Community Organizing

In The Purpose of Power, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza writes, “The mission and purpose of organizing is to build power. Without power, we are unable to change conditions in our communities that hurt us. A movement is successful if it transforms the dynamics and relationships of power.” The Black Lives Matter organizing and protests, that peaked in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, owe their progress to their vast geographic reach, specific demands, and sustained energy.

Community organizing is one of the core tools to rally mass momentum for social transformation. Community organizing can include tactics such as changing policy, challenging how public resources are allocated, and transforming realities on the ground. This strategy is most effective when led by frontline comm [...]

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“Young people are rising to meet the moment and looking for ways to engage these 21st century realities. We carry a responsibility to join with their righteous anger and continue to identify opportunities for collective long-term strategy building that allows for us to fight back against the attacks on our people and advance our frontline struggles. We carry a responsibility to utilize all the tactical tools in our toolboxes–community organizing, direct action, creating and fighting for people’s policies, and more.”

~ Ash-Lee Henderson, Co-Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center


Better Days are Coming – Davonte Johnson, The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

Also in this section:
  • Addressing Trauma and Healing

  • Caucus and Affinity Groups

  • Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice

  • Leadership Development

  • Organizational Change Process

  • Training and Popular Education

  • Advocacy

  • Community Building

  • Dialogue and Deliberation

  • Multicultural Competency

  • Policy and Legislative Change

  • Youth Activism and Intergenerational Work

  • Arts and Culture

  • Community Engagement

  • Hate Crimes Prevention and Response

  • Narrative Change

  • Racial Reconciliation



Caucusing (Affinity Groups)

Implicit Bias


Multicultural Competency


Racial Healing

Racial Reconciliation

Restorative Justice

White Supremacy Culture

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