VAW Social Change Resource Center
Organizing for Social Change
††††† Organizing is a skill that can be learned by anyone with passion for social justice.† There are some great websites for building general organizing skills.† Here we offer ideas for organizing around violence against women.†
Lorde, A. (1981).† The† masterís tools will never dismantle the† masterís house.† In Moraga, C. and Anzaldua, G. (Eds.).† This bridge called my back:† Writings of† radical women of color.†† New York:† Kitchen Table Press, pp. 98-101.
†††††††††††† Color of Violence 2002:† Building a Movement
Karla Mantilla presents a powerful summary of speakers at 2nd annual Color of Violence
Conference sponsored by INCITE!† Includes Beth Richie & Catlin Fulwood from the Battered
Women's Movement. Cherie Moraga author of This Bridge Called My Back.†
†††††††††††† From Collective to Coopted
Lois Ahrens describes the shift from collective to social service orientation at the Center for
Battered Women in Austin, TX.† AEGIS, pp. 5-9, 1978
Anannya Bhattacharjee takes a hard look at how the movement has limited relevance for some
women and calls for "alternative community based strategies" to address domestic violence. 2001
Andrea del Moral on the effect of Nonprofit status on social change vision and revolutionary
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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Group Process and Class Cultures
Fred Rose highlights values middle-class organizers bring to groups and responses of working
class participants.† Excerpt from Coalitions Across the Class Divide on Class Matters.† n.d.
††††††††††††††† Race Divides Advocates
Conflict: white activists ignoring inequities in the system (Sarah Huntley, Rocky Mtn News
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Straightforward, thought-provoking list from Class Matters website.
†††††††††††† Consensus Process
Brief overview of consensus process, roles, comparison to voting.† (On Starhawkís website.)
†††††††††††† Feminist clashes with the state
Chapter on tactical choices by state-funded rape crisis centers.† From Feminist Organizations:
Harvest of the New Womenís Movement.† (On-line book, pp. 291-305, 1995)
The Battered Women's Movement and the Politics of Engagement by Claire Reinalt in Feminist Organizations: Harvest of the New Womenís Movement. (On-line book, Chapter 6,
pages 84-104, 1995)†
†††††††††††† The Movement Action Plan
A strategic framework describing the 8 stages of successful social movements.† Bill Moyer, 1987
Making Common Cause
†††††††††††† Building Bridges to Womenís Experience
How the DAIP in Duluth continues to place womenís lives at the center of their philosophy and
practice.† Lucille Pope and Kathleen Ferraro, 2006.
Basic overview of goals and steps for community organizing.† From the Asian & Pacific Islander
Institute on Domestic Violence.
†††††††††††† Making Social Change Through Organizing
Classic by Alice Ito and Debbie Lee defining social change, organizing and why itís important to
organize for social change. AEGIS magazine, 1987, pp. 10-14.
†††††††††††† The Citizen's Handbook A Guide to Building Community
Handbook for community organizing, community building activities, articles, resources.
†††††††††††† The Community Engagement Continuum
Definitions and examples for outreach, mobilization, organizing and accountability to address
violence against women in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities. Mimi Kim, 2005
Simone Joyaux commentary on social change philanthropy as activism for social justice.†
Resources for philanthropic giving. 2004
†††††††††††† Making Social Change
Ellen Pence describes the dynamics of education, action, and reflection.† From NCADV
†††††††††††† Power and Organizing
Using our own understanding of power as the foundation for strategic organizing. Also in
Spanish. Otto Bremer Foundation site, n.d
Suzanne Staggenborg compares organizational structures of two social movement groups in
Chicago.† Abstract of 1989 Social Problems article.† (Scroll down)
Celina De Leon interviews Andrea Ritchie on the Color of Violence, The Revolution will not be
Funded, and impact of the movement on violence against women of color.† Offers alternatives
†††††††††††† Why Feminists Fight with each other
Courtney Martin interviews Deborah Siegel (author of Sisterhood Interrupted) about varying
causes of feminist conflict.† 2007
Theories of Change
Lucille Pope and Kathleen Ferraro discuss proactive feminist communities and how Duluth
has developed political strategies that bridge social change with systems reform work.† 2006
†††††††††††† MUA Theory of Change
Excellent strategic planning process done by Mujeres Unidas Y Activas.† Check out theory of
change on pages 12 and 13!
