Social Action

Below find a list of activities and session modules focused on social action.  Some of these appear in the six session curriculum; others can be used once your group has finished it.  Visit our Facebook page for more ideas.

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Take the Transition Challenge

Posted May 1, 2013

During the month of May, join thousands of people across the US taking action to rise to the challenge of food, water, and energy independence. Thousands of landscapes and homes will be transformed, retrofitted and revitalized as part of the Transition Challenge. Thousands of us will take to the streets, the garden, schoolyard, home, apartment […]
Redwood City Resilience Circle Joins Fight Against Prison Expansion

Posted August 22, 2012

The Redwood City Resilience Circle joined other local groups in opposing the construction of a new jail in San Mateo. Read more about this effort here. See their letter below. Submitted to [email protected]: Please include our group on the list of public endorsements for your letter to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors found […]
The Story of Change

Posted August 9, 2012

Related items: Homework for Session 2: The Story of Stuff (Optional) A Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornados? Never.
June 16 – Newburyport Community Resilience Circles Kick Off “Citizens for Sustainable Bagging”

Posted June 12, 2012

Members of Transition Newburyport and two local Community Resilience Circles are kicking off an initiative to move our coastal community past single-use plastic bags. An initial meeting will be held to discuss strategies on Saturday, June 16, 1 pm at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport. Marjorie Green from Hanover, NH will be talking […]
How Small Groups Can Power Big Change: It’s Time to Form an Affinity Group

Posted May 17, 2012

An affinity group is a small group of people who support each other and work together to change the world.
What is An Affinity Group?

Posted May 17, 2012

Download as a PDF What is an Affinity Group? An affinity group is a small group of people who support each other and work together to change the world. Social activism can be tough work. Acting alone, we may feel powerless to create real change. An affinity group can provide practical support as well as […]
Five Tips for Forming an Affinity Group

Posted May 17, 2012

Download as a PDF 1. Start where you are. Can you think of five people who might want to form an affinity group? Congratulations, you’re half-way there! Bring those five folks together for dinner to talk about reaching five more. Can you think of three, or just one? That’s okay! Do the same thing – […]
Corporations Are Not People! Bank of America Showdown, Redwood City, CA

Posted May 15, 2012

If corporations are people, can they get married? The Mid-Peninsula America Dream Council sponsored this creative direct action with members of the Redwood City Resilience Circle. Related items: February 13, 15 and 21 – New Common Security Circles Meet in Redwood City Common Security Circles Form in Redwood City, CA January 30 – Redwood City, CA […]
Resources for Affinity Groups

Posted May 7, 2012

What is an Affinity Group? (One-Pager) 5 Tips for Forming an Affinity Group A Guide for Your First Meeting (PDF) Direct Action Roles for Affinity Groups Using Consensus Decision-Making, from War Resisters’ International Facilitation Tips Small Groups in Larger Group Structures: How Small Groups Can Power Big Change, by Sarah Byrnes, YES! Magazine Globalize Liberation: 5 […]
The 99% Spring Is Here!

Posted April 5, 2012

Across the country Resilience Circles are hosting 99% Spring trainings to share stories about the economy, learn the history of nonviolent direct action, and connect with local campaigns to bring about change.
Circles Overturning Citizens United

Posted February 29, 2012

Jennifer Robinson describes herself as an introvert. “I’m not really the kind of person who likes doing presentations,” she says. But earlier this year Jennifer found herself in front of her city council, reading a letter supporting an amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Line Dry! Push Mow! And Be Silly While Doing It

Posted February 7, 2012

Want to be greener? Looking for some fun and silly inspiration? Check out these videos submitted by Resilience Circles in Greenbelt, MD.
Faith Advocates for Jobs, Interfaith Worker Justice

Posted October 14, 2011

The Resilience Circle Network is excited to partner with this new initiative of faith-based bodies working to serve the unemployed.
The World Designed by God, John Paul II

Posted September 1, 2011

“The World designed by God cannot be a world in which some hoard immoderate wealth in their hands, while others suffer from destitution and poverty, and die of hunger. Love must inspire justice and the struggle for justice.” – Pope John Paul II, via JustFaith Related items: On Waking, John O’Donohue The Sustainable World Sourcebook […]
Maryland Circles Attend Tar Sands Protests

