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Peoples Party Episode - Wakeup Call for Progressives After 2018 Midterms

Peoples Party Episode - Wakeup Call for Progressives After 2018 Midterms

November 19, 2018

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.

People’s Party Episode - Discussing 2018 Midterms & Tim Canova Race

People’s Party Episode - Discussing 2018 Midterms & Tim Canova Race

November 14, 2018

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

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People’s Party Episode w/Cindy Sheehan on Womens March | Al Rojas on Driscoll Farm Worker Boycott-Strikes | Tim Canova Campaign | Kavanaugh SCOTUS Drama

People’s Party Episode w/Cindy Sheehan on Womens March | Al Rojas on Driscoll Farm Worker Boycott-Strikes | Tim Canova Campaign | Kavanaugh SCOTUS Drama

September 28, 2018

Tune in to hear the latest from MPP with special guests Al Rojas and Cindy Sheehan. This month we discussed our groundbreaking Labor Community Campaign for an Independent Party, labor's greatest break with the Democratic Party in years. We had Al Rojas, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, to tell us about the international Driscoll's Boycott day of action this Saturday September 29, 2018. The Driscoll's corporation produces berries and pays its mostly-Latino workers slave wages, employs child labor, forces people to work 12-hour days, and sprays workers with toxic pesticides. He'll also talk about the Sacramento labor-community alliance. Cindy Sheehan will join us to talk about the Women's March on the Pentagon on October 20-21. We'll also talk about each of our organizing programs, Tim Canova's campaign, and how to get involved. To a people's party!

*Hope you enjoyed our new intro/outro song courtesy of Ron Placone "Time for a Revolution" because it certainly is time!

#PeoplesParty Nat’l Organizing with Tim Canova | Alan Benjamin Labor Alliance | Gayle McLaughlin

#PeoplesParty Nat’l Organizing with Tim Canova | Alan Benjamin Labor Alliance | Gayle McLaughlin

August 30, 2018

This episode features Tim Canova discussing what he is doing in South Florida to unseat the infamous Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Congressional District 23. We discuss the postcard campaign to reach voters in Tim's district to fight back against the ongoing media blackout. Alan Benjamin joins the call to disccus MPP labor party advocacy efforts and alliances forming in California and around the country and how you can get involved. Nick discusses how MPP is assisting Gayle McLaughlin with her California Progressive Alliance events in August. Nick also discusses how the Democratic Party was caught passing a secret rule by only 30 members of the Rules & By-Laws Committee to back-pedal and accept fossil fuel money. Tim takes a few questions and Nick also takes calls and answers questions as usual.

If you're interested in helping Tim tip the scales in defeating the Duopoly and breaking the electoral firewall, give what you can at or join in on the phone banking into Debbie Wasserman Schultz' district. If you can donate to the Movement for a People's Party to help us keep working for a better future for all of us go to or follow what we are doing at

Peoples Party Org Call Discussing AMLO, Anthony Kennedy Retirement & More

Peoples Party Org Call Discussing AMLO, Anthony Kennedy Retirement & More

August 3, 2018

1)Michelle discusses the new MPP Welcome Packets we are requesting input for.
2)Lezlie discusses the MPP Ambassador Program and how you can implement it in your local area
3)Nick Brana discusses the ballot line progress in Colorado and takes questions
4)Nick discusses the MORENA Progressive Party in Mexico with the recent victory of Lopez Obrador (AMLO). This is the latest international example of how electoral politics can be changed by the people and the historic significance for us. This was a full scale political revolution that threw out the two establishment parties that have ruled Mexico for the last 100 years. This victory vindicates what we at MPP are trying to do. It took them 4 years and they started as a movement. This is an amazing parallel for what the Movement for a people's party is trying to do in U.S. politics. Join us and please share this podcast. To learn more about how we are working to reform politics in the US please visit us at

Peoples Party Discusses Ocasio-Cortez Victory - PPC - Zero Hour Youth Alliance & More

Peoples Party Discusses Ocasio-Cortez Victory - PPC - Zero Hour Youth Alliance & More

July 3, 2018

(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 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.

