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Key to Strategy: Assess the Balance of Forces

Max Elbaum Convergence
A hard look at the balance of strengths between the MAGA and anti-MAGA blocs shows that pro-democracy forces must stretch for new levels of coordination and strategy.

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The Uneasy Alliance Between Frederick Douglass and White Abolitionists

William G. Thomas III New York Times
Douglass refused to cede the Constitution to the slaveholders. He insisted the Constitution did not sanction slavery, that natural law and the Constitution assured liberty, and political action would be necessary to destroy slavery and secure freedom

The Big Spin

Bruce Hartford Civil Rights Movement Veterans
Blaming "Socialism" and "Defund the Police" for the Democratic party's election shortcomings is wrong. A better understanding requires looking elsewhere.

Memo to the Left: Winning Votes is Not ‘Selling Out’

Loris Caruso Il Manifesto Global
We do not have to choose between “winning” or “bearing witness and representing." There is no contradiction. In order to bear witness and represent, people must put themselves forward as candidates for social and political victory,

Readers Respond: An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy

Portside Readers, including: Eisenscher; Collier Lamont; Millstone; Kinnucan; Jones; Young; Krug; Schwartzman; Zeese; Hawkins; Nack; Schwartz; and Markey Portside
Friday Portside posted An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy, by Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert.

An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy

Noam Chomsky and others Portside
Why reject a safe states strategy? Some might claim doing so can't help Trump win again or that Trump's re-election would not matter all that much. We hope that no one in 2020 will make such irresponsible and patently false claims.

Remembering Ella Baker on Martin Luther King Day

Barbara Ransby The New York Times
Ella Baker Baker was a strategist, organizer and mother to the movement whose political acumen, humble leadership style and razor sharp political insights were legendary.
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