– In 1972 Alinsky explained why a Trump would rise in the US and how to defeat him

From Organize to Win Vol 1 by Jim Britell “… kids don’t have a little brother working in the coal mine, (or) a little sister coughing her lungs out in the looms of the big mill towns of the Northeast. Why? Because we organized… Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened management… they were fought …

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– Why Some Grassroots Campaigns Succeed And Others Fail

Most campaigns Today don’t do any of the things successful grassroots leaders of the past said you must always do, while doing all the things they said you mustn’t. In the last 125 years, American grassroots campaigns have forced legislatures to pass laws on women’s suffrage, social security, civil rights, wilderness, clean air and clean …

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– Modern Biology and Ecology: The Roots Of America’s Assertive Illiteracy

The 2016 election elevated Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos—major supporters of teaching creationism—to the vice presidency and leadership of the U.S. Department of Education, respectively. DeVos is a billionaire funder of efforts to pass state laws that give science teachers the right to present anti-evolution materials in science classrooms under the guise of protecting academic …

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– The Golden Age of Grassroots Wilderness Political Organizing: The Black River Dam Wars

The first grassroots campaign to preserve roadless wilderness pioneered innovative tactics, methods and strategies, now abandoned, that must be relearned if future such campaigns are to succeed. The unsurpassed exemplar of effective grassroots organizing is the 1940s campaign that blocked the building of a dam in the Adirondacks of New York. The campaign created a …

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– Lessons From America’s Greatest Grassroots Campaigns

For 50 years the environmental movement has depended on laws and regulations from the 1970’s enforced by lawyers and judges to achieve its goals. But since Trump’s election, the regulations, processes, courtesies, assumptions and norms undergirding America’s approach to the environment have been systematically discarded, reversed and dismantled. Accordingly, grassroots organizing will have to evolve …

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