REMEMBER: The Sit-In


LEARN: Understanding New Power

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded...New power operates differently, like a current...The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms - Harvard Business Review

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ACT: The Campus Impact

Campus movements, they say, often achieve their goals in the long term: Although they won’t immediately cripple a company or an industry, the argument goes, they can still be powerful agents of social change after a few years or a decade of activism.

By Jacoba Urist - The Atlantic

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RESOURCE: Roosevelt Institute


CONSIDER: Do You Have the Guts?

Enthusiasts for social media would no doubt have us believe that King’s task in Birmingham would have been made infinitely easier had he been able to communicate with his followers through Facebook, and contented himself with tweets from a Birmingham jail….But the things that King needed in Birmingham—discipline and strategy—were things that online social media cannot provide.

By Malcolm Gladwell - The New Yorker 

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FEEL: The Betrayal of Student Activism?

Despite lasting only a few hours, the protest has dragged Santa Cruz into the center of national conversations about student debt, generational divides, and the efficacy of certain protest tactics designed to attract attention.

By Matthew Renda - The Atlantic

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ENJOY: Millennials Working the System

By 2020, Millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans. It is estimated that by 2025 they will make up as much as 75 percent of the workforce.  Millennials’ desire for pragmatic action that drives results will overtake today’s emphasis on ideology and polarization as Boomers finally fade from the scene. Thus, understanding the generation’s values offers a window into the future of corporate America.

By Morley Winograd and Michael Hais - Brookings Institute

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READ: The Case for Reparations

Today Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in the country, a fact that reflects assiduous planning. In the effort to uphold white supremacy at every level down to the neighborhood, Chicago—a city founded by the black fur trader Jean Baptiste Point du Sable—has long been a pioneer. The efforts began in earnest in 1917, when the Chicago Real Estate Board, horrified by the influx of southern blacks, lobbied to zone the entire city by race.

By Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic

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READ: Beyond Red vs. Blue

Voting Preferences of the Typology Groups

Partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. But beyond the ideological wings, which make up a minority of the public, the political landscape includes a center that is large and diverse, unified by frustration with politics and little else. 

By Pew Research Center

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STUDY: Young People and Political Engagement

We’ve also learned a lot about the difficult economic circumstances of young adults, which are profoundly changing the process of coming of age. People are getting to all the milestones of adulthood later, whether it’s moving out of your parents’ house, getting a first job, buying a first home, getting married, having kids – these things are all happening five to seven years later than they did for this generation’s parents, the Baby Boomers. That raises all sorts of questions.

By Paul Taylor / Andrew Benedict-Nelson - Pew Research Center

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READ: Obama’s first Protest

Barack Obama in Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island

“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life,” Obama said. “My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings.”

By Paul Lewis - The Guardian

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