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Beyond Bernie: Electoral Strategy for an Independent Left

Organizing Upgrade pulled together leaders and activists from many of the most important movements of the left electoral upsurge to discuss both short- and long-term electoral strategy. The recent resurgence of electoral engagement amongst the social movement and party left in the US is inspiring and full of potential, but still lacks a shared strategy across the groups leading the charge.

The Post-Midterm Political Landscape and Its Strategic Implications

The 2018 Mid-Terms changed the landscape and set the stage for the intense political warfare that lies ahead. This page offers a collection of articles and interviews posted on Organizing Upgrade that assess the election results, dig deep for insights and lessons from some of the most dynamic campaigns and offer ideas on strategy from now through 2020 and beyond.

Anthony Thigpenn and Jon Liss
Anthony Thigpenn and Jon Liss argue that left organizers must join forces to create state-level united fronts and build...
Claire Tran and Jacob Swenson-Lengyel
Left organizers cannot afford to sit out the struggle for impeachment. Far from being a sideshow, demonstrating leadership in...
Judith LeBlanc
An interview with Judith LeBlanc, Director of the Native Organizers Alliance, on social movements post-Standing Rock, the native vote,...

The Rainbow Debates

This summer, Organizing Upgrade hosted an online discussion with veterans of the Rainbow Coalition to revisit the history of this dynamic left political experiment and elaborate the strategic questions posed by their experiences for today’s left organizers.