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In this piece, Shaun King calls for Black voters to form a new party, outside of the Democratic Party establishment.

"We should form our own political party in which we are firmly and boldly against the death penalty, where we are for a living wage all across this country, where we are for a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system, where we are for radical reforms to protect the environment and curb global warming, where we are for the eradication of big money in politics, where we are willing to truly consider healthcare and education for all as a right and not a privilege.

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Sunday, 01 May 2016 00:00
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In this piece, Waleed Shahid calls on progressives to form a left variation of the Tea Party.

"Instead of attempting to grab hold of the Sanders base in one swift move, progressive organizations should ask themselves what role they can play in the next stage of the political revolution and its developing network. Many organizations exist within the Tea Party network: Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Express, etc. But the institutions that make up the Tea Party network are not the same thing as the participatory Tea Party movement. While virtually anyone can claim to be a member of the Tea Party, not everyone can be a member of hugely influential organizations like Americans for Prosperity or FreedomWorks. Institutions in the Tea Party network have helped incubate, launch, finance, and ultimately engage directly in “member-led” campaigns based on their comfort level, something labor organizer Stephen Lerner has been pitching progressives for years. While most of these conservative institutions play a critical role in the Tea Party network, none of these institutions have a unilateral ability to command, control, or stop grassroots activity....

In the vocabulary of the contemporary left: elections are also the most ripe stage for intersectional politics, since competitive candidates must speak to broad constituencies on a variety of issues in order to form an electoral majority. Any sort of new party will limit itself if it only resonates with a small set of constituencies. But such a “party” requires not a laundry list of grievances and identities that the framework of intersectionality can sometimes lead to, but a new collective identity and compelling narrative–an “us”–that is much greater than the sum of its parts."

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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 13:47
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Kate Aronoff explores the possibilities of a new political party emerging out of the Bernie Sanders cmapign, one that is led by millenials and communities of color.

"For Cho, holding today's politicians accountable is a key part of the democratic process. Just as important, she contends, is to support insurgent ones. "Movements will be movements, and parties will be parties," Cho says. "We need a movement party that's decentralized, that many people can identify with, organizationally and individually." She likens such a formation to the Tea Party — not in its Koch Brothers funding or Fox News cheerleaders, but in the more than 900 local chapters that led a values-driven transformation of the Republican Party from town halls and church basements.

"Anyone across the country can identify with the Tea Party," Cho says. "The open-source nature of it … that's something our movements already are. We need to actualize that in a party structure."

While the politics of this new party would differ significantly from the Tea Party, debates remain as to exactly what form "independent political power" might take: Who is involved? What are its hallmark values and policy platforms? Is it a third party, a DNC insurgency, or something else entirely? These questions are bubbling in movement spaces across issues, constituting more of an ecosystem than a consensus. All see this year's groundswell of ire at the political establishment — on both sides of the aisle — as fertile ground for electoral outsiders.

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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 13:30
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In this piece, David Broder argues that portraying Trump as a fascist and calling for left forces to focus on challenging his candidacy could lead to implicit support for Clintonian politics. 

"The portrayal of Trump as not just a worse racist and nationalist than his opponents, but a fascist, allows the likes of Hillary Clinton to pose as high-minded defenders of decency in public life and democratic values. To put it kindly, these terms would not likely be associated with her dynastic candidacy if she could not transplant #ReadyforHillary onto the contest of “status quo versus barbarism.”

Dylan Riley has aptly referred to this as the “hysterical lesser-evilism implicit” in calling the Republican front-runner a fascist — a call for maximum unity behind the Democratic nominee, on whatever platform. It is a program for demobilization, turning movements for social change into conservative get-out-the-vote operations."

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Monday, 02 May 2016 18:04
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For forty years, liberals have accepted defeat and called it 'incremental progress.' Bernie Sanders offers a different way forward.

The primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has produced the most direct ideological battle the Democratic Party has seen in a generation. It’s not just the policy differences that separate Sanders’s blunt social-democratic platform from Clinton’s neoliberal grab bag. The two candidates embody clashing theories of politics — alternative visions of how to achieve progressive goals within the American political system.

The Bernie Sanders model of change has all the subtlety of an index finger raised high above a debate podium. Lay out a bold, unapologetic vision of reform that speaks directly to people’s basic needs. Connect that vision to existing popular struggles, while mobilizing a broad and passionate coalition to support it (#NotMeUs). Ride this wave of democratic energy to overwhelm right-wing opposition and enact major structural reforms.


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Monday, 02 May 2016 17:37
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In this article, Scott Lemieux reflects on how the poltiical context - shaped deeply by Bernie Sanders' campaign - is likely to pull the Clinton administration towards the left. 

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Monday, 02 May 2016 17:32
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Mike Davis on the Trump phenomenon and why young people are so open to socialism.

In this interview, Maria Christina Vogkli, a London School of Economics sociology alumnus, and George Souvlis, a PhD candidate in history at the European University Institute in Florence, speak with Davis about the roots of his political identity, the pernicious effects of Clintonite policies, and the importance of this year’s presidential primaries.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 18:52
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  • Malkia Cyril is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ)- a national intermediary serving the media training, strategy, and organizing needs of justice movements and communities of color.  As an award-winning organizer and communications leader, Malkia has more than 15 years experience conceiving and managing grassroots communications and media organizing initiatives.

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