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Highlighted Organizations

American Constitution Society

Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha (CTUL)

Citizen Action of New York (CANY)

Colorado – 9to5, National Association of Working Women

Colorado AFL-CIO

Colorado Education Association (CEA)

Colorado People’s Action

Colorado Working Families Party

Colorado WINS

Communications Workers of America Union

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Data For Progress

Democratic Socialists of America

Faith in Minnesota

Florida For All

SEIU Local 26

Social Movement Support Lab | IRISE, University of Denver.

Invest in Our New York (IONY)


Land Stewardship Project

Million Voters Project

Movimiento Poder

New York Working Families Party

SEIU: Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa

SEIU Local 26

SEIU Local 105

SEIU Local 284

Sunrise Movement

TakeAction Minnesota

Tending The Soil

Together Colorado

United for a New Economy

About the Authors

Dan McGrath is a Senior Strategist at Grassroots Power Project with more than 20 years of community, labor and organizing experience. He served as the founding Executive Director of TakeAction Minnesota and as Executive Director of Progressive Minnesota. He organized school bus drivers with SEIU International and has worked on numerous issue and electoral campaigns. Dan’s international experience includes work at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation in the Republic of Ireland, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) and as an election observer in El Salvador.

Harmony Goldberg has provided political education for social movements in the United States for over 25 years. She co-founded and led the School Of Unity and Liberation in Oakland, CA. Since then, she has worked closely with the domestic workers movement and with People’s Action. She is currently the Director of Praxis at Grassroots Power Project. Harmony has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the City University of New York.

Grassroots Power Program is a project of Tides Advocacy and works with advocacy and electoral organizations, as well as philanthropic entities and individuals to develop strategic practices to achieve transformational social change. We use a variety of strategic frameworks and tools to support organizations and donors to be more effective and ambitious. Our frameworks facilitate a shift away from short-term, incremental campaigns and towards building and wielding governing power to achieve economic, racial, gender and environmental justice. //

Grassroots Power Project (GPP) believes structural transformation of our society is crucial. Stronger, more strategic community and labor organizing formations will help undo the damages of neoliberalism and racial capitalism. GPP works with organizations, alliances and labor to develop new organizing practices to achieve transformational social change. Through decades of partnership with grassroots groups, we have developed a series of strategic frameworks. These tools support organizations to be more effective and ambitious. //

Special thanks to contributors: Amy Vanderwarker, Hashim Benford, Karen Scharff, Ted Fertik, and Tam Bang Luu. 

And deep gratitude to our first readers: Amado Uno, Amy Carroll, Brooke Adams, Carmen Medrano, Donald Cohen, Doran Schrantz, Elianne Farhat, Ethan Frey, Jason Garrett, Jee Kim, Jennifer Ito, Lucía Oliva Hennelly, Manuel Pastor, Maria Poblet, Marta Popadiak, Mike Kromrey, Phillip Cryan, Priya Johnson, Richard Healey, Rishi Awatramani, Sabrina Smith, Sandra Hinson, Sarah Christiansen, Sarah Johnson, Steph Sterling, Steve Hughes, Sylvia Ruiz, and Tyger Caygill-Walsh

We are grateful for the deep feedback we received from these early readers. All errors remain our own. 

Thank you to Imani Brown for editing and to Morgan Searcy and Design Action Collective for design.