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Strategic Reset: Movements React to Midterm Losses | The Nation

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Strategic Reset: Movements React to Midterm Losses

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This fall's midterm elections were not only a setback for Democrats and the Obama administration. As a result of Republican gains, social movements for unions, public education, immigrants' rights and the environment face a new and daunting landscape. Progressives may disagree about the extent to which the Democrats' electoral defeat calls into question the strategies these movements had been pursuing. But all recognize that the new political reality requires a recalibration of tactics, a rethinking of priorities, a reassessment of goals and approaches to achieving them. In short, we need a strategic reset. Amid the rubble there are opportunities to be found, not least the chance for deep discussion. We hope this is the beginning of one.

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