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We are stronger together. That is why they pit us against each other.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Nicholas Klein (1884–1951), American Labor Union Advocate

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Organizing People to take Action

Together we can create change.

A well organized group of people, acting peacefully, is necessary to enact change when monied interests would prefer that change does not occur. Together we can create the change that we expect out of our institutions but so often feel is out of reach.

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Our current areas of concentration:

  • Money Out of Politics

    Money corrupts decision making. Instead of decisions being made in the best interest of the people, money tends to make decisions that favor donors. Limits on financing, transparency, effective enforcement and public financing will bring moderation to politics.

  • Voting Reform

    The more Americans who vote the better our democracy reflects us. Standardizing rules governing voting and certification by nonpartisan officials will create fair and consistent elections. Some states seek to undermine elections through gerrymandering, money in politics and creating conditions where legitimate election results are sabotaged for partisan purposes.

  • Integrity in Journalism

    Journalism's first obligation is to verifiable truth rather than prejudice and supposition. Publishers of journalism must have their loyalty to the citizenry first, putting the public interest above self-interest. While journalists may be partial or biased they also must be independent and accurate. They must be an independent monitor of power to guard against tyranny. They must fairly represent varied viewpoints and interests in society and to place them in context rather than highlight only the conflicting fringes of debate.

  • Our Climate

    Through observation and documentation we know that the long-term temperature of our planet is increasing due to human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels. It is our obligation to prevent catastrophe.

We can organize efficiently and effectively.

 
We the people are many.

Realizing and harnessing the power of our numbers creates the conditions for change to occur. While individually we can express our opinions, write letters and sign petitions, none of these tactics force change.

 
Consent of the governed.

By organizing efficiently and acting as one, we can disrupt the status quo to make the power of our numbers felt. Sometimes action is appropriate and sometimes inaction is appropriate, but as an organized group the effect is multiplied.

 
Forming a more perfect union together.

Using technology, information can be researched once and applied to maximum effect. Technology can help organize information to create sustained campaigns with minimal effort from each individual.

 
Dialogue, then action.

Earnest opposition brought to a nonviolent tension can bring fundamental change. A time for dialogue and a time to let our voices be heard.

  • But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • And my friends, in this story you have a history of this entire movement. First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.

    Nicholas Klein - American labor union advocate and attorney
  • When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  • I have come to believe that crisis is necessary to bring about fundamental or radical change. I see the edge of chaos as the moment or space that precedes deep shifts in power.

    Lisa Fithian
  • The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don't have it.

    Lisa Fithian