Momentum is dedicated to teaching and learning the craft of popular movements fighting for justice.
We give grassroots organizers the tools to build massive, decentralized social movements that aim to shift the terrain under policymakers’ feet.
We live in a time of time of severe inequality, racial disparity, and concentrated wealth in the United States. We need transformational change, and we believe it won’t come from within the political system.
Cycle of Momentum
We teach organizers how to activate the public and change the political weather by using the cycle of momentum, focusing on:
Popular movements need to force the public to take notice of the issue and take a stance. Escalating strategic nonviolent action drives a wedge into the public’s moral conscience by asking: which side are you on?
We know that political power flows from the cooperation of the people, and we base our training principles in a social view of power. When people are activated, and refuse to cooperate with injustice in massive numbers, they win.
In order to get to scale, movements need to decentralize to have the capacity to absorb new members during critical moments of public attention. In order to decentralize without collapsing into chaos, movements must “frontload” their story, strategy, and structure.
Check out our upcoming trainings:
September 15-18, 2016
Stony Point, NY
The Digital Momentum Training will connect the power of the netroots with this growing community of organizers who are already sparking new fights across the country.
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October 14-16, 2016
By combining and systematizing best practices from past movements, critical movement theory, and applicable skills, we encourage organizers to dream about big change, and give them the tools to make it happen.
Applications are due Sept. 13. Click here to apply >>
February 23-26, 2017
St. Helena Island, SC
#BlackMomentum trainers are working to translate the Momentum curriculum to ensure this training will be rooted in a diverse Black lens. #BlackMomentum trainers are also interested in discussing and pursuing strategies around reparations.
Applications are now open! Click here to apply >>