Indivisible Guide

The free Indivisible Guide offers strategy for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. It provides guidance on how to get the attention of Members of Congress and strategically advocate for issues of concern. The guide also offers advice on starting or joining a local organizing group or network.

Read more at: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/guide/

The Problem with Philanthropy

With the growth of extreme wealth in America, individual philanthropists have replaced government funding in the political arena. While this ‘disruptive philanthropy’ can have swift and positive results, the influence these few wealthy donors have over the political system is concerning. The article discusses the challenges of these new patterns of political funding as well as possibilities for change.

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/03/the-problem-with-philanthropy/520989/

We Don’t Have Spaces to Feel Vulnerable and Imperfect

“How can we be honest, imperfect, and vulnerable with one another?” This stop-motion video features a conversation between Krista Tippett and Brene Brown on the shame and collective fear that stops us from connecting deeply with one another. It offers wisdom for releasing this fear and together stepping into the discomfort of imperfection.

See more at: https://onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-we-dont-have-spaces-to-feel-vulnerable-and-imperfect/

And more by Brené Brown on The Courage to Be Vulnerable!

Organizing for Action Organizing Manual

Organizing for Action (OFA) offers this free manual for group and individual organizers at all experience levels. It contains guides for building strategic issue campaigns, methods for building capacity, and step-by-step advice for building people-centered power through teams and chapters. The appendix contains guidance notes on organizing press events, pledge drives, trainings, and more.

Read more at: https://www.ofa.us/get-involved/build-support/organizing-manual/

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

This article in the New Yorker discusses research on the shortcomings of our ability to think rationally based on facts. Biased towards our own perspective, we struggle to take the perspectives of others and believe we know much more than we actually do. The article suggests that many who express strong political opinions base their ideas on fairly shallow information and have little ability to explain the rationale behind their thoughts. For these reasons, providing people with facts often does not change their minds.

Read more at: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds

Resistance School – Sessions 2 – How to Organize and Mobilize our Communities

Resistance School is a free practical training program. Our goal is to sharpen the tools communities need to organize and make sustained change that advances values of fairness, equality, and inclusivity.

Even in today’s increasingly complex world, average citizens are often better equipped than professionals and academics to fight and win electoral and issue-based battles. In the second session of Resistance School, grassroots organizer Sara El-Amine explores the ineffective emphasis recent elections have placed on mobilizing compared to organizing and how organizing now will allow us to better mobilize in the future. Sara then dives into the key components of successful issue-based and electoral campaigns, focusing on the importance of the people involved in those efforts. Finally, the session ends with ways every one of us can try to persuade fellow voters, not simply in attempt to win elections, but as a more fundamental exercise in strengthening the fabric of our democracy.

Join us for Session 2 on Monday May 22nd and if you missed the first session, watch the replay!.

The DPMC is organizing these four sessions of Resistance School, Potluck style! We’ll have a main dish. Please bring food/drink to share! For more information and to sign up contact us!