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Koshu Kunii

Movement Capture: Lessons from Funders and Organizers

Dorian Warren, Megan Ming Francis, and Maurice Mitchell talk about the history of "movement capture" and the work it will take to create healthy and sustainable movement cultures. 

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“Power doesn’t give up power easily”

Hahrie Han on her new book, the moments of uncertainty that face every organization, and why base building is critical to navigating changing power dynamics over the long haul. 

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Building People-Powered Budgets

Insights from budget campaigns across the PowerSwitch Action network


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Drafting Chile’s New Constitution

Mapuche representative Rosa Catrileo on her work in the community, the Mapuche demands for land and water in their historic territory, and how the new constitution can address those critical issues.  


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Debriefing the NY Primaries

Four veteran organizers talk about the recent elections in New York, the fractures that persist on the left, and how the movement failed to take advantage of ranked-choice voting to sweep the races.


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Making Our Demands Both Practical and Visionary

How social movements are employing the concept of the “non-reformist reform” to promote far-reaching change

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How DOJ Can Defund the Police

A Justice Department strategy can deflate police budgets while asserting community control over federal grants.

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The One-on-One

What I’ve learned about how to move workers in an initial organizing conversation


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“We wanted to keep those jobs”

Lena Eckert-Erdheim talks with three workers who were active in the drive to unionize No Evil Foods about their experiences of the company’s anti-union campaign and the challenges of unionizing progressive workplaces.

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“Who Feeds Us While We Feed You?”

This spring, immigrant New Yorkers secured a historic victory: a $2.1 billion fund for workers who lost jobs and income during the pandemic but received not a cent of government relief.

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Polling for Progress

At Data for Progress, we see polling as a tool for organizers and the progressive movement to shape public narratives and persuade stakeholders.


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Reflections on the Field

Five leaders in the movement reflect on where we have been — and where we are going.

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Powerful Invitations to Organize

An Interview with Prentiss Haney 


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Fighting the GOP’s War on Democracy

How did an emerging national conversation about race — a conversation that a majority of Americans in 2020 said they wanted to have — become hijacked by an attack on a field called critical race theory?

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Dying With Our Boots On

Lessons from Daniel Berrigan as we push Biden


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“Let the horrible night cease.”

Jacobo Albán talks about the years of work leading to the strike in Colombia, the opportunity this moment presents for mass political education, and how those living outside Colombia can support the demonstrations.

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“We’re going to achieve our demands together.”

Colombian labor leader Wilson Sáenz on the demonstrators’ demands, the government’s refusal to negotiate in good faith, and what it will take for the strike to come to an end.

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“We are at a very high level of physical and moral exhaustion.”

Colombian human rights observer Nathalie Pareja talks about the human rights violations taking place across the country right now, why the demonstrations continue, and the path ahead for Colombians.


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“This is a serious human rights crisis.”

An anonymous protestor in Colombia on the austerity measures causing the protests, the government’s violent crackdown, and why the strike continues despite severe repression.

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Let’s Stop Chasing Joe Manchin

We’ve got to use our resources wisely, which means betting on deep, long-term, place-based organizing.

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Imagining Liberation

The stories we’ll tell ourselves in the future


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Work Won’t Love Us Back

A conversation with Sarah Jaffe

Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

Call for Proposals: Youth Organizing Across the World

We are currently seeking proposals for articles for the international youth organizing issue.

The Center of the Economy Isn’t Industry, It’s Care Work

Dave Kamper talks with Gabriel Winant about his new book, The Next Shift, and the organizing potential in care work. 


Ask A Digital Organizer | How can I ethically use social media for my campaign?

How do organizers square our criticisms of Big Tech with our reliance on its platforms to build the movements we need to win?

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Can social movements realign America’s political parties to win big change?

In claiming the goal of "realignment," groups such as Sunrise and Justice Democrats are reviving an old idea, with hopes of provoking new political transformations.



