Find and join or help create popular institutions as alternatives to oppressive and destructive institutions. These might be labor unions, Community Supported Agriculture farms, food or housing or daycare cooperatives, Local Exchange Trading Systems, DIY/alternative media, neighborhood assemblies, Food Not Bombs locals, free schools and other self-education projects, Time Banks, peacemaking organizations, mutual aid associations of all sorts . . . The more we build, sustain, and defend popular institutions, the more we can withdraw our time, resources, energy, and loyalty from the systems that keep us powerless and miserable. Sufficiently developed (and integrated), popular institutions can start to form the infrastructure for the kind of post-revolutionary world we want to live in -- "building the new world within the shell of the old," as the Wobbly slogan has it. When struggle breaks out, popular institutions can be there to support and lend coherence to the forces of contestation, like channels dug to draw the floodwaters. And while we're waiting for struggles to break out, these institutions can provide little oases of peace and sanity to sustain us.