Many of our social movement organizations are conflict avoidant internally, which makes it hard for them to form good strategy or build groups strong enough to carry it out. Our opposition has a strategy, and the stakes are high. We need to face our conflict avoidance in order to build the kind of movement that can win the world we all deserve.

Avoidance

I’m in the long, narrow living room of a tall West Philadelphia house with creaky wooden floors. …


By Yotam Marom

The only thing that will beat Trump, overcome the right wing populist movement driving him, and outflank the neoliberal wing of the Democratic Party, is a genuinely left populist movement. That movement will only be born if and when leftists step into the enormous opportunity before us, take responsibility for this whole country, overcome our barriers to speaking on behalf of America, and lead.

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Shock

It’s November 10th, 2016, two days after Election Day. On Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy, it feels like someone or something has died, and the silence is so heavy that even the thick, solid brownstones seem to…


Facing Anti-Semitism and Assimilation in the Movement

By Yotam Marom

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A Brief Note to the Reader: I’ve been writing this piece for a year and a half. I’ve thought a lot about how complicated it is to share something like this in a time of such upheaval — in a country where an unarmed Black person is murdered by cops practically every day, at a time when our movement is in a period of intense grieving and fierce uprising around this and so many other life and death struggles. What I didn’t expect, however, was that folks would be actively…


By Yotam Marom

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Walking the Tightrope

I’m in a warmly lit apartment on the Lower East Side. It’s a cool night in early October of 2011, the height of Occupy Wall Street.

What a fucking whirlwind it’s been. Two months ago I had just moved into my parents’ basement, feeling deflated after the end of Bloombergville (a two-week street occupation outside city hall to try to stop the massive budget cuts of that same year), convinced this country wasn’t ready for movement. Now I’m in this living room with some of the most impressive people I’ve ever met, at the shaky helm of…

Yotam Marom

Organizer and facilitator based in Brooklyn. Played leadership role at Occupy Wall St, former Director of the Wildfire Project, founding member of IfNotNow.

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