What Happens Next? People's Summit to Fortify Sanders' Political Revolution
Speakers at the Summit, taking place June 17-19 in Chicago, comprise a roster of progressive luminaries
What Happens Next? People's Summit to Fortify Sanders' Political Revolution
Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose supporters speak of a "political revolution," has been invited to speak at the People's Summit. (Photo: Michelle Prevost/flickr/cc)
By Deirdre Fulton / commondreams.org
Jun 6, 2016

No matter what happens in the remaining seven Democratic presidential primaries, progressives—many of them Bernie Sanders supporters—will gather in Chicago later this month to discuss how to build and fortify the political revolution that's been sparked during the 2016 campaign season.

"At a time of tremendous turmoil and progressive opportunity, we invite you to participate in a historic convening of organizations and individuals committed to social, racial and economic justice," reads the call-to-action for the event, known as the People's Summit. "We envision this Summit as further deepening the relationship between participating organizations rooted in principled anti-corporate politics, development of community leaders, direct action not based on partisan identification, and strategic organizing to build power."

As National Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro told McClatchy, the Summit is a "declaration of independence from establishment politics" that'll address the current "rupture in the political fabric of this country."

Speakers at the Summit, taking place June 17-19 in Chicago, include author and activistNaomi Klein; congresswoman and former Democratic National Committee vice-chair Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii); and journalist Shaun King. The event has the backing of groups including 350.org, Physicians for a National Health Program, Friends of the Earth, and RootsAction. 

"There's a vibrant conversation going on about what happens to the movement after the primaries are over," Charles Lenchner, who co-founded the group People for Bernie, which is helping to organize the summit, told MSNBC this spring. "This is a collection of groups that share a lot in common and want to work together in the future and who represent a significant portion of the coalition that has come together around Bernie Sanders."

Workshops and speakers will address topics such as:

  • the Fight for $15;
  • mass incarceration and criminal justice reform;
  • voting rights and expanding democratic participation;
  • a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs;
  • climate justice toward a sustainable economy;
  • improved Medicare for All;
  • the fight for free and debt-free higher education;
  • secure retirement through expanding social security;
  • ending HIV/AIDS;
  • achieving Constitutional pay equity for women; and
  • ending deportations and support for DREAMers, among others.

As such, the Summit's agenda has much in common with Sanders' presidential campaign platform.

And in turn, the three-day event will be a launchpad for activists who want to ensure that those key issues stay front-and-center at the Democratic National Convention in July and beyond.

"Activists around the country have been electrified by Bernie's call to action," said People for Bernie's Winnie Wong. "And now we're going to expand on the movement's momentum to empower a new generation of young people to engage in the political process."

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

0.0 ·
0
Trending Today
Globalization Makes No Sense
Chris Agnos · 23,653 views today · When I lived in San Francisco, I often would marvel at the movement of goods through the ports across the bay in Oakland. Full container ships would enter the bay one after...
Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body
4 min · 16,825 views today · Vestigial structures are evolution's leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of...
The Most Astounding Fact about the Universe
3 min · 3,185 views today · This is Neil Degrasse Tyson's response when asked to describe the most astounding fact about the universe. Background music is the cinematic orchestra - To build a home.
Stunning Small Homes Form Part of a Communal Compound for Best Friends
Lighter Side · 2,487 views today · If you’re lucky enough to have longtime friends even as an adult, then you know probably already know how much it means to be able to spend time together. Maybe you even have a...
Michael Moore Wants to Help You Find Your Next Anti-Trump Protest
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman · 2,118 views today · The Resistance Calendar lists upcoming rallies across the country.
To Change Everything, Start Everywhere
8 min · 2,020 views today · To Change Everything, Start Everywhere! The case for complete self-determination—a guide for the furious, the curious, and the pure of heart. To Change Everything: An...
Transition From Caterpillar to Butterfly as Analogy for Social Change
4 min · 1,943 views today · An exceprt from Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview in which Dr. Bruce Lipton talks about the fractal nature of reality and compares the current global awakening and the...
Where the Term "Redneck" Came From
15 min · 1,803 views today · If you don't know this story, you'll never look at the word the same again.  This is just a window into the sometimes shocking, subversive and untold history of the United...
The Foiled Bomb Plot in Kansas That Didn't Make Trump's Terror List
5 min · 1,754 views today · When a plot by a pro-white militia to bomb a Somali mosque in Kansas was foiled by the FBI last October, the aborted conspiracy received little national coverage - nor did it...
Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Clip From Samsara Will Make You Speechless
6 min · 1,753 views today · Can you put this video into words? It's a clip from the phenomenal documentary Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke, who also made Baraka.  If you're interested in watching...
How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State
George Lakey · 1,745 views today · Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.
DAPL Opponents Vow to 'Rise' From Ashes of Oceti Sakowin and Keep Fighting
Lauren McCauley · 1,743 views today · 'They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started,' Dallas Goldtooth declared
The London Anarchist Group Squatting Mansions to Fight Homelessness
6 min · 1,685 views today · London squatting activists ANAL (Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians) are squatting empty multi-million pound buildings and opening them up to the homeless.
From Sanctuary City to Liberated City
Frank Lara · 1,601 views today · In just one week, with several strokes of a pen, Trump unleashed upon the working class in the U.S. an attack not seen in decades. From his attack on the flawed Affordable Care...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 1,139 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
How a Lack of Touch Is Destroying Men
Mark Green · 1,037 views today · Why Men Need More Platonic Touch in their Lives
The Fire Within
Words by Sophie Scholl - Illustrations by Gavin Aung Than · 907 views today · Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which...
10 Words Every Girl Should Learn
Soraya Chemaly · 872 views today · "Stop interrupting me."  "I just said that." "No explanation needed." In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I won an award for being polite. My...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 715 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Redneck Revolt Presents: A Message to the Patriot Movement
6 min · 493 views today · Over the past few weeks, Redneck Revolt has been communicating with a former member of a III% Patriot Militia based out of Ohio. Peter made contact with our organization after...
Load More
What's Next
Like us on Facebook?
What Happens Next? People's Summit to Fortify Sanders' Political Revolution