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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.

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.

    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 campaign got started with innovative tactics like subway canvassing (20:48) and neighborhood art pop-ups  (14:08), and how they recruited support from residents in the part of town where Mayor Emanuel wanted to build the academy (46:14). We’ll also hear their reflections on this campaign’s relevance to Stop Cop City in Atlanta (32:10), and how the campaign’s ripples reverberate in the city’s movement ecology today (52:28). 
    Check out a writeup on this campaign at The Forge. For more resources about the campaign, check out the #NoCopAcademy toolkit. You can also find a documentary trailer and a series of oral history interviews on the #NoCopAcademy website.

    Karina Mireya is a digital organizer and freelance photographer intertwining storytelling and narrative building in movements. Raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Karina began organizing around education while in high school and has been a part of No Cop Academy, Treatment Not Trauma, and Cops Out CPS. 
    Benji Hart is an interdisciplinary artist, author, and educator whose work centers Black radicalism, queer liberation, and prison abolition. They organized with the #NoCopAcademy campaign in the role of an adult ally. 


    Support the showVisit www.trainingforchange.org for workshops and training tools, or to make a donation. Follow us on social media @tfctrains. The Craft of Campaigns podcast is made possible by grassroots donors. We welcome your feedback; if you like these episodes, please consider donating, to keep the show running. This podcast is hosted by Andrew Willis Garcés and produced by Ali Roseberry-Polier.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Season Two Trailer

    Season Two Trailer

    Welcome back to the Craft of Campaigns, a podcast from Training for Change. In this podcast, we go behind the headlines and hashtags, inviting movement storytellers to share lessons from social justice campaigns. In Season 2, we’ll hear about campaigns such as #NoCopAcademy in Chicago, Justice for Janitors in D.C., Defend Black Voters in Michigan, and more. Each episode explores one campaign for key lessons, principles, and practices for organizers today. 
    Subscribe today so you don't miss our first episode. Season 2 starts February 27, 2024.


    Support the showVisit www.trainingforchange.org for workshops and training tools, or to make a donation. Follow us on social media @tfctrains. The Craft of Campaigns podcast is made possible by grassroots donors. We welcome your feedback; if you like these episodes, please consider donating, to keep the show running. This podcast is hosted by Andrew Willis Garcés and produced by Ali Roseberry-Polier.

    • 5 min
    S1E13: Danielle Purifoy & AJ Williams on winning alternatives to policing in Durham NC

    S1E13: Danielle Purifoy & AJ Williams on winning alternatives to policing in Durham NC

    In our Season One finale, we hear about how Durham marches responding to police murders and inaction by City Council members led to a successful 2015 effort to elect a local activist (10:56), and then a vote to build a new police headquarters gave rise to a rapid response campaign (12:45) and direct actions educating the public about the municipal budget process (18:57), and then a mini-campaign to deepen the new group's understanding of how to use the budget as a campaign tool (20:47), how other organizers focused on electing more "champions" to the Council (29:18), ending a campaign quiet period to respond to a new push for more police funding (33:13), with a visionary proposal for investment in community safety programs (34:28) learning how to work within and support the "inside game" of municipal government (39:59), dealing with setbacks (39:46) and the current initiatives to stand up even more safety programs rooted in neighborhoods, not city government (44:26).

    You can read a writeup of this episode on our website and at The Forge.

    Please fill out our Season One Listener Survey to help shape Season Two!
    AJ Williams is Durham Beyond Policing’s Co-Director of People & Organizing. His political work has included bailing out Black women, femmes, and gender non-conforming caretakers, striving to end the cash bail system and pre-trial detention with Southerners on New Ground (SONG); and organizing with BYP100 to address gender-based violence and interpersonal harm. In 2021, he ran for Durham City Council, Ward 3, as the first trans candidate in the history of the city, on an abolitionist platform. He served two terms as an appointed member of The City of Durham’s Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee and is on the movement board of The Cypress Fund. 
    Danielle Purifoy is a Black queer lawyer and geographer at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the racial politics and legal dimensions of development in Black towns and communities. She is an alum of Black Youth Project 100 and has been a member of Durham Beyond Policing since 2016. She is the former Race and Place editor of Scalawag a media organization devoted to Southern storytelling, journalism, and the arts.
    Support the showVisit www.trainingforchange.org for workshops and training tools, or to make a donation. Follow us on social media @tfctrains. The Craft of Campaigns podcast is made possible by grassroots donors. We welcome your feedback; if you like these episodes, please consider donating, to keep the show running. This podcast is hosted by Andrew Willis Garcés and produced by Ali Roseberry-Polier.

    • 54 min
    S1E12: Hannah Sassaman on making Comcast pay, ensuring your victories stick & planning the next campaign before your current one ends

    S1E12: Hannah Sassaman on making Comcast pay, ensuring your victories stick & planning the next campaign before your current one ends

    In this episode, Hannah talks about first learning of a once-every-fifteen-years campaign opportunity (7:21), learning how Comcast had been secretly fighting against paid sick days and “running the Chamber of Commerce from the back” (10:46), coming up with campaign demands that were “legally impossible to get” (15:54), “learning how to count to nine” Council votes & the legislative “sausage-making” (38:02), and “testing the appetite” for different demands from storytellers, coalition members and potential Council allies (38:19), what she wishes the coalition had done after winning (1:01:45) and how the campaign influenced fights in other cities (1:07:36). 

