Labor Gets Out the Vote, Now Shifts Directly to Organizing Against a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 8:30 am

The Sunlight Foundation did a fascinating report on “return on investment” for outside expenditure groups in this election cycle, and I hope this scares off Republican donors from successfully swamping Democrats with SuperPAC money in the House elections in 2014. But one number sticks out. Worker’s Voice, the SuperPAC created by the AFL-CIO, had an [...]

Occupy Wall Street Begins New Organizing Campaign as Strike Debt Launches

By: Monday September 17, 2012 6:19 am

Today is the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and FDL’s team of reporters and citizen journalists will have you covered with all the on-the-ground activities. I wanted to add some coverage of this new offshoot of the Occupy movement, in the vein of Occupy Our Homes, the successful effort to fight foreclosures through direct [...]

The Hype on the Obama Ground Game, and Why It May Not Be As Giant a Factor

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 11:47 am

In a briefing in Charlotte today, Jim Messina expanded on a theme I’ve seen quite a bit of recently, that the Democratic ground game will provide the edge in the 2012 election. “On the ground we continue to see just incredible enthusiasm,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said at the ABC News/Yahoo News Newsmaker forum [...]

After Wisconsin, Questions of Whether to Recall Walker Narrow the Possibilities

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Obviously, the Wisconsin recalls cast a pall over the Netroots Nation event. I didn’t have to go to the recall recap panel (it was at the same time as my foreclosure panel) to get a wide variety of opinions on what happened, including perhaps the most perceptive comments from former Sha Na Na frontman John [...]

Home Defenders League Seeks to Create Constituency Out of Underwater Borrowers

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 10:27 am

One of the bigger problems in US politics is the relationship between money and power. Just as big a problem, in many ways, is the difficulty that comes with organizing traditionally marginalized groups. It’s hard to organize the jobless, for example, or the poor, because of their transient nature and focus on survival rather than [...]

Activists Still Come Together for Foreclosure Victims

By: Friday May 25, 2012 1:01 pm

Despite the charred landscape that is the current housing market, despite the suffering borne by families all over the country, the last few years have provided a glimmer of hope that people of like circumstances have not turned their backs on each other, that they are working together for progress. And sometimes, they make it. [...]

Wisconsin Organizers Gather Over 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 12:15 pm

I’ve already discussed the road ahead for the Wisconsin recall election a bit. But now that we have the actual figures, it’s truly incredible. Organizers in Wisconsin collected over one MILLION signatures to recall Scott Walker, doubling what was necessary. They did this in under two months. This approaches the number of votes Walker received [...]

How the Public Option Fight Changed the Progressive Movement

By: Monday January 16, 2012 10:57 am

Jonathan Bernstein wonders whether liberals have “forgotten about the public option.” I think the point here is that liberals have forgotten about politicians expressing nominal support for the public option. It’s still very early, but the first hints are a lot less promising than I would have expected for public option supporters. I checked the [...]

Wisconsin Spring: Organizers Set to File Recall Petitions Against Walker

By: Friday January 13, 2012 8:15 am

Next Tuesday, Wisconsin organizers attempting to recall Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state Senators will turn in their petitions, and they expect to have well above the number of signatures to trigger recall elections in all those races. Wisconsin Democrats have announced they will submit the petition signatures in their [...]

Occupy Our Homes Protests Focus on Taking Vacant Properties

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 9:35 am

Yesterday’s Occupy Our Homes demonstration was very successful, with events in over 20 cities. Here’s an example of a “home liberation.” The operation to occupy a vacant foreclosed home in Brooklyn on behalf of a homeless family from New York City appears to be a success. The front door of the two-story brick house on [...]

Wisconsin Democrats Get Nearly 20% of Needed Walker Recall Signatures in Four Days

By: Monday November 21, 2011 10:55 am

The difference between the recalls of Republican state Senators in Wisconsin earlier this year and the recall of Scott Walker, at least with respect to the signature gathering process, is that those Senate recalls took place in swingy or downright conservative areas. The Walker recall is statewide. And that brings in a lot of low-hanging [...]

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