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General Readings on Creating the Political Revolution
Erik Forman, “An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders on Turning His Campaign Into a Movement,” In These Times, April 13, 2016. Another appeal to Bernie, with concrete suggestions on how the campaign organization could support a real movement.
Arlene Goldbard, The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists, and the Future. The first book is a fictional account of the role of art and culture and small independent initiatives all over the country in creating a transformative paradigm shift that is already happening. The second is a non-fiction argument for that model for change.
Michael Goldstein, “All is Not Lost: 12 Theses on the Way Forward,” Huffington Post, July 10, 2013. Argues that reforms won’t work; a nonviolent revolution will; it’s the “cliff notes” to his book, Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country.
Ralph Nader, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Focuses on getting past the “social issues” the dominant parties use to stake out their brands and divide people. Points out examples of unity between self-identified liberals and conservatives on many fundamental issues.
Readings on Diversity, Inclusiveness
Omar Ricks, “The Problem of Black Lives Mattering, Slingshot #118, Spring 2015. An eye-opening overview of the interrelated forms structural racism takes in our society.
Finn, “It’s Not All About Us,” Slingshot #118, Spring 2015. A short essay with some tips for white folks both on working on issues that most directly affect people of color and also on relating to activists of color.
Inspiration: Music, Poetry, Videos, Movies
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Brand New Congress. “[T]rying to win each Congressional seat one-by-one is impossible. So let’s run one campaign to replace Congress all at once . . . .”
The People’s Revolution. Seeks to “increase issue awareness and provide channels of direct engagement with the political process”; organizing a People’s Convention in Philadelphia just before the Democrats’ convention to create a People’s Platform.
The People’s Summit. A coalition hosting a Chicago Conference June 17-19; talks, workshops, and a plan to advance a People’s Agenda.