2021: Stretching to Run Hills and Raise Funds for OrgUp

August 26, 2021

I’m happy to report that this half-marathon fundraiser for Organizing Upgrade has met its goal. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you and other OrgUp supporters, the effort made its $18,000 Matching Fund target with room to spare. Now all I have to do is get to the finish line in Napa in October. Expect a full report after the race. And keep your eye on Organizing Upgrade for provocative articles, Frontline Dispatches and the Black Work Talk podcast.

Thanks, Peace and Hope!


July 28, 2021

Family and friends,

My upcoming half-marathon features some steep hills and I’m boosting my training to be ready for them. I’m also stretching to raise every possible dollar for Organizing Upgrade. So I’m asking again for your help.

OrgUp is a vehicle to build unity among social justice activists around strategies and organizing practices that meet this fraught moment. Its underlying framework is “block and build”: block the MAGA bloc from imposing its Jim Crow 2.0, all-wealth-to-the-wealthy program; build enough progressive strength to open the path toward a robust multiracial democracy and deep structural change.

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you and other OrgUp supporters, the project is two-thirds of the way to getting every dollar of this year’s $18,000 matching fund. I still get royalties from my book Revolution in the Air (first published in 2002, third edition released in 2018) and I’m donating this year’s check ($635) to OrgUp. Can you join me in stretching to help get OrgUp over its fundraising finish line?


All contributions are tax-deductible. You can also send a check to Organizing Upgrade, 490 Lake Park Ave. #10062, Oakland, CA 94610.

Thanks, peace and hope,


For more on “Block and Build,” see these articles on OrgUp::