Organizational and Education Resources

The South

Highlander Research and Education Center -A popular education center in Tennessee founded 80 years ago that inspired the founding of Wayside.

Project South -A community-based membership institute that develops and conducts popular political and economic education and action research for organizing and liberation. Two helpful Project South toolkits include:

Southerners on New Ground (SONG)- Song is a powerful and visionary home to LGBTQ communities across the South working for change.

Family and Friends of Incarcerated People– FFOIP organizes and supports families of incarcerated people in DC.

Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality– The Defenders organize for racial and economic justice in Richmond, Virginia

Resources Information Help for the Disadvantaged (RIHD)- RIHD organizes support and action with communities affected by incarceration in Virginia.


Critical Resistance -CR works to build an international movement to abolish prisons

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)- A national network fighting to improve the lives of day laborers

School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL)- SOUL is working to lay the groundwork for a powerful liberation movement by supporting the development of a new generation of young organizers – especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and working-class young people. It offers political education and organizing skills training programs designed specifically to meet the particular needs of emerging movement leaders.

Training for Change – A nonprofit peace group run by Quaker activist George Lakey trains activists around the world to spread tools of democratic, nonviolent change.

Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change– An impressive collection of training and education resources developed by Lisa Fithian, long-time activist and organizer with over 30 years of experience

Alliance of Community Trainers (ACT)- A Network of Trainers offering knowledge, tools, and skills to individuals, organizations and communities to empower sustainable transformation.

Joshua Russel’s Tools for Organizers– Joshua is a RUCKUS organizer and offers training resources on his website.

Reading, Media, and News

Black Agenda Report– News from a Black left perspective

Project Censored – Explores and publicizes censorship in our society by locating important stories about which the public should be aware but is not, for one reason or another.

Organizing Upgrade– Online forum of articles Engaging left organizers in strategic dialogue.

Appalshop– Community radio station and media resource based in Whitesburg, KY. Hosts “Calls from Home”, a radio show where families of incarcerated people in Southwest Virginia can call and leave messages for loved ones inside.