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Organizing & Mobilizing Multiply and Mobilize Part Two: Understanding this Political MomentRecording/WebinarIn Part Two of our Webinar Series, we take stock of some of the big themes emerging under this right wing populist administration, and learn from past movements to better navigate the future. We look at two models for understanding and locating social movement responses: the Building Power model …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …

More effective communication, relationship, and exhortation

Join the Community: People engage and consume information that affirms their identities and aligns with their deeply held values and worldview, and avoid or reject information that challenges or threatens them. Think of communication less as a megaphone and more as a gift to your audience. Does it help them solve a problem? Does it make them feel good about …

XR: Truth and Its Consequences

By Rupert Read, Medium.comAugust 9, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! “Rupert’s analysis is cogent, compelling and extremely challenging, his cool-headed questions and suggested solutions are much needed in our overheating world” – Ed Gillespie, Co-founder of Futerra, and Extinction Rebel “A fascinating new pamphlet from Rupert Read: “What in concrete terms does this pamphlet mean?: that the Autumn Rebellion should target primarily the rich and …

The magic number of people needed for social change to catch on

06-07-2018 By Chrissy Sexton Researchers have identified the tipping point that is needed for large-scale social change, such as major changes in the workplace. The experts have determined that around 25 percent of people must agree on a social norm before it can be modified. Acceptable social norms are constantly shifting on issues like gay marriage, gun laws, or race and gender …

Optimism and perspective-shifting as a strategy

We chose to go to the moon. From the Apollo missions, a blueprint for pursuing the audacious and near-impossible In the fall of 2010, I asked Larry Page a series of questions to find out what he wanted X’s purpose to be. “Is X a research center?” No, Larry said. “A philanthropic organization?” No. “An incubator?” No. “Are we solving Google’s problems?” …

Strategy and Soul: Summary Highlights from A Campaigner’s Tale by Daniel Hunter (trainer of organizers, activists)

January 20, 2017 The veteran activist, campaigner and trainer, Daniel Hunter, who drafted the organizing guide for The New Jim Crow and has advised nonviolent movements around the world teaches core principles in the gripping story of casinos coming to Philadelphia and creating a “done deal” with government.  People organized and the casinos outspent their effort 200:1.  The people still …

We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, by Ryan Grim. Also US History in 10 Movements.

Loc: 650 Democrats, even as they became the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty,”31 still nearly won the 1968 presidential election, such was the support for the party’s creation of a robust welfare state. Loc: 680 As we look across history for examples of Democrats losing elections as the result of an unwillingness to stand behind a set of values, …