Organizing

Community development relies on policies, resources, and recognition that were won by decades of organizing—and organizing remains essential to face new threats, preserve existing wins, and continue to fight back against the big lie that the way things are is inevitable.

“No Evictions. We Won’t Move!”

"This land is too valuable to permit poor people to park on it." —Justin Herman, former executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, 1970 The...

Funding the Resistance

It doesn’t take a great leap of the imagination to deduce that a foundation called simply “Resist” might be a little different than your...

Grantmaking Power to the People

Foundations that fund grassroots organizing are a rare breed, perhaps because organizing challenges a power structure that includes foundations themselves. A new foundation in...

Organizing Today: Ten Reasons to Cheer!

1. There's lots of it going on In a recent survey, Heather West of Grassroots Leadership of Lorain, OH, found 120 groups directly or somewhat...

I’m a Tenant and I Vote!

New York's Republican legislators learned a lesson in June: Hell hath no fury like a New York City tenant scorned. Just when it seemed...

How Cambridge Lost Rent Control

25 years ago tenants organized, formed coalitions, took to the streets, and won rent control in Massachusetts. But, after two and half decades of...

Ann Arbor Tenants Union

For 27 years, the Ann Arbor Tenants Union has worked to put tenants in power and keep landlords on their toes by counseling, educating, and organizing.

A Nation in Trouble

Most of us feel today that this country and its communities are in serious trouble. We don't, however, see anyone doing anything ambitious enough...