    For more about this campaign and Philadelphia's progressive movement infrastructure, check out:
    The People's Platform for a Just PhiladelphiaWhy the Left Is Winning Over Philly | The NationCAP Comcast - Movement Alliance ProjectHannah Sassaman is the executive director of the People's Tech Project. She was previously policy director at Movement Alliance Project (MAP), helping to build and shape coalitions and networks working across issues of injustice, particularly around the intersection of technology, race, and inequality. She is also a member of the board of directors of Fight for the Future and a national coordinating committee member of Leftroots. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.


    Support the showVisit www.trainingforchange.org for workshops and training tools, or to make a donation. Follow us on social media @tfctrains. The Craft of Campaigns podcast is made possible by grassroots donors. We welcome your feedback; if you like these episodes, please consider donating, to keep the show running. This podcast is hosted by Andrew Willis Garcés and produced by Ali Roseberry-Polier.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    S1E11: Heather Cronk on disrupting the movement ecosystem to jumpstart a campaign to win federal LGBTQ protections

    S1E11: Heather Cronk on disrupting the movement ecosystem to jumpstart a campaign to win federal LGBTQ protections

    In this episode, Heather describes learning about how the military had become an especially important place for working class queer and trans people (31:45), and how a campaign against “don’t ask don’t tell” was conceptualized as a pathway to win a federal law banning employment nondiscrimination (34:57), how Obama gave lip service to the movement’s demands and how campaigners realized he could be moved on their issues (29:43), but most national organizations wanted to avoid “turning up the heat” on his administration in a midterm election year (42:04), their attempt to use “outside game” leverage to get a repeal inserted into the annual federal military funding bill (45:42), teaming up with and learning from undocumented organizers (59:36) and learning a hard lesson about not being able to work collaboratively with “inside game” advocates.

    Heather is a community organizer with experience working with LGBTQ liberation, immigrant solidarity, and racial justice movements. As Managing Director of Care in Action, she supports the work of caregivers, domestic workers, and others who are committed to creating a new "care economy" to translate people power into political impact. Prior to joining Care in Action, Heather served as co-director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), focused on organizing white people to undermine white supremacy, in alignment with Black- and other people of color-led movements. Previous to her work with SURJ, Heather served as co-director of GetEQUAL and Chief Operating Officer for the New Organizing Institute. A queer, agnostic seminary graduate, she serves on the board of The Open Church of Maryland and Faithful America.
    For more resources on different social change roles, discussed during the episode, check out:
    Training For Change handout: Four Roles in Social ChangeCommons Library: Movement Action Plan & Four RolesWaging Nonviolence: What role were you born to play?You can read a write-up of this campaign on our website and at The Forge.
    Support the showVisit www.trainingforchange.org for workshops and training tools, or to make a donation. Follow us on social media @tfctrains. The Craft of Campaigns podcast is made possible by grassroots donors. We welcome your feedback; if you like these episodes, please consider donating, to keep the show running. This podcast is hosted by Andrew Willis Garcés and produced by Ali Roseberry-Polier.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    S1E10: Katey Lauer on how to grieve when our campaigns get stuck & weathering transitions with grace

    S1E10: Katey Lauer on how to grieve when our campaigns get stuck & weathering transitions with grace

    In this episode, you’ll hear about a series of connected direct action climate campaigns that crested in 2013 (8:55), all focused on getting the Environmental Protection Agency to implement specific policies multiple organizations had been building towards for years (9:47), and what they did instead of acknowledging they were “stuck” (15:59), how the “turning on each other” she sees today feels similar to that moment (20:50) and what she wishes they had done, in hindsight, instead of “forcing something that wasn’t there” at a movement-wide strategy summit (18:42), and what West Virginia Can’t Wait is doing now to navigate a similar moment with those lessons in the foreground (22:56).

    You can read more reflections about this campaign on our website and at The Forge.

    For further reading about this campaign and Katey's current work:
    WV Can’t Wait Awards 40 hometown heroes $2k each
    Grist: What happened to the war on coal?
    ACE: Community-based water-testing
    Huffington Post: Protesters shut down Obama-backed mine

    Katey Lauer is an organizer, facilitator, and trainer in West Virginia, with a deep love of place. She has formed and led grassroots organizations in the Appalachian mountains for fifteen years, as Coordinator of The Alliance for Appalachia, Lead Organizer of Appalachia Rising and The March on Blair Mountain, and founding Director of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Architect of the WV Can't Wait movement, Katey currently acts as Co-chair of this statewide formation that's out to win a people's government in the mountain state. Katey is also a Core Trainer at Training for Change.
    Support the showVisit www.trainingforchange.org for workshops and training tools, or to make a donation. Follow us on social media @tfctrains. The Craft of Campaigns podcast is made possible by grassroots donors. We welcome your feedback; if you like these episodes, please consider donating, to keep the show running. This podcast is hosted by Andrew Willis Garcés and produced by Ali Roseberry-Polier.

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