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.

As Racism Plagues Health Care, Unions Offer A Treatment

By Alex J. Rouhandeh, The American Prospect. -

Like many nursing homes across the country, the Genesis HealthCare center in Greenville, Rhode Island, primarily houses white residents and employs people of color. Adelina Ramos, who’s Cape Verdean, works at the center as a certified nursing [...]

The Red Nation Statement On US Elections

By The Red Nation. -

US imperialism is in crisis. This drives the capitalist system towards austerity, increased suffering among the working poor, repression at home and imperialist aggression, subversion and wars abroad. This is not something new and is not [...]

Unhoused Community Forms Tenants Union

By Jenn Schreiter, Unicorn Riot. -

Minneapolis, MN – A tenants union was formed this past weekend by unhoused community members who have been living at the Extended Stay America hotel in Bloomington, MN. After a deal for Hennepin County to purchase the building unexpectedly fell [...]

Organizing Rural Manufacturing Workers Matters

By Cindy Estrada and Chris Schwartz, The Forge. -

It’s no secret that the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States has steadily declined over the past few decades, replaced largely by low-wage work in the service sector. But in many rural communities, manufacturing is still the most [...]

Alberta Is Closer Than Ever To A General Strike

By Jeremy Appel, Read Passage. -

Canada - The powder keg of Alberta labour relations has finally exploded, in a good way. Yesterday, wildcat strikes popped up across the province from hospital support staff who learned last week that 11,000 of their own will be getting laid [...]

Celebrate Armistice Day – Wage Peace With Renewed Energy!

By Gerry Condon, Popular Resistance. -

November 11 is Armistice Day, marking the 1918 armistice that ended the First World War, on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Horrified by the industrial slaughter of millions of soldiers and civilians, the people of [...]

Organizer Do’s And Dont’s- 101

By Ahjamu Umi, Hood Communist. -

My license to speak about this comes from the fact I’ve been involved in organizing work since 1979 when I joined the Pan-Africanist Secretariat (Brother Oba T’Shaka for those that know) at 17 years old.  In 1984, I heard Kwame Ture (Stokely [...]

The Contours Of Resistance Beyond The Election

By the Black Alliance for Peace. -

From occupied Philadelphia to occupied Palestine, the people in the colonized spaces of empire will find it hard to discern a difference between how Democratic and Republican oppressors treat them. In Philadelphia, Trump’s Department of Justice [...]

Why Marylanders Must Test The Water Near Military Bases

By Pat Elder, Military Poisons. -

Last month, independent testing of oysters in the St. Mary’s River and St. Inigoes Creek was performed on behalf of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and financially supported by Public Employees for Environmental [...]

Mutual Aid Is Essential To Our Survival

By Dean Spade, Truthout. -

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged as a crisis in the U.S. in early 2020, people all over the country started coordinating to deliver groceries and prescriptions to vulnerable people, making and distributing masks and hand sanitizer, and raising [...]

Missourians Did An End-Around Their Legislature To Expand Medicaid

By JP Keenan, Cristina Corujo, Jason Potere, and Meredith Deliso, ABC News. -

For almost a decade, advocates in Missouri have been lobbying their legislators to expand Medicaid coverage in the red state. Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was optional, 36 [...]

A Debt Reckoning Is Unavoidable

By Aaron Karp, Waging Nonviolence. -

The late anthropologist David Graeber, who wrote about the 5,000-year history of debt, spoke about a strange paradox of being indebted. “The first effect of debt is to create isolation, shame, humiliation, a fear of even talking about it. On the [...]

Embracing The Gifts Of Conflict For Social Change

By Jovida Ross and Weyam Ghadbiano, Turning Towards Each Other. -

As a collective, we are living in unprecedented times. The triple pandemic of COVID-19, white supremacy, and capitalist-driven climate crisis has intensified survival fears and made the structural oppression we are living under more palpable and [...]

How Unions Can Lay The Ground For The Next Upsurge

By Mark Meinster, Labor Notes. -

As shown by authors like Dan Clawson in his 2003 book The Next Upsurge, unions tend to grow in spurts, as part of working-class uprisings that pose a deep challenge to the powers that be. The upsurges in the private sector from 1934 to 1939, [...]

The “Non-Aligned” Nations Realign

By Wilmer J. Leon, III, Black Agenda Report. -

In 1955 the US and the Soviet Union were in the midst of the Cold War.  Both countries were pressuring Asian and African countries to align with them.  In April of 1955, twenty-nine of these countries met in Bandung, Indonesia for the first [...]