This 10 session study guide was created by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 2001 and was revised and updated in 2006.
You don’t need any special skills or knowledge - anyone can start a study group!
Here are a few tips for getting started:
Announce the formation of the group in print and anywhere people gather:
- local community or organization bulletin boards
- at meetings
- coffee shops
- union halls
Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of people who are interested.
Find a place to hold the meeting. This can be in someone’s home, in a community center, a union hall, a church or synagogue or mosque, or anyplace where a small group can hear each other easily to talk.
When you have six to ten people who are interested, find a two-hour time slot when everyone can get together for the initial session.
Duplicate the materials for Session I and Session II before the meeting. Distribute Session I materials at the beginning of the meeting and Session II materials at the end.
At the first session, be sure that the group commits to democratically sharing responsibilities — rotate who facilitates, who coordinates logistics like photocopying the readings, who phones or emails reminders about the next meeting, and so forth. Just because you have convened the group doesn’t mean you have to do all the work!
Local organizations that might be interested in this kind of discussion group include unions, co-ops, consumer groups, faith-based communities with social responsibility or social action committees, peace organizations, environmental groups, college and university campuses, and local chapters or branches of national organizations.
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The sessions covered include:
- Session I - Introduction
- Session II - Historical Overview of the Corporate Taking of Our Authority to Govern
- Session III - Corporate Personhood
- Session IV - The Regulatory State
- Session V - Private Property and the Recovery of the Commons
- Session VI - People's and Workers' Resistance Movements
- Session VII - Economic Development and Militarism
- Session IX - What Does Democracy Look Like?
- Session X - Where Do We Go From Here: Local Campaign Development
- Appendix - Glossary, Suggested Readings
Download a PDF file of all the documents below (3.7MB), or visit the wilpf.org site to download PDFs of each session.