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In this season of Fundamentals of Organizing, host George Goehl is talking to fellow organizers about their organizing journey, and what they see as the essentials we most need to center in the months and years to come. As organizers it can feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. This makes sense since these are heavy times and we know that we can make a difference. But the weight is not ours alone. Our responsibility is to build a base, develop people, win things and contribute to something larger. That is not easy! It's more than enough and it’s exactly what we need. So let’s get back to the fundamentals of organizing, together. Please join us for these conversations and follow Fundamentals of Organizing now wherever you listen to podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
No new interview this week, but we wanted to tell you about the new column George is writing all about the Fundamentals of Organizing. You'll find highlights from the interviews this season, full transcripts and new pieces all about the craft. Check it out at georgegoehl.substack.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
If organizing starts with deep listening, and is sustained by enduring relationships, how do organizers stay the course? Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and long at the vanguard of the environmental justice movement, talks with George about the importance of articulating what we fight for. They also discuss showing up authentically as an organizer; and what it means to light a fire within -- rather than under -- communities whose voices have often gone unheard.You can learn more about Miya Yoshitani's work at peoplesaction.org/nextmove.Miya is on twitter @miya_yosh.People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
How do you build enough power to change the governing framework of a place? For Gerald Taylor, whose organizing career has spanned four decades, it starts with reveling in people’s genius. In this episode, George learns from Gerald’s experiences as the lone Black man organizing in 1970s Brooklyn’s white ethnic enclave. They discuss the mutual respect it takes not just to gain trust, but to build organizations around people bound to one another by trust and shared purpose; to plan campaigns around the reaction you want to get; and to practice the discipline to hold government accountable when you get a deal. You can learn more about Gerald Taylor's work at peoplesaction.org/nextmove.People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Change can be exhilarating. But it can also be hard. In this episode, Caroline Murray talks with George about asking the difficult, vulnerable questions so that we can relate meaningfully to those with whom we organize. Speaking from decades of experience -- as a leader in the New Economy movement and former Executive Director of the Alliance to Develop Power -- Caroline describes why “why” is the key to being brave together.You can find Caroline Murray at https://www.innovativeorganizing.org/ and learn more at peoplesaction.org/nextmovePeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Power: Who has it? How do you get it?  How do you use it to move institutions? And what does it have to do with building politics? Doran Schrantz, Executive Director of ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota, describes for George how building relationships is key to power-building. From supporting neighbors as they move from victimhood to agency to building teams and identifying alignment with powerful players within institutions, building power starts with knowing ourselves -- and being able to grow and learn as we keep building relationships with the people we organize. You can find Doran on twitter @DSchrantz and learn more at peoplesaction.org/nextmove.People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Huge rallies and worldwide platforms can be transformational, not only for the causes we believe in but for participants themselves. But how do we get there? For Jess Morales Rocketto, Civic Engagement Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Executive Director of Care in Action, it starts with the basics of community organizing: knowing organizing is about power; listening to people describe the material conditions of their lives; embracing that everyone has a role to play; and building the funnel to get more people involved. Most of all, it’s about believing that we will win. You can find Jess at @JessLivMo and learn more at peoplesaction.org/nextmove.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What will it take to depolarize our politics? At the heart of organizing is investing in deep relationships -- ones that help people develop their own power and potential. No one can describe what that takes like Stephen Roberson, Director of Organizing at Community Voices Heard. During this episode, he and George talk about the curiosity and compassion it takes to dismantle division at the most meaningful level: person to person.  You can learn more about Stephen and his work at peoplesaction.org/nextmove.Stephen Roberson came up through the United Farm Workers, where he worked directly with Cesar Chavez as well as Chavez’s own mentor, Fred Ross, Sr. During the late `80s, while working as Lead Organizer and National Staff with the Industrial Areas Foundation, he spearheaded the Nehemiah Project, which built 1000 homes with low-income families in Brownsville, Brooklyn. After seven years as Associate Director of Organizing with SEIU Local 32BJ’s New York headquarters, Stephen now directs organizing at Community Voices Heard. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Progressives have been making major inroads over the past decade, but as we face the fight of our lives -- and for our lives -- how do we find the courage to lead? Alicia Garza, founder of the Black Futures Lab and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, points the way toward wielding power strategically by looking into differences and weaving alliances that upend expected patterns. You can find Alicia on Twitter at @aliciagarza and learn more at peoplesaction.org/nextmovePeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In Season 2 of The Next Move, we’re talking about applying the craft of organizing to build the future we want. Host George Goehl, one of the nation’s leading progressive organizers, interviews trailblazers who have defined the vanguard of the field--innovators who are taking organizing fundamentals to uncharted territory. Each episode connects to one of eight key principles of organizing, exploring the history of the craft and how it lives and breathes in the work being done on the ground today. Guests include Alicia Garza, Doran Schrantz, Stephen Robeson, Miya Yoshitani, Jess Morales Rocketto, Gerald Taylor, and Caroline Murray.People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.  Learn more at peoplesaction.org/nextmoveSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Today George is reflecting on what he has learned over the course of this season. Between the impacts of COVID on the US and the racial justice reckoning that is so deeply intertwined with the disproportionate impact of COVID on Black and Brown Americans, George is feeling challenged and hopeful for a better future. This is the biggest moment to advance justice for Black Lives in America in a generation and it has the potential to be a long and transformative moment in American life. Everyone can be an organizer and everyone is organizable. Let's get to it. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
