Basebuilding

 

Curricula + Resources

Basebuilding Tips

Concise set of tips and sample outline for volunteer orientation before canvassing or conducting outreach.

Praxis Project: is a national, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems.

Check out their Campaign Development and Electoral Organizing tools for voter outreach toolkit, campaign curriculum (coalitions, policies, basebuilding) and sample event forms (budgets, sign in sheets, donation sheets, etc.) http://www.thepraxisproject.org/tools/campaign-development-and-electoral-organizing

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Western States Base Building 101

Summary:

This training is useful in creating a common understanding of what base-building is, why base- building is important, and how organizers can successfully build the base of their organization. This training is geared toward new and emerging organizers and leaders.

Goals:

  • Explore base building within a movement-building context.
  • Clarify the kind of base our organizations need and how to get it.
  • Look at levels of engagement within our own organizations.
  • Build skills for doing good one-on-one recruitment.

Western States Center: building a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the eight western states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Free curriculum pieces on a variety of political and strategy topics such as:  Shared Oppressions, Unions, Gender Dominos, Reproductive Rights, LGBT Justice, Electoral Organizing, Dismantling Racism, and more.

http://www.westernstatescenter.org/tools-and-resources/Tools

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Compilations

Curricula

Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco

This training is developed and adapted by the Chinese Progressive Association-SF and Seeding Change for new and emerging organizers. It draws from curriculum created by CTWO, SOUL and uses the "transformative organizing" framework from Eric Mann's recent book "Playbook for Progressives." This workshop includes a scenario based in an Asian immigrant community. This workshop can be adapted for other Asian immigrant and refugee communities and other communities of color.

Chinese Progressive Association-SF (www.cpasf.org) and Seeding Change, a Center for Asian American Movement Building (www.seeding-change.org

 

DataCenter

An Introduction to Research Justice aims to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and community members and better equip marginalized communities to reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information. With strategic support, the knowledge and information generated by these communities can be used as political leverage to advance their own agendas for change.

The toolkit effectively:

  •  Explores the theory of Research Justice – a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in knowledge production
  •  Advances community-driven research as a powerful tool to build grassroots power
  •  Helps participants choose which research methods will prove most effective for their campaigns and organizing objectives
  •  Employs popular-education techniques to encourage leadership development

This is really just a primer to introduce students to the idea of Tactical Clusters. We are developing a more formal workshop outline and will post.

Creative, bold visuals make a great center piece for every direct action. They do much more than make your actions look good. They unify your group, amplify your message, invite people to have a personal interaction with your work, and provide
a visual story through symbols that clarify the issue. If you integrate art into your campaign strategy and actions, you can make change irresistible.

In this manual you will find simple directions on how to make banners, giant puppets, stencils for t-shirts and posters, and cus- tomized t-shirts. Use them as a starting point and improvise your own techniques!

List of organizations providing trainings, technical assistance, fellowships, and curriculum to support community organizing.