In this article published in Nonprofit Quarterly, Othering & Belonging Institute director john a. powell and Democracy & Belonging Forum program director Sara Grossman discuss why social movements must balance the pursuit of long-term visions with bridge-building work that can strengthen threatened democratic institutions.
The excerpt below was originally published:
Countering Authoritarianism: Forging a Progressive Response to Fragmentation
john a. powell and Sara Grossman, Nonprofit Quarterly
For some, the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and the prosecution of January 6th insurrectionists might suggest that US democracy has remained strong through years of social and political instability. In this year’s State of the Union address, President Joe Biden claimed that US democracy is “unbowed and unbroken.” However, it would be remiss to believe that the threat of authoritarianism has abated.