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 ( and Seeding Change, a Center for Asian American Movement Building (


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.

Topic: Goals of Organizing Training: An Introductory or Refresher Course

Who:Training to be used for new organizers, for members of community groups, refresher courses in community organizing, and wherever understanding community can be useful to leadership development.

Goal: To make sure that participants understand what direct-action organizing is and how it differs from other types of social change.

Objectives: To identify six basic goals of organizing and a list of organizing skills associated with each goal.



  • To learn about grassroots organizing and all its elements.
  • To learn the importance of grassroots organizing and why we need to do it.
  • To learn that we all play a part in grassroots organizing towards self-determination, sustainment and empowerment



A. Know the use of tactics as part of a larger strategy to win a campaign

B. Understandtacticsescalation

C. Identify various kinds of tactics and considerations for when to use different kinds of tactics


The Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) is a new national alliance of youth organizing and intergenerational groups working for educational justice.

Making a Difference Toolkit:

  • Getting to know the community
  • Taking the community pulse
  • Cutting your issue: from issue to initiative
  • Identifying support
  • Mobilizing community support
  • Power and oppression
  • Using the media
  • When you need a policy

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.)


Audience: High School Youth

Time frame: 2 hours

Workshop topics:

  • Direct Action
  • Campaign Strategy Terms
  • Policy Campaigns
  • Developing Campaign Strategies