Apologies for being away for one month. The month of June national call was actually suspended due to volunteer staff attendance at the Left Forum. We will post last week's episode from 8/15/2019 tomorrow on 8/21/19.
This episode's call agenda includes:
We will also hear from Victor from our South Florida chapter talk about our support of local Extinction Rebellion activists that highlight the #ClimateEmergency. Upcoming events are announced.
Extinction Rebellion - Extinctionrebellion.us
Event with Tim Canova
Working towards a watershed break with the Democrats and Republicans
Unite For Peace and Nuclear Justice in Toriumi Plaza in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
Please join us as we commemorate the victims of all nuclear atrocities of the past and present and unite to take action for a nuclear free future.
- Veterans for Peace Los Angeles
IN CLOSING & VOTES:
Action Network - everyone can create events now!
· Training video- Elise made them available on our organization platform Rocket Chat. If you would like to help us organize we’re going to have a *handraise* -- press 1 on your keypad now. You can also always go to our website and click on the volunteer tab.
· And now we are going to have our vote … on the Global Animal Rights March. So I would like to open it up for discussion before our vote. If you have a question, please raise your hand and I will try to address.
· Carolyn helped with the voting tally. If you think MPP should endorse the Global Animal Rights March press 1, if not, press 2, to abstain press 3.
On this month’s call we discussed the espionage charges leveled against Julian Assange, the GOP's escalating assault on abortion rights, and the DNC’s appointment of an openly anti-Bernie lobbyist and Clinton bundler as Party Finance Chair.
We had guest speaker Emma Fiala, executive board member of the Women’s March on the Pentagon share plans for Rage Against the War Machine March. She took some questions then we voted to endorse their efforts. Our Political Director Carol Ehrle talked about a Green New Deal and our work with the surging youth climate rebellion. After some questions and discussion we voted to endorse a Green New Deal. Lastly, we voted to endorse the Zero Hour Youth Climate Summit in Miami this July.
Cheers to a people's party!
On this month’s call we discussed Joe Biden’s vacuous run for president and how the DNC has saved Americans the trouble of voting by pre-selecting him (how thoughtful of them!). Then shared how the Democrats have given themselves the power to reactivate the super-delegates and the chaos ensuing from the DCCC’s new ban on campaign contractors working with progressive challengers. We discussed Julian Assange’s arrest and how the Democrats are racing Trump for the privilege of criminalizing journalism (it is too great an honor for one plutocrat alone). MPP steering committee member and Public Banking Institute staffer Suzanne O’Keeffe gave us a special presentation on the great strides being made towards public banking.
We voted on whether to join two alliances that we've been invited to. The first is whether to join the Grand Alliance to Save the Postal Service, which the establishment parties are trying to privatize. The second is whether to join youth climate activists in the Last Chance Alliance, dedicated to halting all fossil fuel extraction in California, the world’s fifth largest economy, and replacing it with renewable energy.
Cheers to a People's Party!
In this episode and national organizing call Nick Braña and the National Organizing Team share the great results of a meeting with top labor endorsers from across the country earlier this week in Washington, D.C. They also announced the new members of the coalition for a major new party.
Next Nick and the Team discussed Bernie's presidential campaign, the teachers strikes in several cities, MPP's organizing plans through 2020, and introduced three votes:
1. Endorsing the Hands Off Venezuela March, sponsored by the Answer Coalition and taking place nationwide on March 16, 2019.
2. Endorsing the No to NATO Protest & Peace Festival, sponsored by World Beyond War and taking place in Washington D.C. on April 3-4, 2019.
3. Becoming an official Allied Organization with the California Progressive Alliance.
Each vote was discussed and then attendees voted on whether to support and join them. Finally Nick took questions and closed out the call with the usual cheer to a people's party! If you would like to sign on to support the Labor Community Campaign for an Independent Party you can do so at http://bit.ly/LaborCommunityCampaign. If you would like to volunteer for MPP please go to https://ForAPeoplesParty.org/volunteer. To donate visit https://ForAPeoplesParty.org/donation-form.
