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Grassroots Organizing

Will Sanders Campaign Adequately Fund the Grassroots to Win Big in the West and Ensure Fair Elections?

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenberg

A growing number of Sanders supporters believe that Bernie's key to winning Western States with more than 60% of the vote is to have his campaign immediately shift millions from planned media buys and use the money to fund grassroots efforts.

What It Takes To Win Against New Gas Pipelines: Lessons from New York, Georgia and Kentucky

Craig Altemose | Posted 08.17.2016 | Green
Craig Altemose

Indeed, whether you are trying to keep Spectra Energy out of Rhode Island, Kinder Morgan out of Massachusetts, Dominion out of Maryland, or Carso out of Texas, the lesson is the same: when people rise up and demand that their voice be heard, local representatives and agencies have no choice but to listen.

Ryan Grim

Major Progressive Group Parting Ways With Controversial Head | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of a major progressive grassroots organization is being eased out of his position, amid major financial and organizat...

Transforming Power, Protecting the Environment in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador is a grassroots, community-led organization of 27,000 families in more than 100 communities. It is transforming economic and political power and the health of the environment, across the department of Usulután.

Want to Fight Sexual Violence? Look to the Labor Movement

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 04.23.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

As an anti-rape activist, I propose taking a look at our sisters in the labor movement and learning by example to build our constituencies and gain momentum on difficult and long-ignored workplace violence issues.

Five Questions to Help Defeat Keystone XL

Lucy Emerson-Bell | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Lucy Emerson-Bell

You engage your constituents, pinpoint the source of power, identify the influencers and decision-makers, and then galvanize the people's resources into power to make change.

Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy's Power to Convene

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together.

From Protests to Political Power

Allison Fine | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Allison Fine

We progressives have a bad habit of assuming that large numbers of people supporting our positions is the same as gaining political power.

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

Why Interfaith Organizing Matters

Amy B. Dean | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Amy B. Dean

Every major faith has a set of values grounded in the pursuit of justice and equity. This universalism is important. It creates the potential for far-reaching, welcoming movements that cut across boundaries of race, class, sect and nationality.

Can There Be Transparency in Politics? Jefferson Smith Runs for Mayor of Portland

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Toni Nagy

Recently I was introduced to Jefferson Smith, an inspired, young elected official, who's now running for mayor of Portland, Ore., and aims to embody the future of what politics should be.

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

2012 presents young voters with the opportunity to help bring about a better political reality. Disappointment with the current state of affairs in Washington does not justify sitting on the sidelines: as has often been said, democracy is not a spectator sport.

The Story We Need to Tell Ourselves: Bending the Arc of History Is the Work of Ordinary People (And We Are Those People)

David Levitus | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
David Levitus

Across the board, we are beginning to see progressive organizations working to scale up the size and sophistication of their efforts. Groups that have previously focused on their own particular issues and communities are banding together.

Jon Ward

There Is No Tea Party: FreedomWorks CEO On The Movement's Evolution And Its Role In 2012 | Jon Ward | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– One thing is certain. There is no Tea Party. There are only tea parties. In other words, two years after the birth of a new force ...

Florida Rising: People From All Walks of Life Are Standing Up to Pro-Corporate Assaults in the Sunshine State

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Florida workers and activists are taking aim against budget cuts and laws that threaten to further widen the already huge divide between rich and poor in our state.

While Communities Fight Biomass Plants, Congress Pays to Build Them

Carol Polsgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carol Polsgrove

To communities opposing biomass power plants across the country, one part of the tax cut package approved by Congress is not good news: the extension of tax grants that will pay to develop biomass plants.

Weekly Diaspora: Rallying the Grassroots

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Erin Rosa, Media Consortium blogger Ed. Note: After a brief hiatus, the Diaspora is back! We're very excited to have Erin Rosa on board for this pr...

Maybe They Are After Us

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The Supreme Court decision suddenly makes the whole notion of campaign finance laws a joke. I don't see how a democracy can function under these conditions.

d'Artoon -- Exorcizing Health Care Reform

John Krifka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Krifka

An unlikely figure joins the health care debate.

Starbucks In His Eyes For Obama

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
NYCity News Service

Surrounded by campaign materials and holed up with his laptop and overactive cell phone in a corner of the Starbucks, Gregg Ross carefully coordinated volunteers for Barack Obama Tuesday morning.