Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Progressive Infrastructure'

The Importance of Utopian Demands

February 10th, 2015 · Comments Off

Sarah Jaffe, in her newsletter (I highly recommend you subscribe), makes a really important point about the ways in which progressive movement organizations are trying and maybe failing to act on par with the sentiments of grassroots left activists that ostensibly would constitute their base. She writes: I was chatting with a friend this morning, […]

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Tags: Movement Building · Progressive Infrastructure

Syriza, Podemos & Outside Organizing

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off

SYRIZA’s big victory in Greece this weekend is an exciting moment for left political activism. They are an anti-austerity party that has actively campaigned on a promise of leftist reforms and a rejection of Greece’s fealty to multi-national banks and the Troika of the ECB, IMF, and the European Commission. Syriza failed two seats short […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

#BlackLivesMatter + Net Neutrality

January 14th, 2015 · Comments Off

As I’ve noted recently, there is a need for left movements to recognize their intersectionality. While anti-racism, economic justice, and environmental justice may have strong claims at being the left ur-movement in the early 21st century, the only way I see towards achieving real transformational change is by building off of the intersectionality of these movements and […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Racism · Technology

The Composition of a Movement

December 30th, 2014 · Comments Off

Excellent point made by Kaitlyn Dowling at Medium: Though it doesn’t make for good gossipy blog posts, we should be less concerned with the leader of a left-wing movement within the Democratic Party and more concerned with the composition of that group. In the long run, the core of the movement will matter much more […]

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Tags: Millennials · Progressive Infrastructure · Racism

On the 2014 elections & ideas

November 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Democrats got beat pretty badly in the midterm elections. This is not a big surprise. But the losses have generated countless pieces about why they lost, how they could have avoided losing, what messaging would work better, how Democrats can better convince the citizenry to put their faith in them and so forth. To […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Democrats · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

Get Lifeboat

March 17th, 2013 · Comments Off

My good friends Alia McKee and Tim Walker recently launched a new project together – Lifeboat. It’s a unique addition to the progressive movement landscape, focusing on an under-discussed yet very important topic: friendship. Tim & Alia explain what Lifeboat is and why they started it: We’re in a friendship crisis. The average American adult […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

Occupy’s Mutual Aid Efforts

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Occupy Wall Street has bred a number of offshoots that are specifically focused on providing mutual aid to members of the 99% who are in crisis. I’ve been involved with Occupy Our Homes for over a year – it’s a housing justice campaign aimed to keep people in their homes and stopping bank theft of […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Progressive Infrastructure

Stoller on voting third party

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Stoller has a very long and very thorough response to some of the criticisms levied against his progressive argument against Barack Obama. It’s long and there’s a lot worthy of consideration. But I think this passage on the need to generate real resistance to what is happening with the climate crisis, with the entrenchment […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Progressive Infrastructure

Change.org & identifying ideology

October 23rd, 2012 · 7 Comments

Yesterday news broke that Change.org, an historically progressive-leaning distributed organizing platform, would shift to working with any advertising client, regardless of political affiliation. The story has been ably covered by Ryan Grim, Jeff Bryant, and Aaron Krager – I highly recommend you read their pieces, all of which hinge around leaked internal Change.org documents that […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

Contact Information vs. Commitment: Building Power Through Membership

August 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Originally posted at the Web of Change blog.  This past April, there was a primary election in Illinois that featured a former MoveOn staffer, Ilya Sheyman, running against a conservative Democrat. MoveOn had 15,000 members in the district out of a total of 30,000 Democratic primary voters. And Ilya lost, badly. As the discussion emerged […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure