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Build New Infrastructure for a Broader Movement

Jeff Ordower Organizing Upgrade
There is need to invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations for multi-year struggles, especially worker organizing and scaled disruptive direct action.

“A Shave and a Haircut”, A User’s Guide to Door Knocking

Nelson Perez-Olney The Stansbury Forum
I’ve seen how powerful talking to a voter face to face can be and how important it is to reach out to people in person. I worry that too many of us think a campaign can be won on advertising and the power of a sound political platform alone.

Who’s Afraid of the Lower Birth Rate?

Jenny Brown Organizing Upgrade
reproductive rights protest Rather than looking at abortion as a personal, private decision and defending it on that basis, we should expose how the power structure is using restrictions on abortion and birth control to extract our unpaid labor.

For Hope, Look South

Nelson Perez-Olney The Stansbury Forum
man standing on Pettus Bridge Every part of this country, north south east and west, owes its origin and wealth to our “peculiar institution” as well as other less notorious programs of government sanctioned/ignored exploitation and murder of the poor, immigrants, women.

Can We Crack the Right’s White Bloc? These Organizers Say Yes

Marcy Rein Organizing Upgrade
Deep canvass conversations, storytelling, acknowledges people’s experiences while suggesting a different way to understand and respond. Race-class narrative highlights the stake that white people have in fighting racism and ways to take action.

Embracing Both/And: A Response to Linda Burnham

Alicia Garza Organizing Upgrade
cover of newspaper In order to access the power we need to change our lives, we must work to dismantle power as domination and instead, advance power through interdependence, relationship and cooperation.

The Activist Roots of Black Feminist Theory

Linda Burnham Organizing Upgrade
What is the wellspring of Black feminist theory? It is important to provide a corrective to the misperception that intersection theory has its genesis in the academy, or, worse still, that it can be attributed to a single discipline...or individual.

Overcoming the Urban-Rural Divide, Part 2

Anthony Flaccavento The Stansbury Forum
three photos of rural scenes People tune out when we go on and on; and if we let a little contempt seep into our erudition, the door slams shut. Maybe it’s time to start talking like a neighbor rather than an advocate.
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