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Black Work Talk - Steven Pitts EPISODE 15, 2nd June 2021
Episode 15: Lauren Jacobs
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Episode 15: Lauren Jacobs

In this fifteenth episode of Black Work Talk, our guest is Lauren Jacobs.  Lauren is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families – a national network of regional power-building organizations.  Lauren and I have been friends for over 15 years…I remember when she was a union organizer in Boston. I have always loved the way Lauren combines things: race and class…theory and practice.  That nuanced and rooted way of engaging the world is key at building real power to transform the world. 

We had a wide-ranging conversation on a variety of topics including:

  • Working with unreliable partners in the united front against authoritarianism
  • The importance of working with everyday people to building the capacity to see themselves as social change agents
  • The intertwined nature of race and class

For more background on Lauren Jacobs and her work, here are links:

https://www.forworkingfamilies.org/

https://forgeorganizing.org/article/building-united-front-against-authoritarianism

https://forgeorganizing.org/article/organizing-economy-we-want

And during the podcast, Lauren mentioned an important article by Stuart Hall, “Gramsci and Us”:

http://www.banmarchive.org.uk/collections/mt/pdf/87_06_16.pdf