Organizing for Change: A Conversation with Ben Speight, Act 2

In Part 2 Ben Speight talks about the practices of “combing our forces” in the fight for worker justice. These current times require ever more coalition building and organized resistance to the status quo. Ben uses examples from his own decades of union organizing to show that “the people united will never be divided!”

Ben Speight with students from REL/EDU 385: Religion, Education, and Activism

Theme music by Aviva and the Flying Penguins and Lance Eric Haugan.

Outro music on both Parts 1 and 2 by Paul Myhre, “Prayer for New Zealand” (2019) on


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