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Video 1 of 5:

Tammy intro | Eric presentation | Steve Williams 1 of 2




The great tradition of transformative organizing | challenging US Empire | challenging the idea that an organizer should have no agenda in organizing | organizer as revolutionary teacher | organizing begins among the most oppressed and exploited | strategic alliance with whites, middle class, students | personal sustainability and loving the work of organizing | the heat of battle transforms | organizing is a mirror to your weaknesses | transformative demands, program

Video 2 of 5:

Steve Williams 2 of 2 | Cindy Weisner




Steve Williams

Trusting the people we’re organizing to make left connections | breaks in history that open the floodgates of organizing | what are the steps in radicalizing the community | survival projects and liberation zones | building blocks for a new society

Cindy Weisner

Beings left and being relevant | learning to organize in the labor movement | lessons from anarchist action | counterhegemonic demands | masking/negating the organizer’s role | are we really being effective | learning and adapting lessons from world movements | contradictions of gender and patriarchy in our communities

Video 3 of 5:

N'gethe Maina | Ai-jen Poo




N’gethe Maina

Toxicity of oppression inside us | Assuming that changing the structures of society will change the people themselves | process of transforming people as much as transforming society | personal transformation | boycotts and purchasing | reformism in personal transformation

Ai-jen Poo

No better teacher than practice | transformation through battle | great campaigns like great love affairs | Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign | connecting the dots from local meeting, state campaign, national alliance to sector-wide | Excluded Workers Congress | Interalliance Dialogue


Video 4 of 5:

Patrisse Cullors | Eric Mann




Patrisse Cullors

Starting from the anger of bearing witness to oppression in family | being a working class, queer, Black woman, from a single-parent household | multiracial, multilingual organizing | life and death—what are we going to do about it? | divisiveness of “youth vs. adult” organizing | intergenerational organizing

Eric Mann

The 7 Components as an organizing tool | culture of taking care of each other | building women’s and oppressed people’s leadership | personal transformation in the training of organizers | what can we learn from Grassroots Global Justice | the role of written work, movement literacy

Video 5 of 5:

Q & A with Audience

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  • Are there steps in the book to be a progressive organizer? Is there a difference between just a organizer and a progressive organizer?
  • Tips on organizing seniors in tenant organizing?
  • Changing the demand language around trafficking of women and girls
  • How do we stop the cycle of organizer burnout
  • the best advice that the panel has towards a young organizer, and what are some good tips or pretty much any basic information that they can give a young organizer in training.
  • How to deal with contradictions of anti-war movement’s white chauvinism, how to connect anti-war work to immigrant rights
  • The importance of getting outside the US to live/work in Third World
  • The importance of reading
  • The importance of finding the right organization to join
  • The challenge of self-care without falling into individualism
  • No longer being ashamed or hiding our revolutionary organizing model
  • How do we build with other non-Left forces, how do we build united fronts
  • Surround yourself with other organizers
  • Travel
  • What’s revelatory is not always the analysis of the problems but what people can do to change them