Municipalist Organizer's Toolkit

We will release the Municipalist Organizer’s Toolkit co-created with the fellows from the inaugural cohort of the Municipalism Cohort Fellowship. The Toolkit will review key steps towards building a radical municipalist agenda featuring summaries from the fellowship sessions, workbook exercises and reflection questions, and case studies of how fellows applied their learnings.


The six steps include:

  1. Understanding municipalism
  2. Mapping local power
  3. Building a base
  4. People’s movement assemblies
  5. Strategy plans to win power
  6. Transition to practice

We will also include peer interviews of fellows with each other and of fellows and their mentors. Fellows were matched with peer buddies from different geographies but who share similar interests and organizing goals. Fellows were also matched with mentors, again based on interests and needs. Interviews can include a conversation between two fellows working on people’s budgets, a fellow and their mentor on Black spatial imaginaries, a fellow and a guest speaker on assemblies, or a facilitator and a mentor on solidarity economies.


Our timeline is to complete the Toolkit by mid-April to release by May Day 2024. We will release both a print and web version of the toolkit, and hold a public panel featuring fellows, facilitators, mentors, and guest speakers.

Step 1 - Decoding Municipalism

Shows an aerial view of a community with a city hall, community gardens and an outdoor gathering place. Reads: “Municipalism is about reinventing governance, confronting institutions and democratizing them. It is an experiment in transformation, local radical democracy, and self-governance, rooted in interdependence. Who are the Municipalists: Murray Bookchin; Barcelona en Comu; Los Angeles for All; Global Networks; and North American roots in Black and Indigenous self-governance. What municipalists do: Direct democracy, dual power, civic platforms, and movement work (includes supporting mutual aid, tenants unions, degrowth, permaculture, and solidarity economy projects). Dilemmas: What kind of political system does a post-capitalist future call for? What do we call ourselves? Are we revolutionary or reformist? How should our political system relate to the economy? Democracy: Is this idea inclusive or alientating? How do we ensure social justice within direct democracy? Art by Michelle Sayles.

Step 2 - Mapping Local Power

Step 3 - Basebuilding

Step 4 - People's Movement Assemblies

Step 5 - Pathways to Power

Step 6 - Transition to Practice

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