Organizing Strategy and Practice

About

The mission of The Forge is to elevate the strategy and practice of organizing through the sharing of ideas, methods, history, and inspiration, and by building connection and community among organizers and between sectors of the progressive movement.

The Forge is built by organizers and our target audience is both organizers – labor, community, movement, digital, and electoral organizers - in the US, as well as those with an interest in social change who we’d like to engage in dialogue, be they journalists, activists, organizers outside the US, academics, policymakers, and more. In taking on this project, we have multiple objectives that extend from our mission, including:

  1. To elevate and democratize the practice of developing and deploying strategy in our work, including the equity commitments that this entails – for example race, gender and generational/experiential considerations, to name three;
  2. To share best practices and explore methodological questions in organizing;
  3. To create spaces that – given that we are a volunteer organizer-driven journal (and potentially related projects over time), but not a full-blown training organization – address the needs for community and learning among various communities of organizers.

 

Editorial Advisory Board 

The Editorial Advisory Board comprises leading organizers and strategists who offer key leadership and guidance to the endeavor. 

  • Ana Maria Archila, Center for Popular Democracy

  • Andrea Dehlendorf, United for Respect

  • Jennifer Epps-Addison, Center for Popular Democracy

  • Janice Fine, Rutgers University

  • Andrew Friedman, Center for Popular Democracy

  • Brian Kettenring, Hewlett Foundation

  • Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party

  • Dorian Warren, Community Change

 

Publishing Committee 

The Publishing Committee is the main working group behind The Forge.  It is a growing working group, and we will be recruiting you soon!

  • Drew Astolfi, Community Change

  • Holly Craig-Wehrle, AFT California

  • Ben Chin, Maine People’s Alliance

  • Jordi Comas, The Hub for Progress 

  • Lena Eckert Erdheim, UNITE HERE

  • Sarah Ganong, Working Families Party

  • Domenica Ghanem, Community Change

  • Makia Green, Working Families Party

  • Mat Hanson, DC Action for Children

  • Nikayla Jefferson, Sunrise Movement

  • Carlos Jimenez, AFL-CIO

  • Katelyn Johnson, BlackRoots Alliance

  • Dave Kamper, New Brookwood Labor College

  • Ben Miyamoto, Scholars Strategy Network

  • Solana Rice, Liberation in a Generation

  • Nelson Soza, ACCE

  • Chris Sturgis, Leaning Edge

  • Ericka Taylor, Take On Wall Street 

 

Editor: Lindsay Zafir

 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the funders who helped make the launch of The Forge possible:

Bauman Foundation

Ford Foundation

Needmor Fund

Rockefeller Family Fund

 

The Forge is a publication; the views expressed in the pieces we publish do not necessarily reflect the views of the journal.