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“We Need Love at the Center”

Drew Astolfi talks with Heather Booth about her long career in organizing, how the movement has changed, and what’s giving her hope for the future.

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The Fight For $15 | “Power is the end game.” Lessons from the Fight for $15.

David Rolf looks back on the last decade of organizing for a $15 minimum wage and wrestles with what it will take for the next labor upsurge to win. 


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The Fight For $15 | Tipped Workers and the Fight for $15

Mat Hanson talks with Nikki Cole about why tipped workers must be a central part of the effort to raise the minimum wage.

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The Fight For $15 | One Fair Wage Is the New Era of the Restaurant Industry

As cities and states start relaxing COVID restrictions and mask mandates, tipped workers have reported a substantial decline in tips, a disturbing increase in sexual harassment, and an overwhelming responsibility to protect public health. We can’t go back to the old normal.

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The Fight For $15 | Give The People Something to Vote For

How the Florida Immigrant Coalition got out the vote to help win the Fight for $15.


The Fight For $15 | More Popular Than Trump and Biden. How $15 Won in Florida

Kofi Hunt talks about what it took to build a coalition that delivered real change for working families in Florida. 


The Fight For $15 | How Workers Won the Fight for $15 in Florida.

Starbucks worker and member organizer Sammy Conde spoke with Mat Hanson about their role in the successful Fight for $15 in Florida — and how they shifted gears to build power during the pandemic.

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The Amazon Loss & What We Owe Each Other in the Labor Movement

Bessemer is the latest, highly-visible example of one of the American labor movement’s prime weaknesses: the lack of systems or mechanisms that allow information, strategy decisions, and lessons learned to be shared across the movement.  

The Fight For $15 | A McJobs Economy

An excerpt from Poor Workers' Unions

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The Fight For $15 | The Fight for $15: Past, Present, and Future

In the months and years ahead, the movement must continue pressing for a federal minimum wage increase for all workers — and for legislation that will make it easier to build fighting unions to empower workers in the long term.

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The Fight For $15 | Fast Food Fight

The early fight to organize Detroit’s fast food workers


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The Fight For $15 | The Fight for $15

Unprecedented organizing has helped build worker power and raise wages for millions of workers over the past decade. What can we learn from the Fight for $15, and what is still left to be done?

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It’s Time for Labor to Embrace Antimonopoly

We need both movements if we are to democratize our economy and protect it from corporate power.

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Healing from Carceral Oppression

Given the legacy of women of color as the backbone for racial justice movements, it is no surprise they are leading the movement to abolish our carceral society and to collectively heal from centuries of oppression.

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Best Action Ever

Or, the Hunter Gets Captured by the Game

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Organizing 9to5

A conversation with two leaders of the 9to5 movement

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The Purpose of Power

Solana Rice talks with Alicia Garza about how our movements build power, the role of social media in organizing, and why Black communities need their own spaces to get organized. 

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An Uprising for a Democratic University in Turkey

Boğaziçi professor Taylan Acar talks about organizing for the resistance at the Turkish university — and what U.S. labor organizers can learn from their struggle. 

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Five Lessons From the Past Four Years

If campaign organizing is a series of peaks and valleys, 2021 has already brought many of us vertigo.

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The Left Needs to Engage Members if We Want to Win Big

Too often, leaders magnify the voices of a very small group of members, if they even cite members’ views. This reality reflects significant weaknesses in unions and their organizing practices, and illustrates how shallow and limited our understanding of democracy is. 


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To Build a New World

An excerpt of Seeing Like an Activist

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Healing in the Post-Trump Era Is Necessary Work

The Trump years have had a deep impact on everyone’s mental health. What has it done to those of us who had the responsibility for stopping him?

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Fighting Austerity One Voter At a Time

Lessons from the fight to tax the rich in Illinois

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After the Insurrection | “You Can’t Fight Authoritarianism With the Status Quo”

A conversation with Tarso Ramos

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After the Insurrection | Building the Movement to Defeat White Nationalism

“This fight is something we need to prepare for right now, and that's going to require us to up our game dramatically.”

