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 […]
Claire Tran
It’s a mistake to think about elections only when someone you don’t like is in office. by Claire Tran   This past year has reminded me of many debates I have had about whether or not the Left should engage in electoral work.  My stance on this question has been evolving over the years. This […]
Maria Poblet
by Maria Poblet When I ask Rosa Elva “Rosita” Tobías to tell me about her life, she tells me about her country, placing herself in the context of the collective experience of national oppression and social movements. “Like many women in El Salvador,” she says “I was shaped by a historical process of struggle since […]
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 […]
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