Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities
Resource List v.3.11
Note: This resource guide contains suggestions for your local RevCom. Some of them are easy and you are probably doing many of these things already, but the goal is to expand upon what things are already happening, or to start things that aren’t.
1. REVCOM GATHERINGS
Suggested Agenda for Initial Meetings
Mingling, Ice-breakers, Sign-in, Collect contact info
Discuss Decision-Making (Consensus-building), Discuss Meeting Formats
Think-Tank Discussion about RevCom activities (activities your community is performing now, activities to strengthen, activities to implement). Formulate action steps.
Choose time, place, date, and facilitator for next local RevCom gathering.
2. REVCOM SUGGESTIONS AND RESOURCES
Make Recycling a Habit
While it is no solution to the global problem of waste and pollution, recycling is a good habit around which RevComs may organize and educate.
When in Doubt, Wear it Out!
So much energy (and exploitation of labor) is used making new products with new packaging. If you really feel the need (not want) to purchase something that isn’t a necessity (even if it is, such as, clothing), shop your local thrift store (to support local charities and your pocket book).
Shopping at thrift stores is not only easier on your pocket book, but it’s nicer to the environment—there is almost no energy used (except if a charity uses trucks to pick stuff up), and when something is purchased new, it is more than likely produced outside of the United States and shipped from a far away land, then trucked to your local mega-lo-mart.
Another benefit of thrift stores is the benefit of spring-cleaning. If you would like to dispose of one of your belongings before you have worn it out (had it repaired), you can donate to your local thrift store for a (for now) charitable deduction from your tax returns (if you pay them).
It’s cool to recycle, reuse, wear out.
Many (if not all) communities are overloaded with vacant storefronts and dusty factory spaces. Consider joining forces with your RevCom buddies to rehabilitate an empty business to provide RevCom type services to your community. Make a great deal on the monthly lease since there are so many vacant properties—if you can’t get a good deal, move to the 2nd best for your purposes.
RevCom Friendly Business Ideas
Food Growing Co-ops
Really (truly) Free Markets and Exchanges
Community Enrichment and Education
Medicinal Marijuana Co-ops
Dump the Car
Park your fossil-mobile and only dust it off for special occasions.
Be an advocate for community-based mass transit where the buses run on clean/renewable energy. Be an advocate for free mass transit in your community. Help your transportation commission dream of a near future where cars are anachronistic and we look back on the “century of the automobile” with shock and horror at the near-destruction of life on this planet.
Form your own committee like one community in Venezuela did—and a metro cable was built in 2 years, thus transforming the people’s lives: People that lived in desperately poor conditions had to haul water, furniture, toys, groceries, etc up steep and treacherous steps. If poor, formerly illiterate peasants can do it in Venezuela, we can do similar here.
Cut Out Processed/Imported Foods
This is as essential to our health and the health of the environment as walking/bike-riding is. Food comes from somewhere and the anti-localists import as much food as they export–causing immense harm to our environment, local farms and local merchants.
Back to the Future? (Food)
If you’re lucky enough to have land, raise chickens for eggs and goats for milk and cheese. One couple I know in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, have two milk goats and they can’t consume the milk and cheese the goats produce, so their friends/family are also overwhelmed with fresh feta.
Grow part of your own food, even if you just have an herb garden in a windowsill.
One of the reasons our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents survived the Great Depression is that most homes had a kitchen garden and chickens. Make urban farming and ranching as much a part of your life as possible.
Urban farming/ranching is also a wonderful co-operative venture.
Community banks focus attention on the needs of local families, businesses and farmers. Conversely, many of the nation’s megabanks are structured to place a priority on serving large corporations.
Unlike many larger banks that may take deposits in one state and lend in others, community banks channel most of their loans to the neighborhoods where their depositors live and work, helping to keep local communities vibrant and growing.
Community bank officers are generally accessible to their customers on-site. CEOs at megabanks are often headquartered in office suites, away from daily customer dealings.
Community bank officers are typically deeply involved in local community affairs, while large-bank officers are likely to be detached physically and emotionally from the communities where their branches are located.
Many community banks are willing to consider character, family history and discretionary spending in making loans. Megabanks, on the other hand, often apply impersonal qualification criteria, such as credit scoring, to all loan decisions without regard to individual circumstances.
Community banks offer nimble decision-making on business loans because decisions are made locally. Megabanks must often convene loan-approval committees in another state.
Because community banks are themselves small businesses, they understand the needs of small-business owners. Their core concern is lending to small businesses and farms. The core concern of the mega banks is corporate America.
Tear Up Your Plastic—Good for the Environment, Good for You!
Quick true story: In 2008, I ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi—well for a year of that time, I couldn’t earn any money (FCC rules, and working while one is campaigning is difficult), so my one Visa Card got charged up to the limit buying food and other necessities. So, at the end of 2008, when US govt gave the banksters a bailout, I gave myself a bailout and decided to quit paying the interest on this balance—I figure the principle had been paid at least two times over. I have never had another card, loan, or any other debt. It’s liberating, to say the very least. I may “do without” quite often, but it’s luxuries, not necessities I do without.
Local Credit Unions
A credit union is a cooperative financial institution that is owned and controlled by its members and operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit at reasonable rates, and providing other financial services to its members. Many credit unions exist to further community development or sustainable international development on a local level. (From Wikipedia).
Move your millions from a Robber Class bank to a local credit union, if our plan for a Peace-Based Community Bank falls through.
Shop Locally – Avoid Multi-nationals
The world’s globalist movement is ruining the opportunity for decent paying jobs in this country, the environment, and our economy. It is hard to find a business in any community that isn’t a link in the chain of cookie-cutter franchises.
Of course, the Walmart-i-zation of our economy has all but destroyed the once ubiquitous “Mom and Pop” shop or restaurant. These days, Mom and Pop, can’t compete with the multi-nationals on price, but that can usually compete on service and quality. You will be saving money on energy and buying at local thrift stores, so you can patronize local businesses—support your local economy and build community at the same time.
Have Regular RevCom Meetings
Share ideas, share victories, share lives!
Get Us On School Boards and Local Councils
In the 80’s the religious wrong started to get on local school boards, and were successful in many places. We have seen the lowering of not only test scores, but enrichment classes and sex-ed and military recruiters preying in the halls. This trend can be reversed and our energy for the betterment of human kind can be multiplied.
Start Co-operative Learning/Teaching Centers
Start Babysitting Co-ops
Revcom Think Tanks
Have a regular salon with like-minded people.
Local Homeless Advocacy
One RevCom member already started to make sandwiches and lunches for the homeless of DC—she gathers other activists and they pack lunches and deliver them.
Our work is serious, but one of the reasons people kept coming back to Camp Casey in god-awful Crawford, Texas, was because, after it was ‘hard work,” it was fun!
Gather in your local/regional RevComs for regular fun! Host talent nights; spaghetti suppers; potluck suppers with talent night/open mike nights; have corny community picnics with all the corny (fun) games. Play volleyball, softball, whatever ball—laugh!
We are doing something truly revolutionary here, which CANNOT lose. Defeat is NOT even a remote possibility with this strategy.
It’s free and the beauty of RevComs is that it can be tailored to your community’s needs. Is there already some of this going on in your community? Strengthen it! Every single person in this nation can practice every single suggestion—if only in tiny ways, but, remember, every ripple changes humanity—we are Pebble People.
Additional Resources Proposed by Members