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Fighting Trump and Building the Left, from the Left Inside/Outside Project We’re still less than halfway through this thing. Twenty-one months in, we can survey the damage done by the Trump administration. The GOP congress has been plagued by internal division, giving the resistance some breathing room. But the White House has worked efficiently to […]
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By Organizing Upgrade On this one there is no ambiguity. Trump’s naming John Bolton as National Security Adviser is a clear declaration that Washington will intensify its current wars and do its best to start new and bigger ones. The headline on Middle East expert Juan Cole’s assessment didn’t mince words: “Let’s call Bolton what he […]
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A key challenge facing progressives is translating general strategy into concrete action priorities in 2018. What allocation of our always-stretched resources will give us the best chance of both breaking Trumpism’s grip on all branches of the federal government and expanding the base and strength of the left? What relative weight should be given to […]
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By the Organizing Upgrade Editorial Team Since the 2016 elections, questions of power, strategy and scale have been at the forefront in the minds of progressive activists and organizers across the country.  There are five developments that have taken place since the election that we think are especially important for developing effective strategies to build […]
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The U.S. and North Korea are on a dangerous path towards a military confrontation that could kill millions and engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust. Trump has threatened, “to totally destroy North Korea,” and Washington has shifted massive military assets to Guam and Okinawa in preparation for a military first strike. North Korea is […]
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Wondering how we can use elections to defeat the racist right-wing and build our movements for collective liberation? #PeopleTakePower is a series of online discussions with the raddest organizers working in electoral politics. This session is a conversation with Rukia Lumumba, from the campaign to elect visionary and radical Chokwe Antar Lumumba as mayor of […]
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A radical conversation with Rukia Lumumba, from the campaign to elect visionary and radical Chokwe Antar Lumumba as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, and Rafael Návar, national political director of Communications Workers of America. Thursday, October 19 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST / 5 pm PST Register here Wondering how we can use elections […]
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In July 2017, twenty state-based organizations from thirteen states united to form the State-Based Power Caucus. These groups have racial justice and class politics. Most have reached a scale of some significance in their states and are members of bigger political alignments or coalitions in their states. Below is the concept paper for the Caucus. […]
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The election of Trump has upended US politics. Across the political spectrum, activists and organizations are reckoning with the ascent of authoritarian white nationalism to the White House and the GOP’s headlock on 25 state governments and Congress. All of us feel it: the urgency to think and act in new ways, to expand our […]