Paul Engler

Paul Engler is the director of the Center for the Working Poor in Los Angeles, movement director at the Ayni Institute, and co-author, with Mark Engler, of “This Is An Uprising.”

Occupy Wall Street 2011

How ideology can help (or hurt) movements trying to build power

We need something else that can speak to working-class people across race and region. The Democrats aren’t going to do it. We need to be out there trying to win people over, not to win the left over.

September 26, 2023


Changing the ‘world as it is’ into the ‘world as it should be’

Resolving the conflict between being visionary and being pragmatic is critical for those who want to transform society.

December 19, 2022

Stephen Brackett

Why movements need to start singing again

Social movements are stronger when they sing. That’s a lesson that has been amply demonstrated throughout history, and it’s one that I have learned personally in working to develop trainings for activists over the past decade and a half.

December 7, 2022


What’s the problem with taking state power?

Should we maintain independence and function as a critical force outside of mainstream politics, or should we attempt to take hold of the levers of institutional power in order to create change?

October 27, 2022

Ark Encounter

Political polarization is pushing evangelicals to a historic breaking point

But the current juncture has created a moment loaded with potential, in which the unprecedented alignment of evangelicalism with the Republican right is being shaken — at least at the margins — and new possibilities are emerging.

July 27, 2022

People's Action meeting in 2000

Movements are vying for political power — is ‘co-governance’ the answer?

Those promoting co-governance describe it as a new relationship between social movements and the candidates they help win office — a partnership in which activists and elected officials work to maintain a long-term relationship, closely coordinate strategy and advance grassroots priorities.

May 27, 2022

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