Can the Democratic Party be Reformed?

Host/Sponsor: 
Socialist Action
Room: 
Timeslot: 
Abstract: 
Anyone serious about building resistance to the current assault on working people and the environment must finally decide: Can the Democratic Party be Reformed? No social movement currently mobilizing in the streets can avoid the challenge of gaining real political power, but activists are deeply divided about just what kind of party we need if we are to have real clout. The panelists assembled in this workshop, who range from supporters of Our Revolution to those who advocate a workers party, will discuss and debate their views on this question from the point of view of theory, history, and practical work.
Panel Track: 
The Resistance: By Any Means Necessary
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Dan
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Durso
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Former Co-Director, Bernie Sanders CT Team
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Durso is a longtime union activist and former VP and Political Coordinator of his Teamster’s local. He was a field organizer with the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT and with UAW during their Foxwoods campaign.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Daniel
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Vila
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Chair, Manhattan Green Party
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Daniel Vila is Chair of Manhattan Greens and labor coordinator at Sisa Pakati Cultural and Labor Center, Queens, New York City. He was the 2016 Green Party candidate for the 13th District, New York/
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Daniel
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Adam
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Socialist Action
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Daniel Adam was the director of the 2010 campaign of Socialist Action candidate Christopher Hutchinson for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. He is the author of the August 2015 article, "Is the Sanders Campaign a New Movement?'
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Margaret
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Kimberly
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Editor and Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Margaret Kimberly contributed to the ongoing coverage of the 2016 election for Black Agenda Report.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Melissa
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Muldoon
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Socialist Action
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Muldoon was a central leader of the Bernie Sanders CT Team who has broken with the Democratic Party and become a socialist activist in Connecticut.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Christine
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Gauvreau
 

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