Mark Engler

Mark Engler

Mark Engler is a writer based in Philadelphia and an editorial board member at Dissent. He is the co-author, along with Paul Engler, of the new book on the craft of mass mobilization, "This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century" (2015). He can be reached via the website www.thisisanuprising.org.

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Activists rally in support of proposed 'Green New Deal' legislation outside of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) New York City office, April 30, 2019 in New York City. The activists called on Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) to support the 'Green New Deal' legislation in Congress. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 26, 2021
Can Social Movements Realign America's Political Parties to Implement Big Change?
In the second week of November 2018, the Sunrise Movement made a sharp transition. Throughout the prior year, the youth-based climate organization had clocked long hours working in support of Democratic candidates in an array of selected districts—walking miles to knock on doors, identifying...
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PresidentJoe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware. Views
Saturday, February 13, 2021
It's a Myth That Presidents Welcome Movement Pressure—and Biden Is No Different
In early 2009, as Barack Obama prepared to move into the White House, a particular historical anecdote rapidly gained in popularity, repeated in dozens of talks and articles as a parable for how supporters should respond to the new president taking office. The story related a New Deal-era encounter...
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Certainly we have a political class that’s hostile to the idea. But we don’t have a public that’s hostile to the idea. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Jeff Bezos Has Enough! It’s Time for a Maximum Wage
For Republican members of Congress and cable news pundits, a cap on the earnings of the super rich might sound like a dystopian nightmare. Yet, as author Sam Pizzigati argues in his new book, The Case for A Maximum Wage , those who are not ardent free marketeers should give the idea some serious...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
When Women Revolted
Fifty years ago, feminist organizing in the United States entered a vibrant new phase of activity. While pinning down an exact starting date is a controversial endeavor, several major events in the late 1960s heralded the birth of what is often called second-wave feminism. The year 1966 saw the...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Why Targeting Corporate Democrats Is Part of the Fight Against Trump
On November 14, six days after the election of Donald Trump, some 40 young people walked into the office of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, calling on the senior lawmaker to step aside in his bid to be Senate minority leader. Carrying a banner that read “Wall St. Democrats Failed Us,” they argued that...
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Monday, March 07, 2016
The Transformative Power of Democratic Uprisings
Bernie Sanders's insurgent presidential campaign has opened up a debate about how social change happens in our society. The official version of how progress is won -- currently voiced by mainstream pundits and members of a spooked Democratic Party establishment -- goes something like this: politics...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
What Makes Nonviolent Movements Explode?
Why are some protests ignored and forgotten while others explode, dominating the news cycle for weeks and becoming touchstones in political life? For all of those seeking to promote change, this is a critical question. And it was a particularly pressing concern after the financial meltdown of 2008...
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Sunday, November 09, 2014
From the Berlin Wall to Today — Lessons for Harnessing the Moment of the Whirlwind
On November 9, 1989 — 25 years ago — huge crowds of East Germans descended on the Berlin Wall. The restless citizens were responding to an announcement by authorities suggesting that the government would loosen travel restrictions. In truth, those in charge intended to make only limited alterations...
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Thursday, October 09, 2014
How Did Gandhi Win? Lessons from the Salt March for Today's Social Movements
History remembers Mohandas Gandhi’s Salt March as one of the great episodes of resistance in the past century and as a campaign which struck a decisive blow against British imperialism. In the early morning of March 12, 1930, Gandhi and a trained cadre of 78 followers from his ashram began a march...
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Thursday, September 04, 2014
Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements
Those who get involved in social movements share a common experience: Sometimes, when an issue captures the public eye or an unexpected event triggers a wave of mass protest, there can be periods of intense activity, when new members rush to join the cause and movement energy swells. But these...
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