Movement Strategy Center
Movement Strategy Center is committed to advancing the next generation of leaders for a sustainable progressive movement. We are building local, regional and national networks of young activists across issues, constituencies and geographies. We are helping activists to develop the skills, culture, analysis and vision to work together in broad, cohesive alliances—with a strong emphasis on the leadership of base-building groups working to address the needs of young people, low income communities and communities of color.
The smartMeme collective is a group of skilled, creative and dedicated change agents who work to support grassroots movements with strategy and training resources, values based communications tools, and meme campaigning. We work to build a culture of strategy, vision, and change, connecting struggles for democracy, peace, justice, and ecological sanity.
SmartMeme is a one-stop-shop for strategic consultation, messaging, and design. We help grassroots groups magnify their impact by linking traditional organizing and movement building skills with values based messaging, narrative concepts and creative action. We provide direct support either through sliding scale, fee-for-service work or through our STORY youth training program. SmartMeme also collaborates with our allies to concept and implement meme campaigns that promote new ideas and creative actions.
Youth Media Council
Launched in April 2001, the Youth Media Council is a Bay Area-based youth organizing, leadership development, media capacity-building and watchdog project dedicated to developing youth-led strategies for media justice.
We believe that youth and other marginalized communities need the tools, resources, strategies and skills to become strong and effective media spokespeople and advocates for social justice.
Made up of representatives from 17 of the Bay Area’s most vibrant progressive youth organizations, and numerous partners nationally, the YMC aims to strengthen campaigns for racial and economic justice.
Challenging White Supremacy Workshop
Challenging White Supremacy (CWS) workshop organizers believe that the most effective way to create fundamental social change in the U.S. is by building mass-based, multi-racial grassroots movements led by radical activists of color. We also believe that the major barrier to creating these movements is racism or white supremacy. One way to challenge white supremacy is to do anti-racist training workshops in our own communities. CWS has worked in the broad-based radical, multi-racial community of the Bay Area since 1993.
CWS workshops have been designed by a group of white anti-racist organizers. We believe our special responsibility is to help white social justice activists become principled and effective anti-racist organizers — both to challenge our white privilege and to work for racial justice in all our social justice work.
We think that anti-racist training and organizing with white social justice activists complements and supports grassroots organizing and leadership development in communities of color. Both kinds of work are necessary to help build mass-based, multi-racial social justice movements.