PICO Training: Action
A local organizing effort has moved through 1-1 visits and research, and is not getting ready for a major public action.
1. Understand the value and purpose of action.
2. Understand the components to a successful action.
3. Understand steps necessary to prepare for action.
The action is in the reaction.
Rewards go to those who do the work.
Push a problem, get to an issue. Push an issue, get to values.
Potential Faith Reflections:
Outline of Model Training
~Faith without action is dead!
Q. Why would James write this?
~Easy to say you believe...are committed to values...
Q. Where is the proof?? "deeds not words"
2. Action is the proof of the congregations claim to care!
~Purpose for which the church organization exists to prominate the
vlaues of the congregation...
~Values cannot be established without "action"
~Action is the life blood of the organization
3. Action often involves challenge, confrontation, and controversy
~confrontare means to stand before
Q. Do you challenge in your personal life?? children, family,
Q. Why not in public life?
Q. "nothing more controversial than a man on a cross!" ~quote from
leading clergyman when advised that organizing would involve controversy
4. Action is the 3rd phase in organizing:
~ involves bringing our pain and passion before public or private
officials in a way in which they are compelled to address our critical
Q. What is the most important aspect of action from our point of view?
~Also important: strong research, strong proposals, thorough planning,
attendance of officials, media, testimony, on your turf and on your
Q. What are the steps leading to action?
- 1-1s to turnout people
- final research action to prep target
- action planning meeting to authorize agenda, establish leadership team, and form committees.
- media campaign
- dress rehearsal (everyone must attend)
- Mobilizing congregaton - Sunday preaching and sign ups to attend action
5. Action Agenda
- Purpose and Introductions
- Approval of the Agenda
- (Roll Call)
7:10 Research Report
7:20 Testimony from the community (1 minute each)
7:30 Opening Remarks from Guest
7:35 Clarifying Questions from Leadership Team
7:50 Summary and Next Steps
8:00 Closing Prayer
Evaluation (all are invited to attend)