Community Organizing 101

Community Organizing 101 Resource List

Downloadable resources for community groups.

The hours following the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has left many of us feeling speechless, helpless, and utterly overwhelmed. But as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama said in their post-election comments, liberals, Democrats and independents must keep fighting, especially after January 20, when the government will by controlled by a party that has made pulling back the progress of the last eight years, including affordable healthcare, a priority for the nation.

Clinton in particular, in her concession speech, advised community organizers to fight for “what’s right:” Noting that she believes “we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, ‘Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in good season we shall reap.’ My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.”

An easy way to take action right now is to learn more, get involved, and donate your money and your time to progressive organizations. The first step is to organize locally, statewide, and on the national level. Below you’ll find a list of tools meant to assist both new and seasoned activists to become grassroots community organizers.

Check back on this page for additional resources in the coming weeks and months; we will keep adding them. If additional tools not found here are working for you and regional groups, please share them by email.


Indivisible Guide

This guide is a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve. Written by former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama’s agenda.

View the INDIVISIBLE Guide

INDIVISIBLE Group Leader Toolkit

This toolkit includes materials to help you take the next step in your organizing journey, whether it’s your first step or just the most recent one:

  1. A sample agenda for your first organizing meeting to help your group divide up the work, make a bold plan, and put it into action.
  2. Ideas for keeping your meeting on track, so that you can make a great plan and help your group mobilize to execute it.
  3. A sign-in sheet for your meeting: organizing is all about relationships, and relationships are all about communication (see downloadable pdf).
  4. A potential first action plan so you and your group can start talking to your Members of Congress about standing up to Trump right away.
  5. Tricks of the trade for getting press coverage and spreading the word about your actions on social media, so that what your group does has as big an impact as possible.
  6. And information on watching out for right-wing tricks.

View the INDIVISIBLE Group Leader Toolkit