Flood Boston (FB) is rooted in the idea that the real change we need in the US and globally will only come from the bottom, from the grassroots. Direct action is a powerful tool to unleash social change. FB holds a core belief that decentralized, coordinated action can turn the tide.

Join us at our monthly spokescouncil meetings!

First Sunday of Each Month


Encuentro 5 (9 Hamilton Pl Suite 2a, Boston, MA 02108)


Learn more about Flood Boston below:

Monthly Spokescouncil Meetings

FB facilitates decentralized, coordinated action by bringing together folks each month at a spokescouncil meeting. The spokescouncils are held every first Sunday of the month at Encuentro 5 (9 Hamilton Pl Suite 2a, Boston, MA 02108) from 3:00 – 5:30pm.

Big Picture Agenda

3:00 – 3:30 } Sign-in and networking

3:30 – 3:45 } Intros: norms, structure, desired outcomes, introductions

3:45 –  5:15 } Action Planning

5:15 – 5:30 } Next Steps/Networking

Meeting Structure

spokes_councilWhat’s a spokes council? In short, the spokes council is a group of “spokes” meeting to collaborate.  Spokes are individuals speaking with consent of their own group. Ideally, a spoke has members of their group directly behind them as seen in the image below. Also, spokes should be rotated so that one person doesn’t gain disproportionate power.

Why a spokes council? Mainly because it fits what we (the convening committee) of Flood Boston have been trying to facilitate–a way for autonomous affinity groups and organizations to coordinate. Spokes Councils have a long history on which to learn and build, the structure is rooted in anarchist practice in the Spanish Revolution and draws on much indigenous organizing, especially the Zapatistas in Mexico. The model has been used by anti-nuclear activists in the 80s and global justice organizers after that. The wonderful thing about a spokes council is that many people can participate in a democratic, transparent, and accountable way.

Meeting Norms

  • Oppression exists, try to challenge it.
  • We are all learners.
  • Assume best intentions.
  • Speak from “I” not “We.”
  • WAIT (Why am I talking?)
  • Move Up, Move Up
  • Listen to hear, not respond
  • We live on stolen land turned into private property.

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