Organizing Upgrade Editor
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 […]
Organizing Upgrade Editor
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 […]
Al Nichols
By: Alan Nichols An initial draft of this paper was used in a summer 2017 study series by members of Wisconsin Citizen Action who are trying to build power for a transformative political vision in the state. The current version incorporates that group’s input and is currently (January. 2018) in use as part of a […]
Calvin Cheung-Miaw
By Calvin Cheung-Miaw Jonathan Smucker’s book, Hegemony How-To, has received considerable attention among left and progressive organizers. Most of the reviews have been positive (for instance, here and here): readers have generally found it to be timely for a left licking its wounds after Trump’s catastrophic election victory, as well as the impressive but limited […]
Ravi Ahmad
by Ravi Ahmad “I don’t care about your feelings. I care about the power to change the structures that are oppressing you.” Not terribly nice but this conversation started one of the closest political relationships I have. The first part is a flippant reference to the difference between being friends versus being comrades. The second […]
Jesse Graham
By Jesse Graham, Maine Peoples Alliance Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) is a statewide organization with a significant base: 32,000 members. One in 17 households in the state have been actively connected with the organization in one way or another: receiving its newsletters, giving money or coming to meeting. MPA recently won a resounding victory, winning […]
Stuart McIntyre
I have now spent 6 months on the ground in Ohio supporting local ‘Resistance’ groups, and I’ve helped a team of volunteer leaders build OPAL (Ohio Progressive Action Leaders), a statewide planning and coordinating body at the center of the ‘Resistance’ network in the state. Who are the “Resistance”? Why are they joining? What are […]
Max Elbaum
Max Elbaum replies to comments and critiques in response to “Left Strategy After Charlottesville.” I appreciate the thoughtful responses to my article “Left Strategy After Charlottesville” from Tobita Chow, Christine Riddiough, Sam Webb and Mel Rothenberg. The importance all give to formulating strategy matches the urgency of the political moment. I look forward to both […]
Christine Riddiough
RESPONSE FROM CHRISTINE RIDDIOUGH: In his recent article on Left Strategy, Max Elbaum outlines a five point strategic perspective that I would summarize this way: …[B]reak the grip on power of Trump and the white nationalist bloc that is the driving force of the right’s overall anti-democratic and anti-working class agenda. Direct action and street […]
Tobita Chow
In an essay on “Left strategy after Charlottesville”, Max Elbaum makes “an argument for the left to interact with the post-Charlottesville surge of resistance by pursuing a strategy that is anti-right, anti-racist, gender-inclusive, grounded in the interests of the working class and oriented toward working both inside and outside of the Democratic Party.” I am […]
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