose will ine...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
Untying the Knot
Freeman, Jo; Levine, Cathy
Book
The Urban Question and Organizing
Shragg, Eric and Drover, Glenn
Book
1979
...
US Civil Rights-Era Leader Mary King Says Successful Social Movements Expand Space for Other Struggles: Paper Penned by King Helped to Spark Modern Women’s Movement
Driver, Alice
Article
2013
Mary King played an important role in helping to advance the struggle for women's rights.
Vanguard, Vanguard, Who's Got the Vanguard?
Schneider, Michael
Article
1972
A critique of Leninist vanguard-party theories and practice, especially as manifested in the new left groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Published in the May 1972 and August 1972 issues of Libe...
We can learn to live free (Clark)
Clark, Ed
Article
1979
Give the human race a little credit. We can surely learn to live free, neither dominant nor submissive.
We Make the Road By Walking: Conversations on education and social change
Horton, Myles; Freire, Paulo
Book
1990
Horton, the founder of the Highlander Folk School, and Freire, a Brazilian education leader, are from two different backgrounds, but their shared views on the use of participatory education in bringin...
The Welsh Revolution
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
Why are radical politics electable in Wales but not in England?
What a Way to Run a Railroad: An Analysis of Radical Failure
Landry, Charles; Morley, David; Southwood, Russell; Wright, Patrick
Book
1985
How can the high failure rate of radical projects, in the media and elsewhere, be understood? This book analyses the reasons why many of the key organisations and projects in this sector, which grew u...
What is an organizer?
Kuyek, Joan
Article
1993
Discusses the organizer's role in democratic organizations.
What It Takes to Build a Movement
Rudd, Mark
Article
2009
Activism = self-expression; organizing = movement-building.
What to do with a tin of beans? Food banks, the left and the movement
Snowdon, Alex
Article
2013
Acts of collective practical solidarity are a springboard to participation in campaigning against austerity and the Tory war on the poor.
What Would it Mean to Win?
Turbulence collective
Book
2010
Where is the movement today? Where is it going? Are we winning? The authors of the essays in this volume pose these and other momentous questions.
When Hate Groups Come to Town: A Handbook of Model Community Responses
Williams, Randall; Wells, Lyn (eds.)
Article
1986
A handbook for dealing with hate groups in communities across North America, dealing with the nature of such groups and how they work and how communities can band together to combat them.
Who Advocates Spontaneity?
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
1973
The working class can come to understand its power to act only by acting.
Why the Leninists Will Win
Clark, Ed
Article
1977
Clark argues that the failure of the libertarian left to take organizing seriously makes it likely that capitalism will be overthrown by Leninists who will preside over a social system as undemocratic...
A winning formula
Meszaros, Paul
Article
2009
Intelligent community-based campaigning exposes the BNP for what it is, as well as providing a defence of civil society.
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej
Book
2008
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers readers an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Mar...
Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools
Wollman, Neil (ed.)
Book
1985
A survey of the attitudes and tools that can be used in working for peace.
Working Lives: Vancouver 1886-1986
Working Lives Collective
Book
1986

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Center for Third World Organizing
A training and resource centre dedicated to building a social justice movement led by people of colour. CTWO works with local allies and community organizations nationally to strategize on how to ...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Labor Notes
Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979. Through our magazine, website, books, conf...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
New Society Publishers
New Society Publishers' mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact upon the e...
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount grassroots political campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working peop...
Radical Digressions
Progressive comment and analysis by Ulli Diemer, featuring articles, letters, photos and the Radical Digressions Blog.
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...
This Magazine
This Magazine tells you what's happening and why. News across Canada, award-winning investigations, columnists, fiction, poetry, comics, more!

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (CLC)
The IAM is a trade union representing some 40,000 Canadian workers in air transport and a wide range of manufacturing including aircraft, autoparts, aerospace, autobuses, electronics, light and heavy machinery, tools and appliance...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

Sources Library

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Gawande, Atul
2010
Describes Gawande's search for an ideal list and how the complexity of knowledge and life can be addressed using checklists.
English Defence League: new wave of extremists plotting summer of unrest
Growth of anti-Muslim group raises fears of street violence
Taylor, Matthew
2010
A profile of the supporters and the protests of the English Defence League, a right wing anti-Islam group of mostly white, young British men, many of them mobilized through their soccer clubs.
The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world
A generation of political activists have been transformed by new tools developed on the internet.
Krotoski, Aleks
2010
Internet activists speak about censorship, the democratising impact of open source technology, and the importance of oportunities for anonimity in a post 9-11 world.

From the Connexions Archives

Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
LabourStart
Website
A major site with information about labour activities throughout the world.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Newsletter
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of indepedent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workp...
Organizing for Workers' Power!
Engler, Allan
Article
Allan Engler, author of Economic Democracy, critiques segments of the left for largely ignoring working class power. Recognizing that social change can only be carried through by the working class, En...
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...