Writing
When organizers with experience in the field write, we focus on how the work gets done, and how to win.

How to Defeat the Forces Behind Trump: In the New York Times

Because the very tactics long used against workers in workplace elections have now been exported to the broader electoral arena, it’s important to understand three lessons about how to win by those of us who continue to achieve victory even when faced with a ruthless, break-all-the-rules, determined opposition. Read the piece in the New York Times » Read More

Key Steps in the Rightwing Effort to Rule by the Minority: 2000’s Stolen Election, My Insider Account of the Coup

So much bad has happened as a result of the only coup I’ve experienced, the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, it fills books. For one of the only insider accounts ever published of the Florida Recount, read my book chapter about the insanity that was the Florida Recount. Verso has graciously allowed me to make it free and available here. Read More

Teachers Are Leading the Revolt Against Austerity: The strikes aren’t just about pay. They’re a rejection of tax cuts for the wealthy and a rallying cry for public goods and services.

In less than three months, rank-and-file teachers and educational support staff in five states—West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona—have turned the entire country into their classroom. They haven’t just pushed for—and won—better pay and working conditions for themselves. They’ve also mounted a direct challenge to decades of bipartisan tax cuts for corporations, helping us all understand what austerity means. Read More

The West Virginia Strike Points a Path Forward for the Labor Movement: In These Times

Schools and hospitals are today’s factories, filled with workers who have the skill and ingenuity of their fathers and grandfathers, as well as extraordinary organic relationships with the broader community. In an era when union membership has plummeted, rebuilding it will require mission-driven workers who are deeply rooted in and trusted by their communities. Read More