1st Edition

How We Win Energizing Strategies, Voters, and Agendas

    164 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uniquely demonstrates how a new combination of communities, progressive visions, and strategies provide a path to defeat fascist machinations and strengthen social justice movements.

    Would-be change agents, be they first-time voters, freshly minted activists, impacted communities, or veteran strategists will find answers to questions of voting, organizing, and mobilization. In doing so, readers will find answers to activating their networks and communities not merely to vote, but how to build on their "Emergency Election" mobilizing and power-building efforts to win their agendas, regardless of who wins.

    This theoretically and empirically-informed handbook for activists, voters, their organizations, unions, and communities provides both mobilizing tools and talking points about the elections’ most vital and contested issues.


    1. At the Crossroads, Again: Embracing Organizing, Social Movements, and Transformational Change

    Charles Derber, Suren Moodliar, Matt Nelson and Nancy Treviño


    Part I: Voices & Visions, Communities & Key Issues


    2. To Save Organized Human Society

    Noam Chomsky


    3. Mobilizing in Times of Emergency

    Angela Lang


    4. How We Win for Women

    Rachel O’Leary Carmona


    5. The Fascist Threat and the Progressive Agenda

    Charles Derber


    6. Political Violence – Old and New, Neither Acceptable

    Suren Moodliar


    7. The Dystopian Vision of Project 2025

    Joe Guinan


    8. Billionaires vs. Your Vote

    Chuck Collins


    9. The Human Right to Housing

    Mary Traynor and Rebecca Garrard


    10. Holding the Fort, Birthing a New World – or Why Labor Unions Matter

    Ben Manski


    11. A Union for All Workers

    Mike Miller


    12. Flow of Resistance: The Power of Border Communities Shaping America's Future

    Matt Nelson and Nancy Treviño


    13. Saving the Dead, Making the Future: Public History Against Fascism

    Mark Soderstrom


    Intermission (Take Action!)


    14. Values, Villain, Vision: Messaging to Mobilize Our Base and Persuade the Conflicted

    Anat Shenker-Osario


    15. Letter to College Students

    Mia McLaughlin, Erin Miller and Kyoungnak Minn


    16. Nuts and Bolts: Registering, Voting, Mobilizing Your Community

    Charles Derber, Suren Moodliar, Matt Nelson, and Nancy Treviño


    Part II: The Power of the Electorate – Working with Voters


    17. Turning Out Young Voters of Color by Focusing on Their Priority Issue: The Rising Cost of Living

    Saru Jayaraman


    18. Turning Out Our Peers

    Maria Teresa Kumar


    19. 1964’s Freedom Summer Offers a Model for the Voting Rights Work We Need to Do

    Charles Derber


    20. Mobilizing with Elder Voters

    Akaya Windwood and Bill McKibben


    21. Restoring Democracy through Our Public Schools

    Helen Gym


    22. Working with Labor Movement Voters

    Mark Spadafore


    23. All Politics is Local: Reflections from the Frontlines of a Progressive Electoral Movement

    Maurice Mitchell


    24. Protecting Voter Rights

    Jeff Merkley


    Charles Derber is professor of sociology at Boston College, USA. A lifelong social justice activist, his work focuses on the crises of capitalism, globalization, corporate power, militarism, the culture of hegemony, the climate crisis, and peace and global justice movements. His recent books include Turnout!: Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency (Routledge, 2020), Dying for Capitalism: How Big Money Fuels Extinction and What We Can About It (Routledge, 2023), and Who Owns Democracy?: The Real Deep State and the Struggle Over Class and Caste in America (Routledge, 2024)


    Suren Moodliar is an organizer, writer and journal editor. He co-leads encuentro5, a Boston-based movement-building center. His most recent book is Dying for Capitalism: How Big Money Fuels Extinction and What We Can Do About It (Routledge, 2023).


    Matt Nelson is executive director of Presente.org, an advocacy group which advances Latinx power and amplifies Latinx voices. Before his work at Presente.org, he was the Organizing Director at Color of Change. Matt is a seasoned campaign strategist who has won dozens of local and national campaigns, and a skilled community organizer who has trained thousands of activists. He is the co-editor of Turnout!: Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency (Routledge, 2020) and was featured in Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion (2015).


    Nancy Treviño is director of power at Presente.org., a community organizer, trainer, and campaign strategist. Previously, Nancy worked alongside dozens of grassroots community organizations across the U.S., collaborated with national and international human rights organizations, and continues to provide strategic organizing, digital, and communications support to advance social justice movements.