Today the Rights Brigade turns two years old! We’ve had one heck of a run so far, conducting 128 activism operations (97 of which were jury nullification outreach) on an effective budget of zero. Now that we’ve done a great test run of how (and for what) to organize activism, we’re ready to get serious in 2017.
The new year is a typical interval for getting motivated about changing one’s life for the better, and in that spirit we’re laying out our ambitious goals for 2017. Unlike the typical promises of personal improvement, however, we fully expect to be held to these goals, and will be conducting a year-end review to see how we did.
By the end of 2017, we will:
1: Average at least one operation per workday each month (20 days per month). The big separator between amateur and professional activism is consistency. People with day jobs can afford only the occasional foray into activism, and their effectiveness reflects this. If we hit the streets as many times per month as someone goes into the office, that solidifies our commitment to running a professional activism operation.
2: Perform a minimum of one operation per area of activism per month. So far, we’ve focused on a lot on jury rights activism. This is because of its effectiveness, its popular demand, and its scalability. A truly effective activist movement covers many areas, offering opportunities for everyone to get involved. To this end, by the end of the year, we will touch on one of the five areas of activism every month.
3: Fund all operations. One of the biggest problems with consistency activism is burnout. Spending long hours working for nothing is a sacrifice, and sacrifice eventually becomes too much. A token reimbursement for lost time and effort helps make long-term activism participation more feasible, both financially and psychologically. This, in turn, makes sure activism campaigns remain consistent, energetic, and strong.
4: Develop a recurring operating budget. The sad reality for activists and charity workers is that they often have to spend more time and effort raising funds than on doing what they love most: changing the world. Instead of constantly hustling for donations, if we can get recurring funding, no matter how small, that frees up bandwidth to plot even more amazing ways of freeing the world.