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Galindez writes: "For the record, I don't know what post-campaign effort will emerge as the lead coalition for the political revolution. I do think it would be a huge mistake to ignore The People's Summit, which begins June 17th in Chicago."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Karen Bleier/Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: Karen Bleier/Getty Images)

The Post-Election Political Revolution

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

05 June 16


or the record, I don’t know what post-campaign effort will emerge as the lead coalition for the political revolution. I do think it would be a huge mistake to ignore The People’s Summit, which begins June 17th in Chicago.

The convening organizations include National Nurses United, Progressive Democrats of America, and They are groups with strong ties to Bernie that will have a large role in the senator’s efforts after the campaign. Win or lose in July or November, Bernie Sanders is not going to just quietly return to the Senate. He has built a movement that will live past the 2016 election.

The 3-day conference will begin with a panel called Visions of Justice. RoseAnn DeMoro, Cornel West, Naomi Klein, and Juan Gonzalez will lead the discussion. Just days after the the last votes are cast, it is important to start the discussion of where we go from here while Bernie’s supporters are still engaged.

DeMoro, the president of National Nurses United, called the People’s Summit “a declaration of independence from establishment politics” that will directly address the current “rupture in the political fabric of this country. We need to give voice to that collectively.”

The individuals and organizations behind the summit were the ones who were behind Bernie from the beginning. One such group is People for Bernie. Led by some of the key organizers of Occupy Wall Street, People for Bernie started organizing before Bernie officially entered the race. They quickly built a large online presence and organized meetups in places where the campaign wasn’t on the ground yet with staff.

“Activists around the country have been electrified by Bernie’s call to action. And now we’re going to expand on the movement’s momentum to empower a new generation of young people to engage in the political process,” said People for Bernie’s Winnie Wong.

The summit will be diverse and will focus on building an inclusive movement to transform our political system.

“We must build a movement that involves millions in the long term struggle to radically reshape our political and economic systems that benefit big corporations and the rich while devastating working families and the poor. We are coming together to ensure this movement flourishes beyond the conventions, the election and the inauguration,” said David Hatch of Reclaim Chicago.

Bernie has awakened young people and inspired them to become more active in the political process. It is critical to keep them engaged and not leave them discouraged when the 2016 election wraps up.

“We’re in an incredible, game changing moment in US history. We’re seeing unprecedented uprisings around racial justice, poverty wages, and skyrocketing tuition. The establishment might think that this energy will die down after the election, but young people are organizing for the long haul because we know that the fight doesn’t stop here,” said Leewana Thomas of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS).

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) was one of the first organizations that backed Bernie, maybe the first. They launched “Run Bernie Run” before there was a “Run Warren Run.” Early on when Bernie nearly won the straw poll at the Wisconsin State convention, it was PDA that organized for Bernie at that convention.

“Bernie reminds us all often that this is about movement and about restoring power to the people. This is the logical next step in solidifying this movement for political revolution to go beyond this election cycle and on to achieving economic and social justice for all,” said PDA’s Donna Smith.

And of course Democratic Socialists of America has been supporting Bernie since he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. I attended one of their meetings in the late 1980s to get an endorsement for an anti-nuclear weapons initiative. I remember them talking about Bernie at that meeting. They wanted him to run for Congress, which he did in 1990 and won.

“The local connections we are trying to foster will be the beginning of deeper, democratic collaboration across organizations and movements for public protest, organizing to grow the revolution, and electoral action in the next four years,” said Maria Svart, national director of DSA. “Social networking has transformed information sharing and mobilization. We can spread the agenda to hundreds of thousands of Bernie supporters, and beyond. What we advocate are demands that are close to the hearts of millions of Americans, not just those who vote for Bernie.”

Other faces of Bernie’s campaign will take part in the Summit. Here is a partial list:

  • Naomi Klein, environmental/social activist, author, “This Changes Everything”
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, veteran, Meritorious Service Medal awardee
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chair Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Former NAACP president Ben Jealous
  • National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro
  • Former Ohio State senator Nina Turner
  • Documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, showing his new film “How to Love Everything Climate Can’t Change”
  • Frances Fox Piven, author, activist
  • Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia
  • Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now!, author, “Harvest of Empire”
  • Jim Hightower, American populist
  • Shaun King, New York Daily News columnist, Occupy activist
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president, Hip-Hop Caucus
  • Becky Bond, former executive director CREDO, director digital organizing Sanders campaign

Many on this list were campaign surrogates who Bernie trusted to speak for the campaign. For me that is a sign that this summit will play an important role in developing the next step for the Political Revolution.

Activities at the summit will include plenary and workshop sessions on ongoing national movement building actions, training on civil disobedience, and how to bring actions back to local communities.

Some of the issues likely to be emphasized to unify the movement include the ongoing campaigns for a national $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, climate justice, voting rights, criminal justice reform, the fight for free and higher education and ending student debt, and a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs. The summit will also include music and a “festival of joyous rebellion.”

Senator Sanders is among those invited to speak at the summit.

