Leveraging Elections for Change

London      The ACORN London organizers working in East Brixton thought they would try to see what might happen with a combination training workshop and fundraiser. The topic they settled on, given that elections are on people’s minds for both 2015 and 2016, were how community-based groups could use the opportunities they present for accountability to [...]

Creating Global Capacity for Organizing and Campaigns

Wade, Eloise and Adrien from ReAct

Grenoble       Walking through the center of Grenoble my friends pointed out the statute in the plaza that heralded the French revolution. They reminded me that Grenoble took the pride of place in France that Boston, Concord, and Lexington claim in the American Revolution. Citizens began holding protest meetings and [...]

Republicans Can’t Shut Down Congress? Well, Let’s Take Some Licks at ACORN!

London       Two cold, crisp, but clear days in London, so I should have known that it would be raining as I head for the 445 trains that will put me in France later this morning to meet with more groups.  One almost predicts the other.   Same for the Republicans, it seems.  The radicals don’t seem [...]

Voter and Community Suppression Coming to United Kingdom

London    Talking to someone in the United Kingdom the other day, they made a comment that any new “bad” idea in the USA germinates for a couple of years and then pops up in a modified form in Britain.  Yikes!

One good, bad example can be found in the new voter suppression policies that are debuting [...]

Ghostbusters in Radio World

New Orleans       Over the last couple of years as I’ve acted as station manager of KABF 88.3/FM, the “voice of the people” broadcasting at 100,000 watts from Little Rock, Arkansas and live streaming, I’m sometimes asked by various associates “if this is the best use of my time,” to which I reply heartily with various [...]