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Coming Together: Building Progressive Political Power
12/4 9am -5pm
12/5 10am -12pm
Explore how we can move our programs forward with maximum impact, strategizing how to engage, unite and build the power needed to reverse the destructive policies of our current governmental structures. We acknowledge the urgency to center those whose lived experiences of resistance to oppression and injustice form the scaffold for our agenda.
The 2016 and 2020 national elections, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Indigenous resistance to the Line 3 pipeline have changed power relationships and shifted cultural narratives in the United States. The Sanders presidential campaigns and the elections of AOC, Ayanna Pressley, and other members of The Squad point out the possibilities and the potential for progressive politics in the United States, but we are far from where we need to be. We will examine how we strengthen Progressive influence in our national, state and local governments.
To build power, we must forge coalitions of movements and groups, made up of different racial, ethnic, class, and gender constituencies. We must dismantle white supremacy and understand what it means to be an ally. We will begin the process of building a political agenda that is inclusive of human rights, including frequently under-represented BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, as we confront the threats of economic exploitation, climate change and nuclear war.
Lastly, we will address: how we maintain morale when political incrementalism impacts our power to address broad international issues and crises faced by the grassroots; and how we can conserve stamina, have fun and feel joy in our efforts. We should dance as we work toward a more just and sustainable world.
• Rep. Ayanna Pressley
• Alan Minsky, Progressive Democrats of America
• Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution
• Matt Miller, Democratic Socialists of America
• Martha Karchere, Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA)
• Rachel Poliner, Progressive Massachusetts
• Jordan Berg Powers, Mass Alliance
• Anna Callahan, Incorruptible Massachusetts
• Mahtowin Munro, United American Indians of New England (UAINE)
• Elvis Mendez, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
Registration: Pay what you can afford, $0- $100 – unlimited, sliding scale. Average to cover our costs: $20. Read the sliding scale guidance page. Register to attend.
From the Massachusetts Grassroots Information Center at News-MAGIC.org
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