Momentum is dedicated to movement building.
We are committed 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 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. We need big movements, and we need leaders with the skills to shift public opinion and organize people at scale.
Momentum is committed to supporting these leaders with an organizing model rooted in international civil resistance, with tools that will win profound structural and cultural changes.
What does it take to build social movements:
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Advanced Strategy Skillshare
October 24-27, 2019
Watershed Center, Millerton, NY
This skillshare will bring some of the best lessons from movement experimenters honing their craft on responding to trigger events, using small actions to build sustained escalation strategies, creating multi-phase campaigns and long term strategy, and advanced lessons on frontloading. It will also incorporate practices on absorption and using the cycle of momentum in practice.
POC Momentum Training
This Momentum training is exclusively for people of color (POC), and is an intensive 4-day training on movement building for activists and organizers leading efforts to transform our political climate. Our curriculum is designed to give organizers the tools to build progressive popular social movements to win on the most pressing justice issues of our time, drawing on lessons and skills from contemporary and historic social movements.
Communities of color in the United States have been targeted by government and citizens alike for centuries, and also have immense wisdom from generations of struggle. POC Momentum is a space for organizers of color to learn together, to invest in each other’s leadership, and to support one another in the long fight for the affirmation of everyone’s inherent humanity and worth.
Boston Winter Skillshare
We will be hosting a 1-day skillshare for experimenters in the Boston community of practice to share their lessons on movement building locally, in order to build deeper relationships across the local ecology and share lessons from movements that organize both nationally and regionally. This skillshare will be primarily dedicated to participants based in Boston.
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.