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After the Insurrection | #DontRentDC. How organizers stopped white supremacists from returning to the capital.

A conversation with Makia Green

Koshu Kunii

After the Insurrection | An Abolitionist Response to White Supremacy

Abolition teaches us that a fight against “domestic terrorism” isn’t what we need.


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After the Insurrection | Seizing the moment: How progressives can combat white supremacy

A conversation with Rashad Robinson

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A Letter to a Young Organizer

There’s no getting around it. Organizing is hard. But the context you are organizing in right now? It’s a whole different thing.

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After the Insurrection | We Must Hold Wall Street & Silicon Valley Accountable for White Supremacist Violence — Before It Gets Worse.

One way we can beat back white supremacist movements is by taking on the corporations that enable them to spread their ideology, recruit followers, and plan attacks.

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After the Insurrection | “Be in touch with your neighbors”

When white supermacists came to Minneapolis during the uprisings last summer, local organizers formed patrols to defend their neighborhoods. 

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After the Insurrection | Fighting Antisemitism Is a Critical Piece of a Racial Justice Agenda

Without a deeper understanding of antisemitism and its relationship to white supremacy more broadly, our movements for justice can easily be undermined and weakened. Our enemies have an analysis of how we were connected; we are a step behind.

After the Insurrection | How to Combat White Power

Kathleen Belew talks about the surge in white terrorism during the Trump years and what antiracist organizers need to know to combat it.  


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After the Insurrection | A Conversation with Nancy MacLean

"The Republican party has been feeding disinformation and red meat to people for a very long time."

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After the Insurrection | Building a United Front Against Authoritarianism

A Conversation with Lauren Jacobs

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Progressive Must Learn to Co-Govern in Biden's Washington

The historical turning point we now face imposes a profound moral obligation for progressives to immediately pursue a working coalition with moderates.

Racial and Economic Oppression is the Pandemic. Organizing is the Vaccine.

We’ve been in an oppression crisis for generations. Organizers of color can deliver the anecdote— if the rest of us support and help sustain their power.

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The Fantasy of Community Control of the Police

Or, “You can’t turn a rattlesnake into a puppy dog"

An Invitation to Organize

A review of Arnie Graf’s Lessons Learned: Stories from a Lifetime of Organizing

A Divide on the Commons

An excerpt from Lessons Learned: Stories from a Lifetime of Organizing 

Hiring Great Organizers

Who we hire matters. When we take big, strategic bets on new organizers, we don’t just expand our talent pool; we decide who has a voice in the political process and who doesn’t.

Is There a Path to Power in Higher Ed?

Forming “one big union” is the way to meet the challenges posed by the neoliberal university. 

What the Teacher Strikes Taught Us — And What We Still Need to Learn

Mass teacher strikes took the nation by surprise in 2018 and 2019. What can we learn from the teacher strikes for the future of public schools and the labor movement in the post-pandemic world?

Brooke Anderson

Lessons from Organizing Slowly with Siblings of People with Disabilities

I’m learning that when I take up space — authentically bringing all of who I am to my organizing work — something else is possible. I’m not concealing my own power.

Let’s Make the Township and Ward Organizations More Like Movements

The Democratic Party must abandon the transactional model of organizing and create relationships that last beyond one campaign. That work should start at the township and ward level.

Ask A Digital Organizer | How do I engage new members?

Trying to up your digital game during COVID? Our columnists are here to help with all your digital dilemmas. 

Emiliano Bar

Hot Off the Press | White Feminism Promotes Mass Incarceration

A review of Aya Graber’s The Feminist War on Crime

Inside the Organizers Corner | What is Power?

Ben Chin talks with Nelini Stamp, James Haslam, Arleen Vargas, and Kendall Mackey about how their understanding of power has changed since they started organizing and what shifted their perspective.

