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CHAPTER 5: POWER OF THE PEOPLE Resource links
Welcome to our MAKING OUR VOICES COUNT! discussion guide resources page for Chapter 1. You can use these links to further the conversation about the topics covered in this chapter. If you don't have a discussion guide, visit our shop to purchase one. You'll find context on each chapter with discussion questions and so much more! This discussion guide can be used in so many different ways. If you have an organization whose mission goes hand in hand with one or all of our chapters, you can take the whole film or just the corresponding chapter, screen it for your members and use the guide to lead a discussion. Or you could hold a community screening of the entire feature film with a guided conversation after the viewing. You could invite someone from the film to your school, organization, church, etc. (we'll be happy to connect you!) to speak about the film, lessons from the guide, and so much more! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
This chapter of the discussion guide provides local and national contexts and perspectives, in-depth conversations on civic engagement to broaden the conversation, and includes thoughtful discussion questions. Here are resources you can use to engage with this chapter.
“We may not have rioted and did all those things that other cities did...but we got out prosecutor out. That’s what you can do.”
- Angela Woodson, Community Organizer
Power of the People is the film’s final chapter and it provides an analysis of the organizing and voter education that led to the ouster of Timothy J. McGinty, Cuyahoga County’s derelict prosecutor. Pick up your copy of the discussion guide to learn more.
Resources on Resisting Trump’s Agenda:
Visit Emerge America, a training program laser-focused on recruiting, training, and supporting women running for office across the U.S.
Visit #KnockEveryDoor, an organization created by and for volunteers that seeks to recruit, connect and train volunteers to go out in communities across the country and start conversations about the progressive change our country needs.
Visit Run for Something an organization that recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
Read all about The Pussyhat Project, a social movement focused on raising awareness about women's issues and advancing human rights by promoting dialogue and innovation through the arts, education and intellectual discourse.
Visit The Town Hall Project, an unfunded, crowdsourced, Facebook-based project that researches “every district and state for public events with Members of Congress.”
Visit Rise Stronger which builds a dynamic, strategic movement of politically engaged communities that demand a responsible and accountable government which serves the interests of the people.
- Visit The Movement Netlab, a practice-centered ‘think-make-and-do tank’. They are comprised of movement-based activists, organizers and researchers whose goal is to help develop powerful conceptual and practical tools that help facilitate the growth and effectiveness of the most dynamic, emerging social movements of our time.
- Read all about the Catalyst Project: Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation which helps to build powerful multiracial movements that can win collective liberation by training & mentoring white people to take collective action.
- Visit the Center for Community Change (CCC) which strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. They seek to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives.
- Visit the Movement Strategy Center (MSC) which helps build the movement for social and racial justice by increasing the capacity of individuals, organizations, alliances and sectors to be more strategic, collaborative and sustainable.