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.
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:
International Civil Resistance Forum
April 25, 2018
New York City
Join us for a day-long gathering with international civil resistance leaders and US movement builders as we look back on a year of unprecedented mobilization in the US across issue and identity, and consider the role of nonviolent protest movements in the year ahead.
We will be spending the day hearing about the challenges and successes that movement builders around the world have faced and discussing lessons on how organizers in the US can respond to the historical challenges we are facing today. The event will feature international experts in civil resistance and US based movement builders.
August 9-12, 2018
With greater threats every day, Momentum’s tools are crucial for youth to seize opportunities to win a long-term vision of dignity and freedom. We believe that young people can build real political power if we combine the energy of mass protest with the structure and focus of traditional community organizing. This Youth Momentum training is designed to give young organizers the tools to do so.