Inside the Organizers Corner | Keeping Bottom-Up Democracy Strong

Ben Chin talks with Nelini Stamp, James Haslam, Arleen Vargas, and Kendall Mackey about how they're keeping bottom-up democracy strong as their organizations grow in size and power. 

Inside the Organizers Corner | The Ups and Downs of New Voices in the Movement

Ben Chin talks with Nelini Stamp, James Haslam, Arleen Vargas, and Kendall Mackey about the influx of white, upwardly-mobile activists in the movement during the Trump years.

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Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | In the Time of COVID, Digital Organizing is a Must

Digital and social media are not new to campaigns, but in the time of COVID, they are more important than ever.

Winning Primaries: Coalition, Confrontation, or Both?

A recent essay lays out a framework for assessing two leftist strategies: coalition and confrontation. The liberal-left Winning Primaries alliance shows that this is an unnecessary choice — confrontation is necessary to win and coalition is necessary to effectively govern.

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Building Electoral Power in the Rhode Island Primaries

Even a young organization can quickly become a meaningful political player if it chooses its fights wisely.

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For Those of Us With Privilege: It's Time to Use It

Dismantling the old and building the new requires courage and determination.  But if we all put it on the line, we can break through to the world in which we want to live.

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Ask A Digital Organizer | How do I make sure my emails get read?

Trying to up your digital game during COVID? Our columnists are here to help with all your digital dilemmas. 

We are going to lose if we don’t start canvassing

Listen to the scientists. Wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and get out into the field.

The Fight for a Caring Economy | Childcare Providers and the Fight for a Caring Economy

Childcare providers and early childhood educators in California made history when they voted to form Child Care Providers United, a new union that will represent roughly 45,000 workers across the state. In this series, we look at how they did it. 


The Fight for a Caring Economy | The Early History of Childcare Organizing in Chicago

The recent victory by 43,000 childcare providers in California is the latest in a long movement started by Black women in Chicago.


The Fight for a Caring Economy | "It’s the movement that makes a difference"

An organizer on the Child Care Providers United campaign talks about what it took to win. 

The Fight for a Caring Economy | "One provider at a time"

An organizer on the Child Care Providers United campaign talks about what it took to win. 


The Fight for a Caring Economy | "The biggest challenge is escalation"

An organizer on the Child Care Providers United campaign talks about what it took to win. 


The Fight for a Caring Economy | "There was just no accountability"

Pam Franks talks with Keith Kelleher about organizing the first childcare providers union in Illinois

Hot Off the Press | Christian Soldiers

An excerpt from Reaganland. 

"Cori is the right candidate for exactly the right time"

The lead organizer on the Cori Bush campaign talks about how the campaign coped with COVID, what they did to challenge voter suppression, and what Bush’s victory means for progressive politics in Missouri and beyond.

The Research of Organizing | Unions and Race: “I don't think we have time to be tame anymore.”

Jake Grumbach on the effects of unions on white racial politics

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From Fringe to Winnable: The Campaign for DC Statehood

Long considered a long-shot local issue, DC statehood is now a winnable campaign.  Barbara Helmick tells the story of how changing the narrative allowed organizers to build the coalition they need to win. 

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Reclaiming Rhode Island in a Movement Moment

Bernie volunteers in Rhode Island are turning their presidential campaign operation into a statewide leftist organization. In the process, they’re learning to connect their socialist principles to the demand to Defund the Police.

Bringing Bernie 2020 Organizing Tools to the Workplace

The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee, a project born out of a partnership between the United Electrical Workers (UE) and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), is taking the lessons learned from the Bernie 2020 campaign into workplace organizing.


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How Phyllis Schlafly Found The Right Balance of Racism and Misogyny and Charted the Future of the Radical Right

An excerpt from The Lie That Binds, a new political history of how the radical right used abortion to gain power and hijak the Republican Party. 

