Goals, Strategy, and Tactics

All actions and projects of the Illinois Initiative are guided by a set of goals, strategies, and tactics. Goals describe what we desire to achieve. Strategies describe our general approach to achieving our goals. Tactics describe the specific actions that we take to implement our strategies and achieve our goals.

Goals

  • Create a region in which everyone’s basic survival needs of food, shelter, physical safety, health, environmental safety, and community involvement are met.
  • Challenge individuals and institutions that harm our communities and region by perpetuating poverty, gender violence, environmental disasters, and other forms of environmental and social injustice.
  • Create and support events and programs that empower individuals and communities to flourish by embracing the principles of environmental sustainability and social justice.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, character, and relationships necessary to live a good life in community with our fellow people and the land we call home.

Strategies

  • Identify the most pressing needs in our region by discussing environmental and social justice concerns with existing groups and community leaders.
  • Develop and implement campaigns to address these needs with both a resistance program (“How do we stop the violence?”) and a constructive program (“How do we create community?”).
  • Support other individuals, groups, and programs with similar goals.
  • Educate, motivate, organize, and inspire others in the communities in our region to do the same.

Tactics

The tactics of the ILI vary greatly depending on the campaign and the circumstances encountered along the way. The following are just a few examples of past, present, or future tactics of the ILI. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but should give you some idea of the concrete actions we take in pursuit of our goals.

  • General Tactics
    • Take action to help other organizations whose missions we support.
    • Have each ILI member spend 5 hours per month on “inner work” (health and fitness, personal empowerment, training) and 5 hours per month on “outer work” (resistance and constructive aspects of at least 1 campaign).
  • Safe Zone & Safe Walk Campaign
    • Create a space where students and community members can go during peak “nightlife” hours to feel safe if they are being harassed or simply need some water and a restroom.
    • Walk people home to ensure a Safe Arrival For Everyone.
  • Climate Change Campaign
    • Share the latest news and information about climate change online, at special events, and on the radio.
    • Co-create or revive a Carbondale-area organization focused entirely on climate change.
    • Write letters or sign petitions to be sent to elected representatives.
    • Organize and participate in demonstrations.
    • Use energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce carbon footprints.
  • Fracking Campaign
    • Share the latest news and information about fracking online, at special events, and on the radio.
    • Show “Gasland 2″ or another film related to fracking.
    • Write letters or sign petitions to be sent to elected representatives.
    • Organize and participate in demonstrations.

Goals

Learn more about the goals, strategy, and tactics of the Illinois Initiative.

Join ILI

Do you want to be a hero? ILI is recruiting. For more information, email us or come to our next meeting.

Take Action

Take action by supporting our campaigns and related organizations. The next meetup is on Oct 26!