(18th podcast episode) MPP members resoundingly approved on our June 28 national call to partner with two organizations who are planning marches and actions in Washington, D.C.
First up is the Zero Hour Youth Climate Lobby Day and March July 19-21. This effort is being spearheaded by 16-year-old Jamie Margolin of Seattle along with a team of other high school and college students. Nick Brana will interview Jamie on MPP TV July 10 at 7 p.m. where it will be livestreamed from our MPP FB page.
Youth will begin taking over Capitol Hill at the July 19 Lobby Day to deliver to our politicians specific demands about saving our climate that are being developed in consultation with leading scientists. The next day, July 20, will be Art Build Day around the D.C. metro area in preparation for the march.
The main event will be the Youth Climate March July 21 at 10:30 a.m. on the National Mall where young people on the frontlines of the climate crisis will give speeches and lead song as a statement of their rights to a safe and livable future. People of all ages will rally and walk up Constitution Ave. as a demonstration of youth power and show how #ThisIsZeroHour will be leading the way on environmental action.
Sister marches are being planned the same day at major cities in the U.S., Canada and abroad. It’s not too late to plan a companion march if you are age 25 or younger or if you are an adult who would like to partner with a millennial or Generation Z youth. Go here to register your march, find one on the map, and to sign up for the days of action.
MPPers on the call also voted to partner with the Women’s March on the Pentagon Oct. 20-21. Details on times, locations and speakers will be released soon about the D.C. event, while organizers are looking for people to plan sister marches across the country.
The event is an attempt to pressure members of Congress to redistribute the trillions of dollars spent on the military budget toward social programs, stop the continuing acts of military aggression and put an anti-war agenda back on the table of activists.
The march will commemorate the 51st anniversary of the 1967 anti-war event in Washington D.C. and subsequent march on the Pentagon that drew 50,000 people. The march is led by long-time anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed by enemy fire in the Iraq War.
MPP supporters are taking a more visible role in what the Poor People’s Campaign calls a moral revival. From the recent PPC Forty Days of Action to the Families Belong Together rallies over the weekend to the Free Our Future rally yesterday in San Diego, MPPers were out in force making their voices heard.
These demonstrations show how permitted marches, such as those supporting women’s rights and school safety, have given way to acts of civil disobedience. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, congressional cutbacks on programs for the poor, Supreme Court decisions on voter and labor rights, the war budget, health care increases, skyrocketing tuition, attacks on black lives, have all emboldened protesters nationwide.
We lock arms with you and ask you to fight for a new major people’s party so that these and so many other violent measures can be overturned and stopped.
Help support MPP and its drive to build a viable independent alternative by becoming an MPP ambassador. Find a local organization that advocates for the dispossessed, the oppressed, and the issues on our platform. Support labor by joining with other progressive organizations in strike actions. Show up consistently and represent MPP.
Have ideas or need help identifying a group with whom to partner? Drop our national field team a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information to come!
As we observe our Independence Day, here is a reminder from the Cap Times in Wisconsin that on a distant fourth of July a radical vision was also taking shape led by then former Congressman Robert M. La Follette who launched a progressive crusade against the corrupting influence of corporate money. Speaking in Mineral Point in 1897, he addressed the subject of "The Danger Threatening Representative Government.”
“Let us here, today, under this flag we all love, hallowed by the memory of all that has been sacrificed for it and for us, dedicate ourselves to winning back the independence of this country, to emancipating this generation and throwing off from the neck of the freemen of America the yoke of the political machine.”
After his movement launch, La Follette went on to become the progressive governor of Wisconsin, a U.S. senator from that state, and a transformational presidential candidate in 1924.