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No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age
January 11, 2017•6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a conversation with organizer Jane McAlevey to talk about her new book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age.
Drawing upon her experience as a scholar and longtime organizer in the student, environmental, and labor movements, McAlevey examines cases from labor unions and social movements to pinpoint the factors that helped them succeed – or fail – to accomplish their intended goals. McAlevey makes a compelling case that the great social movements of previous eras gained their power from mass organizing, a strategy today’s progressives have mostly abandoned in favor of shallow mobilization or advocacy. In order to win, progressive movements need strong unions built from bottom-up organizing strategies that place the power for change in the hands of workers and ordinary people at the community level.