Organizer Voices | Lessons from the Ferguson Uprisings

Two veterans of the Ferguson uprisings talk about the promises and challenges of Ferguson, what it takes to sustain momentum in the streets, and what organizers today can learn from Ferguson.

Lessons from NYC’s Pipeline Battle

How a multi-racial coalition defeated big oil and gas companies to block the Williams Pipeline.

Hot Off the Press | Our Social Innovation Moment

Ray Brescia on what organizers can learn from past social movements about how to effectively harness new technologies to grow the movement and make lasting change.

Homeless Communities’ Land Takeovers Poke Holes in Chile’s Neoliberal “Miracle”

Sometimes a curse can be a blessing, until it becomes a curse again.

Mapping Our Movement to Go on Offense: An Interactive Tool for Common Good Organizing

The Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG) network is undertaking a new project to support activists nationwide. We are collecting and mapping as many union contract expirations as we can across the U.S. to create a powerful tool for our collective work.

A Brief History of the UNITE HERE Local 11 Remote Unemployment Insurance Mutual Aid Network

UCLA Law students partnered with UNITE HERE Local 11 to establish and run a mutual aid network with over 200 volunteers providing unemployment insurance assistance to thousands of union members. Here’s how they did it and what lessons they learned. 

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Building Neighborhood Power

 L.A. City Council candidate Nithya Raman and her co-campaign manager, Meghan Choi, talk about using community organizing tactics not just to win an election but to build “resilient neighborhoods” and a people-powered government.


Black Workers Matter: How defunding police could create thousands of good jobs for Black communities

Divesting from police departments and investing in public goods like transit would improve the air quality in Black neighborhoods while creating thousands of new jobs for Black workers. 


Anything feels possible in this moment

Jae Hyun Shim on the conversations we need to have about safety, justice, and community if we want to live in a world free from the police. 


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Campaigning for Progressive Changes

“I will be damned if they don't happen in my lifetime”


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | “We have to tax the rich”

Assembly candidate and tenants' rights attorney Adam Bojak on his fight against austerity politics, how COVID is reshaping his campaign, what he’s doing to prepare for an “avalanche of evictions.”

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | “It’s rare to find somebody who’s really dug in”

Emily Gallagher and her campaign manager, Andrew Epstein, talk about their NYS Assembly race and how they’ve pivoted during COVID.


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | "We need people that are listening"

Fatima Iqbal-Zubair and her campaign managers talk about their California State Assembly race, the campaign’s turn to mutual aid work during COVID, and how they’re building a sustainable grassroots movement

Organizer Voices | “Cops don’t keep us safe”

Cat Brooks from the Anti Police-Terror Project talks about organizing during the uprisings, what needs to be done to defund the police, and her vision for a national defund movement. 


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | “Electing socialist politicians expands what is possible by leaps and bounds”

Jabari Brisport and Fainan Lakha talk about their campaign, the DSA’s electoral strategy, and why we need socialists in office.


Organizer Voices | Planting the Seeds of Abolition

Organizers from the Minneapolis abolitionist collective MPD150 talk about changing the narrative to create the world we want to see.

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | How to Campaign in a Crisis

Tascha Van Auken talks about how she’s building a people-powered campaign during COVID-19

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | "This is all about bringing about justice"

Phara Soufrrant Forrest talks about how her campaign strategies have shifted during a tumultuous spring — and how she’s using her campaign to build a more just New York.


New Media and Political Power: An Interview with Brian Rosenwald

Brian Rosenwald talked with us about the Right’s success at monopolizing talk radio — and the possibilities for the Left to use new media to expand our reach 


Neoliberalism Is Over. What Comes Next? An Interview with Ganesh Sitaraman

Ganesh Sitaraman talks about the demise of neoliberalism and the urgency of fighting for — and winning — a more democratic political and economic order.

