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Momentum is a training institute and movement incubator.

 
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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.

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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.

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    Check out our upcoming trainings:

Digital Summer Camp

August 25-27, 2017
Location TBD

Momentum is hosting the first ever Digital Summer Camp to bring together talented digital organizers leading some of the most important movements of our generation to share and teach one another digital skills and tactics. Fully half of the time will be reserved for unstructured conversation (and summer camp games) in a retreat space that will allow digital organizers to unplug and detox from the internet as we learn. Applications are reserved for members of our Digital Community of Practice, but sign up for updates about webinars from the presenters. Sign up >>

POC Momentum

October 20, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

We will be holding a Momentum training in a POC-only space in October 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Sign up for more updates, details, and a link to the application when it comes out! Sign up >>

Previous participants in Momentum trainings come from organizations doing some of the most important movement-building in the U.S:

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Here’s what past participants are saying about Momentum:

The Momentum trainings not only share valuable information to help our movements get more strategic and clear in the different roles and approaches that are needed, but also builds strong and collaborative relationships across movements to help us become much sharper and more united.
— Kate Werning, Organizing Director, CTZNWELL
Many have tried and failed to get organizations to be like the movements in the streets. And many have tried and failed to build movements that can move power. Momentum is a place where you can learn to do both.
— Yonah Lieberman, IfNotNow National Coordinator
We need to get serious about the shared language and model of how we effectively do our work. This is an opportunity to enter that conversation, learn a lot, and fold into a powerful community trying to change not only the world, but how we go about building a new one.
— Kandace Montgomery, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis
Momentum has completely changed the way I look at the work we do. It has made me see that there are different ways of organizing and building power with and for the community.
— Diego Ramirez Vargas, Homestead Equal Rights for All, Cosecha