• Democratize social institutions
  • Sexism, racism and other structural oppression are intersectional challenges demanding an intersectional approach to combatting
  • Weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people
  • Empowers local coalition-building
  • Self-education
  • Grassroots / horizontal organizing
  • Not for profit

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