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Foundation for the Democratic Revolution

The Decisive Decade: Declaration of the 2020s

This is the decisive decade. None of us can afford to wait for others to act. By 2030 we will be on our way to a global economy that provides a good life for all on a living planet. Or we will be on an irreversible path to global misery through ecological collapse. After a generation of warnings, amid mounting harms, continuing to rely on the powerful few to save us is an unacceptable mistake.

To sign on to "The Decisive Decade," see: http://earthdaymayday.orgEnvironmental Protection

UAW 2865 votes to participate in Climate Strikes for the long haul

On January 25, 2020, the Joint Council of UAW 2865, representing 19,000 academic workers in California, unanimously adopted the following climate strike resolution:

Whereas, growing waves of climate strikes have united millions of people across the Earth;

Whereas, the members of UAW 2865 honor our tradition of collective action and global solidarity;

Whereas, the global climate crisis threatens first and harms most working people, poor people, and those who work and live closest to the land and sea;  

PDF icon UAW 2865 Statewide Local Climate Strike Resolution.pdf

It Started in Wisconsin

The rise and fall of Wisconsin’s remarkable 2011 uprising holds lessons for a post-Janus world.

After Harvey & Irma: Mitigation, Adaptation & Suffering

In this conversation, the Climate Disobedience Center’s Tim DeChristopher looks at how the progressive movement’s strategies need to change in now that climate change’s real impacts are more obvious to the American public.

Why Berkeley’s Battle Against White Supremacy Is Not About Free Speech

Outrage at the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and wanton attacks on peaceful students, clergy, and people of color at the hands of white supremacists kicked off nationwide protests against racist violence, which led to the cancellation of dozens of right-wing rallies and the fall of Confederate monuments from Durham to San Diego. There is much hope in the undeniable public support to resist the so-called alt-right.

The State of Labor

The state of labor on Labor Day, 2017, is precarious, and can only be rectified by a Left, that reasserts class politics and takes its lead from a “universalizing” anti-systemic labor movement.

Highlights from Democracy Convention 2017!

Thank you for all of your support in helping make Democracy Convention 2017 a success! Whether you attended, donated, sponsored, shared information about the Convention or watched a live stream online this year, you helped bring together hundreds of organizers and activists from around the country committed to working across democracy sectors to bring about the system change we envision. In more than 150 sessions across eight conferences and two unique tracks, democracy movement leaders talked about the problems we face, lessons we have learned, strategies for the future and plans for action within a strong, united democracy movement.

Shannon: A Budget for the 99%

Contrasting Paul Ryan's and the Republican's budget with that of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Paul Shannon finds that the latter, aka, The People's Budget, "provides the funding necessary to do the things that the country needs to get done..."

Universalizing Resistance: How to Trump Trump

"Who is the best teacher about how to resist Trump and challenge the failures of global capitalism?" asks Charles Derber in a recent article. Curiously, in a distillation of Welcome to the Revolution's key arguments, Derber argues that it Trump himself! His movement for the “forgotten” people reflected a primal truth: that the US is a militarized capitalism stacked in favor of global US-led corporations.

For the Many, Not the Few! Behind Labour's Resurgence in the UK

Last month, Jeremy Corbyn defied the British political establishment and media predictions by radically rebuilding the Labor Party's support in a general election. Against the odds, Labor and the Momentum campaigning organization denied British Prime Minister, Theresa May a majority in parliament. Like Bernie Sanders and France's Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Corbyn ran on an unapologetic progressive agenda, challenging extreme inequality and defending cherished services and rights won by the labor movement.

Now Hiring: Build the democracy movement

HIRING: Three organizing jobs with the democracy movement

Limited term, part-time work with the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution

Flexible locations; Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Boston, Minneapolis, or Madison preferred

Compensation $14-22/hr, depending (see below)

  1. Meeting Services: Democracy Convention III

  2. Organizing: Earth Day to May Day

  3. Organizing: SolidarityWith.US

Please join us February 12 for a critical discussion

You are invited to take part in an important conversation on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET. The movement for democracy confronts new realities with the inauguration of Donald Trump. What should democracy activists do about those realities, and where should we take our movement in 2017 and beyond? Join us for this critical discussion. We'll first hear from some invited presentations, and then open it up for conversation. Please register for the call and invite friends and family.

A history of election interference by the U.S. in foreign countries

...the U.S. has a long and stunning history of attempting to influence foreign presidential elections, recent research by political scientist Dov Levin shows.

The Global Climate Strike: Why We Can’t Wait

Background: In 2014, this call to action, "The Global Climate Strike: Why We Can't Wait," launched the first campaign for global climate strikes. The call was written by Ben Manski and Jill Stein for the People's Climate Convergence in New York City, a part of the People's Climate March, and brought by delegates to meetings of the World Social Forum, the Global Greens, and to the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. The Global Climate Convergence coordinated webinars and Earth Day to May Day coordinated actions to popularize the idea of the global climate strike. From 2015-2018, the two most active climate strike efforts were those in Australia, organized by Australian youth, and those led by poor people's movements in the United States.