Bennett Carpenter (they/them) is an organizer, movement strategist and popular educator. As Lead Organizer at Durham For All, they helped build a member-driven IPO that successfully elected movement candidates and worked with them to implement transformative policies around participatory budgeting and community-based alternatives to policing. Since then they have trained hundreds of people to organize, run for office, and step into other leadership roles rooted in a shared co-governance framework oriented towards building power with and for directly impacted communities. Bennett holds a PhD from Duke University, where they were a founding member of the Duke Graduate Student Union (Local 27, SEIU Southern Region). Their dissertation (“Lumpen: Vagrancies of a Concept from Marx to Fanon… and on”) explored questions of political subjectivation at the intersection of socialist, feminist, and Black radical thought. Bennett lives in small-town Eastern North Carolina with their husband Attila.