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Framework: Strategy Questions for Paradigm Shifts in an Age of Crises

Moving through a long-term crisis calls us to vision the future, process tough emotions, and address immediate emergencies in the present moment, often all in the same day or hour. This tool is intended to help community-based organizations map questions for their teams to navigate these difficult and complex times.


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Building Civic Power in the Covid-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a public health and economic crisis. America’s worst-in-the-world outbreak reflects a crisis of democracy.

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Racism Has a Cost for Everyone

In my TED talk, I tell stories that challenge the zero-sum paradigm of racial competition. I share for the first time how it felt to watch Lehman Brothers collapse from a crisis my colleagues and I had spent nearly a decade trying to prevent. What began with discriminatory loans to Black homeowners (three times as likely to be charged inflated mortgage rates despite good credit) eventually...

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Organizing in the Time of Physical Distancing

This piece was written for community organizations partnering with Community Change and aimed at helping groups manage the organizing challenges of the current moment.


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Strategic Thinking in a Long Term Crisis: One Approach for Community Based Orgs

Moving through a long-term crisis calls us to vision the future, process tough emotions, and address immediate emergencies in the present moment, often all in the same day or hour. This tool was co-created to help community-based organizations map the questions that help them navigate these difficult and complex times.

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Coronavirus and its Political Offspring

Veteran political strategist Mike Podhorzer brings his analytical rigor to COVID-19 and raises important questions about the political implications.


Race, Class and Coalitions

Sudip Bhattacharya digs into real-world organizing and left political theory to examine the politics of race, class and coalition building.


Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Moving Through Contagion Fear, Preparing for Recovery

Note:  This essay builds on a March 7, 2020 essay by Larry Kleinman entitled Organizing in a Time of Approaching Pandemic:  Campaigns and Contingency Planning Amid the Effects and Fears of Coronavirus” [1]  

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Messaging Guidance on COVID-19

This guide is adapted from messaging developed with the Million Voters Project, a coalition of organizing networks in California. It draws upon previous messaging guidance from Nicole Carty and Anthony Torres.

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Keeping Business Alive: The Government as Buyer of Last Resort

The coronavirus threatens the world’s economic life. Social distancing measures, essential to fight the epidemic, are sharply reducing demand in sectors such as transportation, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment.

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Organizando en Medio de una pandemia inminente: Campañas y planes de contingencia en medio de Una Pandemia Inminente: los efectos y temores del Coronaviru.

Un organizador veterano nos ayuda a considerar las preguntas que surgen con respecto a organizar mientras la crisis del coronavirus sigue creciendo cada dia.

Organizing in the Age of Coronavirus | Organizing in a Time of Approaching Pandemic: Campaigns and Contingency Planning Amid the Effects and Fear of Coronavirus

A veteran organizer helps us to think through organizing questions as the coronavirus crisis grows by the day.

Organizer Voices | Building the Movement for Tax Justice

The new book by Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez, The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay has just come out, and it makes a few things really clear.

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From the Archives | An Organizer’s Tale

We inaugurate the From the Archives series with a classic from Cesar Chavez.

Organizer Voices | Energy Democracy Campaigns: Building the Green New Deal from the Ground Up

The climate crisis and the fight for a Green New Deal has opened up a new conversation about energy democracy.  Three DSA organizers from different states examine the growing movement for public power in comparison and context.

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Review in Brief | Merge Left

There’s no excuse for recycling tired phrases about “the middle class,” or simply pointing out how Trump is bad, without injecting our own values and vision into the conversation. We know that ignoring race should qualify as political malpractice. Let’s at least make new mistakes. López and his fellow researchers have given us everything we need to get started.

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Organizer Voices | The Sick and the Well: Ableism is the Problem — Medicare For All is the Solution

Examining different experiences (organizing, mobilization, and otherwise), Vinay Krishnan writes about ableism and the fight for Medicare for All.


Organizer Voices | From Textathons to Black Joy: How Color of Change is Re-imagining Organizing

The idea, says Color of Change's chief of campaigns Arisha Hatch, is to center Black joy and to build face-to-face teams, which now number in the thousands, of people meeting and acting locally (and having fun together).

