Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Movement for a New Society Records, 1971-1988

Collection: DG 154


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The following, separated by lines, represent oversized documents -- words written on large paper in magic marker; they are in no order; the originals have been discarded.
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FACTORS OF SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZING:
Immediate small victory
Commitment
Clear purpose/tasks
Careful attention to logistics
Confidence in ability to organize in the value of your event and that people would come
Delegation of tasks
People like and support each other
Public notice and personal invitations
Accepting/finding rules for any participants
Action appropriate to audience
Preparation for likely problems
Knowing what to be flexible on
Inviting more than enough people
Recognizing self interest of leaders

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FACTORS OF SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZING:
Validating every participation
Good lines of communication among coordinators
Democratic decision making
Events and activities well thought out
Enticement
Role playing
Having small groups
Checklist of items
Skill sharing
Clearness about facts around events
Persistence
Visible action
Participants taking initiative
Fun
Asking ahead for help in preparation and for special participation
Environment – physical
Clear eye – catching leaflet
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SOCIAL CHANGE
Macro Framework Levels of working in Social Change
5 [mins.] A.R. What/Why/Goals
40/45[mins.] Macro frame work
---20/5 [mins.] rap and clarifying questions
---15[mins.] small group sharing
5 [mins.] Break
5 [mins.] Light and Lively
20 [mins.] Levels of social change work & Rap and clarifying questions
35 [mins.] Small groups
---5 [mins.] Think
---15 [mins.] Share +, -
---15 [mins.] Consensus (F. Ch.)
20 [mins.] Share Back
5 [mins.] Evaluation

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MNS – PERSONAL GROWTH
Materialism
-> Self Actualization
-> Spirituality
Material Self Interest (above basics) -> Spiritual Self Interest
^ Reduce work for basics to minimum
^ Basics assured
 
Materialism vs Spirituality
Self Actualization
Community
Security
Survival

- Chart: to become social change agents, people need to move up chart – get survival/security needs met
- MNS : us/others up chart
- Most Groups: Deal with parts of lower material levels for selves and others

Capitalism: Produces scarcity/insecurity so keeps everyone at material bottom levels
Haves: Produces wants into needs faster than can be met
  • war/totalitarianism
  • Have-Nots: Have less and nos increase as haves get more resources; environment decreases; capitalism increases gap
    MNS
    ---De-development/Simple Living
    ---Reduce needs/wants -> Spirituality
    ---Anti-private enterprise
     
    Maslow’s Needs Chart
    ---above basics
    ---“material self increases” not basics for organizing
    ---Higher material consumption can never meet higher human need
     

    Social Change Agent

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Movements

     
     
     
     

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    Pens Lib

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    “C” Self Involved

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Liberal

     

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    xxx x
     

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    CR

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Start

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Racism

    War

    Imperi

    -alism

    Environ

    -ment

    Sexism

    Poverty

    Sexuality

    Classism

    Capitalism

    Personal

    Spirituality


    Once have breakthroughs on
    ---One issue – help rest and get easier
    ---Personal spiritually – help get through other issues

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    LIBERATIONA ND OPPRESSION WITHIN US
    We need to work at two levels simultaneously:
    ---Outside
    ------*issues (war, hunger, nukes)
    ------*Change institutions, systems, movement building, CR public
    ---Inside
    ------*Change us and the movement
    ------*Ways in which we as individuals and a movement oppress others or are oppressed/unconsciously adopted society’s oppressions
    FULL HUMAN POTENTIAL

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    GROUPS
    Passive/Workers
    Gay
    Jewish/Catholic
    Children
    Elderly
    Women
    Workers/LC
    Non-White
    Third World
    Non-U.S.
    Future Generations
    Hierarch/Elitism
    Sex Preference
    Religion
    Agism
     
    Sexism
    Classism
    Racism
    Nationalism
     
    Eraism
    Heavies/Dominant
    Heterosexual
    Protestant
    Adult/Parental
    Middle Aged
    Men
    U/MC
    White
    U.S. Citizens
     
    Twentieth Century Modern
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    GROUPS

