1 hr 12 min

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

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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.

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

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