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In order to improve the health of Americans, policymakers must expand the focus around health to include the socioeconomic and environmental factors that affect an individual’s and a community’s health. This report addresses the factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and community; building healthy American lives requires that every person have access to a quality education, living wage jobs, reliable transportation, nutritious food, affordable housing, safe streets, green spaces, democratic governance, and more.
Relational organizing is a tactic of organizing anyone within an organizer’s existing network. This guide provides an overview of the benefits of relational organization, outlines how to engage in relation organizing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides tools to help organizers engage in relational organizing.
One of the many ways to help a person facing deportation is to lift up their case publicly. The major organizing objectives of publicly lifting up an individual case are to connect the individual person’s imminent deportation and story to the larger local, regional and national immigration enforcement, and to bring public light and scrutiny to government immigration enforcement. Lifting up the individual case is an opportunity to hold DHS and other agencies accountable when abusive tactics and discriminatory patterns of enforcement are identified. This report serves as a guide to help select which cases to uplift and describes the planning and strategizing necessary for execution.
The goal of Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is to build year-round organizations in cities and states that have an organized constituency of people who register to vote, turnout to vote, mobilize others into political activity, and hold their elected officials accountable through issue campaigns and public action between elections. This report analyzes how specific practices affect voter turnout, particularly for low-propensity voters, and studies the impact of organizing on voters’ and volunteers’ sense of agency and political efficacy (which are key determinants of long term civic engagement), how to increase collective capacity to organize across race, gender and other differences, and how to translate the power built during elections into policy change.
Sanctuary is a tool that provides a place of refuge and safety to those facing deportation. This report provides a brief history of the Sanctuary movement and outlines the resurgence of the Sanctuary movement under the Trump Administration. Additionally, this report calls for the protection and expansion of Sanctuary spaces, and provides tools and talking points to help achieve this goal.