Resistance is something. Action is much more powerful. Here’s the Saturday, June 2 roundup of pertinent, current progressive actions…
The Poor People’s Campaign
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s warning that “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom,” the Poor People’s Campaign launched its third week of action in cities nationwide on Tuesday with the aim of confronting the American war economy, which pours resources that could be used to provide healthcare and food to the poor at home into the killing of innocents abroad.
~ Jake Johnson
Every week between May 13 and June 23 has a theme—and plenty of ways to show your support.
Week 1: Child poverty, Women, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities
Week 2: Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, and Justice for Immigrants
Week 3: Militarism, the War Economy, Veterans, and Education
Week 4: Ecological Devastation and Health: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All
Week 5: Jobs, Income, the Right to Organize, and Housing
Week 6: A New and Unsettling Force: A Fusion Movement Rising Up
This week, creative activist Eleanor Goldfield covers regulatory institutions, corporate media, and the fight for black liberation.
Mark Your Calendar
Left Forum 2018: Towards a New Strategy for the Left
“Towards a New Strategy for the Left” is the theme of Left Forum 2018. Here’s a blurb from the website:
Fragmentation remains an obstacle to our power today. But we do not need a rigid consensus in order to build together. Unity allows for differences and embraces other voices — it does not squelch them. We do not have to block dissent and critical self-analysis. What we do need is to build broad coalitions for freedom and justice and strengthen each other in our efforts to push the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence. The time for action is now.
Featured speakers include:
- Juan Gonzalez – Award-winning investigative reporter
- Kali Akuno – Co-director of Cooperation Jackson
- Jane Sanders – Founder of the Sanders institute
- Gayle McLaughlin – Former Mayor of Richmond, California
- Paul Jay – CEO of The Real News Network
- Ajamu Baraka – Green Party vice presidential nominee
- Medea Benjamin – Co-founder of Code Pink
- Samir Amin – Marxian economist
- David Harvey – Political economist and author
- Richard Wolff – Founder of Democracy at Work.
The event fee varies according to discounts that may apply.
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