2.1 - chapter development process: Be a part of our network

We are a grassroots organization made up of people like you. There are three main steps to becoming a leader in DxE's network. Mentors will help you along the way and you will have the support of thousands of activists around the world. Take action for animals today!


Step 1: Get Started - Prospective Chapters

All you need is two people, a sign and a smartphone to do your first action. Our mentors are ready to guide you through the process, from materials to camera work to promotions. E-mail mentoring@directactioneverywhere.com to get started.

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What you need to do:

  • familiarize yourself with our campaign strategy - nonviolent direct action has played an important role in past social justice movements; we aim to change the broad social norms that allow violence towards other animals
  • read and commit to the DxE Organizing Principles
  • organize and execute a day of action
  • start community building

What we provide

  • access to materials
  • assistance from our mentoring network

Step 2: Build a Chapter - Participating Chapters

Once you’ve done an action and have committed to continue organizing, you are a participating chapter. To sustain this energy, it is vital to find a team of core organizers and continue with consistent actions and community building events. You will be added to our organizer’s Facebook group and mailing list and can participate in our monthly strategy calls and yearly forum.

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What you need to do:

  • read and commit to the DxE Organisers Agreement
  • continue organizing monthly days of action and community building events
  • participate in the monthly international Skype call
  • begin establishing a core team of organizers that meet regularly
  • work towards meeting the criteria to be a core chapter

What we provide:

  • assistance with obtaining materials
  • the option of having a mailing list set up for your chapter
  • access to our powerpoint and media archives
  • access to our Organisers Facebook group and e-mail list
  • continued assistance from our mentoring network

Step 3: Become a global leader - Core Chapters

Our network is run by on the ground activists, not corporate CEOs. Core chapters are large and thriving self-sustained communities for animal rights that contribute immensely to the international network. They continue to participate in regular actions, community events and strategy calls but are also eligible to become part of the Global Steering Committee.

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What you need to do:

  • submit an application to be recognized as a core chapter
  • once your application is accepted, send a (virtual) delegate to the Global Steering Committee; delegates will expect to spend an additional 10+ hours per week as part of the Committee
  • assist the international network in various capacities, depending on skill: mentoring, creating new and innovative content, writing, technology, social media, etc...
  • continue with local chapter responsibilities

What we provide:

  • business cards
  • DxE e-mail addresses
  • Dropbox Business account
  • T-shirts for core members
  • organizer and chapter biographies on the main website