We practice the DC Organizing Principals!
Talk to Local Organizers!
- Value the opinion of D.C. organizers and use those opinions to inform decisions about actions in D.C.
- Check in with and consult local organizers before planning events in our city.
- Include D.C. organizers in a meaningful way - Bring us into the decision making process.
- Understand the difference between nationally focused groups based in D.C. versus their local affiliate or a local group working on that issue in the local context. Make the effort to coordinate with locals working on the ground.
Advance Local Organizing!
- Be aware of the consequences of your actions and decisions - local organizers will deal with the repercussions from the police and other authorities long after you’re gone.
- Do your best to give support to local organizing - Empowering the local movement is building the movement as a whole.
- Include locally organized events and actions in your calendar for out-of-town activists.
Ask local organizers how a national event can advance their work:
- Provide a training for their group or speak at their event
- Ask local organizers to speak at your event to connect local and national struggles
- Have a strategy session to build relationships and share ideas
- Add a local action to your mobilization plan
- Add a local demand to your asks
- Realize that one-time deals - whether mobilizations or direct service opportunities - have only limited impact when sustained commitment is what is needed to make change.
- One measure of success for any action held in D.C. should be whether the local organizing on that issue has been advanced in a real way
Don’t Just Use Our City - Strengthen It!
- Support local businesses by buying tools and resources locally.
- Hire local organizers, trainers, artists, and activists when you have work in the area.
- Pay local organizers, trainers, artists, and activists a living wage.
- Attempt to leave the D.C. activist community stronger than when you came - there will always be a “next action” that will require similar resources, time, and energy provided by locals!