Organizing Resources

GCC organizing resources are collected in two main sections: “Organizing Resources,” which has everything from guidelines and strategies to posters, flyers, and sample email invitations; and “Partner Organization Resources,” which collects offerings from organizations affiliated with the GCC. The most recently added resources in each section can be found below, under the respective headings. (They can also be found in the sidebar to the right, or as a complete list.) Start by reading the brief introduction to these resources below, and check out the list of the most recent organizing resources from the GCC and partner organizations.

REACH OUT AND ORGANIZE! All organizers should begin by looking over the “Guidelines for Organizing,” which will help you tie events into the wave of Earth Day to May Day actions happening around the globe. The “Key Commitments” section affirms our pledge to act as a nonviolent, nonpartisan movement. From there, move on to the “How to Start Organizing” guide, which contains descriptions and links to a the full range of GCC and partner organization resources.

Organizing Resources

Partner Organization Resources

  • The History of Earth Day

    On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, ...

  • IWW: The Brief Origins of May Day

    Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country ...

  • Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home

    1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to ...

  • Oxfam’s “Let Them Eat Coal” Briefing Paper

    Climate change is already affecting what we all eat, and is the biggest
    threat to winning the fight against hunger. Coal is the biggest single
    cause of climate change, yet the G7 countries are still burning huge
    amounts, despite efficient, affordable, renewable alternatives being
    available. G7 coal power stations emit twice as much fossil fuel ...

  • Learn About Food Cooperatives – Cooperative Development Institute

    Learn more about the importance of food cooperatives – bringing food access to low income communities & helping fix a broken food system – from the Cooperative Development Institute. Starting a food cooperative is an example of a People’s Climate Strike action that educates about the current problems with our food system while creating the ...

  • Environmental Justice Classroom Resource Guide

    Particularly given the results of the latest report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we must ask ourselves some critical questions about how we prepare our children to face the world they will be inheriting, and the harsh truth of today’s conditions and dynamics. How do we ensure that our youth emerge ...

  • May Day: MADE IN THE U.S.A. — A Brief History

    When the immigrant-rights movement chose May Day for its big demonstrations a few years ago, people shouldn’t have been surprised. The worldwide workers’ holiday was “Made in the U.S.A.”

    May Day’s roots are deep in American history. In 1886, seeking the spark that would ignite the struggling labor movement, the fledgling American Federation of Labor called ...

  • Legal Support & Training

    The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) offers a variety of resources to organizations needing to arm themselves with information about the government, dissent and civil liberties. The CLDC provides free legal support to activists – they have defended over 900 activists and trained over 3000 activists in their over 10 years of ...