Whatever your interest, there are some very basic grassroots organizing principles that can make your effort more effective. The Grassroots Activist’s Handbook (PDF) which is designed to help organize environmentally focused activism, contains useful advice for all types of efforts and identifies these essential elements:
- Decide on the goal of your campaign.
- Assess community attitudes.
- Have a spokesperson.
- Do your homework.
- Find an angle that motivates people to take action.
- Build your campaign on a sound foundation.
- Create a well-designed one-page overview of your effort
- Learn to use media effectively.
- Seize unexpected opportunities.
- Be Prepared for public meetings.
Here are some additional resources for public education activism:
- Education Activist Network
- Public Eye : Organizations Defending Pluralist Modern Public Education
- And a list of “education activist groups“
For school choice, you may find these resources helpful:
For Home Education
- How and Why Homeschoolers Should Be Involved in Local and State Politics
- Education Policy Primer for Homeschooling Families
For Student Activism
The Freechild Project has created a Youth Voice Toolkit , a resource for Youth Voice activists and practitioners around the world. There is also an extensive collection of resources and other tools. Explore it at http://www.freechild.org/YouthVoice
And don’t forget to make liberal use of our Civic Resources and our Guide for Voters to help you learn how to contact legislators, write letters, and connect with resources, organizations and other individuals who can help you make a difference!