Articles from the Web
In this introspective analysis, Alyssa Battistoni reflects on her experience as an organizer for the graduate student union at Yale and how the grunt work can grind you down but also lift you up with any incremental victories you achieve.
It Takes Organizers to Make a Revolution
In this piece from late 2017, Rodrigo Nunes explores the supposed opposition between “organizing” and “spontaneity." Looking closely at Lenin the organizer, he points out that “it is only by organizing itself that any kind of spontaneous initiative can take place and produce effects; but it is only because there is the spontaneous inclination to do something that there is something to organize.”
Red State Revolt: An Essential But Flawed Story of the Teacher Rebellion
Michael Mochaidean, a WV educator involved in organizing the successful teacher strike himself, reviews DSA member Eric Blanc’s new book Red State Revolt. Mochaidean says that while Red State Revolt is an important book that provides a close look at the online and on-the-ground organizing, it perhaps attributes the origins and success of the strikes too much to the presence of DSA members and their connection to the 2016 Bernie campaign.
Tiananmen Square and the March into the Institutions
This piece published by Chuang provides some valuable historical context to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, the different factions involved, and their specific (and differing) grievances with the Chinese government.