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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Grassroots Policy Project
Grassroots Policy Project
Please watch and widely share this accessible video from People's Action about the current crisis, with clear analysis of the multiple problems we face and reform proposals that will move us toward a more just, equitable, inclusive and sustainable society as we work our way beyond the crisis. We are pleased that the analysis draws from GPP's "Stepping Into The Moment."
Grassroots Policy Project
Grassroots Policy Project
The Schools and Communities First organization needed to collect 997,139 signatures by mid-April to qualify for the November ballot.
Vinisha Rana
Vinisha Rana
Seeking LGBTQ+ identified persons of color to participate in an online research survey!


Please share this recruitment message with those who may be interested.

The LGBTQ+ During COVID-19 Project is conducted by Dr. Kimberly Balsam, Rel Friedman, Vinisha Rana from Palo Alto University. Each of us identifies as LGBTQ+. Our hope is to learn from the voices of LGBTQ+ people in order to support their well-being and highlight their resiliency during this evolving pandemic. This study has been found to be exempt by the IRB at Palo Alto University.

To participate, please click the link and fill out a brief research survey (approximately 10 minutes) about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about the study, please email Dr. Kimberly F. Balsam at: lgbtqexperiences@paloaltou.edu
Tyger Caygill-Walsh
Tyger Caygill-Walsh
Here's GPP's guide for responding strategically to the COVID-19 crisis. Please feel free to share and let us know what you think. Written by Harmony Goldberg with the whole team at GPP.

From the guide: "We will certainly see waves of local and state-level struggles over relief, health care and economic rebuilding, and there will likely be a series of future bailout and stimulus packages passed at the federal level in the coming months. Each of these sites of struggle open up the possibility to push the envelope further over time."