21 episodes

The Craft of Campaigns podcast highlights stories and lessons from issue-based action campaigns, beyond one-off mobilizations and single election cycles. Campaigns channel grassroots energy to win concrete victories, build winning coalitions, and topple pillars of power standing in the way of justice. In each episode, we interview organizers about how a campaign unfolded, strategy decisions, and lessons for our current moment.

Craft of Campaigns Training for Change

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The Craft of Campaigns podcast highlights stories and lessons from issue-based action campaigns, beyond one-off mobilizations and single election cycles. Campaigns channel grassroots energy to win concrete victories, build winning coalitions, and topple pillars of power standing in the way of justice. In each episode, we interview organizers about how a campaign unfolded, strategy decisions, and lessons for our current moment.

    S2E6: Ingrid Lakey on taking on the country’s 6th-largest bank and changing the activist culture on climate change

    S2E6: Ingrid Lakey on taking on the country’s 6th-largest bank and changing the activist culture on climate change

    In our Season 2 Finale, we’ll hear about a group of Quakers who wanted to experiment with campaign strategy to tackle climate change. Their experiment ended up forcing one of the country’s largest banks to stop funding mountaintop removal coal mining after a multi-year campaign and hundreds of direct actions around the country. Ingrid Lakey describes intervening in a culture that prioritized personal solutions to the climate crisis and building an organization that was pro-confrontation and p...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    S2E5: Nico Amador on fighting gender discrimination on public transit and pivoting gracefully when the campaign got stuck

    S2E5: Nico Amador on fighting gender discrimination on public transit and pivoting gracefully when the campaign got stuck

    In this episode, we’ll hear about how a few Philly activists came together in 2009 to take on a policy that was causing harassment and discrimination against transgender public transit riders. This all-volunteer collective used creative tactics, including a drag show and a larger-than-life riders bill of rights to take on one of the largest public transit systems in the country and win. Along the way, they set up a flexible campaign structure and successfully pivoted their strategy when their...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    S2E4: Byron Hobbs and Jonathan Hogstad on taking on the corporations funding voter suppression in Michigan

    S2E4: Byron Hobbs and Jonathan Hogstad on taking on the corporations funding voter suppression in Michigan

    In this episode, we’ll hear about how several Black-led Michigan basebuilding groups responded to the January 6th 2021 revolt and ongoing attacks on voting rights in Black communities. Byron and Jonathan describe the process of researching the corporations that funded election-denying politicians (23:16), and then going after those corporations to create consequences for funding voter suppression (19:12), including a successful campaign against statewide utility rate hikes (40:54). Check...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    S2E3: Devan Spear on forcing universities to pay their fair share

    S2E3: Devan Spear on forcing universities to pay their fair share

    In this episode, we’ll hear about a multi-year fight to get some of Philadelphia’s largest property-owners – nonprofit universities and hospitals – to make voluntary payments in lieu of taxes to fund local public schools. Devan Spear describes how the campaign gained momentum by investing in basebuilding (27:05), created action teams on different university campuses (28:18), and used the momentum of the 2020 uprisings for racial justice to quickly move new supporters into action and push thei...

    • 57 min
    S2E2: Stephen Lerner on Justice for Janitors: A comeback story that continues today

    S2E2: Stephen Lerner on Justice for Janitors: A comeback story that continues today

    In this episode, we’ll hear about how tens of thousands of workers lost nearly all of their workplace protections, and then spent two decades campaigning against some of the most powerful Fortune 500 companies to win them back. Stephen Lerner, architect of the campaign, discusses how a realignment of global capital led the union to lose nearly all its bargaining power in the 1980s (17:47), how a few in the union decided to try a different approach (19:26), how they decided which building owne...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S2E1: Karina Mireya and Benji Hart on #NoCopAcademy: A Campaign Against Chicago’s ‘Cop City’

    S2E1: Karina Mireya and Benji Hart on #NoCopAcademy: A Campaign Against Chicago’s ‘Cop City’

    In this episode, we’ll hear about a campaign to stop Chicago’s “cop city” that recruited dozens of organizations to support an abolitionist effort for the first time. This campaign also helped pave the way for a shift in the city’s organizing landscape that propelled now-Mayor Brandon Johnson to victory in 2023. His administration’s first municipal budget, passed at the end of 2023, includes historic investments in alternatives to policing. Organizers Karina and Benji explain how the cam...

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Megan11226 ,

Fantastic podcast

Love these episodes. So much insight 5$/5 helps me to see my own work differently. Thank you so much!

B Loewe ,

Terrific behind the scenes of making change

With the world working for fewer and fewer people, more and more of us need to get involved to make change.

This podcast gets some movement leaders who have achieved and failed to share behind the scenes lessons that help us all do better.

Really terrific and helpful and even entertaining along the way.

K Pentz ,

Love the work you do

Really excited to hear what y’all create.

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