This piece is part of the Prospect's series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years.
Last May, 125 organizers from 23 states gathered near Baltimore to discuss the very question that the Prospect has posed. The November election was on our minds, but the discussion was more than just a look at the current moment. How, we asked ourselves, can we help ensure that 2013–2016 is not a repeat of 2009–2012? More deeply, how can we build the kind of multiracial, class-oriented, competent political organization that is essential to saving the country from the selfishness and stupidity of modern conservatism?