    Steps:
    1. C.R
    2. Identity Groups
    ---a. Support
    ---b. Action
    ------- *Speaks out and challenges others/selves
    ------- *Political action
    ------- *Writing
    Examples in MNS
    ---- Women/Men
    ---- Class
    Dangers
    ---- Being oppressive
    ---- Take on oppressor’s identity
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    MNS AS A FEMINIST ORGANIZATION
    - MNS is feminist because
    ---- Anti: sexist, masculine, patriarchy
    ---- Feminist: ideology, values, goals, methods, vision
    ---- Says it’s feminist: trying to be feminist
    ---- MNS roots are feminist when fully carried out: nonviolence, Quakerism, Humanism applied
    - Role as mother
    ---Mother Role
    ---MNS Purpose
    ------*Nurture and serve movement, groups and activists
    ---Methodology and Training
    ---Writing and Publishing “How-to-Do-it”
    ---Networking
    ---Help other groups
    ------*Not proselytize
    ------*Not vanguard
    -Personal change
    ---Personal change, growth, support
    ---End sexism (and other isms)
    ---End Internalization of present culture
    ---Deal with feelings
    ------*Help people change
    ------*RC
    ---Support
    ------*ID Groups, community, attention to personal
    ------*Affirmation and Directions
    ---Empower people and positive approach
    ------*Mother role – help family grow, mature, fly on own
    ------*Empower groups, people
    Ex.: Not stop nukes but create movement and people
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    WHOLISTIC APPROACH
    Political and Personal
    Not just single issue
    Relate everything: rape – imperialism – hunger – war – nuclear power
    World wide
    Environment
    Future generations
    Total change of society
    ---System/culture change:
    ------*Patriarchy -> Feminist
    ------*Capitalism -> Democracy
    ------*Violence and Sexism -> Egalitarian
    ---Ex. Civil Rights movement in 60s: Assimilate blacks; end discrimination
    ------*Now/Me Magazine: Assimilate women; end sexism
    ------*MNS – Not assimilate women but change society
    The way we do it is vital
    ---Process and method are important
    ---Gandhi – the means is the ends in the making
    MNS Organization Model
    Leadership Model
    ---Nurturing, empowering
    ---Not heavy dominator
    Humility/Vulnerability/Self Development
    ---We’re learning
    ---Relative truth (Gandhi)
    ---Evaluation/Feedback: Nondefensive
    ---Not arrogant, right, boastful
    Problems
    ---Herd to live up to “New Convertism”
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    AGENDA – MEN
    5 [mins.] Excitement sharing
    5 [mins.] Agenda review
    10 [mins.] Introduction to subject/process
    10 [mins.] Brainstorm: “oppressive behaviors of men in groups”
    25 [mins.] Think and listen: “specific ways men can overcome each oppressive behavior”
    ---10 [mins.] Think
    ---15 [mins.] Report sharing (2 groups)
    60 [mins.] Self-Estimation – Estimation
    ------1. Recent success
    ------2. Our oppressive behaviors
    ------3. Ways we want to work on our own behaviors
    ------4. Help from the group
    ---10 [mins.] Think
    ---50 [mins.] Report sharing
    20 [mins.] Future Men’s Meetings (what/when?)
    ---Brainstorm and prioritize
    ---Planners
    5 [mins.] Evaluations
     