We are becoming an America we’ve never been. Marisa Franco, director and co-founder of Mijente, talks with George about organizing infrastructure to support progressive leadership in the immigrant rights and broader Latinx and Chicanx community. This brutal moment of recovering, unlearning, and remembering is teaching us that we are only as safe and healthy as the most vulnerable among us -- and that through inclusive collectivity, we can move from respectability politics to strong, multiracial alliances and people power.Marisa Franco is the Phoenix-based Director and Co-founder of Mijente, a hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement-building.  You can find her on Twitter @marisa_franco.You can learn more at peoplesaction.org/nextmove.People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Because the pandemic has intensified the unequal, dangerous structure of our healthcare system, we need to establish healthcare as a guaranteed right for everyone. Which means now is the time for bold mandates and the creation of a new common sense that centers on a coalitional government. George talks with Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, about lessons we’ve learned from the New Deal and the Works Progress Administration, and even the Great Recession, about building a healthier, more equitable future. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What role can our government play in making our lives better? And what role can we play in our government? Heather McGhee, Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President of Demos, is just the person to answer these questions. In this episode, George talks to Heather about building on our gut-level interconnectivity towards a more inclusive future, and about what learnings they have from being on the frontlines of the 2008 financial crisis and how they are applying those learnings today.Heather McGhee is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. She is author of the forthcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.  You can find her on Twitter: @hmcgheeDetails on what you can learn, do and share: peoplesaction.org/nextmoveAbout People's ActionPeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dog whistle politics is a long held strategy of American politics. George talks to Ian Haney Lopez, Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley, about how the rich and powerful use racism as a weapon to sow a divide between race and class. This divide has only been made clearer during the pandemic and the weeks of uprisings around racial justice. But if we name this strategy, perhaps we can merge race and class and build the country we want. A multiracial democracy that works for all of us. Ian Haney Lopez is Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley and Director of the Racial Politics Project at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.  His latest book is Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.  You can find him on Twitter @IanHaneyLopezDetails on what you can learn, do and share: peoplesaction.org/nextmoveAbout People's ActionPeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rent is due and sheltering in place becomes infinitely more difficult if you can’t make rent. In this episode, George talks about our national housing crisis with Tara Raghuveer, Director of KC Tenants and the Housing Campaign Director for People’s Action -- and what our world can look like if we detach profit motives from the provisioning of basic needs, like a place to call to home.    Tara Raghuveer is the Director of KC Tenants and the Housing Campaign Director for People’s Action. You can find her on Twitter @taraghuveerDetails on what you can learn, do and share: peoplesaction.org/nextmoveAbout People's ActionPeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Overnight essential work has become part of the global lexicon. Ai-jen Poo, founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks to George about forging a new common sense out of this vocabulary--and the opportunity we have to re-examine how we think about work and what work we value. Ai-jen is the executive director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, director of Caring Across Generations, and co-host of Sunstorm (@sunstormpod). You can find her on Twitter at @aijenpoo.Details on what you can learn, do and share: peoplesaction.org/nextmoveAbout People's ActionPeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The pandemic has merged with this incredible moment of uprising. The uprising is opening the opportunity to win real structural change for Black Lives now. There’s nowhere to hide from a conversation about racism in America, and our collective agitation is a really good thing. Maurice Mitchell, the National Director of The Working Families Party and a leader in the Movement for Black Lives, shares more about this opportunity for mass education, the multi-racial coalition against white supremacy, the fight against cynicism, and the winning math of adding rather than subtracting.You can find Maurice Mitchell on Twitter @mauricewfpDetails on what you can learn, do and share: peoplesaction.org/nextmoveAbout People's ActionPeople’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Welcome to The Next Move. In The Next Move, we’re talking about building the future we want out of this moment of darkness. Our host, George Goehl is one of the nation’s leading progressive organizers. Since COVID-19 hit,  George found there was no shortage of people who could tell him just how screwed we are. But he wanted to talk with people focused on solutions and action. Across the eight-episode series, George Goehl will interview eight experts on transforming our social contract to build the future we want. This podcast will describe the society we want to build out of the wreckage -- and map out how we’ll build it together. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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