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For Immediate Release
Sept 20, 2022

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, [email protected] 
Sam Winslow, [email protected]

New Book Highlights Vital Role of Grassroots Orgs in Beating Trump and Trumpism

Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections provides key lessons for those looking to move the country in a progressive direction ahead of the midterms

Oakland, CA — With just 5 weeks until the midterms, dozens of grassroots organizations around the country are working hard to stop Trump Republicans from winning in November. Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections makes the case that these organizations, not just the Democratic Party, were essential in defeating Donald Trump in 2020—and will be equally essential in the midterms.

Power Concedes Nothing charts a viable path to victory for the electoral battles ahead by providing crucial lessons from key organizers in the progressive movement. It includes contributions from: Cliff Albright, Yong Jung Cho, Larry Cohen, Sendolo Diaminah, Neidi Dominguez, David Duhalde, Alicia Garza, Ryan Greenwood, Arisha Michelle Hatch, Jon Liss, Thenjiwe McHarris, Andrea Cristina Mercado, Maurice Mitchell, Rafael Návar, Deepak Pateriya, Ai-jen Poo, W. Mondale Robinson, Art Reyes III, Nsé Ufot, Mario Yedidia and more.

The book was edited by: Linda Burnham, an activist, writer, and former National Research Director and Senior Advisor at National Domestic Workers Alliance, Max Elbaum, a longstanding activist, the author of Revolution in the Air, and an editor at Convergence, and María Poblet an organizer currently serving as the Executive Director of Grassroots Power Project. 

Already, the book has been making waves and earned advanced praise from political commentators and analysts:

“Immensely valuable.”

“An amazing collection featuring some of the most important organizers of their generation.”
—BARBARA RANSBY, University of Illinois, Chicago

“A powerful reminder that our fight for a society built upon the values of social justice and multiracial democracy is the fight of our lives.”
—BONNIE CASTILLO, National Nurses United

“At a time in which progressives need to boldly secure power to protect people and the planet, this is a welcome blueprint for a transformative future.”
—MANUEL PASTOR, USC Equity Research Institute

To interview the editors Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, or María Poblet about the overall takeaways of the book — or to speak with one of the book’s contributors about the lessons contained in their chapter — please contact Sam Winslow ([email protected]) or Jacob Swenson-Lengyel ([email protected]). 


Convergence is a magazine for radical insights. We produce articles, videos, and podcasts to sharpen our collective practice, lift up stories about organizing, and engage in strategic debate — all with the goal of winning multi-racial democracy and a radically democratic economy.