In this 24th podcast episode and first call of the new year Nick and the team told us about the teacher strikes and how labor has been reinvigorated from that. The Central MPP Florida team shared about their organizing work at a Ron Placone event and shared tips for new volunteers. Nick spoke about the latest endorsement of MPP's Labor Community Campaign for an Independent Party from famed Producer/Director and award winner Oliver Stone. Other additional new endorsements also came from the Labor Education and Arts Project in Ohio, and the South Carolina Labor Party. Many original members of the South Carolina Labor Party participated in the 1990's organizing for a major independent labor party and can lend us their skills and experience. Nick also spoke about current events regarding the 116th Congress convening and how their 2 Progressive wins, and swift act of endorsing Nancy Pelosi and most voting for PayGo shows us why MPP's labor party organizing work continues to be so important.
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In this call/episode we discuss upcoming Ron Placone events, tabling plans, MPP's monthly organizing update, SoFla yellow vest organizing events, and more. Call Attendees vote to decide if we should work with Power Shift. We congratulate and welcome new state leaders, including Laura Irwin for joining the Steering Committee. Nick goes over a review of 2018 events, actions, and accomplishments. Nick mentions his interview series with Jordan Chariton about LCCIP the labor coalition building for a new labor-based party.
Message From MPP Political Director Carol Ehrle
We devote everything to the movement rather than taking salaries, but we still have monthly expenses. In one way or another, they’re all related to the ways that we get our message out: Maestro for national calls, Action Network for organizing, MailChimp for emails, ZenDesk to take your questions, plus web hosting and maintenance, conferences, printing and supplies.
Looking back, we're proud of what we've accomplished with you this year. Our Labor-Community Campaign won the support of unions representing tens of thousands, along with AFL-CIO executive council members and state presidents. We led civil disobedience actions as national partners with the Poor People’s Campaign. We rallied for climate justice with Zero Hour and for peace with the Women’s March on the Pentagon. We boycotted Driscoll’s berries with farm workers and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with striking teachers and hotel employees. We brought our message to Left Forum and Labor Notes. We helped institute Ranked Choice Voting in Maine and propel the public banking movement.
We helped Gayle McLaughlin lay the groundwork for the California Progressive Alliance and stood against injustice and fraud with Tim Canova. We established ourselves as a leading voice in understanding the duopoly — a voice that is both supported and sought for analysis by revolutionaries like Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, Jimmy Dore, and Lee Camp among so many others. Through it all, we’ve built the bonds of partnership, trust and respect that will be the foundation of a people’s party.
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in our first year and even more excited about what lies ahead. In the spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood, we ask you to include MPP in your #GivingTuesday (or end of year) donations.
With heartfelt gratitude and in solidarity for the work that lies ahead,
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As Blue Wave Sweeps in More Corporate Democrats, Election is a Serious Wake Up Call for Progressives
Since 2016, energized progressives have sought to break the cycle that has seen power swing between establishment politicians in the Democratic and Republican parties for decades. After disappointing results in New Jersey and Virginia in 2017, the 2018 midterms offered another test of the progressive movement’s chief strategy for coming to power: taking over the Democratic Party. The results are a serious wake up call.
The four leading progressive organizations that emerged from Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign endorsed Democratic candidates across 46 states. Nearly all of the candidates for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, and Senate lost.
Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress and the Democratic Socialists of America endorsed a combined 107 candidates for Congress this year. Forty-four of them won their primaries and only 12 won their general elections. Five of those 12 were already incumbents. Five more of them were longtime party politicians in line for higher office, rather than insurgent candidates. Only two of them were actually opposed by the party and unseated establishment Democrats in the primaries — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley. There are 435 members of Congress.
The song at the beginning is the song that Ron Placone wrote for MPP. It plays while people are waiting for the call. We thought you might like to hear it, as well.
On the call we talked about the failure of the Democrats, the regression of Brazil, and the progress of MPP, including the latest from Tim Canova’s campaign and our labor coalition. Our members who attended the Women’s March On The Pentagon tell us about their exciting weekend with peace activists. And, in questions, a great discussion on the upcoming election and options for independents. *UPDATE* As we now know Tim Canova was once again cheated by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her corrupt machine in South Florida. He has been calling out Broward and Florida officials on Twitter daily at https://twitter.com/Tim_Canova.