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Step-by-Step Community Organizing Plan

Whether you are a seasoned activist or a first-time organizer, here is a simple guide to get you started. Go through the steps one by one, and you'll be on your way to planning a creative, engaging, and powerful action in your community.
  1. Choose an Action, Day and Location, and Register!
    Part of the beauty of the International Week of Actions will be the variety and creativity of actions organized between August 26 and 31st across the world. Some common action ideas include organizing a procession or march through your town or city, a rally with speakers and cultural music in your central plaza, a candlelight vigil, a house party, or a community discussion. Some actions' uniqueness will simply be their locations - is there a place to hold your rally that is particularly important to your community, or symbolic? Examples include City Hall, Federal Building, Consulate, Embassy, community center, university, local church, statue, mosque, synagogue or national monument. Whatever your action, be sure to think about the best photo opportunity to capture your action and everyone who attends - photos are the primary way we link up actions worldwide and tell our story. Don't forget to register your action on our calendar where you can fill out an online form to post announcements, and others can contact you to attend your event.
  2. Gather With Friends and Neighbors
    Invite your friends, neighbors, and local organizations to assist in sponsoring and organizing the action. Think outside the box about who to reach out to - maybe the local church, mosque, synagogue, labor union, community center, university, or arts cooperative would be interested in getting involved in the issue. This is when it gets fun!
  3. Work Out the Details
    Take care of logistical details as soon as you can (this is why you want friends to help you out). Important things to consider include the timing of the action, directions, transportation, bathrooms, sound system, permits for use of public spaces, sponsorships, etc.
  4. Invite Government Officials
    If we want your action to have as big an impact as possible, it's essential that we reach out to our local, regional, and national leaders. Invite your local mayor, city council, city supervisors, or congressperson. Congress is on recess and members are likely to be home in district August 9-September 12.
    You never know who might be willing to show up to mark troop withdrawal and make a statement about ending wars and occupation. Find your elected officials here
  5. Spread the Word
    Send out emails, write editorials for local newspapers, get on the local radio station, ask organizations to include the action information in newsletters and bulletins, and put up posters all over town.
  6. Make a Banner
    Each action will have a banner, or some way to communicate the message. Some communities will hold big banners, others will spell out words with their participants, others still may make a mural together. We're asking that everyone make their own banner - it will be great for each action to have its own home-made, local flavor, and yet to all have a common, unifying message. Just be sure to make it large and legible.
  7. Tell the Media
    It's important to contact local, state, and national media to make sure they report on the Week of Actions in your area. Think about what print, radio, television, and blogs you'd want to have cover your event, and start getting in touch now!
  8. Take Action
    For action ideas click here . The details of your action are up to you, but at some point be sure to take a picture with everyone present with your banner displayed front and center.
  9. Report Back
    This part is very important: as soon as your action is over, be sure to select your best photo and e-mail it to to be posted online. You might want to designate a volunteer to help with this. This is so important because we need your picture and stories to be able to deliver the strongest possible message to the media. Video footage and written stories from your action are great too.

Thanks for being a part of this important movement to end wars and occupation and bring our resources and troops home!