Heather Gray challenges those committed to social change to examine the complex strategies
necessary to successfully organize. 2005
†††††††††††† The Tyranny of Structurelessness
Jo Freeman (Joreen) presents the need for structure to combat elitism and political impotence of feminist organizations.† Outlines basics of democratic structure.† Class 1970!
Liberatory Pedagogy/Radical Education
†††††††††††† Consciousness-Raising: A Radical Weapon
Kathie Sarachild outlines the idea, program, and need for radical principles in order to bring about change.† Notes, sidebars. 1978
†††††††††††† Implementing a Liberatory Feminist Pedagogy
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Michelle Bauer report on Bell Hook's strategies for transforming the classroom.† 2000
†††††††††††† How to start your own consciousness-raising group
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Leaflet distributed by the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, 1971
†††††††††††† Radical Education Theory - A Summary
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Outlines theories of key radical education theorists.† Andrew Robinson theory blog, 2004
†††††††††††† General Classroom Activities
12 school activities for grade school children on violence and conflict.† Alternatives to Violence Educational Program for Youth, 1997.
†††††††††††† Girls for A Change
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† National organization that empowers girls to create social change.
†††††††††††† Teaching Tolerance
K-12 classroom activities, kits, handbooks, magazine, grants for educators.† A project of Southern Poverty Law Center.
†††††††††††† Dilemmas of Community Organizers
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Betsy Leondar-Wright addresses the idealism of middle-class organizers and the tricky relationships
that present themselves in a working-class community.
†††††††††††† Political Consciousness:† A Perpetual Quest
Valerie Miller outlines dimensions of critical thinking in social justice advocacy. Paper from justassociates.org
†††††††††††† Ten Commandments for Changing the World
Angela Bischoff and Tooker Gomberg offer serious advice for social change activists with a keen
sense of humor!† From Greenspiration.org†
†††††††††††† Training for Change website
This site is loaded with training activities, articles, & tools for social change, democratically run organizations.† Training for Trainers workshops.
†††††††††††† Paul Kivel website
Paul Kivel is a prolific and accessible writer on social change, power, privilege, and class.
Examples of his work Ö.
Social Change Resource Center © 2007,† Afterwords, Inc.
Those of us who stand outside the circle of this societyís definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference; those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older, know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures, in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish.† It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.† For the masterís tools will never dismantle the masterís house.† They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.† And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the masterís house as their only source of support.† Lorde, 1981, p. 99
†††††††††††† Letter from Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King Jr.ís letter justifying civil disobedience as a moral responsibility when faced with injustice. April 1963
†††††††††††† 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
The methods: nonviolent protest and persuasion; social noncooperation; economic noncooperation; political noncooperation; and nonviolent intervention.† List can be downloaded. From The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Vol. 2, 1973.
Brief definitions of Philosophical and Tactical nonviolence.† Bruce Hartford, 2004
†††††††††††† Acts of protest and persuasion
†††††††††††† Ladies Against Women
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Smart, satiric Ďcounter-protestí of the 80ís made change by making politics fun!
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† The Miss America Protest: 1968
Announcement and pictures from this famous protest. Found in archives at redstockings.org
†††††††††††† Women Plan 'Pom Pom' Protest
Activists use 'creative resistance' strategies to bring public attention to their issue.† Dionne Searcey in New York Newsday, 2004.
†††††††††††† Nonviolent Action
†††††††††††† Women in Black
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† These women use silent vigils as a means of mobilization and strategy for action.
†††††††††††† Starhawk Activism Resource Page
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Making nonviolence work
Brief overview of how nonviolent action challenges systems of domination.† Describes
actions and questions to ask before deciding to act.
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Mass Direct Action - Options to Consider
Considerations for leaders developing a mass public movement.† George Lakey, 2000
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Philadelphia 8/00 Action Basic
†††† ††††††††††† Sample training agenda for direct (street) action. Exercises for oppression/liberation.
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Stages of Movement Development
Workshop agenda for challenging the power of institutions. George Lakey of Trainers for Change.
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† What A Direct Action Campaign Can Do
†††† ††††††††††† Excellent 1 page summary of direct action.