Politically Effective or Just Good at Campaigns?

A research report on capacity building in 501(c)(4) organizations and the role of leadership.

Hot Off the Press | The Triumph of Injustice: From Boston to Richmond

The history of taxation in the United States is anything but linear. It’s a story of dramatic reversals, of sudden ideological and political changes, of groundbreaking innovations and radical U-​turns. 

Organizer Voices | What ACORN Taught Us

It has been ten years since the community group ACORN was destroyed.  At its height, The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now was the largest community organization in the United States with chapters in over 100 cities.

Hot Off the Press | Civic Power: Reclaiming Democracy’s Radicalism

In this excerpt from the book Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis, authors K. Sabeel Rahman and Hollie Russon Gilman discuss restoring American democracy and rescuing it from crisis. 

Tips for Organizing Member-Led In-District Meetings At Scale

How many times have you just about gotten to the beginning of a Congressional recess, realized you want to run an in-district legislative campaign to influence them when they’re home from Washington, but didn’t do it because you weren’t sure where to begin?

Review in Brief | Shadow Network

Anne Nelson's Shadow Network: Media, Money and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right tells a holistic story of the toxic cocktail of extremist political operatives and a right-wing evangelical base. This is the coalition that is winning our day. It is perhaps the greatest threat to our freedoms and to a progressive future and deserves our full attention.

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Organizer Voices | Ten Lessons from Twenty-Five Years in Organizing

My years as a labor organizer have been challenging, joyous, and sometimes devastating, like all organizing. Here are my "top 10" lessons.

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How We Fought, Lost, and Learned

What I bore witness to was not merely an announcement about a congressional process. It was seeing people’s faith in our democracy and our world shift.

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Organizer Voices | An Interview with Angela Lang

I felt like, if you’re organizing from a place of anger, that is not sustainable at all. I’m trying to figure out different ways to go back to organizing from a place of love.

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Review | Seeing Through the Struggle

A review of Ady Barkan’s Eyes to the Wind.

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Welcome to The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice

I'd like to welcome you to The Forge. Let us tell you about our vision, our plan, and how to get involved.

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Organizer Voices | "I Fight For My Family"

"I fight for my family and my neighborhood." Tyla Pond, mother of four, answered her door in Franklin, Indiana to an organizer from Hoosier Action.

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Organizer Voices | Puja Datta

We need to base build. We’re going to have to have mass obstruction of the economic system. We’re going to have to have mass obstruction of the information system.

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From the Archives | Organizing: A Secret History

Given the obstacles to organizing and the inability of contemporary unions to increase or even maintain their membership, understanding the history of organizing seems more important than ever.

Cancel Kavanaugh Campaign

I’ve said that the reason that we lost is that we didn’t have the votes and that we ran out of power, but we also lost because we have electeds who are cowards. It’s not their fault, it’s ours, but our the Democrats could not even hold their entire caucus.

Video | Welcome to The FORGE!

We are organizers making change in the world.  This is our story.

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Review | Why Changing Minds Isn’t Activism

A book review of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist.

Interview with Hahrie Han

The Forge spoke to Hahrie Han, co-founder of the new Center on Democracy and Organizing and professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Kavanaugh Reckoning Is Only Just Beginning

One year ago this week, after a shameful process, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh.

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Kavanaugh One Year Later

What we didn’t know when we started was that this fight would become a sort of reckoning about sexual violence and how power flows along gender lines in our society.

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Community Organizing: People Power from the Grassroots

Community organizing is not merely a process that is good for its own sake. Unless the organization wins concrete, measurable benefits for those who participate, it will not last long.

First We March, Then We Run

How A Devastating Loss Sparked An Even Greater Movement

It’s been a year since the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court.

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Review | The Burning Case for Fan(non)Fiction for the Climate Movement

Review of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, by Naomi Klein