Organization vs. Mobilization

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boomerang
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Aug 21 2014 20:09
Organization vs. Mobilization

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/19/ferguson-mobilization-and-organizing-the-resistance/

Here's an article critiquing the "mobilization model" of activism, which seems to be the de facto strategy for most of the Left in the past few generations. To sum the model up, it's basically about mobilizing the greatest number of people out to a protest or event.

As an alternative strategy, the author (Ajamu Nangwaya) recommends organization - building long-term organizations of struggle rooted in neighborhoods and workplaces.

For most of the Libcom regulars, this won't be anything new, but the article is a good intro to this concept if you want something to share on Facebook, with friends, etc. It's written in the context of the response to the murder by police of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Aug 22 2014 15:09

there is the article on here regarding massification as opposed to mobilization...

in general i am pro further organization as opposed mobilization as long as it is in the realm of further autonomous self-organization and not trying to coopt and recuperate things. organizing is a strategy mobilization is a tactic.

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Aug 22 2014 16:57
klas batalo wrote:
there is the article on here regarding massification as opposed to mobilization...

Ooh goody. smile Where can I find this article?