Where do we go from Here? Preparing our Movements for the Next Four Years
December 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Progressive Strategy Conference
Saturday, December 5, 2020 ~ 9 am to 5 pm ~ via Zoom
Sen. Ed Markey ~ John Nichols ~ Bill Fletcher Jr. ~ Bill McKibben ~ Vaughn Williams ~ Stephen Kinzer ~ Rahsaan Hall ~ Shailly Gupta Barnes
Whatever the results of the November election, it will be important for the Massachusetts peace, climate, and racial and economic justice movements to come together to assess the new conditions after November 3. Regardless of the outcome, we will require sustained, collaborative and strategic action if we are to seize the moment for the struggles that lie ahead.
We plan a virtual gathering on December 5 that will bring together key activists to consider “where do we go from here” with as much organic collaboration as possible.
The United States is in the midst of multiple crises that have exposed the fault lines of injustice and inequality as never before. The election results will shape the terrain for responding to these crises and seizing the opportunities they present.
The Pandemic – The critical need for a competent, coordinated national response to COVID-19 is paramount. We must control the pandemic before a safe and equitable recovery can begin, as a first step toward a well resourced public health system to prepare to avoid future pandemics.
The Economic Crisis – The first action of the new administration should be the enactment of a major economic relief package responding to the economic needs manifested by the pandemic. We need an emergency Green New Deal public jobs and infrastructure program. No longer should your access to health care be dependent on what job you have; health care should be provided to all as a human right. We need to guarantee affordable housing, food security, child and family support and education as human rights and social goods.
Racial Injustice –The murder of George Floyd has sparked a nationwide movement against racist violence, police brutality and mass incarceration. We must fight with fierce urgency to end, repair and redress the centuries of institutionalized oppression of Black and Brown people that have plagued our history and poison our present.
Climate Change – As apocalyptic fires consume the West, hurricanes assault the South, and melting ice caps flood the coasts, the US must embrace the Green New Deal and the THRIVE Agenda NOW to save the planet before it is too late.
Endless War– We must re-define national security by promoting international cooperation, not endless warfare to defend a far-flung empire. We must reverse the new cold war with Russia and China and dismantle life-threatening nuclear weapons. We must redirect resources from the Pentagon and militarized police to combat actual threats to our security from extreme poverty, inequality, and climate disaster.
Political Polarization – We must address the explosive political polarization that will continue regardless of who wins the election – and consider any role we may be playing in that polarization. Our Movement must stand with the vast majority of people, represent their interests, and build a society based on truth, science, and justice.
This is a unique moment in history. From the ashes of disease, depression, dystopia and disaster, let us gather in December to take stock, join forces and build a powerful movement for radical yet winnable social transformation based on our shared vision of hope, justice, equity and peace.
Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action, 350 Mass, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, American Friends Service Committee – Northeast Office, Progressive Massachusetts, Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants, Black Lives Matter Boston, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America
Registration: Open October 31
This conference is part of an annual series of progressive strategy conferences; the previous one was “Rising Up for a Livable Future” on November 9, 2019, held at Lesley University. You can view video of the presentations there.