Larry’s Writings

Dues Worth Paying

PCUN members have paid in well over $2,000,000 as dues and for services in a quarter century. This essay, written by Larry Kleinman and published in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal’s 30th anniversary issue on Sept. 2011, describes PCUN’s dues system and analyzes how it manifests PCUN’s fundraising principles.

Our Movement’s First Home

Tells the story of the small, dilapidated wooden structure that served as our headquarters from 1980 to 1988 and then as a residence for volunteers.  The story was written about six weeks before the building’s de-construction was launched in June 2008, the first step in preparing the site for the CAPACES Leadership Institute building.  (May, 2008; 10 p)

 

You Can Hear Us Now!: The Story of PCUN’s Radio Movimiento, “La Voz del Pueblo”

You Can Hear Us Now!:  The Story of PCUN’s Radio Movimiento, “La Voz del Pueblo”

Narrates PCUN’s path to establishing and operating a non-commercial low-power FM radio station.   Subtitled “Taking mass communications with PCUN’s community base from someday to every day,” this work lays out a quarter century of dreaming, scheming, teaming up for, and beaming radio broadcasting.  The final chapter sets forth three big ideas that have shaped our movement and how the radio station manifests those ideas.  (Jan., 2008; 134 pages)

Immigrant Spring, Five Years On: What the 2006 Marches of Millions Can Tell Us About Today’s “Madison Moment”

Do mega-marches change the state of politics…even the course of history?  This essay articulates and applies the political “physics” that propel and paralyze the phenomenal forces behind the immigrants’ rights marches, the fight-back in Wisconsin against collective bargaining rights rollback, and the regime-change protests in Cairo.  Delivered as the Arthur Langlie Lecture at Whitman College, May 4, 2011.  (April 2011; 7 p)

The Minimum No One Talks about in Oregon

An Op-Ed, published in the Salem Statesman-Journal newspaper on August 1, 2009 under the headline “Minimum Wage Workers are Better Off in Oregon.” The essay, written as increase in the federal minimum wage took effect, sets forth the forces behind and key outcomes of Oregon’s minimum wage having been higher than the federal minimum for two decades. (Aug., 2009; 1 page)