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Across Trump’s America, The Grassroots Are Growing Radical

DD Guttenplan The Guardian
Depending on which media you consume, Donald Trump will either leave office in handcuffs or coast to a second term. Making sense of American politics has never been easy, but the extreme polarisation of the press and public has made it more difficult

Indivisible Guide Goes on the Offense

Indivisible Guide Goes on the Offense MSNBC News
"Indivisible," which organized protests around the country against the president, has written a 'how-to' guide for a progressive agenda in Congress.

Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics

Ryan Grim The Intercept
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania might be called Trump Country. It is rural and deeply religious, went solidly for Republicans in 2016, as it had consistently in years past. After Trump’s election we knew we needed a protest and an electoral movement.

Meet Progressive Champions Ben Jealous and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Larry Stafford, Nash Jenkins ourfuture.org, Time magazine
In startling victories, Ben Jealous became the Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a powerful sitting congressman in New York by running campaigns that pledged a radical change in our nation's priorities.

Middle America Reboots Democracy

Lara Putnam and Theda Skocpol Democracy - A Journal of Ideas
We spent months talking with anti-Trump forces-they're not who pundits say they are. Tens of thousands of women, mostly mothers and grandmothers ranging in age from their 30s to 70s, are fueling an American political transformation that most media outlets are systematically missing, or misreading.

Interview: Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)

The Next System Project The Next System Project
Here at The Next System Project, we’ve been exploring the connections between space, violence, and gender inequities, looking both at the spaces of the built environment and the way social practices structure those spaces. Part of that exploration is talking to organizers like Jessica Raven, Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)—read our quick conversation below!

Climate Equity from the Grassroots

Jessica Medina SCOPE, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
We envision a South L.A. that is a healthy and economically stable region with opportunities and resources for residents to thrive and sustain themselves, their families, and their communities. This vision is guided by residents with support from a robust public sector that provides equitable investment and full integration of low-income communities of color in the decision-making processes about where, how to invest public funds, especially those coming from the GGRF.

To Stop Trump, Learn from Tea Party - Build at the Grassroots

Ezra Levin, Leah Greenberg And Angel Padilla New York Times
Today is the first day of the 115th United States Congress. In less than three weeks, this Congress will join with President-elect Donald J. Trump to claim a mandate they do not have for policies that most Americans do not support. Together, they will seek to enact a bigoted and anti-democratic agenda, threatening our values and endangering us all.But Americans have the power to resist this dangerous turn. We know because we've seen it before.

Election Inflections: Expanding the Electorate

Bobbi Murray Capital and Main
The phone bank on Florence Avenue near Western is fully staffed on a Thursday afternoon. Its 20 callers could be hawking solar paneling or copper water pipes to anyone who answers. Instead, the men and women here are selling change in the most populous city in the most populous state in the nation. On this day, shortly before the election, they are contacting potential voters about three of California’s 17 ballot propositions.
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