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Shaping Narrative, Shifting Power

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Ricardo Levins Morales

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Shaping Narrative, Shifting Power: Interviews with...

Ricardo Levins Morales

Editor's Note

Narrative is not a communications strategy to be layered on top of organizing campaigns but fundamental to the work we do as organizers: expanding people’s sense of possibility, agency, and power to create change.

Ricardo Levins Morales

Bringing Back Ideology

Two of the architects of the narrative turn in organizing talk about the changes in community organizing that they’ve helped to spark over the past thirty years. Now that organizers have embraced narrative work and begun analyzing political and economic systems, they argue, it’s time to talk about ideology.

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Just Transition: Moving from an Extractive to a...

Miya Yoshitani has “shovel-ready” ideas for how the current crisis could prompt a just transition from the extractive economy to a regenerative economy.

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Caregiving is Essential Work: Changing the Narrative...

Organizers for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Caring Across Generations talk about how we can move to a narrative of caregiving as a collective responsibility that demands collective solutions.

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Challenging Neoliberalism by Building Power for Tax...

Challenging the power structure and the assumptions of capitalism requires building a movement with millions of people. We can only do that if we transform the dominant worldview.

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Pulling Back the Curtain to Reveal What’s Possible

Most people operate under a set of competing narratives. Our job is to bring their most progressive understanding of the world to the fore.

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“The Organizing and the Narrative Were Always One”:...

Narrative is not a messaging strategy but the story driving the entire campaign.

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From Commodification to Public Good: Changing Our...

To guarantee a home for everyone, we must stop treating housing as a commodity and see it as a public good and a human right.

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“Love is Love” and Other Stories: The Role of...

To win the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians, we didn’t need new arguments. We didn’t need to find new rights. We needed to transform the hearts and minds of the public.

Ricardo Levins Morales

Putting the Nails in Neoliberalism’s Coffin

"This is going to be the decade of Reconstruction if we can organize well."

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Fighting for Retail Workers’ Rights Means Revealing...

Retail corporations tell powerful narratives about the irresistible forces of economic and technological change to obscure the impact of their focus on short-term profits — often at the expense of workers. Winning campaigns with retail workers requires changing those narratives.

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Safety Depends on Everyone Believing They Have a Future

Why we must move beyond “welfare queens” and “superpredators” to narratives that create opportunities for all of us.

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Reclaiming the Public in an Uncertain Era

Narrative strategy is integral to organizing and can create a powerful role for people in public life.

 

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“We are essential, but we are excluded”: How...

The global economy encourages corporations to ship raw materials and goods around the planet but punishes workers who cross borders. Here’s how immigrant organizers in Florida are fighting back.

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From Exploitation to Democracy: How We Will Save the...

Extractive racial capitalism is destroying the planet, but a thriving democracy can save us.