February 21, 2018
We discuss how Progressives have been denied access to VAN, an important organizing tool for candidates. They've been forced to sign a unity statement in which they pledge to support the victorious established Democrat. There are reports that the DCCC is requiring primary candidates to raise a certain amount of money via phone calls in order to be placed on the primary ballot. Progressive candidates running inside the Democratic Party can be assured of being sabotaged one way or another.
February 20, 2018
Our guest was Brad Lathem, a #DSA leader in Georgia who is part of Refoundation Caucus. This is a revolutionary caucus within DSA that believes we need to form a major new party. Brad helped write the proposal, an Independent Socialist Strategy, which he discussed. Brad conducted a Q & A., proposal was voted on and MPP overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to endorse this strategy! We look forward to collaborating as we work to make a clean break from the Dem Party and create a party for working people.
February 19, 2018
Nick Brana discussed his recent interviews, upcoming events, successful peoples’ movements in Europe, and updates concerning ranked choice voting (RCV) in Maine. Jud talked about the Democratic Socialists of America’s Reformation Caucus’ proposal for an electoral strategy and his meeting with Georgia DSA member Brad Lathem. Carol Ehrle outlined our upcoming days of action and best practices for hosting MPP chapter meetings. Finally, Todd talked about MPP’s presence at the upcoming Labor Notes conference in Chicago in April.
February 19, 2018
Our 1st 2018 call focused on the importance of planning MPP chapter meetings, including campus chapters, and continuing to attend progressive group meetings to build up our coalition members. We discussed Ranked Choice Voting #RCV effort in Maine. Last year voters in Maine bypassed the legislature and passed it by a statewide initiative. However, the Democrats and Republicans banded together to sabotage it. Fortunately, voters in Maine have the final say in a process called the ‘People’s Veto.’
February 18, 2018
We encouraged callers to participate in 2 actions.The 1st involved Ranked Choice Voting, where election integrity expert Dr. Paul Thomas of Voter Choice MA shared how MPP can help phonebank into Maine where Dems are trying to kill this voter approved initiative. RCV’s ability to more fairly represent voters horrifies the status quo parties because it eliminates the spoiler effect, making it easier for progressives to be elected outside the duopoly. A success in ME could spread to other states. Learn more about #RVC & MPP Maine Chapter launch.
February 18, 2018
Nick discussed the upcoming #DNC #URC and how it will kick the can down the road by sending the Sanders supporters’ proposals to Rules Committee where the deck will be stacked with Clinton supporters. We have received an excellent response from our outreach to Academics in coalition-building efforts. MPP voted to endorse its 1st candidate, Gayle McLaughlin, progressive Independent running for Lt. Governor of California. We have launched MPP TV on our Facebook national page to feature DemExiters.
February 17, 2018
1) Movement for a People’s Party will start making official political endorsements of candidates!
2) MPP will begin its very own interview series on our Facebook page. Interview series will feature people who are leaving the Democratic Party.
3) Organizing actions discussed regarding Net Neutrality.
4) Reaching out to unions, campus groups, academics, communities of color, progressive groups, political parties, organizations & more. https://www.forapeoplesparty.org/coalition-building-guide/
February 15, 2018
This week on our Movement for a People’s Party national organizing call, Nick talked about the upcoming meetings of the DNC Unity Reform Commission on December 8 and 9. Lezlie talked about holding chapter meetings and reaching out to coalition partners. Randi spoke about our field team structure and recruited more volunteers. Nick then discussed the groups and individuals we should be reaching out to, and took questions and comments from callers.
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February 14, 2018
This call is our 1st Movement for a People’s Party (MPP) nat'l conference call. As a result of Nov. elections, Ralph Northam, newly elected Gov. in VA, is a conservative Dem who twice voted for G. Bush. NJ Gov-elect, Phil Murphy, is a former Goldman Sachs exec. In both states’ Democratic primaries, the Democratic Party successfully worked to eliminate the progressive candidate. They've spent millions shutting down progressives. They're saying GO AWAY!.We're saying we need a people’s party NOW!
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February 11, 2018
Nick Brana, founder of Movement For a People's Party (formerly Draft Bernie For a People's Party), says that the revelations of DNC corruption have boosted the momentum for a new major party free of corporate cash. "Donna Brazile confirmed the primary was rigged, and to such a substantial degree. The DNC essentially acted as a subsidiary to the Clinton campaign,” he said in an interview for IVN.