Fifty years ago, at 19 years old, John Lewis was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington. In the days leading up to its commemoration, we’ve been reminded that Lewis’ words almost went unheard. After the initial hand wringing from the Kennedy administration had subsided, and fearing embarrassment or violence, intense work was done to ensure that the content of the march didn’t veer into “radical” territory. At the time, critics like Malcolm X denounced the March as something that was in fact orchestrated by the White House.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Tuesday September 3, 2013 2:45 pm|
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday March 4, 2013 1:15 pm|
Two Sundays ago, I traveled to the nation’s capital to attend what was billed as “the largest climate rally in history” and I haven’t been able to get the experience — or a question that haunted me — out of my mind. Where was everybody?
First, though, the obvious weather irony: climate change didn’t exactly come out in support of that rally. In the midst of the warmest years and some of the warmest winters on record, the demonstration, which focused on stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline — it will bring tar-sands oil, some of the “dirtiest,” carbon-richest energy available from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast — was the coldest I’ve ever attended. I thought I’d lose a few fingers and toes while listening to the hour-plus of speakers, including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, who were theoretically warming the crowd up for its march around the (other) White House.
|By: Liberal Arts Dude Sunday November 25, 2012 11:50 am|
The point I am trying to make is under the radar of mainstream media and even most progressive political discussions there have been long-term efforts at electoral politics from a left and progressive perspective that have been successful. The Vermont Progressive Party is one such example and I think their organizing and strategic decisions deserve a close look if leftists and progressives are seeking ways to break out of being marginalized in US politics and progressive voters are tired of lesser evilism in politics.
|By: Nicco Mele Saturday July 21, 2012 1:59 pm|
Dave Karpf’s exceptional book The MoveOn Effect examines and explains the rise of the Netroots, putting organizations like MoveOn.org, the PCCC, and DailyKos (and, I daresay, Firedoglake!) in historical and academic context. There is a rich study of political institutions and organizations that Karpf is able to tap into to better plumb the depths of what we have now, how it is different from what came before, and where we might be heading. Dave not only brings an academic and historical point of view, but he brings an activist point of view. For many years, he’s been a leader in the Sierra Club, serving on their National Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010.
|By: Benjamin Kallos Sunday March 18, 2012 1:59 pm|
Ground Wars by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is an essential new bible for political campaigns locked in the everlasting battle that has become modern American politics.
This book is useful for everyone from a neophyte about to join their first campaign to career campaign operatives and consultants. Neophytes will gain a broad overview of exactly what to expect on their first campaign with the benefit of having their upcoming experience framed within the broader picture of politics. Career campaign operatives and consultants, will appreciate the book’s focus on the “ground war” as an essential component of the modern campaign as well as the historical background on how we got here, which many of them will have experienced firsthand. In the short time Nielsen spent embedded in the campaigns and in authoring this book he has managed uncover and write about what few who live and work in politics are even aware of.
|By: Michael Whitney Friday October 1, 2010 7:24 am|
This morning, Just Say Now is proud to announce a new tool to put marijuana reform directly in the hands of activists: online phone banking to identify supporters of marijuana reform before November’s election.
There are thousands of voters in Arizona, California, Oregon, and South Dakota who we need to vote for marijuana reforms. We’re targeting calls to young voters and “surge voters” – people who turned out in 2008 but who are not yet likely to vote in the midterm elections.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday July 21, 2010 3:30 pm|
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Internet’s first Blogger Strike.
PZ Myers, a biologist and proprietor of Pharyngula, a blog on biology on on ScienceBlogs.com, announced in a post yesterday afternoon that he was officially “on strike,” including in his demands to management increased communication, support, transparency, and trust from ScienceBlogs.com management.
|By: Jon Walker Sunday June 13, 2010 1:15 pm|
In part four of the Anti-Saloon League series, we look at the effective use of leverage.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday June 12, 2010 4:00 pm|
The Anti-Saloon League pushed the 18th Amendment, Prohibition, by wielding power and scaring politicians, a lesson interest groups could use today. In Part 3 of this 4-part series, we look at embracing “strange bedfellows” to develop a critical mass of power in order to make change happen.
|By: Michael Whitney Friday May 28, 2010 3:25 pm|
Employees in California’s huge marijuana industry are starting to join unions. One hundred employees in Oakland pot shops – including Oaksterdam University and Blue Sky Coffee Shop, the establishments of California cannabis initiative lead Richard Lee – will announce tomorrow they will join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The workers all signed cards and will have their union recognized under majority sign-up.