MPP Discusses Poor Peoples Campaign - Left Forum - Panel of Independents

MPP Discusses Poor Peoples Campaign - Left Forum - Panel of Independents

May 30, 2018
The Poor People's Campaign was at the top of discussion on the May 24 national call. Nick encouraged MPP supporters to attend the 3 remaining direct actions at your state's capital every Monday at 2 p.m. local time. Please write testimonials and get involved with your state's PPC coordinating teams. Links are in the recap going out Wed., May 30. MPP will be at the culminating action in Washington D.C. June 23 at 10 a.m. on the National Mall. Check out the website for information.
MPP will also participate in the Poor People's Economic Campaign March at various times June 2-12 from Philadelphia to D.C. This march is led by the working poor and homeless or formerly homeless. To sign up go to:
Sat., June 2 will be a big day for MPP as our own Nick Brana hosts and speaks on a panel of leading independents: Gayle McLaughlin, Tim Canova, David Zuckerman and Eljeer Hawkins, moderated by Jim Vrettos. The event will be livestreamed from our FB page at 10 a.m. EST.
Nick Brana Discusses Democratic Party Progressive Losses in our 16th Episode

Nick Brana Discusses Democratic Party Progressive Losses in our 16th Episode

May 17, 2018

In this podcast episode recorded during the first few minutes of the state leader call Nick provides a wrap up of the devastating electoral defeats suffered by the #DemEnter #Progressives. The May 8th primaries in Ohio, W.VA, Indiana and N. Carolina provided some of the most definitive evidence yet that efforts to take over or reform the Democratic Party are failing miserably. Every candidate backed by Justice Democrats & Our Revolution for Congress, Senate or Governor lost in the 4 states that voted. Nearly all of the down-ballot candidates lost as well. The few that won were either incumbents, or running uncontested in deep-red districts. There is no way to sugarcoat these results & Democrats have barely tried to. The primary election demographics of older more conservative voters coupled with the DCCC & DNC suppressing progressive candidates makes it nearly impossible for them to be elected. In fact, the Dem Party has now shifted from denying that it rigs elections to openly admitting and defending it. Nancy Pelosi recently said that she did not see anything wrong with rigged elections. The Dem Party is normalizing election rigging in America. That's not the Russians doing that. The only way forward in our country is a major #NewParty that has structural mechanisms in place to prevent the kind of maneuvering that Democrats use to crush competitive primaries and steer resources to hand picked candidates long before the party publicly announces a preference. Each day that the progressive movement continues down a failed path is another day that working people are suffering.

Tim Canova Endorsement and More - MPP 15th National Conference Call

Tim Canova Endorsement and More - MPP 15th National Conference Call

April 30, 2018

In this call Tim Canova spoke about his independent bid for congress against Debbie Wasserman Schultz. MPP voted on whether to endorse his campaign or not. Tune in for the results.

Carol spoke about the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and their upcoming march on Washington. A vote was held on whether to ensorse that campaign.

Lezlie spoke about a bid in Arizona to get dirty money out of politics there. MPP held a vote on whether to endorse that effort which requires the gathering of over 200,000+ signatures.

Randi spoke about the ongoing teachers strikes in Colorado and Arizona and how we can continue to support their efforts. Finally, Karena discussed a planned social media day of action where MPP volunteer artists and meme makers, and anyone so inclined would help the DNC come up with their new slogan. :)

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Movement for a People’s Party launches in Colorado as Democrats Deregulate Wall Street Again - MPP 14th Nat’l Conference Call

Movement for a People’s Party launches in Colorado as Democrats Deregulate Wall Street Again - MPP 14th Nat’l Conference Call

March 27, 2018

In the latest show of contempt for their constituents, Democratic U.S. senators joined the Republicans and the banking lobby yesterday to pass legislation that allows banks to racially profile their customers and significantly weakens financial protections. This is why progressives are no longer waiting for the Democratic Party to discover its conscience and serve working people over Wall Street. Movement for a People’s Party launched its Colorado chapter in Denver with several dozen people who are enthusiastic to start building a genuinely progressive party. Coloradans travelled from as far as three hours away to attend the gathering. MPP National Director Nick Brana spent the weekend meeting with public banking experts in Loveland and spoke Wednesday at a joint Working Families Party and Our Revolution candidate forum in Denver. The call covered our many recent events. Check it out!