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What Role Can Nonstrategic Mass Movements Play in Social Change?

mass action makes the most sense as part of a well-thought-out and multidimensional campaign. And yet, I’m more optimistic…about the power of a one-off mass action to build momentum for change

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Forget Recriminations. Let’s Organize!

We need to challenge this new and ugly reality at every turn. The resistance must be strong, rooted in the power of nonviolence, and willing to use every tactic of other successful nonviolent struggles

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Why I’m Not Joining Bernie’s New Org

Here, I don’t even see a pretense. I see nothing about what this organization will stand for, what tactics it will use, etc. Even for Sanders, I don’t write a blank check. Not financially, and not in my commitment to an organization whose tenets I can’t describe. Even for Bernie, I won’t sign blind.

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Rep. Alan Grayson: Let’s Celebrate This Victory

If a black person was told an apartment had already been rented, my white Jewish mom was one of the people who would go and try to rent it afterwards. That family history made it easier for me to take on a long list of causes–even organizing the movement that saved a threatened mountain while all the “experts” said “this is terrible, but there’s nothing we can do.”

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Government Shutdown: Obama Stands Tall, and Gets His Way

I hope Obama and the Democrats learn their lesson. when they refuse to comprise on things that should not be compromised on, when they stand up for their principles, they win. What a great president he might have been (and

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How Progressives Can Move Obama to the Left

The Civil Rights movement gave Lyndon Johnson (no progressive) room to push through several major pieces of Civil Rights legislation. Earth Day and the environmental movement of the early ’70s gave Richard Nixon (not a progressive bone in his body!) a mandate for the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency. yet we on the left (and I include myself in that) have largely stood by

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