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.
Christian Parenti, "Green Strategy Now "
After the demise of climate legislation, environment groups are going local—and confrontational.
Jane McAlevey, "Making Unions Matter Again "
For too long, unions have mistaken access for power. They need to get back to organizing and activating members.
Daniel Altschuler, "Immigrant Activists Regroup "
Over the past decade, the immigrants' rights movement has become a strong grassroots force. But it has not yet developed a unified legislative strategy that can shape the national debate.
Pedro Noguera, "Reframing the Education Debate "
Obama's education policy is far too close to George W. Bush's. Those of us who recognize the importance of public education can't wait for the administration to lead the way.