Doing the Spadework is an ongoing conversation with organizers about the work of building grass-roots movements.
03/16/10 - Youth Organizing
Interview with Tracy Chacon of Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) in Albuquerque, NM, about her work organizing youth for the US Social Forum in Detroit. Tracy also discusses the youth program of SWOP, especially demilitarizing the schools.
03/30/10 - Health Reform Organizing
Interview with Dana Millen, outreach and education coordinator of Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign. Topics include the campaign's organizing strategies that have produced growth over 18 years, plus Dana's PhD research on why individuals become activists and what strategies they employ to stay active over years.
03/23/10 - Electoral Organizing
A conversation with Maria Santelli, organizer with progressive Jerry Ortiz y Pino's electoral campaign for New Mexico Lieutenant Governor. Mark and Maria consider the intersection of community organizing and electoral politics, including historical struggles around Native American land rights and stopping uranium mining, weapons development, and waste dumping.
03/09/10 - US Social forum
A conversation with Adrienne Maree Brown, one of the national coordinators of the US Social Forum, to be held in June in Detroit. Adrienne talks about the forum as process occurring on the local, national, and global levels, and about the vast number of opportunities for learning about organizing available in Detroit this coming June. For more info, check out http://ussf2010.org/. A second interview on the USSF will be next week, Mar. 16, with a local organizer from Albuquerque, NM.
03/02/10 - Soldier-Citizen Alliance
The second interview with Aaron Hughes, Lead Organizer of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), joined by Lily Hughes of the Soldier-Citizen Alliance, who has been working with IVAW. They talk about IVAW's strategy, its campaigns, and aspects of the organizing model they're using, especially leadership development. Lily also describes her path to becoming an organizer.
2/23/10 - Iraq Vets Against the War"
An interview with Aaron Hughes, Lead Organizer of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Aaron talks about the program and work of IVAW, how he came to become an organizer, including his experience in Iraq, and the leadership development model of organizing IVAW has come to embrace. First of a two part interview.