There has been a request this month for us to share some community organizing tools and resources alongside our conversation about resistance. Below are a few sources that might be helpful for people looking to get started with community organizing. Additionally, I encourage all of you to research what organizers in your area are already doing and how you can join in, usually a simple google search can get you started if you don’t already know anyone organizing.
PICO is a great resource for anyone interested in finding local faith-based organizing organizations, and for anyone looking to organize their faith community. Check out their community tools page for information and downloadable toolkits.
If you’re looking for a book to get you well-acquainted with the principles of grassroots organizing Rinku Sen’s Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy is a great place to start.
My favorite way to understand different models, tactics, and strategies for organizing is to learn about organizing efforts of the past. I especially recommend looking into the grassroots organizing legacy of Ella Baker, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Black Panther Party for examples of community organizing in the 1950s and 1960s. Great introductions to both of these can be found in I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle by Charles M. Payne.
If you have favorite organizing resources please feel free to leave them in a comment!