LESSONS FROM THE FIELD: BUILDING POWER THROUGH ELECTORAL ORGANIZING

In the wake of the election, organizing and advocacy groups around the country have grappled with how to best take on the Trump administration and its policies. For statewide groups like New Virginia Majority and New Florida Majority, both of which focus on grassroots organizing and building power through strategic electoral work, they have doubled down […]

LESSONS FROM THE FIELD: FIGHTING TRUMP’S DEPORTATION MACHINE

Immigrant rights organizations like Juntos, a Latinx grassroots group in Philadelphia, have been mobilizing powerfully in the months since Donald Trump took office. For Miguel Andrade, the communications manager at Juntos and a 2017 ReFrame mentee, strategic communications has played a critical role in their organizing work. “Right after the election, we knew the community […]

LESSONS FROM THE FIELD: CLIMATE CHANGE ORGANIZING IN THE TRUMP ERA

For 27 years, Cook Inletkeeper has worked to protect Alaska’s waterways and the life and people that they sustain. According to Brandon Hill, the organization’s Communications Director and a 2017 ReFrame mentee, that work is always an uphill battle. “Alaska is on the frontlines of our changing climate,” Hill said. Despite that, he explained, “We […]

LESSONS FROM THE FIELD: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS FOR STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS

For statewide organizations that work on a variety of issues, it can often be difficult for their communications staff to manage and plan strategies to effectively get the word out about all of their organization’s work. That was the case for two of the 2017 ReFrame mentees — Shaunté Harris of the Ohio Organization Collaborative (OOC) […]

LESSONS FROM THE FIELD: WINNING THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE INTERNET

Fake news, corporate control of the internet, digital surveillance, law enforcement agencies using big data to target communities of color  — all of these issues have taken on increasing importance in recent years. The Center for Media Justice (CMJ), founded in 2008, is at the forefront in ensuring that communities of color are at the […]