Community Organizing

Community organizing is a process where activists and community residents politicize members of a community around a campaign or project or protest.

Ideas for Community Action
A community meeting place is essential to any community transformation. This kind of social center can act as the focal point for community action, bringing together all groups within the community in a safe space. To be able to do this the center should ideally be located in a central position where the community can easily access it, but also difficult to access for those, like the police, who are likely to threaten the community from outside. In the early stages of action chances are an ideal location will be difficult to find. Using empty or unused buildings (see HOUSING below) is the perfect opportunity to show what is possible. Accurate information about the legality of reclaiming property should be distributed as widely as possible. Not just in libraries, waiting rooms, union offices, busses, trains, but also through local free sheets and internet/intranet forums. The sharing of information and experience should be seen as another essential part of any community action.

Victory in Sight Community Organizations and Popular Governance
by James Mumm
What would happen if community organizations fought as if winning was possible? Struggling in geographic, identity or issue based arenas forces us to make very significant choices about the long term significance of our work -- are our organizations the means to an end, or the end in themselves? If the former is the case, then what end are we aiming for?

Active Revolution by James Mumm
Our challenge today is to be as radical and as grassroots as possible. This pamphlet explores several key questions, debates and challenges that are of critical importance to anarchist revolutionaries. First, the difference between activism, advocacy and organizing are discussed in the context of power, the degree of intentionality placed on relationship-building and the emphasis on issue or organization as the point of connection between people. Second, a definition of Dual Power strategy is given, and the Active Resistance Core Sections are located within that strategy.Third, several concrete directions for the Dual Power strategy of revolution are explored.

Organizing Communities by Tom Knoche
Many anarchists probably cringe at the notion of any person or group being "organized" and believe that the very idea is manipulative. They point to countless community organization leaders who ended up on government payrolls. They can't see how winning traffic lights and playgrounds does any more than help the system appear pluralistic and effective.

The Citizens Handbook
Community Organizing Toolbox