What Activists (Should Have) Learned in 2012

Randy Shawbyline‚ Dec. 17‚ 2012

Activists learned some important lessons in 2012. DREAM ACTivists reminded us that pressuring political allies to keep their campaign promises is often essential for achieving progressive change. Teachers in Chicago and elsewhere showed us how the billionaire/corporate takeover of public schools could be effectively fought. The 2012 elections showed how activists could harness public support for reducing inequality (the 1% v.99%) and economic unfairness, but still need to create a sense of urgency on jobs. Labor activists learned how to more strategically challenge Walmart, and progressives discovered they could win marriage equality and increased taxes through state ballot initiatives. Applying these and other lessons from 2012 will help activists bring progressive change in 2013.