- Bernie Sanders has shifted the goal posts for the Democratic Party.
- Minimum-wage victories across the country are helping workers take back power.
- Part 1: What’s Next for the Progressive Movement?
- Part 2: Building a National People’s Movement
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: What’s Next for the Progressive Movement?
Bernie Sanders has shifted the goal posts for the Democratic Party.
George Goehl, American Prospect / AlterNet
New York City - February 27 2016: Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Union Square Park to rally and march to Zuccotti Park on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Photo Credit: a katz/Shutterstock
July 4, 2016 | When Bernie Sanders announced that he was running for president last year, people didn’t expect much from the Vermont senator. The political establishment wrote him off and the pundits berated him—“he’s a socialist for God’s sake.” Even die-hard progressives conceded his bid was a long shot.
In the months since, Sanders has not only drawn record crowds, he’s earned more than 12 million votes and won 45 percent of pledged delegates. Far and away, he’s done better than any self-declared socialist in our nation’s history. And he funded it all by raising hundreds of millions of dollars in mostly small donations from everyday people.
George Goehl is the executive director of National People’s Action, a network of metropolitan and statewide membership organizations dedicated to advancing economic and racial justice.
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Part 2: Building a National People’s Movement
Minimum-wage victories across the country are helping workers take back power.
Andrew Friedman, American Prospect
Fast-food worker Maria Rodriguez joins protesters on the campus of Loyola University in Chicago on April 14, 2016, calling for a union and a $15-per-hour wage. (Photo: AP/Teresa Crawford)
July 8, 2016 | ver the past year, millions of workers have earned a raise as a result of the growing boldness of workers and organizers across the country. The success of the Fight for 15 and similar movements is no accident. Rather, it is the product of years of experimentation, perseverance, and creativity—and today, organizers may have finally hit on a powerful formula for helping workers take back some measure of power.
This success stems first and foremost from a basic reality: The economy in its current state is just not working for Americans. Nearly a decade after the 2008 recession, millions of families around the country have yet to be even touched by the recovery. Wages have stayed flat even as worker productivity has soared. Too many are stuck in jobs that don’t pay the bills, working hard and failing to even stay afloat.
Andrew Friedman is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy.
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