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SEAC Organizing Guide

SEAC Organizing Guide

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SEAC Organizing Guide
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Dedication
If this guide were to perchance fall into the hands of a budding student environmentalor social justice activist wannabe, may you use it wisely and join in with millions of students of the past, present, and future in fighting for a a healthy planet and a justsociety free from all forms of oppression
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Quick Dirty Guide to Organizing
Join or form a group.Choose an issue.Launch a campaign.Empower yourself and your fellow students.Publicize everything.Be funny.Recruit, recruit, recruit.Fight the Power.WIN! (repeat until we achieve utopia)Dance on the ruins of multi-national corporations.Editor: Aaron Kreider.Email: aaron@campusactivism.org.
Acknowledgements
• Chris Moore who wrote the original guide.• Lauren Attenas for critiquing the original.• Jaimie Radesi and Jon Barrows who wrote part of it.• Dan Hardy who edited it.• Center for Campus Organizing for their Campus Organizing Guide.• Midwest Academy for their organizing guide.• The trees who willingly sacrificed themselves. Not.• The nameless corporation that makes vegan double chocolate chips... Mmm...• The volunteer SEAC crew that did the grunt office work during the summer of 1999 while I worked endlessly on this.• Countless SEACers, and other activists for teaching me that the fight is longbut worth it.Online at http://www.seac.org/sog/ Copyleft 1999. Revised in January 2003.For discounts on bulk orders of this guide you can email us: seac@seac.org.
Printed on 100% postconsumer waste and processed chlorine free paper (except for the cover).Feel free to reprint any portion of this, so long as you credit the source and any material that you create using our materialis published with the understanding that it is also copyleft (i.e. free for others to copy under these same conditions).
 
SEAC Organizing Guide
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 Table of Contents
Chapter 15 Introduction: We’re the Generation of Change!
6.........SEAC’s Founding7.........SEAC’s History8........SEAC Today9........Join the Movement
Chapter 210
 
Starting or Reviving a Group
11.......Initial PlanningOutreach12.......Kick-Off Meeting
Chapter 315 Structuring a Group
15.......Criteria for a Good OrganizationDecision Making—Democracy16.......Voting and ConsensusLeaders and “Officers” 17.......Some Possible Officers19.......Meeting Roles19.......Facilitator Tips21.......Meeting Tips — Brainstorms22.......CommitmentCriticism23.......Meeting Structure25.......Meeting Agenda26.......Communication Problems27.......Continuity and Involving New People29.......Honesty30.......Hand Signals
Chapter 431 Issues
32.......Selection Criteria35.......Possible IssuesEnvironmental Racism TamponsForest Activism36.......Materials ReductionRecycling37.......Recycled Paper
 
SEAC Organizing Guide
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37.......Campus Environmental Impact38.......Global WarmingAnimal Rights, Vegetarianism and Veganism39.......Landfills40.......GlobalizationSafe Food — Genetic Engineering41.......Indigenous Rights42.......Democracy on Campus43.......Health Care Without HarmFree Burma
Chapter 544 Launching a Campaign
44.......Power45.......Setting GoalsYour Organization46.......Constituency Targets Tactics47.......Timelines48.......The Strategy Chart50.......Regrouping
Chapter 652 Building Your Organization
52.......Building a BaseWidening Your Base53.......Deepening Your Members’ Commitment54.......Keeping Records
Chapter 755 Mobilizing Students
55.......Your Rights56.......Choosing Tactics57.......Educational TacticsCanvassing58.......Dorm Education59.......LeafletsPosters60.......Orientation61.......Polls and ReferendumsSpeakers Tabling62.......Teach-Ins63.......Voter Registrtation, Education and Third Parties

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