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Resources

This website is full of resources for organizers, activists, students, journalists, or anyone trying to learn about creating positive social change.  The resources are broken up into section corresponding with the Building Blocks of Change, along with some others. Action Planning Resources: tools and resources for planning actions, including tactics, affinity groups, legal support, health, media, communications, direct action manuals, and training agendas Action Planning Template: a template for planning effective actions Anti-Oppression Resources: articles, exercises, tools, and links to trainers groups Campaign Planning: overview of how to plan a direct action campaign Campaign Planning Tools: a variety of power maps for strategizing Campaign Planning Worksheet: use this to plan...

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Movement History

This section contains historical documents from past campaigns and mobilizations, as well as pages with stories and resources from various campaigns I’ve been part of, including pages dedicated to Abbie Hoffman, Common Ground, and Camp Casey. You will find action agreements, direct action manuals, pictures, articles, reflections, and more; some organized by topic, some by mobilization, and some in multiple places where it makes sense. The ability to evolve is necessary to the work of any social movement, and this ability rests both in paying attention in the present and in knowing our history.  Each generation has a chance to make things different, better, more just.   But this has never happened without struggle. ...

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Media

A compilation of select writings, articles, videos, photos, and slideshows by or about Lisa Fithian and the campaigns and mobilizations she’s worked on. Writings by Lisa Writings About Lisa Photos Videos Slideshows Lisa’s Right Wing Fan Club Steal This Book – by Abbie Hoffman with an introduction by Lisa What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, And The State Of The Nation – with chapter author by Sue Hilderbrand, Scott Crow and Lisa Fithian. Sexism, Ego’s and Lies: Sometimes you Wake Up and Things Aren’t Different by Lisa Fithian on FBI information Lessons from a Summit Hopper, an open letter to the direct action community in advance of the Miami FTAA...

Justice for Janitors Makes History!

On April 29, the Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University launch their digital history project on the DC Justice for Janitors Campaign.   Justice for Janitors changed the lives of thousands of people and set a new model for winning in the labor movement.   Since 2010, at Georgetown we’ve been collecting the stories of DC Justice for Janitors—union activists, politicians, employers, community leaders, and janitors themselves.  I played a fairly significant role in organizing the actions and the bridge blockades.  I have worked on many a janitor campaign since include Denver, LA, Boston and Houston.  I  learned so much from the janitors and organizers in this work and in many ways it has helped me build the template for what...

Justice for Janitors Makes History!
posted on: May 28, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

The Intersections of Oppression

I love going through my files.  I am always finding cool things.   I happened upon this recently and am only now getting to post it.  This is a great graphic image that illustrated what happens at the intersection of the major oppressive systems.   This is from the National Organizers Alliance, NOA Gathering V at Sonoma State University in CA during July of 2001.  Doesn’t this just about sum it up?   ...

The Intersections of Oppression
posted on: Apr 3, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

2013 – So far I am FREE!

YES – as of my most recent flights to Chicago to do trainings around school closings and then to NY where I facilitated an Action LAB for Occupy and another strategy session with youth on student debt and Sallie Mae – I was able to print out my boarding pass and fly free of security, searches and escorts. For all of 2012 Homeland Security had me on their terrorist watch list. I could not print my boarding pass but had to go to the ticket agent who then had to go through a 45-60 min process on the phone with Homeland Security to get clearance for me to fly. I then had to be searched fully– 4 SSSS’s...

2013 – So far I am FREE!
posted on: Mar 22, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

Stop the Frack Attack

I have done lots of different creative tactics over the years, but this action offered a chance to do something new – we replicated an EARTHQUAKE to dramatize what is happening in Texas because of fracking! In March, I lead an Organizing for Power Training at the Stop the Frack Attack Summit in Dallas Texas which culminated with an action at the State Capitol in Austin, TX on Monday while the Legislature was in session. In preparation of the event I was learning more about fracking in TX and how in Dallas they were literally fracking in public parks and schools. Areas with a lot of sand were being decimated by the greed for sand in the fracking process, just...

Stop the Frack Attack
posted on: Mar 9, 2013 | author: organizingforpower
Rebecca Tarbotton, Presenté

Rebecca Tarbotton, Presenté

posted on: Dec 30, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

I carry such sadness these days with the loss of Becky Tarbotton, an emerging, visionary, bold and charismatic leader serving as the Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network.   These tragedies are hard to bear.  Why, how, it makes no sense.  Just a freak accident that leaves us all weighed down in sorrow.  I say “we” because Becky was core to a large extended community and family. We will all find ways to carry on with her passionate vision, being inspired by her dedication to justice.   Becky was working hard to build bridges between movements.  She always kept focus on the root causes and honoring the wisdom of indigenous and other impacted communities in creating resistance and solutions to the oppression and exploitation they face.  Becky did not just fight, she also won.  Bringing some justice where there was none.   Goddess why did you take this woman from us?  ...

Michigan – Awakening the Sleeping Giant

Michigan – Awakening the Sleeping Giant

posted on: Dec 16, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

I was pulled from my “sabbatical” in Austin when I got a phone call  from Bob King’s office at the United Auto Workers.  They  said  “ We are in an emergency and we broke the emergency glass and your name came out…can you please come help?”   I have a long history working with the UAW and Bob King’s team and this was clearly a big fight so it was pretty hard to say NO.     I even knew this was likely a losing battle, but I took my own advice when fighting a big fight –  Let’s  give ’em hell as we go down!  And that is what we did! Gov. Snyder made it easy through his dishonesty, his railroading tactics and his anti-democratic actions like locking people out of the Capitol.   A legal injunction declaring it unconstitutional opened the doors but not their minds.   I arrived this day and...

My talk with Cornel West & Lize Mogel @ MICA

My talk with Cornel West & Lize Mogel @ MICA...

posted on: Sep 22, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Check this out! MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the ACLU hosted this event where I spoke with Cornell West and artist Lize Mogel.  Thanks to Ingrid B for making it happen.  It turned out to be an awesome event and I am so glad that we can film this stuff and share!   Lize’s slide show was spot on, Cornell was brilliant as usual and I did pretty well too!  Hope you...

Beautiful Trouble & We Are Many

Beautiful Trouble & We Are Many

posted on: Sep 15, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

One of my biggest challenges and areas where I lack confidence is finally beginning to change – my ability to write about the work that I do! I was published in two books this year: Beautiful Trouble and We Are Many. In Beautiful Trouble, I wrote a case study about the DC Justice for Janitors campaign and the art of escalation, as well as a piece on anti-oppression.  We Are Many is a compilation of pieces by about 50 different writers about the Occupy movement. My piece was based on a talk I gave at the Left Forum this year with Frances Fox Piven and Stephen Lerner. The Left Forum talk was great, and I was honored to be with such brilliant trouble makers (though I don’t think we got this one on film). In my talk, I outlined the first few strategies while wearing one of my favorite...

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