Let’s Talk: At the Heart
of Movement Building

Let’s Talk is a space for movement builders to share our favorite insights, funniest moments, worst fears, highest hopes, most embarrassing questions, and warmest wishes. Let’s Talk is for anyone and everyone trying to build the relationships, power, strategy, collaboration, narratives, and new ways of being that can transform our society, economy, and culture.

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From Grievance to Governance: 8 Features of Transformative Campaigns

One morning last December, I found myself at the Ford Foundation watching Anna Galland, Ai-jen Poo and Heather McGhee share a stage at an event called The Future of Organizing: Contesting for Power in a Changing World. The event, co-convened…
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Photo by Stephen D. Melkisethian

Love, Strategy, and Terror: Humanity vs. Fear

The possible has been tried and failed. It is now time to try the impossible. — Sun Ra This morning I woke up and made breakfast for my daughter and thought to myself: We have entered the Age of Terror.…
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our power

Real Solutions on Climate, Right Now

I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late. And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us. —  President Obama Government response to the…
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NDWA

Walking With Purpose: Domestic Workers Practicing Transformation

Last month 100 migrant women walked 100 miles for the arrival of Pope Francis in Washington, DC, their journey making national and international headlines. But what many people don’t know is the crucial role that transformative practice played in the…
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Welcome to the New Economy!

I lived in Oakland in 2008, when reckless, predatory, and under-regulated financial practices came crashing down into the Great Recession. Working for an organization dedicated to community empowerment and justice, I was devastated to see family after family facing foreclosure…
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BLM

Am I Happy the Cop Was Fired?

Am I relieved that the cop was fired? Yes. Am I happy the cop was fired? No. Do I worry that people think this was an isolated incident, rather than a widespread, daily reality for students of color? Yes. Do…
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Our Family, Our Future: My Global Migration Pledge

As I write this, the bodies of hundreds of people are being pulled from the water off the coast of Libya, after two boats sank, drowning women, men, and children migrating in desperation from places like Syria, Bangladesh and sub-Saharan Africa.…
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Parenting for Liberation: My Practice & the MSC Transitions Lab

I am raising a young Black boy in a society that is set up to set him up for failure. This means I am often in protection mode: protection against educational inequity, unfair discipline practices, preschool-to-prison-pipeline, stereotypical accolades, and most…
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