Purpose

What We Believe

At the heart of our work is a vision of radical, participatory, and inclusive democracy. We believe governing power should reside with diverse communities and workers. We believe social and political life can be organized around principles that recognize the intrinsic worth and value of all human beings. We believe we are stronger when everyone participates fully in our political, social and economic institutions, and when everyone enjoys the benefits of our shared prosperity. Further, we believe that creating this kind of inclusive, democratic society requires ongoing engagement on the part of diverse coalitions of groups in society, including and especially, leadership from communities of color.

Our work is informed by critical analysis of political, economic and cultural systems, with special attention to structures and practices that perpetuate historic injustices. At this moment we think it is critical to understand the rise of neoliberal political-economic regimes and the role of race and especially structural racism in shaping our institutions.

Our Core Work

GPP was founded and began working with social change groups in 1993. We saw a need to bridge the gap between those who were doing policy analysis and those who were doing base-building and organizing. As groups started incorporating our frameworks, we saw more clearly how organizing groups can get stuck on a treadmill of short-termism. We began to focus on the organizational structures and relationships that can move groups beyond fragmented work toward advancing more coherent political programs for transforming our society. Another way of describing our purpose is: helping to build a powerful progressive movement that is more than the sum of its parts, that has the power to promote a progressive agenda, and that moves a progressive worldview into state and national political discourses.

How We Approach Our Work

GPP weaves theory into practice by mining the best ideas from social and political sciences, as well as from history, including the histories of social movements. We apply these ideas to actual organizing—base-building, coalition-building, networking, campaign and electoral work. We evaluate groups’ experiences applying our frameworks, which leads to further refinement, new ideas and new applications.

Our programs are designed to help organizations link their short-term organizing and campaign work with their mission and with the fundamental questions of economic and political democracy and racial and environmental justice in our society. We work with groups that are committed to shifting resources and priorities towards a long-term strategy. We believe that a set of long-term goals for social transformation can change how groups work day-to-day.

We undertake long-term work with specific organizations. We have found that activists and leaders appreciate the concepts related to power, worldview, and strategy. However, though they like these ideas and want to adopt them, it is hard to change organizational priorities, practices, and culture. So we work closely with organizations over time, helping them change internal cultures in order to achieve more strategic practices.

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If you can get through the paywall, this is a very good read about the often contentious conversations we are having today around Anti-Zionism and antisemitism. It starts with appreciation for the debates within early Zionist projects -- born out of the existential threat to Jewish life in Europe (and the US government's failure to take in European Jewish refugees) -- between cultural Zionists who wanted a Jewish homeland but not a Jewish state, with the goal of building a form of binationalism wherein the aspirations of both Jewish settlers and Palestinian Arabs are fully honored, and the territorial Zionists, who wanted to claim all of Palestine as a Jewish state, with no regard for the people who were already there. Sadly, (and for many complex reasons), the territorialists won the argument. Shatz points out today's irony of ironies -- Netanyahu's illiberal ethnocratic nationalism serves as a model for right-wing authoritarians who are comfortable with overt antisemitic rhetoric and violence, like Orban, Bolsinaro, and Trump. In response, we on the Left need to take care to recognize the use of antisemitic tropes in our efforts to elevate the humanity of Palestinians.
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HUGE NEWS! The Senate just passed an indexed $15 minimum wage. With the House having already passed $15 as well, the bill now awaits Governor Ned Lamont's signature to become law!

Thanks to all the advocates, activists, workers, and legislators who made this possible. Special shout-outs to our great friends State Senator Julie Kushner and State Representative Robyn Porter for leading the $15 minimum wage bills through the legislature and sticking with workers every step of the way.

#15forCT #RaiseTheWage #FightFor15