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
Turbulent times are upon us. Already blockades, demonstrations, riots and clashes are occurring regularly. It’s time to be organizing.
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.
This weekend we will be at your family reunion. They will be asked to sign this statement on family unity. What if you asked your families and Online friends to join the Stoakley’s we can change the world.