Rafael Diaz
By Rafael Diaz   Less than three  weeks after Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, over 350 people gathered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania  for a mass meeting that would evolve into Lancaster Stands Up.  We would go on to challenge the frameworks promoted by many Democratic strategists, showing that it is actually possible to use […]
Ethan Young and Carl Davidson
  Two recently published landscape assessments provide a lot to useful information and provocative analysis that can spur deeper strategic thinking on the left. The first – Mapping the Resistance: Insurgence and Polarization between 2016 and 2020 by Ethan Young – offers both a “political anatomy” of the large and diverse array of anti-Trump organizations […]
Michael Collins
by Michael Collins   As Pride season looms, corporations are preparing to barrage consumers with tackily branded messages of support for the LGBT community. In my hometown of Chicago corporations like Boeing, CME Group, and Northrup Grumman use the parade as an opportunity position themselves as cosmopolitan entities that cherish diversity. But the punishing reality […]
Policy think-tank Demos has just released the results of an in-depth investigation of how progressives can engage simultaneously around race and class in ways that strengthen social solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, and create a viable foundation for policy victories.  Their study contributes to the debate over an electoral strategy to defeat Trump.  The study […]
Jessica Byrd
Rishi Awatramani interview with Jessica Byrd, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Table In 2017, the Movement for Black Lives launched its Electoral Justice Project (EJP). The EJP is building a strategic political home with organizers from more than 50 Black Organizations around the country that are winning Black civic power and seeking transformative political […]
NCAE Organize 2020 Caucus
Statement from the North Carolina Association of Educators Organize 2020 Caucus This piece was developed by Organize 2020, the social and racial justice caucus of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), written in advance of the massive May 16th teachers mobilizations in North Carolina.  Keep an eye out for future reflection pieces from local organizers.  […]
Timmy Lu
By Timmy Lu   Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Civic Empowerment Education Fund (AAPIs for CE EF) is a recently formed organization that has played a crucial role developing grassroots community organizations’ ability to build power inside and outside the electoral arena. This is a modified version of remarks prepared by AAPIs for CE […]
Gerald Lenoir
By Gerald Lenoir (Image credit: Jay Lenoir) The issue of structural racism in U.S. society has finally gotten serious coverage in the pages of the New York Times. This development is probably due to many factors, but one is surely the pervasiveness of racial injustice. Another likely motivation for the coverage is the rise of Trump […]
Kyle Beckham
By Kyle Beckham On March 19, 2018 The New York Times, under its “data-driven” Upshot imprint, published an article with the remarkable headline, “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys.” What made the headline remarkable was not its confirmation of an obvious truth – racial inequality – but its clear naming of […]
Organizing Upgrade Editor
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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