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Can We Crack the Right’s White Bloc? These Organizers Say Yes

Marcy Rein Organizing Upgrade
Deep canvass conversations, storytelling, acknowledges people’s experiences while suggesting a different way to understand and respond. Race-class narrative highlights the stake that white people have in fighting racism and ways to take action.

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BAmazon Union: Anticipating the Battle in Bessemer, Alabama

Peter Olney and Rand Wilson Labor Notes
Ultimately the effort will require the dovetailing of internal worker organization at multiple facilities—like what Amazonians United is doing—with the power and resources of one or several national unions, like RWDSU or the Teamsters, for instance.

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Southern Worker Strikes Show The Power of Solidarity

Connor Harney Liberation News
49,000 United Auto Worker members went on strike on Sept. 16 against General Motors, in the largest walkout there since 2007. While most plants are in the Midwest, they are also in Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee and Missouri.

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Tennessee Janitors Convince Target To Drop Dirty Cleaning Contractor

Saurav Sarkar Labor Notes
Despite a hostile labor climate and weak labor laws, workers in Tennessee still have power! They have pressured Target to drop a contractor that has been the subject of many lawsuits alleging racist practices, retaliation, and stolen wages.

The Commonwealth Network: A Theory And Model For Political Production

Bryan Conlon The South Lawn
Here are two articles outlining theory and practice of a model around which the Left could organize cooperative enterprises into a more coherent base upon which to build more powerful, more confrontational politics as well as historic iniquities, or how it would be able to defend the gains it makes. That is how a commonwealth network could be formed and expanded.

The Latest Challenges to the South's Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

Olivia Paschal Facing South
While all Southern states have laws disenfranchising people while they are incarcerated and on probation or parole, Florida stands out with one of the nation's most restrictive felony disenfranchisement laws — one of only four states that impose a lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony. The others are Virginia, Kentucky and Iowa.

Census Challenges Jeopardize Efforts Towards Greater Equity in the South

Allie Yee Facing South
Should anything go awry with the 2020 count, it could have political implications affecting how voting districts are drawn or how language minorities can access the ballot. Important funding decisions are also driven by Census data. Nationwide, nearly $600 billion in federal funding is allocated to states based on Census numbers, according to a recent report by the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. Southern states receive $179.2 billion of that total.

Facing a Trump Presidency, South's Immigrant Advocates Build on Networks of Resistance

Allie Yee Facing South
Immigrants have been the target of hateful rhetoric and actions since President-elect Donald Trump launched his campaign over a year ago. Galvanizing his base with promises to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigration, Trump has dramatically shifted the tone of the national conversation on immigration and raised fears that he'll follow through on his harshest campaign promises.
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