Organizing for Justice Amidst Crisis

Organizing for Justice Amidst Crisis


Friends, Activists and Organizers, 

While we are in an unprecedented crisis, we have also organized in moments of crisis before.  Movement NetLab has developed some resources that could be useful at this moment.

Note: We will be holding free webinars for activists, organizers and anyone who wants to learn more. Please sign up here. 

Big Picture:

  • THE STAGES OF SELF ORGANIZING: How do we build grassroots, decentralized mass movements that can quickly scale up to address immediate basic needs while fighting for long term social transformation?  Find the worksheet here.
  • Not used to organizing in networks?  Working with others who aren’t? This chart helps explain why networks for a moment like this.  

Communication Tools:

  • DIGITAL TOOLS: What kinds of digital tools can we use to self organize?  Find a spreadsheet with a lot of tools and information here.
  • WHICH TOOLS?: Identify which tools to use for different moments of the self organizing cycle.  Find a handout here.  Use this worksheet to help identify your particular needs.  

Decision Making and Accountability.

  • Set principles early to help clarify the boundaries of your network.  Setting principles for your network. Find a worksheet here.  Example Disaster Response Principles can be found here.  Feel free to use part or all of these.
  • Find different decision-making models for a network here.  Use this worksheet to help design decision making processes for your network.

A few last things

  • What should we prepare for?  We often see similar cycles in movements like these.  It can be helpful to know where we are in the cycle, and plan accordingly.  Find out more here and a worksheet here.

Movement Netlab is a grassroots “think & do tank” founded by movement veterans from The Movement For Black Lives, Occupy Sandy Hurricane Relief Effort, and Occupy Wall Street. The Occupy Sandy effort, according to many observers (including The US Department of Homeland Security), was one of the most successful civilian lead disaster relief efforts in US History.