[ Reading ] ➼ No Shortcuts Author Jane F. McAlevey – Vejega.info

[ Reading ] ➼ No Shortcuts  Author Jane F. McAlevey – Vejega.info The Crisis Of The Progressive Movement Is So Evident That Nothing Less Than A Fundamental Rethinking Of Its Basic Assumptions Is Required Today S Progressives Now Work For Professional Organizations Comfortable With The Inside Game In Washington DC And Capitols Throughout The West , Where They Are Outmatched And Outspent By Corporate Interests Labor Unions Now Focus On The Narrowest Possible Understanding Of The Interests Of Their Members, And Membership Continues To Decline In Lockstep With The Narrowing Of Their Goals Meanwhile, Promising Movements Like Occupy Wall Street And Black Lives Matter Lack Sufficient Power To Accomplish Meaningful Change Why Do Progressives In The United States Keep Losing On So Many Issues In No Shortcuts, Jane McAlevey Argues That Progressives Can Win, But Lack The Organized Power To Enact Significant Change, To Outlast Their Bosses In Labor Fights, And To Hold Elected Leaders Accountable Drawing Upon Her Experience As A Scholar And Longtime Organizer In The Student, Environmental, And Labor Movements, McAlevey Examines Cases From Labor Unions And Social Movements To Pinpoint The Factors That Helped Them Succeed Or Fail To Accomplish Their Intended Goals McAlevey Makes A Compelling Case That The Great Social Movements Of Previous Eras Gained Their Power From Mass Organizing, A Strategy Today S Progressives Have Mostly Abandoned In Favor Of Shallow Mobilization Or Advocacy She Ultimately Concludes That, In Order To Win, Progressive Movements Need Strong Unions Built From Bottom Up Organizing Strategies That Place The Power For Change In The Hands Of Workers And Ordinary People At The Community LevelBeyond The Concrete Examples In This Book, McAlevey S Arguments Have Direct Implications For Anyone Involved In Organizing For Social Change Much Than Cogent Analysis, No Shortcuts Explains Exactly How Progressives Can Go About Rebuilding Powerful Movements At Work, In Our Communities, And At The Ballot Box


10 thoughts on “No Shortcuts

  1. Matt Gladue Matt Gladue says:

    There is a solid argument at the heart of this book Workers are losing and working class communities are losing because the organizing that built the CIO has been replaced by mobilizing, the media, and metrics The three victories laid out here, among nursing home workers in Connecticut, teachers and parents in Chicago, and meat packing workers in North Carolina, all allow the author


  2. Conor Ahern Conor Ahern says:

    I big bodied my way onto a C train one morning and the guy that I nudged forward kept looking back at me The train I take to work in the morning a local is often so crowded that even breaking out a book can be regarded as a solecism, and this morning was no exception As the guy got off of the train, I stepped to the side to let off the departing passengers avoid the stampede he pointed to me


  3. Sean Estelle Sean Estelle says:

    This was no nonsense, piercing reflection analysis of the strategic thinking, tactics, and possibilities for key segments of the movement Some may bristle at the insight provided on Alinskyism mobilizing organizations I find it pretty convincing, though, and think there s a lot of value to be drawn from the theses that McAlevey is putting forward for what we need to do in order to build the power ne


  4. Deb Ramage Deb Ramage says:

    She tells a great story and it s got a lot of good lessons for organizers of all types It doesn t quite deliver on the claim that union organizing strategies have application to social movement organizing That may be true, but there are no direct examples in the book, really Even if it weren t a great how to manual, though, it also works as recent and relevant history My socialist local chapter DSA had a bo


  5. Dana Sweeney Dana Sweeney says:

    I have been reading book after book after book trying to get a sense of how the American left can re build power in the face of the brilliant, devastating, decades long strategies employed by the corporate right to dominate our social political lives This book is one of the best guides that I have found so far A protege student of Frances Fox Piven, McAlevey s work includes the kind of detailed historical grounding


  6. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    Interesting little book describing how unions can be successful when they focus on ground up organizing instead of playing power politics poorly and trying to mobilize only Interesting that the failure of unions over the last several decades for a lack of such organizing also applies to why the Republican party has been crushing the Democratic party at all levels of government in recent history.Only problem with the book i


  7. Jack Jack says:

    McAlevey continues and expands upon her work in her first book, Raising Expectations, analysing other positive examples of her theory of the whole worker organising model in contrast to the failures of New Labor s Alinskyist mobilising model and business unionism.Each chapter has the underlying thrust of McAlevey s argument that bottom up, rank and file organising and unionism is crucial to big wins against tough employers and pol


  8. John John says:

    Full of actionable insights, inspiring stories that are meticulously researched, and bursts of good wit, too.


  9. Fran Fran says:

    The half I read so far was excellent Too often, activists have a hard time explaining the differences between mobilizing organizing or advocacy movement approaches, and therefore rank and file union activists can t get that what they are doing is actually not what they re being told This book helps show what we mean, and gives examples of how it can work.


  10. Mary Mary says:

    Sometimes dry reading, but immensely practical A must read for activists on the left.I do wish, though, that McAlevey had described in depth what her organizing strategies might look like outside the workplace.


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