Organizing Upgrade

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Organizing Upgrade is a website closely affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

It is a forum for innovative progressive and left organizers to engage in dialogue about big-picture political strategy.

We aim to promote a strategic approach to left organizing that is truly mass in character and that aims to win.

Towards that end, Organizing Upgrade hosts feature essays, strategy analysis, high-profile blogs, and news aggregation on today’s pressing issues and questions.

Initiated by Sushma Sheth, Harmony Goldberg and Joseph Phelan in 2009, Organizing Upgrade began by asking three key questions:

Current Conditions: What do you think are the most significant shifts happening right now, and how do they change the context of our work?

Strategic Priorities: What are the key interventions that community organizers should make in this moment? Are there particular contributions that left organizers should be making?

Changing Orientation: What are old strategies that organizers should turn away from? What new tools and ideas are you experimenting with?

After two and a half years of great thinking by left organizers around the country, we decided to take the conversation to the next level by going deeper within different movements and sectors: the labor movement, the immigrant rights movement, the Black organizing community and more.

So we invited in an incredible team of new editors, bloggers and news collectors who are rooted in these different parts of the social justice movement. These new members of the Organizing Upgrade team have taken up the responsibility of soliciting and developing regular content within their sectors of the movement in order to deepen the strategic dialogue, to promote big-picture thinking and to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments in politics and culture.[1]


The Organizing Upgrade Editorial Collective, August 2019:

Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Claire Tran, Harmony Goldberg, Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Julie Chinitz, Kim Diehl, Max Elbaum, Rishi Awatramani, Stina Janssen.[2]

Organizing Upgrade Editoral Collective, 2018;[3]

As of December 23, 2017, personnel on the Organizing Upgrade website were;

Lead Editors

News Collectors

Beyond Capitalism Editors

Black Organizing Community Editors

Communications Editor

Culture Editors

Environment & Climate Editor

Gender & Sexuality Editor

Immigrant & Migrant Rights Editors

Copy Editors

Labor editors

Bloggers As of December 23, 2017, Bloggers on the Organizing Upgrade website were;