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Governing Together: Layers and Lessons

The stakes are as high as they have ever been for our people and our planet. We can no longer afford a narrow focus on winning incremental policies, elections, and public opinion.

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Building Power Through Policy

Connie Razza, Deepak Bhargava, and Jamila Michener on how the right is better at prioritizing a long-term agenda, why the left needs to make policy feedback loops central to our strategic plans, and the most exciting frontiers in this work today. 

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The Hidden Powers of Government

Ady Barkan talks with Diane Thompson and Lorelei Salas about regulatory enforcement and implementation — and why progressive organizers should focus on the mechanisms through which laws become practices.

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How We Won New Taxes on the Rich in New York

We used an inside-outside strategy to shift the balance of power.

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Building Governing Power in Texas

Organizers and elected officials in Austin talk about the work they’ve done to build governing power — what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what they’ve learned along the way.

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Tenants took on the biggest landlord in Minneapolis — and won.

Working together, tenants can offer viable solutions to the housing crisis and a blueprint for collective governance.

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“It takes all of us to push policies forward”

Jessica Byrd talks with three local elected officials — Mike Elliot, Gail Johnson, and Tishuara Jones — about the challenges they’ve faced as they fight to make change in their communities and what co-governance looks like in practice.

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From Organizer to Elected: New Lessons on Co-Governance from those in Power

What does it mean when activists are the ones in office, and how should they and the movements they come from relate to each other? Four organizers turned elected officials talk about how they brought the lessons they learned building movements into the halls of power.

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Can Task Forces Effectively Reimagine Public Safety?

Lessons from Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force

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