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While REC is no longer active, a great deal of energy has gone into producing resources over the years. We hope that these resources will continue to benefit young activists, even as the work and surrounding landscape evolve.

Resources & Materials

REC has opted to dedicate its work to the public domain by waiving all rights. This means that individuals and organizations may take what is useful from REC’s written resources and adapt materials to fit their needs without restriction (e.g. there is no need to credit REC). We believe what’s most important is that REC’s resources support the next incarnation of the work, based on the needs of those on the frontlines. 

Resources are available below. Additionally, you may visit REC’s public Legacy Resource folder to access materials on political education, divestment, reinvestment, understanding endowments, etc. 

Responsible Investment Resources

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Endowments 101

An overview of what endowments are and their relationship to colleges and universities.  

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Divestment 101

Definition of divestment, the goals and consequences associated with divestment, and basic steps to building a divestment campaign.

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Shareholder Engagement

Defines shareholder engagement and outlines possible actions you can take as a shareholder to engage in shareholder engagement. 

 

 

Fossil Fuel Divestment Resources

For more detailed information on the financial case for fossil fuel divestment and responsible reinvestment, check out our financial studies page

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Fossil Fuel Divestment 

Brief summary of fossil fuel divestment (FFD), why one should divest from FF, and goals associated with the movement. Check out FFD webpage for more information.

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The Case for Divestment

26 page detailed case arguing for divestment. Great resource to use for footnotes and citations as well as responding to divestment opponents.

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Fossil Free Investing

41 page article created with sponsorship from 350.org, REC, Sustainable Endowments Institute, and Tellus Institute. Detailed article explaining fossil fuel divestment with reinvestment in mind.

 

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Reinvestment:

Stop, Drop, and Roll 

Defines reinvestment, how you can make reinvestment one of your campaign's goals, and what kinds of reinvestment exist. 

 

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WORKSHOP: Reinvestment

Detailed worksheet aimed to help you successfully incorporate reinvestment in your campaign.

 

Reinvestment Resources 

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Reinvestment Guide

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Community Investment

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How To Win Reinvestment [Prezi]

 

 Campaign Planning Resources 

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Strategic Planning Tools (2 pages)

(2 pages) A handout/worksheet that helps you plan out the arc of your campaign, identify your targets and allies, name your goals, etc.

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Decision Making Structures

(1 page) Outlines the pros and cons of different types of decision making structures (ex. hierarchy, consensus, etc.) that your campaign can adopt.

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Meeting with Administrators

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Leveraging Alumni

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Working in Coalitions

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GROW Strategy Chart

 

Popular Education Organizing Spiral (Highlander Center)

 

 

 

Collective Liberation Resources 

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Equalizing Power

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How to Reduce Classism

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Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

 

 

Referral List

If you are looking to connect with organizations that support youth activists, here are a few groups that were referenced by REC’s Listening Tour interviewees. We encourage you to reach out to them for more information! These are just a few options to get you started (or expand your existing community). You can also see other ally organizations to get a sense of the broader organizing landscape. 

Organization

Description

Afrikan Black Coalition*

The Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) is a California statewide organization that serves Afrikan/Black people in Leadership, Political, and Community Development to improve the global conditions of our communities.

BYP100*

BYP100 is National, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year old activists and organizers, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens. 

Divest Ed (Better Future Project)*

Divest Ed is a training and strategy hub working to resource, vitalize, and broaden the fossil fuel divestment movement one campus campaign at a time. We are currently the only organization in the US providing dedicated support to student fossil fuel divestment campaigns. We provide coaching, training, resource-sharing, and coordination to the movement. We are based in Cambridge, MA but we work with student campaigns across the United States, with connections at over 80 campuses.

Dream Defenders

Dream Defenders are building a powerful, deep, local, organization and movement for freedom and liberation in Florida. Dream Defenders was founded in 2012 to make powerful change come to Florida. 

Freedom to Thrive*

Freedom to Thrive (FTT) works to build a world where safety means investment in people and planet, and end the punishment-based criminal and immigration systems.

FTT focuses on the role of corporations in immigration enforcement policy. Our campaigns work to eliminate corporate influence and create a humane immigration system, that begins with expanding community-based alternatives.Our role is to shut down private prisons through immigrant-led campaigns, and lift up partners who have community-based alternatives, so that they can receive resources.

Through our National Prison Divestment Campaign we pressure cities, universities, and pensions to divest from the prison industrial complex. We work closely with BDS and Fossil Fuel Divest on divest-invest campaigns.

