In this day and age we can never have enough inspirational tools for creating a world of equality and justice. The brutal austerity-driven conservative political climate in the UK aswell as the global environmental, social and racial inequality across the world demands we act. So I’m in the process of creating a never-ending list of concise tools and ideas for everyone, new or old to organising for justice, to use. There’s lots of incredible tools here Build The Wheel  – new wiki resource for organizers’ to share curriculum and training tools.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed many great tools and ideas to this list. A total honour to know you. Particular shout out goes to The Edge FundResources for Organizers by Joshua Kahn RussellStory Based StrategyBeautiful TroubleTraining for ChangeNever Again Ever!Visthar Training for TransformationACT UP LONDON, my amazing friends at the multidisciplinary graphic design studio who put up with my mayhem at Minute WorksMissBadChild (bringing colour and incredible imagery to so many movements, The Vacuum Cleaner (partner in crime and incredible activist), London Artists Project, Sukant and all at Sons of MalcolmResources for Radicals / Leftie bullshit buster and everyone out there creating a better world.

This list is a drop in the ocean. I really appreciate all further items to add to the agenda on any of the chapters and beyond! Please email me at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk.

Further chapters in this reources-for-organisers database soon to come are (1) You’ve got to be joking! [how humour can change the world] (2) Rehearsal for the Revolution – Performance Activism and (3) Capture the Imagination [Creative activism].

Chapters

  1. News and Blogs
  2. Play the Media, don’t let it play you
  3. Anti-Racism and Anti-Empire
  4. LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) Activism
  5. Book Power! Independent radical book stores
  6. Facilitation tools to inspire
  7. Funding, critical resources and generating support
  8. Popular Education
  9. Spanner in the works! Activist tools for change
  10. Spectacular Spectacles
  11. Hardcore strategic change
  12. Research Organisations
  13. Resources on Privilege, Power, Race and Class
  14. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI)
  15. Gender
  16. Transphobia/cissexism
  17. Disability
  18. General resources about oppression and privilege
  19. Whorephobia/sex work
  20. Diversity/ power issues within movements and NGOs
  21. Soul and Spiritual Activism
  22. Recommended Readings
  23. Social movements paving the way

 


1. News and Blogs

Speak, speak, speak, & remember that whenever anyone’s liberty to speak is denied, your liberty is denied also, & your place is where the attack is..” Voltairine De Cleyre

 


2. Play The media, don’t let it play you

Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for meaningful democracy.” Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

 


3. Anti-Racism and Anti-Empire

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time; but if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson


4. LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) Activism

“I am not here to entertain straight people.”  Sarah Schulman

 


5. Book Power! Independent radical book stores

“It is not enough for a handful of experts to attempt the solution of a problem, to solve it and then to apply it. The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment.” Albert Einstein

 


6. Facilitation tools to inspire

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.” Maya Angelou

 


7. Funding, critical resources and generating support

“Real political resistance offers no such short cuts. The NGO-ization of politics threatens to turn resistance into a well-mannered, reasonable, salaried, 9-to-5 job. With a few perks thrown in. Real resistance has real consequences. And no salary.” Arundhati Roy ‘The NGO-isation of Resistance’

 


8. Popular Education

“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”  Paulo Freire

 


9. Spanner in the works! Activist tools for change

“Oh, judge, your damn laws: the good people don’t need them and the bad people don’t follow them so whatgood are they?” Ammon Hennacy

 


10. Spectacular Spectacles

 


11. Hardcore strategic change

“We have a world of pleasures to win, and nothing to lose but boredom” Vaneigem

 


12. Research Organisations

“The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Steve Biko

 


13. Resources on Privilege, Power, Race and Class

“Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.” Edward Abbey

 


14. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI)

 


15. Gender

 


16. Transphobia/cissexism

 


17. Disability

 


18. General resources about oppression and privilege

 


19. Whorephobia/sex work

 


20. Diversity/ power issues within movements and NGOs

 


21. Soul and Spiritual Activism

“We may of course be sad and depressed by what has been done to us, that is only human and understandable. However, our greatest injury is one we inflict upon ourselves. I find life beautiful, and I feel free. The sky within me is as wide as the stretching above my head.”  Etty Hillesum 1941-1943, Westerbork Camp

 


22. Recommended Readings

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” Arundhati Roy

 


23. Social Movements paving the way

“The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future.”  Ken Saro-Wiwa