Author: Lisa Goldman

Bringing grassroots community organising to Japan: Meet Kanoko Kamata

Meet the Mobiliser

Japanese lawmakers voted this year to amend the nation’s sex crime law, which had remained unchanged since 1907. For this “Meet the Mobiliser” I spoke with Kanoko Kamata, a leader of the campaign and co-founder of Community Organising Japan. The sex crime law amendment expands the definition of rape, mandates longer minimum sentences for convicted rapists, and removes the requirement that only the victim may press charges. A grassroots campaign inspired by similar efforts around the globe but customised for Japanese cultural sensibilities prompted lawmakers to act. Scale up mobilisation with small workshops. Grassroots community building happens in person–not over email. Marshall Ganz’s five practices...

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Making your own movement: Meet Amber Goodwin

Meet the Mobiliser

When Amber Goodwin realised there were no people of colour in the leadership of the movement to prevent gun violence in the United States, she founded a movement for black people—led by black people. Black people are disproportionately affected by gun violence. I felt I needed to change this, and to change the conversation about gun violence prevention. – Amber Goodwin When organising a community, it is crucial to let the people of that community lead. Look for allies who might not be affected directly by the issue, but who care about it for pragmatic or idealistic reasons. Humility,...

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Coalitions that win & coalitions that fail: What’s the secret?

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Campaigns love coalitions. Why do some coalitions work fabulously and others fail miserably? In Episode 2 of ChangeMakers, host Amanda Tattersall digs into the coalitions behind two campaigns: the Remain campaign that lost the 2016 UK Brexit referendum; and Lock the Gate, a grassroots Australian campaign that battled the fossil fuel industry to stop it from drilling for coal in a small New South Wales town – and won A broad-based coalition seems ideal, but often can weaken the campaign. Finding common ground within the movement is critical for a successful campaign. Britain voted in a June 2016 referendum to...

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Build campaigns to build a movement: Meet Rebecca Vilkomerson

Meet the Mobiliser

Rebecca Vilkomerson’s background includes volunteering at a Guatemalan women’s cooperative in the mid-1990s alongside indigenous women who had all lost husbands to the violence of the civil war in that country. “I got schooled by those women on what U.S. policy does in the world – on the effects of colonialism and imperialism,” said Vilkomerson Looking for a place where she could balance close family ties to Israel with concerns about the government’s human rights violations, Rebecca joined Jewish Voice for Peace in 2002. She sees “intersectionality and a straight directional line” between her experience in Guatemala and the...

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ChangeMakers: Fight for 15 and a people’s movement for a living wage

Campaigning, Insights

MobLab is partnering with ChangeMakers – an exciting new global podcast – to bring new and inspiring stories of innovative social change to the ears of people around the world. ChangeMakers launched this week with the story of American workers mobilising a grassroots movement to guarantee every worker a minimum living wage of $15 per hour. Listen in as ChangeMakers host Amanda Tattersall learns what happens when low wage workers take their struggle for dignity into their own hands.  The ChangeMakers podcast launches this week: Subscribe on iTunes. Read more about the first episode and the Fight for $15 below. We have this idea that as long...

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