We believe in justice for all
We believe in lifting up the disadvantaged
We believe in dismantaling unjust criminalization systems
We believe in equal protection under the law
We believe in ending poverty
We believe in ending systemic racism
We believe in a moral narrative that is concerned with
how society treats the marginalized
We believe in transforming the political, economic, and
moral structures of our society
We believe in working toward non-partisan goals
We believe in sustained moral direct action
We believe in nonviolence
But getting organized doesn’t mean joining a pre-existing institution and taking orders. It shouldn’t mean for feiting your agency and intelligence to become a cog in a machine. Organizational structure should maximize both freedom and voluntary coordination at every level of scale, from the smallest group up to society as a whole.
You and your friends already constitute an affinity group, the essential building block of this model. An affinity group is a circle of friends who understand themselves as an autonomous political force. The ideal is that people who already know and trust each other should work together to respond immediately, intelligently and flexibly to emerging situations.
This leaderless format has proven effective for political and civic activities of all kinds, as well as other tactics in which many unpredictable autonomous groups overwhelm a centralized adversary. You should go to every demonstration in an affinity group, with a shared sense of your goals and capabilities. If you are in an affinity group that has experience taking action together, you will be much better prepared to deal with emergencies and make the most of unexpected opportunities.