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Visiting with Hackney Unites in London

London      Hackney is one of those classic neighborhood names that invariably calls to mind London, so it was a treat to get to walk around the neighborhood a little bit, sit in the CLR James Library, which turned out to be a story in itself, and then to meet with fifty members and activists that make [...]

Spreading the ACORN Gospel from Bristol

Bristol              There’s no organizer that doesn’t want things faster, bigger, and better, which is usually why we are both gloriously happy for every day we are allowed to be part of the work and are worrying about the details the rest of the time.  Having now visited our quickly developing ACORN Bristol operation for the third time [...]

With Project React, the Citizens Alliance Follows Members to Africa

the Paris crew

Bristol        Meetings with the Alliance Citoyenne organizers broke for a couple of hours of sleep, and then plowed on against the clock.  The morning was gray in Paris and cooler after an amazingly warm and clear Indian summer afternoon the previous day, so there was no temptation not to hue to the plan.  [...]

Starting the Alliance Citoyennes or Citizens’ Alliance in France

 

Alliance organizers still planning on the Paris Metro

Paris      There’s nothing short about a day where you are standing in the train station waiting for the Eurostar to Paris at 630 AM and break the door of the loaned 7th floor walkup crash pad at 11 PM, but in between organizers and researchers with Alliance Citoyennes, [...]

UAW Embracing Opportunity a “Patient” Strategy in the South

Employees of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala. sign up to be the first members of a new, local UAW union at the Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. (Stephen Dethrage | AL.com)

Paris    I spent hours in London in very interesting discussions about how community organizing and worker organizing could more effectively blend together to produce [...]

A Crash Course in the World of Economic Campaigning, UK Style

London      I was curious about what’s happening in organizing in the United Kingdom, so the ace organizers for ACORN in London, Jonny Butcher and Lee Baker, made a cold call to the New Economic Foundation, and, more specifically, George Woods, whose title is a senior campaigns organizer who helps coordinate their organizers network, known as [...]