Category Archives: Organizing Method

The Inside is Connected to the Outside: The Inside/Outside Strategy Revisited

  The Inside/Outside Strategy (IOS) claims we need to work both inside and outside the dominant order to win. Most critiques of IOS correctly point to the shortcomings and dangers of working within the system. But, this weakness is also … Continue reading

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Inside/Outside Strategy Revisited

What is Strategy? Strategy is a plan — a proposed course of action. Strategy demands the analysis of current conditions and statements of desired goals. But, the primary focus of strategy is “how.”  How do we work the transition between … Continue reading

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One Winning Way to Build the Peace Movement And One Losing Way

Q. What cloaks the empire and turns a mighty movement into a mirage?  A. Narrow partisan politics. When anti-war activism plays second-fiddle to “follow the leader” the chosen champion and the opposing villian loom so large that they become the … Continue reading

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Bernie or Bust: Strategy, Sheepdogs and Synergy

Bernie Or Bust: Pioneers of Electoral Revolt   This article also appeared in CounterPunch.   Both Intervention And Exit A new book, Bernie or Bust, tells the story of a small group of electoral activists that made a big difference. They … Continue reading

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The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another?

Also find this article at Counterpunch. Massive Protest and Organizing Created the New Deal The kind of electoral victories we need will take far more than standard electioneering and Facebook debates.  Let’s look at what it took to create the New … Continue reading

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What is Organizing?

Organizing is a practice aimed at helping people create the social movements and political organizations necessary to wage campaigns and win power.  How do we make real the promises of democracy? Organizing is a time-tested strategy for empowering the people. … Continue reading

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What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

  If you are wondering how one of the greatest strikes in recent history came out of a place we were told was a “Trump County” backwater then read this. This slender book packs quite a punch. Elizabeth Catte takes … Continue reading

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