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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.

We launched on Friday, September 27, 2019, with an excellent array of articles, interviews, reviews, and even some video that may begin to indicate our hopes and ambitions for The Forge. We won’t be putting out “issues” as much as publishing themed groups of content on a regular basis, as well as a plethora of additional non-grouped content on a rolling basis.

 

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

  • Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party

  • Sabeel Rahman, Demos

  • 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!

  • Holly Craig-Wehrle, AFT California

  • Ben Chin, Maine People’s Alliance

  • Jordi Comas, Equality PA

  • Lena Eckert Erdheim, UNITE HERE

  • Mat Hanson, DC Action for Children

  • Dave Kamper, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

  • Ben Miyamoto, Scholars Strategy Network

  • Sophia Reuss, Jobs to Move America

  • Solana Rice, Liberation in a Generation

  • Nelson Soza, ACCE

  • Chris Sturgis, Leaning Edge

  • Ericka Taylor, Take On Wall Street 

  • Udit Thakur, Open Markets Institute, former labor organizer

     

    Editor: Brian Kettenring

    Managing 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