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We work closely with grassroots organizations across the country to build a movement that enables us not only to win public policy change in our campaigns, but to shift the “narrative”—the very understanding of how progressive change can happen— for the long term.

We ensure that the lessons, research, legal analysis, communications tools and experiences of the campaigns Demos conducts with our partners are available and shared throughout the progressive ecosystem, enabling Demos to serve as a hub where partners and allies can find practical tools and resources for creating change.

Our partnership function builds relationships with and among ally and partner organizations across issue priorities, helping them—and us—learn as we all share experiences, expertise, strategies, and support to build a stronger and more inclusive progressive movement. We also collaborate with the Campaigns team to establish Demos as a progressive hub where allies can find policy and narrative ideas and resources, such as Demos’ federal and state policy books.

The Inclusive Democracy Project

Executive VP of Movement Strategies Rodney McKenzie, Jr. speaks to the promise and potential of the IDP

Through Demos’ Inclusive Democracy Project (IDP), the partnerships team works with grassroots organizations around the country—currently 24 organizations in 12 states—to advance policy change that embraces racial equity and creates a more inclusive and effective American democracy. By connecting our IDP partners with one another and providing them with technical assistance, financial resources, and practical support for their strategies, we make a dynamic intervention in the democracy reform movement, which for too long has reflected the priorities of its traditionally white, male leadership.

The Race-Class Narrative Project

In May 2018, Demos, Anat Shenker-Osorio and Ian Haney López presented the Race-Class Narrative (RCN), a research-based narrative project that shows how to talk about race and class together in ways that strengthen social solidarity while responding effectively to division and scapegoating. Our research found that the key to cross-racial solidarity is not to ignore the relationship between race and class, as in the bland “color-blind” version of economic populism, but to openly address the connections between racial divisions and economic hardship.

Learn more about our Race-Class Narrative Project

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