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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
"Who is the best teacher about how to resist Trump and challenge the failures of global capitalism?" asks Charles Derber in a recent CounterPunch.org 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.
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.
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 calland invite friends and family.
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.