What Could Possibly Go Right?: Episode 67 Billy Wimsatt

Billy Wimsatt is founder and Executive Director of the Movement Voter Project, an organization that works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government. He addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?”

Rural Organizing as a Spiritual Practice

The difficult work of organizing builds solidarity based not on some received story that reinforces given identities and friend-enemy distinctions but on shared action that, in taking on oppressive power, forces that power to reveal itself beyond the identities and stories that mask it. It is a radical and risky option that won’t work without transforming organizers who leave the coastal urban enclaves as well as the rural people they encounter. It is a transformation of politics by way of spiritual practice.

How Local, Grassroots Organizing Drove El Salvador’s Mining Ban

Amid a natural gas boom, could U.S. activists ever dream of a national ban on fracking? If it seems impossible, they should look to the south for inspiration. On March 29, the small Central American nation of El Salvador passed a total ban on metal mining.

Rob Hopkins Introduces New Yorkers to the Transition Movement

As Rob Hopkins explained to a small NYC audience, the Transition movement is increasingly focused on local economic development.  Reports on localizing food production, energy conservation and renewable energy capacity set out next steps toward a new green economy.