WHO WROTE THIS ORGANIZING GUIDE?
We are a group of new and seasoned social movement architects who have mobilized groups of people to affect change through action.
WHY DID WE WRITE THIS GUIDE?
We see the desire of ordinary citizens to take action in groups with like-minded people in their communities.
- Pantsuit Republic (Texas)
- Action Together New Jersey
- Stronger Together Western New York
- Together We Will USA
- FIERCE PA
- Internal Resources Team
- Molly Grover (formerly with Women for Bernie, now with Save Main Street)
- Action Together Monmouth County
- Ashley Raymond and Anna Dillulio
- Action Together Network
- Action Together New York Capital Region
- Tent State University
- This guide was organized by Andrea M. Catone and designed by Allie Rossignol.
A LETTER FROM THE UNITE GUIDE ORGANIZING TEAM
You might not feel like an organizer yet, but you are already on the path. Your first step was thinking about how to engage and empower your neighbors to act together to do something about the issues that concern you.
Welcome! You are in the right place.
We developed this organizing guide to help you build groups successfully. This guide describes the steps we took and those we determined were the most important in the early stages of development.
Our goal, in making this guide, is to serve you and our greater movement – not the goals of a particular individual or group. We have different experiences, ideas, and beliefs. Despite our differences, we’ve found a constructive way to work together in groups on efforts we all want to accomplish. We are the power of our network: the skills we bring, the issues that motivate us, the connections that make us stronger. It is through this that we learn from each other and grow.
Most of the contributors to this guide helped capture momentum during the surge before and after the U.S. presidential election November 9, 2016. We see another surge approaching with the upcoming inauguration and the marches scheduled around the U.S .on the 21st of January. We want to help you build along with that surge.
It is our belief that this toolkit will be valuable for groups like ours and groups yet to be formed. We encourage you to document your own process as you build and take the time to write down ideas as instructions for others.
With your help, this collaborative guide will be an asset to the growth of our movement. Please share this guide widely … and wisely.
The Unite Guide Organizers