National Justice for Students in Palestine*

National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) is an independent grassroots organization composed of students and recent graduates that provides support to about 200 Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters on university and college campuses, as well as taking part in the broader national and global solidarity movements for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality. NSJP was established in 2010 when an informal network of SJP activists from across the country began organizing around a growing need to coordinate campus efforts and host a central gathering event for our young, intersectional social justice movement. 

Power Shift Network*

The Power Shift Network mobilizes the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, clean energy future and resilient, thriving communities for all.

Public Accountability Initiative / LittleSis

Public Accountability Initiative is a nonprofit public interest research organization focused on corporate and government accountability. We specialize in researching and mapping power. LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. We bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. LittleSis is a project of Public Accountability Initiative.

Resource Generation*

Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.

Roosevelt Network*

The Roosevelt Network trains, develops, and supports emerging progressive policymakers, researchers, and advocates across the US, focusing on communities historically denied political power. Found on campuses and in cities across nearly 40 states nationwide, the network is built on the principle that changing who writes the rules can help fulfill the ideals of American democracy and build true public power. The network supports student-led, scalable policy campaigns that fight for the equitable provision, distribution, and accessibility of public goods at the campus, local, and state levels. In addition to its student-led activities, the organization leverages the power of its alumni network— which includes public officials, lawyers, teachers, nonprofit executives, and researchers—to expand opportunities for the next generation of policy leaders. A program of the Roosevelt Institute, the network operates alongside leading economists and political scientists to bring the ideals of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt into the 21st century.

Sierra Student Coalition*

Founded in 1991, the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working for just, sustainable communities and the protection of the environment. The SSC is the youth-led chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.

We provide training, leadership development, and campaign support to 14-28 year olds organizing in their communities on issues of climate, environmental, and social justice. This takes the form of activities including but not limited to: in-person trainings, peer to peer coaching, leadership retreats, campaign support, and organizing events locally.

Student Power Network*

Student Power is a network with five core affiliates (NV, VA, MI, PA, FL) and two close strategic partners (Ignite NC, New Hampshire Youth Movement) and expanding affiliation to two to four additional states (currently exploring partnerships in AZ, WI, TX, SC).

In 2019, Student Power Alliances expanded and dug deep to support our core partners with high level organizational and leadership development. At the state level, our partners organized and mobilized thousands of young people and students from Pennsylvania to Florida, New Hampshire to Nevada to fight for solutions to issues that affect their lives -- crippling student debt, injustice against Black and brown communities by incarceration and detention, and a looming climate crisis -- and grow young people political power on and off campus.

Nationally, we create containers for shared learning, trainings, and generative campaign development, identify and develop promising youth leaders in new states, support the development of statewide youth organizations, and help foster partnerships at the state and local level.

Sunrise Movement*

Sunrise is a movement of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process by winning a Green New Deal.

UNITE HERE!*

UNITE HERE is a labor union leading the fight to organize hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers in hospitality jobs throughout North America. Our 300,000-member union is at the forefront of battles for workers' rights, immigration reform, living wages, and quality jobs in many cities throughout North America. We are mostly women and people of color, hailing from all corners of the planet. Without a union, people who cook and clean for a living often live in poverty, but with UNITE HERE, housekeepers, cooks and servers fight for and win middle-class wages and top-notch healthcare, along with dignity and respect on the job.

United Students Against Sweatshops*

United Students Against Sweatshops is the nation’s largest youth-led, student labor campaign organization with affiliated locals on over 150 campuses. USAS chapters run both local and internationally-coordinated campaigns for economic justice in partnership with worker and community organizations. Since 1997, we have won significant campaigns for workers' organizing rights, fair contracts and living wage policies on campuses and in communities all across the US. USAS centers the intersection of many related struggles for social, racial, economic, and gender justice following the idea of collective liberation. 

UnKoch My Campus*

UnKoch My Campus preserves our democracy by protecting higher education from actors, such as the Koch network, whose expressed intent is to place private interests over the common good. We equip campus and community advocates with research and organizing materials to create informed grassroots campaigns that reclaim public institutions and related services intended to serve the people. Our movement disrupts trends of privatization and donor influence by supporting communities in taking collective action, establishing networks of mutual support, and developing ecosystems of solidarity.

 

* Organization has programs, staff, resources, recruiting, or projects that are specifically for undergraduate students.

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