Tag Archives: Grass Roots Organizing

Bob Wing : The Battlelines Are Drawn in the South

Demonstrator at Moral Monday protest, Raleigh, N.C. Image from newsobserver.com. The battlelines are drawn:Right-wing neo-secession or a third Reconstruction? In this war for the heart and soul of the U.S., the battle for the South stands front and center. By … Continue reading

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Harry Targ : Advancing a Progressive Coalition

Obama inauguration: mobilizing the progressive coalition. Photo by Win McNamee / Getty ImagesAdvancing a progressive coalition In his second inaugural address, the President clearly articulated a progressive agenda for the next four years that we on the left should organize … Continue reading

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David Bacon : How the Anti-Immigrant Tide Was Turned in Mississippi

Members of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance at a rally at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Jan. 12, 2011. Photo by Rogelio V. Solis / AP.How Mississippi’s black/brown strategybeat the South’s anti-immigrant wave By David Bacon / The Rag Blog … Continue reading

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Harry Targ : Time for Progressives to ‘Get on the Bus’

Organize: The handwriting’s on the wall.Social justice and the fall elections:Mobilizing the progressive movementBy Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / September 16, 2010 “Get on the Bus.” That was the conclusion 16 activists from Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky came … Continue reading

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Vicky Starr of ‘Union Maids’ : Working Class Hero

Stills from Union Maids. Images from escholarship.org. Vicky Starr (Stella Nowicki) is on right.Vicky Starr dies at 93:Socialist, labor organizer, feminist, film starBy Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / January 13, 2010 I read recently that Vicky Starr died … Continue reading

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Carl Davidson : Obama, the Democrats, and the Months Ahead

Carl Davidson. Photo by Thomas Good / Next Left Notes.A report and perspective from the rust belt:Obama, the Democrats and the months aheadBy Carl Davidson / The Rag Blog / December 28, 2009 Carl Davidson will be Thorne Dreyer’s guest … Continue reading

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Children March for Education in South Africa

Now this is grassroots organization. We could take a lesson from their effort. You don’t get anything if you don’t ask for it. Richard Jehn / The Rag Blog South Africa schoolchildren marched to City Hall in Cape Town this … Continue reading

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If the World Stopped Burning Coal, This Would Be 80% of the Solution to Climate Change

Paul Nolley, sophomore English and political psychology major, admires Beehive Designs artwork. Media Credit: Martha Warfel / Daily Vidette Photographer.Beehive Design Collective share stories of activistsBy Sam Schild / April 24, 2009 “Clean Coal Dirty Lie” is a sign held … Continue reading

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Obama : Beyond Savior or Trickster

Photo from Links.com We can’t build a vibrant progressive movement — or strengthen a base capable of moving the country in progressive directions for the long haul — by winking and nodding at Democratic policies that would have drawn our … Continue reading

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Keith Joseph : Communication on the Left Must Embrace the New Technology

Hawker sells the Revolutionary Woker at a 2003 New York anti-war protest. Photo from asparagirl’s photoblog.Newspaper Hawkers, Websites, and Plans for Revolutionary Organization By Keith Joseph / The Rag Blog / April 20, 2009 One of the great curiosities of … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein : Hopebroken and Hopesick

In Obamafanland:A Lexicon of Disappointment by Naomi Klein / April 17, 2009 All is not well in Obamafanland. It’s not clear exactly what accounts for the change of mood. Maybe it was the rancid smell emanating from Treasury’s latest bank … Continue reading

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