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:
October 20-22, 2017
This Momentum training a training exclusively for people of color (POC), and is an intensive 3-day training designed to give organizers the tools to build progressive popular social movements to win on the most pressing justice issues of our time. Applications have closed, and stay tuned for updates from this training.
December 8-10, 2017
New York, NY
Our training is dedicated to understanding and building transformative social movements. Drawing on lessons from the South African anti-apartheid movement, Indian Independence, the Color Revolutions of Eastern Europe, as well as domestic movements for civil rights, gay marriage, and more, the Momentum training provides a blueprint for advancing our collective claim to justice. Training participants leave with clear frameworks for analyzing the political landscape and the best tools to shape it.