    Men’s liberation in mixed groups
    “Overcome men’s oppressive behavior in mixed groups”
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    MEN’S MEETING
    5 [mins.] What/why/goals
    5 [mins.] Agenda review
    10 [mins.] Rap and discussion
    10 [mins.] Sharing in pairs
    ---“Positive and scary feelings”
    ---2 [mins.] Think
    ---3/3 [mins.] Sharing
    10 [mins.] Brainstorm: “oppressive behavior (by men) in groups
    ---Two Groups
    15 [mins.] Think and listen
    ---“Ways to overcome one oppressive behavior
    ---3 [mins.] Think
    ---10 [mins.] Share
    70 [mins.] Self-Estimation – Estimation
    ---5/10 [mins.] Think
    ------*List your own oppressive behaviors
    ------*For several: list ways you can work on them
    ------*What help would you like from men here
    ------*What progress have you had?
    ---60 [mins.] Each man share (10 [mins.] each)
    ------*5 [mins.] Man shares
    ------*5 [mins.] Feedback (positive and then help)
    5 [mins.] Evaluation
    ---Join with women
    15/20 [mins.] Groups of 4/5 (share feelings/liberation)
    10 [mins.] Closing circle
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    CLASSISM
    - Definition of Class
    - Visions of what will happen to class in new society
    - Ways we ignore class issue
    - How our own class backgrounds affect our perceptions and sense of self
    - I.D. Groups
    - Class Ints. – What does it mean?
    - What it means to try and break out of class patterns
    - Effective ways of changing class structure
    - How it ties in with other isms
    - Classism and strats for social change
    - Class and leadership styles
    - How class backgrounds affect our interactions
    - Relevant literature . . . of issue
    - Sharing implications for MNS
    - How Classism is evident in T.P.
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    MOVEMENT GOALS NEED . . . RE: CLASS
    New ‘Era’
    ---Modern Industrial – Appropriate technology/Human (change system, culture people)
    De-Develop U.S. – 95% Reduction in material consumption
    End Imperialism
    Re-Develop U.S.
    ---Basic needs guaranteed obtainable (useful work, housing, safety, security, status)
    ---Equitable distribute
    ------* Resources
    ------*Power
    ---Conservation
    ---People-ism
    ---Self-actualization for all
    Movement Program
    ---Consciousness raising and cultural preparation (for revolutionary change)
    ---Organization building (for revolutionary change)
    ---Confrontations
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    M/UC PEOPLE CAN WORK WITH/ORGANIZE POOR/WC
    Friere/MNS style (Facilitator/Democracy)
    Problems and myths of M/UC working with WC
    ---“We’re all workers”
    ------* your own class privileges
    ------* denies own classism/guilt feelings
    ---Only blue collar working class can do the revolution
    -------* many revolution UC/Self as class of Captains/Denies own class background
    -------* writes of 40% Americans
    ---Vanguard
    ------* elitist/classist
    ---WC/P are so much easier to relate to
    ------* unconsciousness condescension
    ---It’s hard for M/UC organizers
    ------*Liberal Help (ineffective) vs. Revolutionary (tell WC/P what to do)
    ------*Parallel – Men organizing women
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    M/U CLASS IN MOVEMENT
    - Class identity/support group
    - Listen to WC people
    - Identify class oppression and classism
    ---*Work on ending them in society, movement, self
    - Consider organizing M/UC and coalitions with WC and MC
    - Anti-Nuke; Macro seminars
    - Figure out how to work with WC, (FRIERF/MNS)
    WC in Movement
    - WC support group
    - Identify class oppression/classism in society, movement, selves (including internalized oppression)
    - Work with WC people (e.g. relative/friends)
    - Develop strategy for WC in movement
    Limits of Old Management Goals
    - Maximum GNP growth
    - Poor/working class -> Middle Class
    - Guns to butter
    - Socialism in US
    Limits of Old Movement Programs for Poor/WC
    - Handouts
    - Self-Help (help poor help themselves)
    - Wage increases
    ---*(imossible: don’t change causal system; don’t change power)
    New Movement Goals
    - End imperialism and military intervention
    - Modern industrial era -> appropriate technology and human era
    - De-develop U.S. (90% reduction in material production/consumption)
    - Re-develop U.S. (“New Age” and Democratic Socialism)
    ---*(equality, economic political; decentralize, self-actualization for all; new culture)
    - Basic needs met
    - Change power relationships
    New Movement Program Strategy
    - Consciousness raising – system analysis/vision
    - Cultural preparation – change selves, new values/training
    - Organization building (for Rev: Change)
    - Confrontations
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    CLASSISM AND OTHER OPPRESSIONS IN MOVEMENT

    A. Class
    - Feelings/Background
    - Dictionary
    I. Class big pictures: U.S. vs. Third World and future generations
    - Diagram – The politics of scarcity
    - Conclusions
    -Material production and high U.S. consumptions requires:
    ---a. T.W. poverty, hunger, police military dictatorships
    ---b. Big U.S> military, imperialist wars, police state
    ---c. T.W. and future generations not get needs met, end life as known
    II. U.S. Class Picture
    - Not all middle class
    - Definite class differences
    - 2% own 95% productive wealth (IE, are “Capitalists)
    (in the form of a pyramid)
     

    Rich: M -> W

    U.M.

    Middle

    “Working” C.
     

