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Residents, community organizations, and health care practitioners organized for over a decade to protect the health of residents on the front lines of urban oil extraction in L.A. In January 2022, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to draft an ordinance to prohibit all new oil and gas drilling and to phase out existing drilling operations throughout the City of Los Angeles. This resource is based on an interview with Wendy Miranda (she/they), a community leader with Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and resident, about the historic victory. The organizing strategy to get this victory involved various lobbying efforts, rallies, press conferences, petition collections, a wide range of community/organization endorsements, phone banking, and social media outreach. Overall, frontline residents providing public comments and sharing their personal experiences were some of the strongest and most powerful tactics. STAND L.A. will continue to be part of the process to help draft an ordinance and direct the City of Los Angeles on how to lead a genuine community participation process. Miranda shares that this victory is proof that frontline communities can lead the change toward a just, equitable transition to a clean energy future.

What’s Your Power Analysis?

Deepak Pateriya. The Forge
Research & Articles
06-05-2022

This new series at The Forge will engage organizers with a deceptively simple question: what’s your power analysis? Powerful actors and institutions are creating and purposefully maintaining unjust political and economic systems for their own benefit. This article series aims for sharper and more shared approaches and language across our movements for describing, measuring, and analyzing power. In this series, this author will talk to organizers and movement leaders — including Doran Schrantz of Faith in Minnesota, Andrea Mercado of Florida Rising, leaders at the New Georgia Project Action Fund, and others from across the progressive movement — about the power analysis that guides their work and their organizations, the power they’re trying to build and exercise, how it’s going, and how they know.

Research & Articles
05-31-2022

Investing in local organizing is the most important way to build movement power—and it must be linked to influencing national politics. Alongside investment in organizing we need to see support for storytelling and strategic communications work, insight and evaluation and the generation of irresistible ideas that can shift whole systems and paradigms as well as change policy and practice in the medium term. Organizing has the following crucial benefits: provides people with a safe framework to meet other people across the community and to work together with them; gives people an opportunity to engage in political life in a way that other organizations don’t; develops skills and gives local people a chance to learn; and enables people to take part in a range of campaigns on regularization for irregular migrants, properly affordable housing, better community safety and access to living-wage jobs, among others. Movements that win: have the necessary infrastructure to support activity to happen at key moments, allowing them to prepare for and harness external events; are a well-developed ecosystem; and are cultivated over a long period of time and ready to be activated when opportunities arise. This report is focused on the UK but carries parallel lessons for the US.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Azza Altiraifi and Kendra Bozarth. The Forge
Research & Articles
05-31-2022

To build stronger movements, we need to build up our ambition, be strategic in our discipline, and lead with the process. Movement groups need to center “antimonopoly” thinking and action. These authors work for the organization Liberation in a Generations, which is committed to bringing grassroots organizers of color to the forefront of the antimonopoly movement, especially in policymaking, advocacy, and narrative change. Ambition is a practice, just as — to borrow from Mariame Kaba — “hope is a discipline.” Sometimes we need to hold tight, to execute the strategies and best practices that we know are most likely to lead to winning campaigns; but other times, we need to let go and reach for something else, something that speaks to our ideals — and which might work or might land us on our asses. Process should always put the people with the least positional power first.

‘Fairness’ in UK climate advocacy: a user’s guide

Robin Webster, David Powell, and Dr. Adam Corner. Climate Outreach
Research & Articles
05-25-2022

Ensure fairness is embedded in campaign planning and development. Find out whether your campaign messages will be perceived as fair, and by whom. Call for local and national governments to give people a meaningful say in how policies are designed and who they benefit. Don’t duck the difficulties that some people may face during the transition, but ‘pass the mic’ to trusted messengers who can reach audiences and communities that activists cannot. Ground communications in commonly held views that the less well-off should pay less, and future generations matter. Present the potential for the climate transition to act as a counter to the unfairness of life in Britain today. Be aware that the public does not instinctively share the same sense of deep unfairness that drives climate justice campaigners. Position accelerated action and leadership as something we should be proud of, no matter what countries like China or India are doing. This advice comes from climate research in the United Kingdom.

Talking Data Equity with Dr. Mareike Schomerus

We All Count Community Forum
Research & Articles
05-19-2022

Any kind of data may be less objectively interpretable than it may seem. Scientific processes and “facts” have always been created by humans who exist in power structures and have biases. Creating quantitative data that cover an entire population is a good step toward capturing relevant evidence about all groups, but we should still be careful to understand the biases we use to interpret data points and categories they’re put in. Dr. Mareike Schomerus is Vice President at the Busara Center in Nairobi. In this video, she shares her experiences with practical ways to design research and use data in ways that are both good science as well as grounded in local reality.

There are a handful of key ways to counter ableism in the workplace. Many ableist practices are rooted in capitalist standards of “productivity” and work, and they are rampant in many organizations, even among social justice groups. Ways to begin countering common ableist practices include: create a justice environment to challenge areas of ableism and white supremacy culture; build flexible work policies and practices; make access to accommodations easy; eliminate high-paced working demands; improve workplace culture to avoid exploitation and increase satisfaction among all employees; implement more than the law defines; invest in accessibility along with other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts; and center the experiences of people with disabilities in workplace accessibility decisions. This 41-page report describes the causes of ableism in the workplace and further breaks down this list of solutions.

Research & Articles
04-11-2022

Take the time to think through the strategy of your campaign before you launch. This guide provides a series of tools for campaign strategic planning, including power mapping, points of intervention, and target identification. It pulls from various strategy frameworks including SMART Objectives, SWOT analysis, and the strategy chart from Midwest Academy.

Power can be measured by the extent to which a group can use its influence to get advocates to take action. Organizational advocacy power is about your ability to influence the behavior of others inside and outside your organization. This tipsheet will walk you through 5 key evidence-based insights for building strong, durable organizational advocacy power so you can create an organizing culture that is rooted in volunteer retention, justice and equity, and a clear vision of the future you want realized.

Research & Articles
03-23-2022

Understanding the geography and profit-making process of any big corporation are essential to organizing against it. In the case of organizing against Amazon, it has certainly been strategic to organize labor union(s) at the traditional worker level. However, there have also been labor-community alliances built to organize against Amazon, given the way that the megacorporation affects communities beyond its own workers, by its supports of the carceral state and deportation machine, contributions to climate change, and its role in gentrification. The many different people and groups (especially based on where they are located geographically and their role in the economy) impacted by any bad actor (in this case, Amazon) are where any organizing opportunities exist. And understanding the “value chain” of any target (like Amazon) is necessary to understanding what leverage any organized group of people can have. This article details some cases of groups and coalitions building power against Amazon.