✨✨✨Welcome✨✨✨ We here at Direct Action @ PZ are excited to begin to advertise this pillar of the work of the Community Engagement Center (CEC) in order to best serve our community and fulfill our goals, of supporting & uplifting the work being done in our community by providing resources & points of connection for increased community involvement. Follow us for daily calls to action, resource guides, and information about immediate need throughout the Pitzer community.
ID: All slides have orange backgrounds with grey shapes on them, on the grey shapes there is text in varying shades of orange. The first slide also shows two hands reaching towards each other.
[SLIDE 1] Direct Action @ Pitzer
[SLIDE 2] What is Direct Action?
Direct action is, “any action that sidesteps regulations and representation to accomplish goals directly” (CrimeThink). Direct action happens when we move to solve problems for our community without governmental or institutional structures, usually because these structures aren’t acting/haven’t acted with enough urgency (or they just don’t hold the well-being of the community as their goal), and change needed to happen yesterday.
[SLIDE 3] What is community organizing?
Community organizing is founded in ideas of “neighborhood empowerment,” it is a grassroots tactic for social change and betterment which focuses on, “building community and power.” It seeks to overcome the isolation we have been socialized into that keeps those without power powerless (Dissent). Direct action is one example of what community organizing may manifest as, in addition to other electoral and nonelectoral strategies and tactics.
[SLIDE 4] What is Direct Action @ Pitzer?
Direct Action @ Pitzer is a newly formed pillar of the work of the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer.
This pillar holds the goal of organizing and educating with the Pitzer community to take real and immediate action to better the communities we are a part of by uplifting existing community organizing and direct action efforts that align with our CEC values.
Our community may not physically be together, but through these universally difficult past months we have seen the real power that any and all organizing can have.
We are excited for this opportunity to uplift the work that YOU are all doing to fight for the wellbeing of folks in our Pitzer community, and in your other communities, wherever they may be.
[SLIDE 5] Engage with our work:
1. Email us at [email protected]
with any direct action and/or community organizing opportunities: we’ll send out a weekly email with updates on actions FROM the Pitzer community FOR the Pitzer community to take.
2. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. we will be resharing actions from (on and off campus) community organizations daily.
3. Check out our page on the CEC website. On the page, we have resources, information, and guides to support all stages of direct actions, community organizing, & coalition building. https://www.pitzer.edu/cec/community-engagement-center/community-pillars/community-organizing-and-direct-action/
[SLIDE 6] Learn more about the importance of direct action & community organizing:
"A Step-by-Step Guide to Direct Action" Crimethink
"Direct Action Handbook" Organizing for Power
[UK-based Organization but this zine is still a great, basic resource]
"Alinsky for the Left: The Politics of Community Organizing" Dissent
"Decolonizing Student Organizing" Kaymi Yoon-Maxwell