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Lauren Jacobs: Build people’s sense of collective power

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Black Work Talk
Black Work Talk
Lauren Jacobs: Build people’s sense of collective power

In this fifteenth episode of Black Work Talk, our guest is Lauren Jacobs.  Lauren is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families – a national network of regional power-building organizations.  Lauren and I have been friends for over 15 years…I remember when she was a union organizer in Boston. I have always loved the way Lauren combines things: race and class…theory and practice.  That nuanced and rooted way of engaging the world is key at building real power to transform the world.

We had a wide-ranging conversation on a variety of topics including:

  • Working with unreliable partners in the united front against authoritarianism
  • The importance of working with everyday people to building the capacity to see themselves as social change agents
  • The intertwined nature of race and class

For more background on Lauren Jacobs and her work, here are links:

And during the podcast, Lauren mentioned an important article by Stuart Hall, “Gramsci and Us”:

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