Please join the Law & Organizing Initiative of the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project on Monday, November 20th from 12:10-1:30 pm ET for a virtual event on Power-Building for the Long Haul, featuring Rachel Gilmer (Dream Defenders), Astra Taylor (Debt Collective), and Tara Raghuveer (KC Tenants), and moderated by Yale Professor of American Studies Daniel Martinez HoSang.
Building powerful movements for racial and economic justice requires organizing mass numbers of people with a stake in the fight. This event will ask how movement organizations are base-building for the long haul in the face of stark inequality, deep divisions, and waves of backlash: what does it take to bring in new members and develop leaders? How does an organized base of members decide strategy? What are the tensions between fighting for material wins in the here-and-now, and collectively determining a vision for long-term transformation?
Rachel Gilmer is Co-Executive Director of Dream Defenders, a membership-based organization of Black, brown, and working-class youth, young adults and students across the state of Florida and growing nationally.
Astra Taylor is Co-Founder of the Debt Collective, a national debtors’ union fighting to cancel debt and defend millions of households.
Tara Raghuveer is founding Director of KC Tenants, a citywide tenant union of poor and working-class tenants organizing to ensure everyone in Kansas City has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home.
Join us to hear how their organizations are building power in the short-term and developing strategy for the long haul. This virtual event will launch the LPE Project’s Law & Organizing Initiative, which seeks to create more space for organizing as a practice and theory of change in law schools.
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