Toolkit

There are lots of ways to be an activist. Here are some tools that can help you.

I. Direct Action and Civil Disobedience

Checklist: Before You Go to a Demonstration

26 Ways to Be In the Struggle Beyond the Streets (PDF)

ACLU: App for Recording the Police

ACLU: What to Do if Your Rights Are Violated at a Demonstration or Protest

ACLU: What to Do if You Are Stopped or Detained Taking Photographs

Center for Constitutional Rights: Legal Briefing for Civil Disobedience (PDF)

Cat Brooks and the Anti Police-Terror Project: Violence and Vandalism at Demonstrations

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – Bringing Children to Demonstrations

Making Direct Action Accessible to People with Disabilities

Making Meetings Accessible to People with Disabilities

Checklist for Strategic Action Planning

How to Have Pizza Delivered to Demonstrators

II. Bystander Intervention

Do’s and Don’ts for Bystander Intervention

Six Tips for Responding When You Witness Racist Attacks

What To Do Instead of Calling the Police

My Struggle With White Silence

III. Grassroots Organizing and Campaigns 

Grassroots Tool Kit

Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

Collaboration Principles for Artists & Social Justice Organizers

Solidarity and Sanctuary

Community Defense Zone Starter Guide

Anti-Racist Neighborhood Watch: Quick-Start Manual and Resource Packet (PDF)

Making Planning Meetings and Activism Accessible for People with Disabilities

Training for Change: Organizing and Strategy Tools

Five Lessons from the “No Ban, No Wall” Airport Protests

Making Change Happen

IV. Democratic Process

Indivisible Guide

Our States

Every Californian has three Members of the US Congress: 2 Senators and 1 Representative. Senators face re-election every six years; Representatives face re-election every two years.

Find your Two US Senators – in California, they are:

Dianne Feinstein:  (415) 393-0707  in San Francisco,     (202) 224-3841  in Washington DC

Kamala Harris:        (213) 894-5000  in San Francisco,     (202) 224-3553  in Washington DC

Find Your US Representative – in the Bay Area, they include:

Mark DeSaulnier for California’s 11th District (East Bay):   (510) 620-1000 in Richmond, (202) 225-2095 in Washington DC

Nancy Pelosi for California’s 12th District (San Francisco):   (415) 556-4862 in San Francisco, (202) 225-4965 in Washington DC

Barbara Lee for California’s 13th District (East Bay):   (510) 763-0370 in Oakland, (202) 225-2661 in Washington DC

Find Your California State Assembly Member and Senator

VoteSpotter and Countable are apps to contact and track elected officials

Ongoing Tally: How US Senators and Representatives Vote on Trump’s Policies and background on this project

How to Make Your Members of Congress Listen to You

Advice When Calling Your Members of Congress

How to Call Your Members of Congress When You Have Social Anxiety

How to Get Through to Your Members of Congress When Their Phones are Busy

Send Faxes to Your Members of Congress

Town Hall Project

Register to Vote in California

Running for Office: A Resource Guide

Run For Something: A Guide for Progressives Under 35

Vote Run Lead – Helping Women Run for Office

Emily’s List – Getting Progressive Women Elected 

What’s Your Closest Swing District?

Flippable – Turning the US Blue Through Flipping State Governments

Sister District Project