A year and a bit after the 2016 elections, we’re still debating exactly what happened. But most of those conversations revolve around the candidates, the parties and their official campaigns. What about lessons for community organizations and their social movements? What did we do right and wrong in that cycle, and what can be learned? […]
“It’s our job to make a movement so big and so beautiful that we get the best legislation possible because they’re so afraid of what we’ll do if we don’t get it.” – Chronicling the emergence of a bottom-up movement for immigrant rights at the UU General Assembly in 2014.
Virality has several key components. We discuss it on the Stop the Presses webcast along with its relationship between social media popularity and on-line and off-line organizing efforts.
This essay, written by B. Loewe in the Fall of 2010, is included in the astonishing anthology We Have Not Been Moved available at PM Press. In 1999, following the massive demonstrations in Seattle against the World Trade Organization, Betita Martinez shook things up with the simple question: “Why were most of the demonstrators white?” After the state […]
Also published in Auburn Seminary’s Mountain Top Series: Writing in 1979, Walter Brueggeman turned to the old and new testament to reflect on the role of a prophet in a society he observed of waning social movements and a rising cynicism. What he shares in the Prophetic Imagination is dueling imaginations, a god that takes […]
The lessons of solidarity from the National Day of Non-Compliance at the “Standing on the Side of Love in Phoenix” workshop at General Assembly 2011.
One does not have to be familiar with the bolt sizes on the wrecking balls that tore down Cabrini-green to oppose the demolition of public housing. One must hold close the comfort of stepping into a warm room from a cold outdoors, the solace of a bed to lie in, and the security of a […]