Posted August 30, 2011

August, 2011 In August 2011, members of the Greenbelt Circle attended the Tar Sands Protests in Washington DC and “American Dream” Town Meetings about jobs and the economy. The Circle helped members see how climate change and economic struggles are interconnected, and that the over-influence of corporations in our democracy is at the root of […]
American Dream House Meetings

Posted July 17, 2011

The path to the American Dream begins with real conversations among concerned friends and neighbors, like those we have at Resilience Circles. Read more to find or host your own House Meeting!
Whatcom Folk School Launched

Posted July 14, 2011

from the Transition United States website Bellingham, WA – Whatcom Folk School has printed its first free catalog of summer classes with about 65 classes and 50 instructors. First classes start in June and include topics such as Fermentation of Foods, Tree Climbing with Gear; Woodworking Skill Building for Women, Ayurvedic Medicine, Homebrewing of Beer, […]
Help Pass the Bottle Bill! July 20th Massachusetts State House

Posted July 14, 2011

The Bottle Bill is the State’s most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since the Bottle Bill’s inception in 1983, over 35 billion containers have been redeemed, contributing to a healthier environment, cleaner and safer communities, and a stronger economy. But to keep up with the times and consumer tastes, the bottle bill must be […]
Supporting the DISCLOSE Act

Posted June 14, 2011

Resilience Circle organizers Veronica Palmer and Aaron Castle pose as “Liberty under Siege” to help collect signatures for the California DISCLOSE Act at the Redwood City Parade. Participants in the Resilience Circle at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City California (UUFRC) voted to focus on corporate personhood as their first social action project. As […]

Posted June 1, 2011

A grassroots movement taking direct action against corporate tax cheats and unnecessary and unfair public service cuts across the U.S.
Video: We’re Not Broke, Just Twisted

Posted June 1, 2011

Extreme Wealth Inequality in America Via Related items: Video: The Spirit Level – Income Inequality & Social Justice Video: If the Federal Budget Were Oreos… by Ben Cohen Video: Smart Security, Not War Video: Go Figure – What Would It Cost to Save the World? Video: What’s the Economy For, Anyway?
Action Ideas: Budgeting & Debt Reduction

Posted May 20, 2011

Resilience Circles can be a place where we support one another to get our personal financial situations in better shape. Below are some of the activities that clubs have done to support one another. 1. Assess Your Debt Take inventory of your debt.  Is your debt a serious issue?  Take this confidential Debtor’s Anonymous quiz […]
Take Heart. Take Action. Take the 350 Home and Gardening Challenge!

Posted May 4, 2011

What will you do this May 14 and 15? Choose an action in the areas of food, water, energy, or community building. Register your action with Transition US and see what others around the world will be doing!
Take Back Your Time

Posted April 12, 2011

A major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.
Transition US

Posted April 12, 2011

Transition US provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States.
Slow Money Alliance

Posted April 12, 2011

Slow Money’s mission is to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to investing in small food enterprises and local food systems; connecting investors to their local economies; and building the nurture-capital industry.
Videos: Peak Moment TV

Posted April 12, 2011

Peak Moment Television online offers a wealth of examples of real action in community.
The Other 98 Percent

Posted April 12, 2011

A grassroots network of concerned citizens fed up with the status quo in Washington.
A New Way Forward

Posted April 12, 2011

Campaign of regular Americans who have come together to bring about structural reform of the financial industry and end the distortion of the political process by our largest corporations.

Posted April 12, 2011

An international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.
New Economy Working Group

Posted April 12, 2011

Meeting place of thinkers and activists interesting in taking actions that move us toward a transformation of the economy.
Move Your Money

Posted April 12, 2011

People everywhere are moving their money to small, community-minded institutions and spreading the word around the web.
31 Ways to Jumpstart the Local Economy by Sarah Van Gelder

Posted March 6, 2011

AT HOME Rent out a room in your home, or swap space for gardening, child or elder care, or carpentry. Buy less so you can buy higher quality. Buy from companies that “internalize” costs by passing along to you the cost of living wages, low carbon footprints, or organic production. Take your money out of […]