Major Social Transformation Is a Lot Closer Than You May Realize

How Do We Finish the Job? – Published on The People’s Voice, by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, January 2, 2014.

It starts with winning over the hearts and minds of the American people:

  • The current social movement that exploded onto the national scene with the 2011 Occupy Movement is following the path of successful movements so far. The social movement in 2014 is poised to begin an exciting era of broadening and deepening the growing consensus for social and economic justice.   
  • This week, our article for the end of 2013 focuses on where we are, i.e. at what stage of the progression of social movements do we find ourselves; and broadly outlines the next steps. Next week, our article for the new year will look more specifically at the tasks ahead for the movement in 2014 and beyond.
  • Successful people-powered movements follow a similar arc of development. The best description comes from Bill Moyer’s The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing TheEight Stages of Successful Social Movements. We believe this is essential reading for activists and include a link to it on the strategy page on Popular Resistance. Moyer expanded this 1987 article into, Doing Democracy, a book published in 2001, a year before he died. You can see a video of Bill Moyer’s last public presentation where he summarized the insights of his lifetime about how social movements grow and succeed, and about his vision of a new culture emerging through the cracks of a declining empire.
  • Moyer’s work is heartening for social justice activists because it shows how movements grow, recede and change their functions at different stages. By understanding the current stage of development we can better define the work that must be done to achieve success and predict how the power structure and public will react to our actions. Moyer worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on poverty campaigns. He also worked on a variety of causes over his nearly 50 year career in social movements … //

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(Kevin Zeese, JD and Margaret Flowers, MD are participants in Popular Resistance.org; they co-direct It’s Our Economy and co-host Clearing the FOG. Their twitters are @KBZeese and MFlowers8).

Links:

The Movement Action Plan: A Strategic Framework Describing The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements, on History is a Weapon, by Bill Moyer, Spring 1987;

Video: Strategy and Creativity for Grassroots Power, FOR TCTV, 58.17 min, on Popular Resistance, daily movement news and resources; (also on YouTube, uploaded by backbonebill, Oct 4, 2012);

William Moyer on en.wikipedia (September 17, 1933 – October 21, 2002), was a United States social change activist who was a principal organizer in the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. He was an author, and a founding member of the Movement for a New Society;

Memorial Statement, on Quaker Meetings, by William H. Moyer, September 17, 1933 — October 21, 2002;

Book: Doing Democracy, The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, on new society, publisher, by Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer, ISBN: 9780865714182, Pub. Date: 2001-01-01;

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