May 2019

Gaby Santiago-Romero
Research and Policy Manager

What’s new

We’re launching Power Mapping Pods across the state this week! We’re excited to have a dedicated team in Detroit, Metro Detroit, Central, West and Northern Michigan! Regional PMP’s will be working closely with us and Little Sis to start to map our power in our regions.

What it is?

“Power research” is investigative research that follows the money and connects the dots between key players in the power structure. It is typically practiced by activists, academic researchers, and journalists who have an interest in mapping, challenging, and understanding systems of power.

Power research focuses on networks – people, organizations, and their various business, political, and personal relationships. It also recognizes that the power structure is not contained within the institutions and individuals that we’re often told have power in a democracy – elected officials, for instance. Instead, we take a broader view, going up the food chain to look at major corporations and billionaires and other organizations and individuals who wield extraordinary amounts of influence and control in our society. - Little Sis

How it works for us. How are we going to use it?

Our dedicated Power Mappers will begin to research in their regions and exchange research with other dedicated changemakers, progressives and organizers across the state that WTP works closely with.

We’re making the argument that more research, education and transparency will allow us, everyday people on the ground, to understand issues at a deeper level and give us direction on strategy. We will answer questions like, who’s really in power and control? How can we pressure them or what should be our strategic next step for our win?

PMP Music

The revolution is nothing without music, which is why I’m
very excited to share the lyrics to our very own
Power Mapping Pods song! Shout out to
our talented friend and comrade Hugh Madden
for the tune lyrics.

Sing to the tune of California Love:

Power mapping pods
We The People knows how to research
We The People knows how to research
In Mi-chi-gan all day
In the city Kal-a-ma-zoo
In the city, the city of Detroit
Research is poppin, research is poppin
Now let me welcome everybody to the pods that are best
Gaby’s untouchable like Eliot Ness
Power mapping the state it’s a thing we do best
We got the best research skills even Art must confess
We in that Great Lakes State with some bad policy
The state where you never find bills for you and me
Lobbyists on a mission for them greens
But we’re out here building power in the streets
Taking back our damn state from the corporatist goons
With our research pods it will happen soon
Now it’s time to shine and you best trust me
Pairing up volunteers like they Joanie and Chachi
It’s all good, research pods will start today
We The People gonna make those punk ass bitches pay
Throw up a finger if you feel the same way
Gab puttin’ it down for research pods all day
We The People knows how to research
We The People knows how to research (Yes, they do)
In Mi-chi-gan all day
In the city Kal-a-ma-zoo
In the city, the city of Detroit
Research is poppin, research is poppin
Shake, shake it, Gaby
Shake, shake it, shake it Nelly
Shake, shake it, Reyes
Shake it, Megan
Shake, shake it, Shannon
Shake, shake it
Shake, shake it Star
Shake it, Betsy

Megan Collier Hess