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#FloodTheSystem Training and Organizing Opportunities

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Upcoming Webinar &Past Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars:

Sept 29 – SURJ Basebuilding: Building Accountability Relationships Across Lines of Race (organized by SURJ, not FTS). Part 1 – Urban Setting. 1.5hrs. Sign up here: SURJ sees accountability to people of color as a core principle central to the work for racial justice and transformative change. Join this call to learn more about SURJ’s national accountability structure and to hear from organizers on how they are building local accountability relationships across lines of race. This call is part one of a two part series that will focus on accountability. This month, they’ll focus primarily on working in urban settings. Their October call will focus on accountability in rural and small town contexts.

Sept 30 – Outreach & Coalition Building: System Disrupting Strategies, Spectrum of Allies & More! 1-1.5hrs. Sign up here: This is an interactive webinar. Please bring your stories and experiences doing outreach and working across intersectional lines. This webinar is for organizers looking to recruit (more) people as well as coalition build. We’ll be talking about different outreach tactics, system disrupting strategies, spectrum of allies, how to create materials, the importance of tracking people, using organizing tools to create a buzz and turnout phone banking. Lots! 

Oct 7 – Action Planning 101: The Basics and Roles. 2hrs. Sign up here: is an interactive, screensharing webinar but, we’ll move quickly through the material as there’s a lot to cover. We’ll run through all the organizing components and roles of an action with power narrative analysis lens.

Oct 14 – Action Planning 102: Action Tactics and Communications. Sign up here: This is an interactive, screensharing webinar. Bring your tactic stories, successes and f-ups (with specific contexts). We’ll briefly touch on components of action communications and some things to think about, especially with a limited budget. This call may include some anonymous guest speakers from a few recent actions. Please bring your (or your friend’s) stories of what worked and what didn’t.

Oct 21 – Media, Messaging & Battle of the Story. Sign up here: is an interactive, screensharing webinar. Media strategy, spokesperson training and how-to create a compelling narrative. More info to come!


Webinars Not Nailed Down Yet: 

  • Racial justice for climate organizers + being accountable to intersectional targets. 1.5hrs.
  • Target Research & Scouting. 1-1.5hrs.
  • Creating a Narrative & Graphics for Your Narrative. 1hr.
  • How to make a rapid response video & How to frame an action photo. 1.5hrs.

Past Webinar Recordings:

Have you watched the Graphic Presentation yet? Listen here

Recordings are available in the #FTS Training Toolkit after the webinars.


Let’s Get Training! 

Request Training for Your Action Council or Action Team. Email with your request . We’ll come to you!

Dig Through The Movement’s Training Materials. A (working) collection of materials is at yr fingertips:’t see something? Ask or add it! Help us support others.

Want 1-on-1 mentoring for legal support, social media, fundraising, localized coalition building, or… Email:

Join the Training Working Group! Interested in sharing your movement knowledge and experience? Email to get on the trainer list. We’re looking for Action/Movement Building Trainers and Graphic Narrative Facilitators. Learn how to facilitate the #FTS Presentation by listening to a training:


Use the #FTS Graphic Presentation as an Organizing Tool! 

Sign up to host an in-person or online #FTS Presentation to host, you’ll need find a location and organize a group to attend. We’ll be in touch to help figure out the rest.

Click here for a presentation preview


#FloodTheSystem: Regional Orientations!

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It’s time to get organized!

Join the #FloodTheSystem continental orientation call: Monday, June 8, 8PM EST/5pm PST.

This call is a place to get an overview of the #FtS Call to Action, hear regional organizing updates and get linked up with other groups wanting to Flood the System later this fall.

You can also plug into regional work by joining #FloodTheSystem watershed gatherings at the US Social Forums or by joining a regional orientation call.

US Social Forums:

Rising Tide North America and it’s allies are organizing two Watershed Gatherings at the US Social Forums in San Jose, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this June. The program schedules for the Social Forums haven’t been released yet, but at both locations, Rising Tide will host workshops for information and training, and a #FloodtheSystem Action Council. We’ll make sure to share the exact time and location of each workshop when the schedule is available. RSVP through these event pages on Facebook:

June 25-28th Philadelphia, PA:

June 24-28th San Jose, CA:

And register for the US Social Forums here:
Regional Orientation Calls:

You can also hop on regional conference calls in the coming week to help kickstart #FloodTheSystem in your area.

Gulf South Region: Wednesday, June 3rd 8PM EST // 7PM Central:

Southwest: Thursday, June 4th 6PM MT // 5PM PT

Pacific Northwest: Wednesday, June 3rd 6PM PST

Northeast Region: Wednesday, June 10th 8PM EST:

What we’re working on:

#FloodTheSystem organizers are working with local groups to plan escalating actions this Fall. We will help individuals join existing groups or form new ones.

Together we can stream your actions, along with others across the continent, into a flood that will rise in the fall and crest around the UN climate negotiations in Paris. Let’s shift the focus away from the UN’s false corporate solutions to the climate crisis and toward community-based alternatives. Alternatives that address the systemic origins of the crisis: white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy and capitalism.

We can only make this happen if we get organized.

Over the summer, “anchor” groups in different, regions or relating to different issues (like a focus on pipelines or oil trains all doing an action at the same time), will develop and provide a place to connect and collaborate. These anchor groups are committing to planning Flood the System actions through local action councils and facilitating the process for different groups to work together and plan big, amazing things.