Memory, Fire and Hope: Five Lessons from Standing Rock

By Alnoor Ladha, Originally published on Common Dreams, 8 March 2017   “The ongoing struggle will not go down in the flames at Oceti Sakowin,” writes Ladha. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images) “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” —Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Last week, on February 22, 2017, water protectors …

Learning from “social defense” in the struggle against the authoritarian regime in Poland 40 years ago

Excerpt from In These Times The Trump era is seeing the emergence of what has been called “social self-defense,” a massive self-organization of millions of Americans to resist Trump’s agenda. It has been manifested by the millions who participated in the Women’s March, the spontaneous actions against Trump’s Muslim ban, the mass demonstrations and community meetings in cities around the …

Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think

By Ralph Nader, March 02, 2017 on Common Dreams Almost 1,000 constituents were gathered inside the Brighton High School auditorium, many booing and shouting, “Do your job!” at Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is chair of the House Oversight Committee, as he claimed that presidents are exempt from conflict of interest laws. (Photo: AP) Back in Congress following February recess’s raucous …

Organizing advice from Drier, Leopold, and Cohen

The big winners in the outsourcing game are the corporations and their top Wall Street investors. (In fact Wall Street is driving the process by endless pressure for stock buybacks. See here.) It’s hard to make the case that the poor in Mexico have been the beneficiaries of NAFTA.  Here are 6 steps that are needed now (from Les Leopold: …

Jules Lobel: 5 Key ways to build a movement

Core (populist) message:  corporate, wealthy greed and the obscene inequality between rich and poor are our main problem Combine electoral and grassroots activist work in local communities – run candidates who represent this Welcome new energy and incorporate new people into the movement – find places for all Core (populist) message:  corporate, wealthy greed and the obscene inequality between rich …

Summary highlights from Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything , by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything, By Becky Bond and Zack Exley (Sept 2016).  Noted references are from the kindle edition.  Read and purchase the full fantastic book!  “What that we’re doing now is not good enough. Obviously we need way more organizing. That’s not happening with the structure we have, which has become over the decades …