taking it to the next level

introduction/what it means to take it to the next level: going to a mass mobilization offers activists an opportunity to briefly live in the world we want to see. we have democratic spokescouncils, we share jobs, we solve our own problems, we provide for each other, we share skills, we learn skills...we spend those few days in participatory living on a mass level, not solely on a local level.

this handbook was written by activists who have participated in organizing to take nearly 100 different people from our community to 11 different actions for a total of about 120 person-trips. We've made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot. coming from a midwestern state has provided ample opportunities to learn how to travel to a mass mobilization. our community has participated in most of the north american mobilizations, from seattle to québec to cancún. sometimes effectively, sometimes walking away understanding that there is much to learn. we feel that we have discovered some things that work. we're hoping our experience can be useful to you.

to give you a sense of where this is coming from, here are some of our values and principles:

this website is intended as a tool of empowerment for people who are ready to push themselves to new forms of activism. it is focused on traveling to mass mobilizations, but much of the information is extremely helpful in organizing within your own community. the tools that we are trying to pass on come from action planning, workshop training, our own experience, and a lot of discussion about how to bring our theories to live. you will recognize elements from the ruckus society, sierra student coalition, southern empowerment project, black cross, and anarchism in action.

please remember that mass actions should not eclipse local organizing, nor are they the bravest or most effective activism. they provide another way to express your resistance and participate in actions to create a more just world. think of traveling to a mass action as an opportunity to challenge your activism, taking your organizing to another level of commitment, skill, and expression.

is it the last minute already? are you just a few people?: here are just the essentials

information specific to the next major mass action

reclaim the commons, june 3-9, san francisco