STRATEGIC CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING DEMANDS/CAMPAIGNS

CRC Strategic Criteria for Choosing Demands and Campaigns

 

With infinite struggles challenging our communities it is important to be critical about where to focus finite energy. CRC utilizes the following criteria to analyze demands and campaigns to determine the most strategic fights.

  1. Does this demand/campaign create opportunities to build new strategic alliances with outside groups who have begun the work?

  2. Does this demand/campaign have the ability to unite masses of people in the given area of presentation?

  3. Does this demand/campaign challenge the dominant ways of thinking that justify/reinforce injustice and exploitation in our society?

  4. Does this demand/campaign help build new institutions or forms of organization that have long-term potential?

  5. If won, would this demand/campaign redistribute power and/or resources to disenfranchised people in Oakland?

  6. Is this campaign/demand win-able?

  7. Does this demand/campaign escalate our challenge to the dominant power structure?

Example:

Should we work with our allies to: "Establish Urban Land Trusts and build 10,000 affordable units including housing for very low income people, seniors, the formerly incarcerated, and the homeless?"

1.  Does this demand/campaign create opportunities to build new strategic alliances with outside groups who have begun the work?

This campaign could create opportunities to build new alliances between CRC, individuals, existing housing rights orgs and advocacy groups for homeless, seniors and formerly incarcerated people; groups we want to help realize self determination.

2.  Does this demand/campaign have the ability to unite masses of people in the given area of presentation?

Displacement is impacting large segments of the community and this campaign has the potential to unite masses of residents and activists in Oakland.

3.  Does this demand/campaign challenge the dominant ways of thinking that justify/reinforce injustice and exploitation in our society?

This campaign challenges the rampant speculation and prioritization of profit above human need. Creating an urban land trust would put land in the hands of the people of Oakland and out of corporate real estate hands.

4.  Does this demand/campaign help build new institutions or forms of organization that have long-term potential?

This campaign would build a new institution - the urban land trust itself, which would be sustainable, long-term, once established.

5.  Does this demand/campaign escalate our challenge to the dominant power structure?

Affordable housing a critical issue. Urban land trusts are an innovative solution that would be a long-term investment in affordable housing in our city and an investment in our community. Organizing the individuals most impacted by displacement and gentrification is an investment in people power and therefore a challenge to the dominant power structure.

6.  If won, would this demand/campaign redistribute power and/or resources to disenfranchised people in Oakland?

If won, this campaign would redistribute land/housing to homeless people, formerly incarcerated people, and low-income people in the city.

7.  Is this campaign/demand win-able?

More research is needed to answer this question.

  • What land is available?

  • How much would it cost?

  • Where would the money come from?

 

Posted on January 11, 2016 .