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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, [...]

Marching for a Climate Change Turning Point

New Orleans    The march in New York demanding action on climate change was hard to get a handle on from a distance.  The Associated Press called the number 100,000.  The New York Times studiously avoided ever giving a number in the aftermath of the march, simply saying there were tens of thousands.  Finally, a [...]

Nicaragua for My Father

New Orleans       My father, much missed, used to ask me whenever I returned from a country “new” to both of us not to tell him so much about what I had done, but what I had seen that would surprise or interest him.   In many ways, Nicaragua surprised all of us from the Organizers’ Forum.  [...]