New York Campaign Organizers
  This piece was written by a group of campaign organizers from the Cynthia Nixon, Jumaane Williams, and Zephyr Teachout campaigns in New York State in 2018.    The September 2018 primary elections in New York was a watershed moment that shaped politics across the state. A massive coalition of community organizations and grassroots electoral […]
Rand Wilson and Peter Olney
  by Rand Wilson and Peter Olney The November U.S. elections produced very good results for most Americans and indeed for the rest of the world. The Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since Trump was elected in 2016, the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Supreme Court have been in […]
As part of our series of interviews with members of the Democratic Socialists of America, Organizing Upgrade spoke with Beth Huang, co-chair of the Boston chapter of DSA. Huang spoke on a range of topics, from what the rise of DSA means to radicals of her generation to how Boston DSA hopes to build a […]
Rebecca Gordon
  by Rebecca Gordon Many years ago, a young friend told me she was giving up politics. She’d been working for some time with one of the formations that emerged from the breakup of Students for a Democratic Society in the 1970’s, and was close to some of the organization’s local leaders. She seemed to […]
Max Elbaum
    By Max Elbaum   These notes were the basis for a presentation to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild on November 8, 2018. This piece was originally posted on   Politics is about Power. One of the positive things about this moment is that the question of […]
Sema Hernandez
    OrgUp interviewed Sema Hernandez, a progressive community organizer in Texas who ran in the Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate. In this interview, Hernandez touches upon the political landscape in Texas before and after the midterm elections as well as how she used the Democratic primary to push Beto O’Rourke’s program to the […]
Eddie Wong
By Eddie Wong   This piece was originally published on East Wind ezine, a new online journal looking at Asian Pacific American politics. East Wind ezine has a number of recent pieces looking at APA involvement in the midterms, and we encourage readers to visit the website and dig in. All over the country, Asian […]
Beth Blacksin
  By Beth Blacksin   The Illinois Resistance added to the 2018 blue wave by flipping two House seats.  IL 6 and IL 14 were won by first-time Democratic candidates with 53% and 52% of the vote respectively. IL 6, covering parts of the west and northern suburbs of Chicago, is overwhelmingly white, urban and educated. […]
Al Nichols
  By Al Nichols   Soon-to-be former Governor Scott Walker was never the kind of dominating political actor that assembled a broad coalition of diverse political interests around a durable vision for their common benefit.  He was much more a creature of the right-wing Koch-funded Tea Party ascendancy that developed in the vacuum of leadership […]
Adam Gold
by Adam Gold   During the lead-up to the midterms, there was a common refrain among liberals, progressives, and leftists alike: the country was in danger of descending into fascism. Some said that the 2018 midterm elections were “Do or die.’ If Democrats, and particularly progressive Democrats, couldn’t grab some of the reins of power […]
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