NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Workshop
Room: 
H209
Timeslot: 
Session 1: Saturday June 29th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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With inequality surpassing Gilded Age levels, health care and student debt skyrocketing, climate change roiling the planet, and 80 percent of Americans surviving paycheck-to-paycheck, the majority of Americans are now calling for a major new political party, including an even greater number of young and working people.

In 2015, a Princeton and Northwestern University study found that under the Democratic and Republican parties, public preferences have a "near-zero, statistically non-significant" impact on policy. As a result, the U.S. is no longer considered a democracy.

Working people are responding by leaving the establishment parties by the millions. Gallup polls show that a record number of Americans have become independents, almost half the country. A majority of Americans now want a major new party, including an even greater number of young and working people — 57 percent of Americans and 71 percent of millennials.

This February, the New York Times wrote that “Long-established political parties across the democratic world are blowing up. Could America’s parties be next?” From Mexico to France and Chile to Spain, a political revolution is sweeping the world. The breakthrough is coming in a series of fresh, new people-powered parties. They sweep in to government by challenging the corruption of the establishment parties and offering a stirring new vision and social contract.

These parties begin as movements, launched by activists who learned through personal experience that the corporate-funded parties cannot be salvaged and belong in the past. They use social media and digital organizing to circumvent the corporate press and reach millions. Come join the Movement for a People’s Party in an open discussion and planning session on how we can bring the revolution to America with a party of our own.

Donuts, bagels and coffee for all!

Participants

Suzanne O'Keefe is a Steering Committee Member with MPP. Suzanne is an experienced media consultant and creative professional with expertise in writing, video / filmmaking, brand management, and web design and development. Beyond all of that, for over a decade she’s substantially dedicated...

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Mateo Sluder is a Steering Committee Member with MPP. As a volunteer, he has led marches alongside Gulf War I vets, educated people about nutrition and herbs as an alternative to pharmaceutical medicine, worked with indigenous communities of South America, and organized for Bernie 2016....

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Rod Brana is a Steering Committee Member with MPP. He has been a member of Movement for a People’s Party from its inception. He believes the only way to a peaceful transition to a sustainable and just world is through the rise of truly independent political representation, a view that was shaped...

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Carol Ehrle is Political Director with MPP. She worked for many years as a mainstream media financial journalist before moving on to public relations, where she does consulting work near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked as a lead volunteer field organizer and on the national...

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Nick ​Brana ​ is the Founder and National Director with the Movement for a People's Party, the major national nonprofit at the helm of the rapidly growing movement for a new progressive political party. With more than fifty thousand members and coverage in more than a hundred mainstream and...

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