KEY COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

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"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

student activism conferences

In 1960, after 50+ (mostly HBCU) campuses erupted in sit-ins, Ella Baker and Martin Luther King Jr invited the student leaders of these sit ins to come to Baker's Alma Mater (Shaw University) for a weekend conference.  This conference resulted in the formation of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

On May 6th and 12th, two student conferences took place.

May 6th, in a coop in the Mission, CCSF, UC and SFSU students met in panels and workshops and over lunch to talk about how to build a movement: addressing key components such as

o    identifying the problem
o    effective communication
o    doing your homework (research)
o    personal relationship and community building,
o    building an infrastructure,
o    development of local leadership,
o    creating coalitions,
o    strategic use of the arts,
o    strategic use of nonviolent direct resistance,
o    learning how to deal with the contradictions within the movement,
o    and being in the right historical moment.

On May 12th at the CCSF Mission Campus, CCSF and CC Santa Monica students organized a conference in which they explored why and how to build a student union among CA community Colleges.

9:30 - 10:30  panel on privatization of education
10:30 -12:30  two sets of workshops (3 each hour) (lessons from SNCC; Disruption of Technology; the Student movement in Chile; Defending adult education)
12:30 - 1:30 lunch
1:30 - 1:30 panel on the Student Success Act
2:30 - 3:30   interview, via Skype, of student leader in Quebec
3:30 - 5 pm  General Assembly ending with a tap dance routine (Tax the Rich) to the tune of Putting on the Ritz.

Next Saturday in Santa Monica, the conversation about how to form a student union will continue.

2 comments:

Aaron Kreider said...

You might be interested in my website: Campus Activism.

It features the most comprehensive listing of activist conferences in the US, and over 500 resources (including many organizing guides, tips, essays, and case studies). You can get an account, add your event, add your group, and upload a resource!

Kathy Emery said...

thanks Aaron!!! awesome site!!!