Become a resistance leader
The key to the success of a resistance is at the grassroots level. When faced with a large foe with the resources of a federal government, the best way to bring them down is through small, organised, disciplined groups.
These grassroots groups need strong leadership and guidance to channel the assistance from the national leadership into effective resistance on the ground. It’s a tough fight, an ongoing fight, and self-motivated leaders are a must.
In business there are two kinds of enterpreneurs; those who enjoy building a business from nothing, and those who enjoy running an established business day to day, looking after all the operations. In military action there are two kinds of officers; those who can inspire the troops and lead the charge, and those who are fantastic at planning logistics and ensuring everything is well supplied and running smoothly.
Notice the similarity in both cases.
One who brings people together and inspires them to take action; they motivate and mobilize people; they build relationships with the people around them; and they build a plan to act. They are leaders who lead by example.
The other has an amazing eye for detail; they ensure everything is running smoothly; that supplies arrive on time and that provisions are prepared; that there is a detailed plan in place including backups if something goes wrong.They are leaders who lead from behind.
Both are vital to our resistance. For our purposes, we refer to the first type as Group Leaders and the second type as Group Organisers.
Because a group organiser has to keep an eye on so many moving parts at a detailed level, while a group leader can look at the big picture, we place the Group Leader as the head of a group and the Group Organiser as the second in command (2IC).
In smaller groups you may choose to wear both hats, though as your group grows in numbers and takes on larger projects we recommend delegating to a Group organiser.
We need leaders and organisers that have the stamina, the drive, and the charisma to get their group members to contact members of Congress about upcoming votes, organise demonstration training and public demonstrations, and co-ordinate the underground railroad at the grassroots level.
In either role the most important thing you can do right now is spread the word: talk to people about the resistance and your group within it, tell them about this site, invite them to your next meeting, ask them to commit to join you, and follow up beforehand to make sure they are there.
We’re here to help you form your local group and to support your journey, whether it’s your first step or just the most
To get you going, we provide
- A sample agenda for your first meeting to help your group divide up the work, make a bold plan, and put it into action.
- Ideas for keeping your meeting on track, so that you can make a great plan and help your group mobilize to execute it.
- A sign-in sheet for your meeting: having your group members cotnact information is essential. Organizing is all about relationships, and relationships are all about communication.
- A potential first action plan so you and your group can start talking to your Members of Congress about standing up to Trump right away.
- Demonstration plans so you and your group can start training for and taking part in public demonstrations
- Information on the underground railroad and how to organise a team within your group to take part
- Tricks of the trade for getting press coverage and spreading the word about your actions on social media, so that what your group does has as big an impact as
- Information on watching out for right-wing tricks.
After your meetings, demonstrations, town hall events, and other actions we want to hear from you! Take pictures of your group and share #WhiteRose and #resist stories with us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Email us to share what went well, what didn’t, and what else we can do to support your amazing work.
Remember: Together we can do this. Together we will win.