Strategize

strategy-iconThe section provides articles on strategy to assist you in making your campaigns more effective. They include case studies of social movements and information about the current resistance environment. Visit the Resources Page for links to organizations that provide both online and in-person training on strategy and tools for designing and evaluating your campaigns and actions.

Protest And Power

By Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report. -

The last thing the Black Misleadership Class wants is a Black power-seeking movement. Wedded as they are to a token “place” in the capitalist spoils system, these misleaders have shown remarkable loyalty to their bosses in the Democratic Party [...]

In Times Of Rapid Change, Victory Comes To Those Who Train For It

By George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence. -

One of the gifts of the Black Lives Matter movement is that it doesn’t pretend that a quick fix will solve the problem. The many signs of change — from NASCAR giving up the Confederate flag to the majority of Minneapolis City Council members [...]

An Historic Rant

By Eleanor Goldfield, Art Killing Apathy. -

We don’t need another post about “these times.” We can all pretty much agree that shit is weird – that we’re confused, bewildered and feel like we’re on a boat captained by Bond villains heading towards a waterfall, stuck in a cyclone, trying to [...]

Silence Is Not An Option: Black Women Make History

By Keisha N. Blain, ROAR Magazine. -

Mainstream media and politicians have paid almost exclusive attention to ideas and images of Black men — whether as victims of police violence or as protesters against it. Yet Black women, who are no less subject to structural racism and [...]

The 2020 Elections: The Struggle Is For Power Not Reform

By Ajamu Baraka, Black Agenda Report. -

The great African revolutionary, Amilcar Cabral, reminded us that without revolutionary theory there can be no revolution. His reminder was not a call for abstract theorizing, quite the contrary. What he meant was that one cannot advance in [...]

‘Full Spectrum Resistance’: A Field Manual For Insurgencies

By Kristian Williams, ROAR Magazine. -

 Full Spectrum Resistance, Aric McBay’s massive, two-volume, handbook for political action, covers the fundamentals of social change, offering advice on organization, strategy, tactics, security, communication (internal and external), and so on [...]

Why Is This Ongoing American “Revolution” Bound To Fail?

By Andre Vltchek, Popular Resistance. -

Observed from outer space, the United States is in a revolutionary turmoil. Fires are burning, thousands of people are confronting police and other security forces. There are barricades, banners, posters, and there is rage. Rage is well [...]

People’s Strike: An Open Letter To All Forces Fighting For Our Lives

By PeoplesStrike.org. -

The “normal” world roiled by this pandemic is deeply unequal, inequitable, exploitative, extractive, and repressive. It is deeply fractured around capitalist colonialism, racial oppression, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion. It is [...]

The Pandemic As Part Of A Much Broader Crisis Of Civilisation

By Roland Kulke, Transform! Europe. -

Covid-19 was first identified in November 2019 in the city of Wuhan. It is an infectious disease caused by a virus which is highly likely to have ‘jumped’ from a horseshoe bat to a human. This is widely known and yet it is striking how little is [...]

CHOP And The Juneteenth Longshore Strike

By Socialist Revolution. -

On June 19, the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU), a militant union of 42,000 members, shut down 29 ports along the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as workers withheld their labor for 8 hours. The strike was [...]

There’s No Predicting When Movements Will Erupt

When Claudette Colvin, a Black teenager from Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus, few people paid attention. A few months later, when Rosa Parks was arrested for the same act, it touched off a [...]

Mapping The State’s Strategy Of Repression Against The Rebellion

By It's Going Down. -

While the recent rebellion against the police and white supremacy has been historical, it has also been coupled by an attempt by the State to drown the uprising in a sea of tear-gas and rubber bullets. While demonstrations and actions continue, [...]

The Rebellion Against Police Repression Must Guard Against All Enemies

By Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report. -

The masses are in motion and public opinion about U.S. policing has rapidly shifted in three short weeks. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s assassination at the hands of U.S. police departments unleased a flood of anger toward the special bodies [...]

How We Sold Soviet Union And Czechoslovakia For Plastic Shopping Bags

By Andre Vltchek, China Daily Hong Kong. -

For months, this has been a story that I want to share with young readers in Hong Kong. Now it seems to be the really appropriate time when the ideological battle between the West and China is raging, and as a result of it, Hong Kong and the [...]

Glasgow’s Far-Right Violence Is A Warning To Anti-Fascists

By Matt Kerr, Tribune Mag. -

Many of those who organised around the exemplary “no evictions” campaign over the last couple of years gathered to show solidarity and support for people with no vote, no opportunity to work, no money, and living in a new country having fled [...]