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 https://www.ForAPeoplesParty.org
1)Michelle discusses the new MPP Welcome Packets we are requesting input for.
(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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
Help build the strategic coalition that topples the Duopoly at forapeoplesparty.org/volunteer
Movement for a People’s Party launches in Colorado as Democrats Deregulate Wall Street Again - MPP 14th Nat’l Conference Call
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!
One Year Anniversary - Peoples Party Platform Summary Discussion - MPP 13th Nat’l Conference Call 02/22/18
On this week’s call, as part of Movement for a People’s Party one year anniversary, we summarized the People’s Platform and then held a discussion forum. We extended the call so that our audience could comment, discuss, and ask questions about the 24 platform issues.
We will vote on changes and the ratification of the platform on next week’s call. Use this form to make comments and propose amendments. Be sure to share your thoughts on our American Mission Statement preamble, which gives our country the goal of maximizing human well-being.
Guest speaker Susan Pai, an immigration attorney from Fla. who appears regularly in the media says that unless MPP is successful at creating a viable independent alternative, President Trump will double Obama’s deportation numbers and will win a second term. Dreamer Jasiel Lopez, is a college student who risks being deported to Mexico, a country where he has family ties but little memory. He spoke of the mental anguish that he and 11 million other undocumented immigrants suffer.
MPP members voted overwhelmingly in favor of endorsing the Contract for American Renewal. CFAR,(a campaign to get candidates to sign a contract that binds them to supporting progressive policies if elected) co-founded by Victor Tiffany.We spoke about efforts to build our grassroots movement in states all over the US. Thanks to our increasing number of volunteers, we are forming more chapters, planning local info events, and attending coalition building events with other progressive groups.
Eve Majure Discusses Runaway U.S. Inequality and Dems Suing Progressives - MPP 10th Nat’l Conference Call 02/01/18
Eve Majure discusses a history of economic injustice that has developed in our country based on the book Runaway Inequality by Les Leopold. Eve is a professional facilitator who delivers workshops on wealth & income inequality. She emphasized that both Democratic and Republican elected officials have passed legislation for decades that has resulted in inequality. We also discussed how Democrats continue efforts to block progressive candidates in primaries by filing expensive lawsuits against them.