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    Shifting Our Movement Stance: Exploring “Movement Pivots” in LA

Shifting Our Movement Stance: Exploring “Movement Pivots” in LA

By |Sep 15, 2014|

How do we embody––physically, mentally, and spiritually––the transformation we want to see in our movements and society?

How can we pivot to new ways of being that will strengthen and deepen our movement work?

Those [...]

Supporting Black Leadership for the Whole

By |Aug 21, 2014|

Movement building demands leadership for the whole: leadership grounded in the strength of most impacted communities and able to lead the whole of society. Powerful movements need groups like The Organization for Black [...]

Where the Wild Things Are: Courage in Uncertainty

By |May 20, 2014|

Burnt out. That was me in 2009, after thirteen-plus years working in social justice organizations—a walking cliché as a movement worker. Although I had a relatively cushy job as a Development Director at [...]

Discrimination Today: One Education Organizer’s Outrage

By |May 15, 2014|

Today our collective failure to provide real educational opportunity for youth of color leaves me shaken and emboldened to speak. It’s been 60 years since Brown v. Board struck down segregation laws in [...]

Confessions Of A (Reluctant) Electoral Geek

By |Mar 26, 2014|

Math and science were never my favorite subjects in school, but the geeky left-brain part of me has always loved the science of organizing, even electoral organizing. I’ve loved finding the formulas and methods to map turnout plans, to overlay electoral precinct maps with voting data, to sketch out a campaign strategy power analysis. I’ve loved the order and discovering the more predictable parts of our organizing work.

An Organizer Learns to Love

By |Feb 11, 2014|

And so we came to that moment that was and still is inevitable. There I sat in a packed Sacramento conference room, at a state budget coalition meeting of issue and service groups. [...]

Three Ways Capoeira Upped My Organizing Game

By |Nov 18, 2013|

Every organizer knows that awful moment, that slow stomach-churning realization that your campaign is about to hit a dead end. I had that moment recently in the work I was doing with a coalition of local youth organizations fighting for Restorative Justice in public schools. Unlike harsh and ineffective “zero tolerance” policies, Restorative Justice programs create a way for those who have committed harm to dialogue with those who have been harmed, to understand what happened, agree on a remedy, and build relationships that reduce the possibility of future harm. Deep in our bones we wanted Restorative Justice and an end to the disciplinary policies that push out large numbers of African American, Latino, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander students every year.