This guide is a collection of learnings from ISAIAH leaders and organizers. Through years of hard work aimed at creating transformative change in Minnesota, and through our collaboration with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, we have made breakthroughs in our organizing methodology. We believe that the ideas contained in this document build upon the methodology and collective wisdom of community organizing and movements for social change. Most importantly, the guide provides additions to the existing trainings.
This field guide is therefore intended to be a series of navigational tools that organizers and community leaders can use to help in their work for more racially and economically just communities. The concepts found in the following pages can be applied to a wide variety of situations, not limited to what is described above.
The tools found within articulate a re-imagination of the work of community organizing in “the world as it is.” This world is a complex web of ideologies, institutions, and inequitable outcomes across race, class and region. Through our development as an organization, we have created tools that can help to orient individuals and organizations in this often confusing and overwhelming context.
This is a guide to a new way of thinking, talking and acting for racial equity in our communities. As such, we hope that this guide will inspire you to work both individually and collectively to understand the values you hold, the questions you need to ask, and the actions you need to take. It is our hope that this guide will re-shape organizing strategies so that the work for transformative change in this world is more effective and more powerful.