Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:00 PM Eastern: Movement for a People’s Party hosts the People’s Convention. Be there (digitally), or be square. 🙂 Register now.
Big Money Causes Problems
The United States has many problems to solve. To name a few: racism, runaway inequality, public health issues, and the climate emergency. Experts have already thought of numerous solutions that can fix these maladies. Instead of wallowing in denial, we should be debating which solutions to implement — and how. But there’s a huge obstacle that blocks America from taking meaningful action to solve problems.
That obstacle is Big Money in politics. It creates conflicts of interest in the hearts and minds of our legislators. Big Money not only rewards OUR representatives for passing legislation that favors wealthy special interests, but it punishes elected officials who won’t go along with an anti-democratic, corporate-driven agenda.
It’s no secret that most Republican AND Democratic Congress Members accept Big Money campaign donations and Big Money favors. That’s how do-nothing politicians accumulate impressive wealth during office, and why they stay in office for decades.
If only we had a political party that nipped corruption in the bud — by refusing to accept Big Money donations and favors, by refusing to dance with Big Money billionaires and corporate overlords. Bernie Sanders hailed such a concept as “political revolution,” and proved it could be done! Both his presidential campaigns refused corporate money. He raised abundant campaign funding from millions of small donations given by real people (not corporate entities the Supreme Court declares are “people”).
Major New Party FREE of Big Money
It just so happens… Former National Political Outreach Coordinator for Bernie Sanders, Nick Brana, founded the Movement for a People’s Party shortly after Bernie lost the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, as a result of DNC machinations to rig the primary for Hillary Clinton.
At first, Brana called his new organization “Draft Bernie for a People’s Party.” He believed a new third party could be quickly and successfully launched if it had a well-known, dynamic, influential politician on the ticket. Brana hoped Bernie Sanders would run for President in 2020 under the new party’s banner. However, Bernie could not be lured in. (Sanders abhors the possibility of being a spoiler candidate.)
Eventually, the group’s name was adjusted to “Movement for a people’s party.” They’ve been plugging away for the last four years. They tell me they “prefer the term ‘major new party’ over ‘third party,’ as the latter validates the corporate duopoly.” Well, that just makes sense!
Now, Movement for a People’s Party takes party building to the next level. They’re holding a digital People’s Convention tomorrow, Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 4:00 PM Eastern. Register now. Participants will be able to vote on forming a major new political party that is FREE of Big Money and its corrupting influence. If you’re unable to participate, catch the People’s Convention on MPP’s YouTube Channel afterwards.
The speaker line-up is amazing. It includes Nina Turner, Cornel West, Lee Camp, Chase Iron Eyes, Marianne Williamson, Gov. Jesse Ventura, Sen. Mike Gravel, former progressive candidates Isaiah James, Lauren Ashcroft, and Maebe A Girl, Tim Black, Chris Hedges, creative activist Eleanor Goldfield, my favorite peace activist Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, founder Nick Brana (of course!), and many more luminaries from the progressive justice movement.
Like I said, be there, or be square. 🙂 Register here.
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12 thoughts on “People’s Convention for a Democracy-Driven Political Party”
Thanks for the info, JoAnn. I’ll be tuning in.
A major new party, or bust!
Michael Moore says get ready for another Trump win. Biden’s poll numbers are half of what Hillary’s were at this time. Trump is starting to run to the left of Biden just as he ran to the left of Hillary. The Dem Party is again trying its failed strategy of attempting to attract suburban Republicans instead of working people.
All of Biden’s despicable right-wing career is on YouTube including all the lies he has told. Before Trump came along, Biden was the biggest liar in politics.
Even if Biden manages to win, people will still flock to a new party. They will reject Biden’s right-wing policies: more wars and meddling in other countries, no healthcare for millions, no job guarantee, and more disastrous neoliberal economic policies–privatization, deregulation, globalization, free trade, austerity, and reductions in government spending–all of which will lead to economic disaster.
So true. Utterly frustrating. Time for a People’s Party!
I think the name of the party is important. I hope it isn’t The People’s Party (sounds too much like The People’s Republic). It needs to be a name that won’t scare Americans, something that sounds familiar.
I like the Progressive Democratic Party.
Looks like we’re going with The People’s Party. On second thought, maybe it will be popular.
It embraces everyone except corporations.
Very knowledgeable and inspiring speakers. Real issues discussed. There was a segment that described the party’s platform. It made me want to stand up and cheer. I’m on board 100%.
A great convention! I wanted to cheer, too, and cried at times. Nick Brana is a remarkable young man. He’s been working on MPP for 4 years. He has wonderful people skills AND the force of his conviction. He should be President some day.
Questions. Why will The People’s Party succeed where the Green Party failed? Why didn’t the Green Party become the party of the people?
I have the same questions. The Green platform is very progressive. I wonder if Nick Brana talked with the Greens. Probably.
There are many roadblocks set out for 3rd parties. It’s prohibitively expensive. Certain criteria are very difficult to meet. Etc. One thing I noticed, from keeping candidate lists, is that many Green candidates simply fill a ballot spot, instead of run a campaign. Too many forego a campaign website. Some don’t even have a Facebook page. It’s hard to take such campaigns seriously. It’s like they’ve given up, are just marching in place.
With good public fundraising and marketing, a People’s Party should be more successful. Also, more and more Americans are desperate for a return to democracy. So… maybe timing and destiny are on the side of a major new party. I hope so!
Great points, JoAnn. I would add that, with notable exceptions, oftentimes the Green Party candidates were not of the highest caliber in terms of knowledge and speaking skills. In contrast, the Justice Democrats candidates are almost always excellent. Hopefully, the People’s Party will vet their candidates like the Justice Democrats group does.