“I would have loved it as a gift when I was a teenage rebel … “

Jon Lockwood, Peace News

Partners

Brief write-ups of some of the people and groups that helped make this project possible.

350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.  They believe in holding leaders accountable to realities of science and principles of justice, and act as a laboratory for the best ways to strengthen the climate movement and catalyze transformation around the world. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by people in 188 countries. http://350.org/


ActionAid is a non-profit and much more – they’re a partnership between rich countries and poor countries working directly with people in poverty to help them change their own lives. They work to eradicate poverty by providing relief from disasters and conflicts, empowering women, fighting hunger, holding governments accountable, and making education accessible. Their mission is to fight poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequality that cause it. http://www.actionaidusa.org/


Backbone Campaign is a progressive movement-building organization promoting creative strategic action to deliver power to We the People. Backbone provides creative strategiesartful action support, and convenes training opportunities for change agents across the United States. Their purpose is to accelerate the growth of a social movement powerful enough to manifest a world where life, community, nature and our obligations to future generations are NOT for sale, but honored as sacred.


Beyond the Choir is an online space for grassroots change agents — folks who are engaged in grassroots organizing, activism, advocacy, etc. — to share practical strategies, tactics and tools. It’s also a place to dig into deeper social change theory — and to make it practical. There are lots of great websites that cover and critique the news. BeyondtheChoir.org is more about figuring out how we can organize ourselves and strategically intervene. beyondthechoir.org


The Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly smartMeme) is a national strategy center that offers social justice networks and organizations the analysis, training and strategic support to win the battle of ideas with narrative strategies. SmartMeme re-imagines methods to achieve fundamental social change with effective story-based approaches to framing that amplify the impact of grassroots organizing and challenge the underlying assumptions that shape the status quo. www.storybasedstrategy.org


CODEPINK is a woman-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S.-funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. http://www.codepink.org


Escola de Ativismo is an independent, non-partisan collective based in São Paulo and active in different regions of Brazil. The school provides training in grassroots and campaign strategies to organizations, collectives, movements and individuals working for greater democracy. http://ativismo.org.br/


New Organizing Institute is a community of organizers committed to solving the biggest challenges that stand in the way of change. They work to produce the best leaders and strongest movements of our generation by training organizers to build and manage effective actions that integrate tried-and-true community organizing, cutting-edge digital strategy, and data-driven decision making. http://neworganizing.com/


Nonviolence International researches and promotes nonviolent action and seeks to reduce the use of violence worldwide. They believe that every cultural and religious tradition can discover and employ culturally appropriate nonviolent methods for positive social change and international peace that can break the cycle of violence in favor of constructive rather than destructive outcomes. http://nonviolenceinternational.net


The Alliance of Community Trainers offers knowledge, tools and skills to individuals, organizations and communities to empower sustainable transformation. Whether it be community or organizational development, problem solving or conflict resolution, consensus decision-making, facilitation, strategic campaigns, media and public speaking, alternative technology, nonviolent action or environmental sustainability, we support people starting where they are and learning their vision of what they want. http://trainersalliance.org


The Center for Artistic Activism is the home for artists, activists and scholars to explore, discuss, reflect upon, and strengthen connections between social activism and artistic practice. We facilitate projects and strengthen networks. Our goal is to make more creative and more effective citizen activists. artisticactivism.org


The Other 98% was founded on the premise that our economy and democracy should work for everyday Americans, not the elite 2% of bankers, CEOs and lobbyists who’ve hijacked our democracy and rigged the system to serve themselves. It’s the middle class that’s too big to fail, and we’re using creative tactics — both online and in the streets — to, well, rally ourselves to our own cause. We stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and allied efforts to build a people-powered movement that can break the corporate stranglehold on our democracy and achieve true economic justice. other98.com

Note: Our “98%” framing preceded the OWS “99%” by more than a year, but we are happy to see a slightly tweaked version of this meme taking off worldwide. :-)

 


The Ruckus Society has trained and assisted thousands of activists in the use of nonviolent direct action. We see ourselves as a toolbox of experience, training and skills. We provide instruction on the application of tactical and strategic tools to a growing number of organizations and individuals from around the world via skill shares and trainings that are designed to move a campaign forward. ruckus.org


The Yes Men, called “the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass Generation” by author Naomi Klein, are best known for infiltrating the world of big business and doing incredibly stupid things to expose the world’s biggest corporate criminals. Although fronted by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, their membership includes hundreds or perhaps thousands of secret agents, all of whom were recently acquired in a hostile takeover by the Yes Lab.

At the moment, the Yes Lab is mainly a series of brainstorms and trainings to help activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals. It’s a way for social justice organizations to take advantage of all that we Yes Men have learned — not only about our own ways of doing things, but those we’ve come in contact with over the decade and a half we’ve been doing this sort of thing. The Yes Lab has offices and workshopping space at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute in New York. yeslab.org


Waging Nonviolence is a source for news, analysis and original reporting about nonviolent activism, as well as for discussion of the theory behind it. These stories often go overlooked by the mainstream media, yet people are using nonviolent strategies and tactics all around us in response to the most pressing challenges — and reshaping our world in the process. wagingnonviolence.org