Category Archives: Building Our Mass Work

Why We Fight: Three Ideas on Why Revolutionaries Should Do Mass Work and a Salvo on How

I’ve been having a kind of existential crisis about my mass work recently—a real, deep crisis, like getting beat up over and over again by a question you can’t shake. Eight years into my movement work, whole possible lives that … Continue reading

Posted in Building Our Mass Work

Leveraging our Power in the Face of Red-baiting, Right Wing Populism: The Tea Party in the Context of Mass Work and Community Organizing

When the tea party first came on the scene and Glenn Beck started putting people we know on his chalkboard, organizers on the Left began questioning our strategy and personal safety. How bad is this trend? Bad. Of course it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Building Our Mass Work

Dialectical and Historical Materialism is for Community Organizers: an IntroductionEl Materialismo Dialéctico e Histórico es para Organizadoras/es Comunitarias/os: una introducción

If you are an organizer working in any way to make progressive change, this framework is probably familiar: Work to build power by recruiting members and developing their leadership abilities. Center the work on issues. Use collective, direct-action strategies as … Continue reading

Posted in Building Our Mass Work Tagged , , ,

The Mass Line: What It Is and How to Use ItLa Línea de Masas: Qué Es y Cómo Usarlo

While organizing people on the bus, I met a Black janitor who was very supportive of our work to fight for better buses and lowered fares, but thought that “immigrants” caused the bus fares to cost more. Instead of agreeing … Continue reading

Posted in Building Our Mass Work Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,