    Poor

    -Rich, U.M and Middle: - 40%
    ---- Counter culture and alternatives “movement”
    ---- Leisure; space; education; travel; basic material needs met; status; clean working conditions; clean, safe social environment; medical/dental care
    -“Working” C.: - Gender, Age, Race: Struggle; insecure; work hard; health care; neighborhood; low status; little leisure
    -“Working” C. and Poor: - Many basic needs not met: health; food/shelter; under employment; no employment
    - Big differences between 4 classes
    III. M/US Marxists – Org. Workers
    a. “We’re all workers against rich owners”
    ---- Ignores own class privileges
    ---- Denies own classism and guilt
    b. Only owners can do revolution
    ----Denies own background
    ---- Makes workers responsible for change
    ---- Takes self as class exception, writes off class peers
    ---- Many revolutionaries UC (Mao, Engles, Marx, Che, Castro, G.W.)
    c. Vanguard
    ---- Classist
    ---- Elitist
    ---- No win
    d. I like working with/organizing workers, poor
    ---- Unconscious condescension (superior – inferior dynamic)
    ---- Own class peers scare them: self denial and elitism
    IV. Patriarchy
    - Denies own classism
    - Splits WC and P
    V. U/MC Organizing Working Classes is Usually Unhelpful
    ---- “Liberal” – help WC – Ineffectual social work
    ------*Handouts/Help poor make it
    Or
    --- Lead Poor
    ------*Classism – tell poor what to do
    ------*Lead revolution/be like U.S.
    ------*Can’t challenge Poor
    ---Parallel: Men organizing women
    ------*Whites organizing blacks
    ------*U.S. organizing third world
    -Function of Class Privilege/Position
    ---1. Mainstream success
    ---2. Counter culture and humanitarian movement and left
    Classism
    Nationalism
    Eraism
    Sexism
    Racism
    Agism
    (In the form of a pyramid)

     

    M.C.

    W.C. Poor

    Third World

    Future Generation

    (As you go up pyramid, there are more resources, space, time, leisure, books, and energy)
    VI. Who Doesn’t Make It – Poor/Working Class
    ---Because:
    ------a. Can’t increase total world or U.S. consumption
    ---------*1. Resources and environment running out
    ---------*2. World politics – economics – military ( U.S. can’t steal more)
    ------b. U.S. power arrangements: Right M.C. vs. Poor and WC
    ---------*1. Political economic system maintains gap
    ------c. Capitalism creates material wants into false needs faster than they can be met while not meeting real human needs (happiness, health)
    ---------*1. Mores money will not bring more fulfillment or happiness
    ------------a. Inflation
    ------------b. Gap between rich and poor
    ------------c. False needs
    ------------d. False solutions
    VII. Classism in Movement Strategy/Program
    ---Class background vs. classism
    ------- Everyone entitled
    ------- Living in privilege
    ------- Relating to lower classes with M and UC biases
    ---1. Why Don’t Poor, NW’s, Working Class join our movement? Where are they?
    ------- They’re struggling at day-to-day physical needs, work
    -------Ex. Counter culture (herb tea, no meat, no sugar . . . money time to come here
    ---2. Help the Poor make it to Middle Class
    ------a. Handouts – Paternalistic/oppressive/too small
    ---------Ex. GTP
    ------b. elf-Help – (Help poor help selves)
    ---------- *Puts onus on poor – Do it yourself
    ----------* Blames poor rather than system
    ------------They need to change
    ------------(Ryan blaming the victim)
    ------c. Wage Increases
    ----------* Inflation – Poor can’t keep up (no power)
    ----------* Splits WC and Poor (union vs. non-union (majority of W.C.))
    ----------* Makes issue wages instead of control, work place, ownership. Puts workers in support of production / consumption – market and social system
    ------d. The World/ U.S. political economy/police system and limits to resources not allow U.S. Poor/WC to make it like MC movement and counter culture people
    ---3. Counter Culture/Simple Living
    ------- Good for M/UC but classist when laid on poor/WC
    ------- UMC challenging sexism
    ------- U/MC can’t voluntarily change class
    ------- Can change income but not class
    ------- Class is our being
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    RELATIONSHIP OF THE U.S. TO THE THIRD WORLD AND FUTURE
    (in the form of a pyramid)
    U.S. Ruling Class Third World
    U.S. Upper Class Elite and
    U.S. Upper Middle Class rest of
    U.S. Middle Class 1 st and
    U.S. Lower Middle Class 2nd
    U.S. Working World
    U.S. Poor
    Never-to-be-Developed Nations
    Future Generations (never to develop (exist))
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    BAD MOVEMENT GOALS
    - All U.S. growth
    - Poor and W.C. -> middle class consumption
    - Full employment/wage increases
    - Guns to Butter
    - Socialize U.S. but keep high consumption
    - (in the form of a pyramid)

    U.S.

    Third World

    Future Generations

    Causing Factors of Present System
    1. Power elite (rich and giant corps)
    2. Capitalist system
    3. All U.S. people
    ---- High material consumption
    Change requires
    ---- End power elite
    ---- End capitalism
    ---- Change people and selves regarding conspicuous consumption
    ---- Change culture
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