Organize

organize-iconWhether we are engaging in acts of resistance or creating new, alternative institutions, we need to create sustainable, democratic organizations that empower their members while also protecting against disruption. This section provides articles about effective organizing, creating democratic decision-making structures, building coalitions with other groups, and more. Visit the Resources Page for tools to assist your organizing efforts.

Squad And Company Must Unite As A Bloc To Downsize Biden’s Military Budget

By Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd, Popular Resistance. -

Imagine this scenario:  A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, “We’ve studied President Biden’s proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump’s already inflated budget, [...]

‘Golden Rule’ Peace Boat Sets Sail From Hawaii

By Golden Rule, Popular Resistance. -

After 21 months in the Hawaiian Islands, the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule will depart from Honolulu, Hawai’i for the West Coast of the U.S.   The Golden Rule first sailed from California to Hawai’i 63 years ago, in 1958, on her way [...]

Making International Workers’ Day A Day Of Action Against Imperialism

By the Black Alliance for Peace, Popular Resistance. -

War, repression, and imperialism characterize the objective plight of billions of humans still gripped by the vicious colonial-capitalist world system. May 1 is the day laboring classes claim for themselves as International Workers' Day to [...]

The Variable Relationships Between Worker Centers And Unions

By Steven Greenhouse, The American Prospect. -

Like many immigrant workers, Pascual Tapia, a late-night janitor at a Target store in Minneapolis, was a victim of wage theft. He often worked 56 hours a week, but he was hardly ever paid time and a half for overtime. And like many immigrant [...]

Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive

By Candice Bernd, Truthout. -

In some ways, Amazon workers’ more than yearlong struggle for adequate COVID-19 protections and against corporate retaliation at the company’s Staten Island facility in New York City helped pave the way for this month’s unionization attempt at [...]

Worker Centers: Where Causes Cohere, And Forge Power

By Sarah Jaffe, The American Prospect. -

In October 2020, on what Amazon calls “Prime Day,” Fadumo Mohamed and her co-workers at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Minneapolis stood in the whipping wind alongside a handmade banner that read “Amazon: Hear Our Voice.” As the wind [...]

Building Workplace Power In The Communities

By Matthew Cunningham-Cook, The American Prospect. -

As organized labor grapples with the consequences of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s landslide defeat at the Amazon mega-warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, one potential direction for the labor movement lies in the types of [...]

There Is No Substitute For The Rank And File

By Tatiana Cozzarelli, Left Voice. -

The Bessemer Amazon unionization effort was full of potential. It held the promise of a union bringing together the Black Lives Matter movement and a struggle for labor rights in order to take on one of the biggest, most odious corporations in [...]

Organizing In The South

By Joseph B. Atkins, Portside. -

Oxford, MI - The woman’s face still haunts me. Lined from many years of work on the farm and then in the cotton mills, she is nameless in my memory, just another “linthead” in the eyes of the mill owners, “white trash” others might say, someone [...]

Message From The Amazon Union Defeat In Alabama Is Clear

By Rand Wilson and Peter Olney, In These Times. -

On April 9, the National Labor Relations Board announced the results of a mail ballot certification election that concluded on March 29 for workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama. With 3,215 votes cast, the Retail, [...]

The BAmazon Loss And The Road Ahead

By Joe DeManuelle-Clark, Labor Notes. -

Hopes were high. The drive had garnered enormous favorable press coverage and even support from the White House. Nevertheless, the loss was no surprise to many in labor. Amazon is one of the world’s most powerful corporations, and organizing is [...]

Global Citizens’ Assembly Planned To Address Climate Crisis

By Matthew Green/Reuters, News Trust. -

London - People around the world will have a chance to deliberate about responses to climate change under plans to convene a "Global Citizens' Assembly" to inform U.N. talks in Glasgow next year, organisers said on Thursday. The project aims [...]

Bessemer – A Big Step Forward

By Frank Emspak, Portside. -

Workers at the Amazon fulfillment center have voted in a National Labor Relations Board election to ascertain if a majority of those voting wish to be represented by a union. Votes are being counted. Should a majority of workers vote for the [...]

Indigenous Group Launches Campaign Against New Voting Bills

By Jared Gans, The Hill. -

An advocacy group for Native Americans is putting up billboards in various states to oppose measures that it says would increase voting restrictions. The campaign launched by the Global Indigenous Council comes as more state legislatures are [...]

The Movement To End At-Will Employment Is Getting Serious

By Jeff Schuhrke, In These Times. -

On March 31, a group of worker centers, unions, community groups and policy organizations in Illinois officially formed a new coalition, Stable Jobs Now, that aims to dramatically shift the power balance between workers and bosses by [...]