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Coming Together: Building Progressive Political Power
Sat December 4, 2021 @ 9:00 am - Sun December 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST
Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, 2021
State Rep. Nika Elugardo
Massachusetts progressives are well aware of the crises we face. Climate catastrophes and COVID-19 ravage communities across the country, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and the poor always suffering most. The risk of nuclear war is as close as we have ever been. In Massachusetts, the growing incidence of the diseases of despair; addiction, ODs, and suicide reflect the worsening misery of much of our population while Trumpism threatens our political will to make change happen.
Come to our online Fall 2021 conference, Coming Together: Building Progressive Political Power, on Dec 4-5, where we will explore how we can move our programs forward with maximum impact, strategizing how to engage, unite and build the power needed to reverse the destructive policies of our current governmental structures. We acknowledge the urgency to center those whose lived experiences of resistance to oppression and injustice form the scaffold for our agenda.
The 2016 and 2020 national elections, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Indigenous resistance to the Line 3 pipeline have changed power relationships and shifted cultural narratives in the United States. The Sanders presidential campaigns and the elections of AOC, Ayanna Pressley, and other members of The Squad point out the possibilities and the potential for progressive politics in the United States, but we are far from where we need to be. We will examine how we strengthen Progressive influence in our national, state and local governments.
To build power, we must forge coalitions of movements and groups, made up of different racial, ethnic, class, and gender constituencies. We must dismantle white supremacy and understand what it means to be an ally. We will begin the process of building a political agenda that is inclusive of human rights, including frequently under-represented BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, as we confront the threats of economic exploitation, climate change and nuclear war.
Lastly, we will address: how we maintain morale when political incrementalism impacts our power to address broad international issues and crises faced by the grassroots; and how we can conserve stamina, have fun and feel joy in our efforts. We should dance as we work toward a more just and sustainable world.
Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Our Revolution Massachusetts, Progressive Democrats of America, Progressive Massachusetts, North American Indian Center of Boston, Incorruptible Mass, Boston Democratic Socialists of America, Cape Cod Democratic Socialists of America, Massachusetts Call 2 Action, Liberation Road- Massachusetts, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, Cape Cod Democratis Socialists of America, and Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants.
Endorsed by Massachusetts Sierra Club, New England Korea Peace Campaign, and Indivisible Mass Coalition.
Registration fee: Pay what you can afford, $0- $100 – unlimited, sliding scale. Average to cover our costs: $20. Read the sliding scale guidance page. Register to attend. After covering expenses, any remaining funds will be divided among the sponsoring organizations.
We need 30 breakout conveners! Breakouts will focus on discussing and responding to the presentations. Breakout conveners should experienced at convening groups of people to work together on a common task, and preferably, be familiar with the conference’s subject matter. There will be a planning meeting for conveners, probably on Dec. 2 or 3. Sign up to be a breakout convener (and register for the conference at the same time). What do breakout conveners do? Read the orientation.
Massachusetts progressive organizations are invited to cosponsor or endorse. See details and sign up.
Payment can also be made by check payable to Massachusetts Peace Action. Mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 and write “Coming Together” on the memo line.
Saturday, December 4
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am Keynote Address – Rep. Ayanna Pressley
10:00 am National Strategy Panel
11:00 am National Strategy Breakouts
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 pm State Strategy and Issues Panel
3:00 pm State Strategy and Issues Breakouts
4:10 pm Greeting — Sen. Elizabeth Warren
4:30 pm Adjourn
Sunday, December 5
10:00 am Breakout Reports and Next Steps
12:00 pm Concluding Address – State Rep. Nika Elugardo
12:15 pm Adjourn