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Grassroots Organizing on the Right Side of Justice: Lessons Learned from DeRay Mckesson

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Last week, Full Court Press team member Caitlin Scott visited Inforum, an Innovation Lab at the Bay Area institution The Commonwealth Club. This event featured renowned activist DeRay Mckesson interviewed by Obama White House alumnus Dan Pfeiffer. Caitlin shares some key lessons and takeaways below.

Grassroots Organizing on the Right Side of Justice: Lessons Learned from DeRay Mckesson

 


DeRay Mckesson’s name is often in the news, and his weekly podcast “Pod Save the People” features robust and thoughtful discussions on current events — particularly those impacting marginalized communities. I admire DeRay’s ability to distill complicated and layered topics into a sensitive narrative that is digestible and actionable.

DeRay is one of my generation’s most important voices on American civil rights. He is a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, a frequent target of conservative pundits, and one of less than a dozen people who Beyoncé follows on Twitter. But perhaps most importantly, DeRay has engaged a generation to advance racial justice at a time when the energy for political activism is electric, and the Trump administration is rapidly working to turn the clock back on civil rights.

While it would be a tall order to recount all of the wisdom DeRay imparted to his audience at the Commonwealth Club in a single blog post, here are the top five takeaways from DeRay for aspiring changemakers and grassroots organizers:

Resistance Resources — 6 Ways to Fight Back and Stay Sane

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Since November 8th, and even more prescient since January 20th, one can sometimes feel a palpable tension in the air. Between the never-ending news cycle, the real and pressing fear caused by shifts in policy, increased reports of hate-crimes, and what feels like an increase in divisiveness and hateful dialogue, it’s been hard not to feel discouraged or overwhelmed. In the face of all this, the FCP put their heads together to gather some our favorite “resistance resources”— ways to take initiative, be engaged, fight back, and stay sane in a political environment that can feel like the eye of a hurricane.

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To Listen: Pod Save America

As mentioned, it feels almost impossible to keep up with the news cycle these days. It has the potential to make one feel powerless and overwhelmed. Enter: Pod Save America. This podcast was created by four former Obama White House officials following the election of Donald Trump last year. The podcast is a self-proclaimed “no-BS conversation about politics where you can laugh, cry, scream, share your ideas, and hopefully decide that you want to help fix this mess too. Many, including the FCP team, have found it to be a valuable resource for parsing out what is important, what is not, what is politically realistic and what is socially responsible for members of the progressive movement. We highly recommend it for anyone who is in need of a straight up explanation of our current political climate without self-serving spin or speculation.

We also suggest giving a listen to their spin off podcasts: “Pod Save the People,” “Lovett or Leave It,” “Pod Save the World” and “With Friends Like These.”

To Organize: Indivisible

Indivisible a national group with local chapters in every Congressional district in the country, including the East Bay and San Francisco. Stemming from an online guide drawn up by former Congressional staffers, the group works to unite citizens across the nation in resisting Donald Trump’s disastrous agenda. These groups are creating local strategies to target individual members of Congress, and developing a defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption. Weekly meetings are held in your city.

Trump’s Itchy Twitter Finger Making Charities Uneasy

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by Rebecca Koenig (Story posted 13-Feb-2017)

A note from Full Court Press: Recently, our very own Dan Cohen was featured prominently in an interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy concerning one of the most daunting challenges a nonprofit can face: a Trump Twitter strike.  We were also excited to see our friend Beth Kanter quoted extensively as well.

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Nonprofits worry about three kinds of tweets from President Trump: lies, attacks, and even endorsements.

Donald Trump has added an unexpected role to the American presidency: Tweeter-in-Chief.

His 140-character dispatches are notable not just for their tone (aggressive) and time of composition (early morning) but also for their ability to move markets — at least momentarily — and steer public attention. A tweet about Lockheed Martin sent the aerospace company’s stock down 5 percent. Another, about Toyota’s plan to make cars at a new factory in Mexico, evaporated $2 billion from the company’s market value.

That has nonprofit leaders worried about what will happen if the president uses Twitter to target their organizations. It is not a far-fetched scenario: In 2012, businessman Trump did just that, slamming the executive directors of the U.S. Fund for Unicef and the American Red Cross over their pay — and citing incorrect compensation figures.

Now, such outbursts carry the weight of the most powerful perch in the world, and that unnerves nonprofits. As Erin Hennessy, vice president at TVP Communications, notes, President Trump’s tweets usher in “extreme scrutiny from the public.”

Responding to nonprofits’ fears, communications firms are scrambling to provide guidance on dealing with the president’s digital bully pulpit. They’re advising charities to draft social-media posts in anticipation of various possible scenarios, set up phone trees to expedite communication with major donors, and run drills testing their crisis-communications plans.

Full Court Press, which counts foundations such as the California Endowment and nonprofits including Alliance for Justice among its clients, held a staff meeting last week on the topic of Mr. Trump’s tweets. The aim, principal Dan Cohen said, is to start “rebooting our social-media training for the new world order.”

3 Ways to Protect Your Priorities and Passions in the Face of a Trump Presidency

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The maxim that all politics is local will take on a new meaning in Trumpland. He is a leader with zero interest in details and his staff will spend four years fighting among themselves, all while Congress attempts to enact an agenda focused on GOP 101 (Tax Cuts, etc). In this environment, how can you win? And how can you use the upcoming holidays to prepare yourself and your teams?

Fight and Win Locally:  For non-profits and philanthropies, this first means identifying early “wins” to expand on what you’ve accomplished in the last eight years as you prepare for a different policy environment. Then it means pivoting to active defense of what matters most while continuing to relentlessly engage decision-makers on why your position is best for them. From 2000-2008, advocates in California fought and changed policies to provide voluntary, universal preschool at the local level and built towards statewide policy using policy, advocacy and local community wins in spite of a hostile presidency. How can you do the same? 

In the Heart of Trump Country – the making of Michael Moore’s Latest Film

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Terri the Newscaster

This is a piece by Terri Hardesty of Know it All Media (Consultant to FCP)

There’s nothing like putting a film together in 11 days — the scrambling, chaos and excitement that ensues from working on a tight deadline. It all started with a call from Michael Moore’s producer.

“Can you be in Wilmington, Ohio next week?”