Activism Toolbox

Your Guide to Grassroots Action

Here you will find comprehensive resources for organizing and executing a strategic campaign. These documents provide step-by-step guides to organizing around an issue, creating influential and effective lobbying materials, and getting the message out to those who will effect change. Find the tactics you will need to target the media, Congress, state legislators, or even fellow medical students.

  • Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (1971) by Saul D. Alinsky
  • Roots for Radicals: Organizing for Power, Action, and Justice(2003) by Ed Chambers
  • Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement(2009) by Marshall Ganz
  • You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1994) by Howard Zinn
  • The Power of Relational Action (2009) by Ed Chambers
  • Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate–The Essential Guide for Progressives (2001) by George Lakoff
  • Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists. (2001) by Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max
  • Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy by Rinku Sen
  • The Activist Cookbook: Creative Actions for a Fair Economy by Andrew Boyd