The People’s Summit
June 17-19, McCormick Place, Chicago
Program begins at 7 p.m. Friday night, June 17.
Continues through 12 noon, Sunday, June 19.
How to get involved:
Via or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Twitter: @pplsummit

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+41 # danireland46 2016-06-05 10:09
I like what's happening with the revolution. Obama had a great grassroots organization (GO), Dr. Dean had a great GO, the original fight over Citizen's United as well, but they all basically fizzled. Bernie's revolution, as this article explains, is in it for the long haul. I love the goals listed on their Peoples Summit Agenda - "the ongoing campaigns for a national $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, climate justice, voting rights, criminal justice reform, the fight for free and higher education and ending student debt, and a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs."
To me, this is a guaranteed end to fizzle, and hope for a better tomorrow. Just a couple of additions: Money out of politics, and serious consideration of a new, Progressive Party.
+22 # michelle 2016-06-05 13:06
...and let us call ourselves 'solutionaries' . We want to fix the problems.
+5 # grandlakeguy 2016-06-06 18:52
The two party system no longer works for the benefit of the citizenry.
If the nomination is foolishly handed to Queen Hillary the hawk at the Democratic convention then the status quo should be challenged NOW.

If denied the nomination then Bernie should join with the Green party and create the...

Enough Americans are so thoroughly disgusted with the lack of real choice or real leaders that a third party has a great chance of winning in November.

This is not the time to accept the coronation of the DNC's pre-picked shill.
+4 # RadicalLeft 2016-06-07 10:50
Yes, a new, Progressive Party!
+23 # Boston66 2016-06-05 10:10
the difficulty will be too agree on one simple and focused idea/theme/mess age to be a large enough tent for progressive "insiders" but not scare off those who are new to politics and are Sanders supporters...ho w to develop the mechanics to ID and support progressive candidates for all offices will be a challenge, but critical.
+13 # DaveEwoldt 2016-06-05 14:41
To me the big tent issue that can cover all the rest is true sustainability. When defined in an ecologically sound manner, the core inescapable conclusion is that justice isn't possible without sustainability, and without justice there will never be peace.

Remember, there will be neither democracy nor an economy on a dead planet.
+20 # Scott Galindez 2016-06-05 10:37
Obama immediately turned OFA over to the DNC...The OFA staff was following marching orders from the DNC, the grass roots fizzled.

Deans organization is still relevant since Jim Dean runs it and not the DNC.
+6 # Shades of gray matter 2016-06-05 10:42
To a considerable extent, the New Deal was created by the Great Depression, not speech writers, although the contrast to "raw deal" was wonderful. Currently, Reactionary Racism and shifting demographics are more influential than a clever catch phrase. I think the key task, after defeating Trumpism, is to consolidate control of the Democratic Party in the likes of Liz Warren, Tulsi, new generation African Americans & Latinos. A "fresh start" is an appealing concept also?
A "Rainbow" party is a very nice connotation. Great imagery.
+7 # banichi 2016-06-06 01:10
Shades - why are you here? You have spent the last, oh ,at least 5 months at a guess, making negative, caustic comments just like a hilbot troll, disparaging Bernie's supporters and the stand we have taken. You are quite apparently a Democratic party spoiler as afar as I can determine from your posts. I have no interest in 'taking control of the Democratic Party' in any way, nor will the majority of progressives. It has demonstrated it is too interested in establishment control of the party, meaning no real democracy is allowed. And yet here you are again, making (sort of) nice, until the part about the consolidating control of the Democratic Party.

Sorry, anyone who thinks the Democratic Party can be saved or taken over, OR advocates such strategy, wants to redirect the only real democratic movement left in this country into a conflict situation to take over something that is dying, whether they realize it yet or not. That would be a waste of time, since Reid, Clinton (if she survives the election and the 'FBI' investigation that so far has not produced anything real) and the rest of the 'establishment' Demos will resist any real democracy; it would not continue to line their pockets, where their real commitment is.

So I don't see any point in your being here other than to set yourself up to be a spoiler and create the opportunity to cause havoc at a strategic point when it will do the most harm.

I doubt that I am the only one who sees you that way. We'll see.
+34 # futhark 2016-06-05 11:31
I would very much like to see peace specifically mentioned as one of the agenda goals of this meeting. "Justice, equality and freedom" are certainly worthy items, but breaking the economic shackles of militarism and ceasing to insult and assault the citizens of nations around the globe ought to be among the very highest priorities.
+13 # tedrey 2016-06-05 13:37
It would sure get billions of people around the world rooting for us to succeed!
+11 # MDSolomon 2016-06-05 12:00
If the decline and destruction of past political movements are applicable, then here are the problems that must be overcome if the energy and numbers of this movement are to be expanded:

1) Lack of focus. The movement scatters itself with numerous issues and interest groups, all of which fail to see the root cause of global dysfunction: private control over money creation. Part of this is due to lack of education and analysis; part of this is due to the tendency of individuals to champion their own ideas; and part of this is due to:

2) Infiltration by the cartel and their paid saboteurs, agent provocateurs, and other divisive agents.

By concentrating on the root cause--the so-called too-big-to-fail banks, which own the Federal Reserve, and have leveraged this into control over most of the key planetary assets--the peripheral counter-intelli gence efforts can be minimized. Even the Fed (the Minneapolis branch) is looking for ideas on how to deal with this problem.

We must not ignore how far-reaching the power over money creation extends its tentacles:
+4 # A_Har 2016-06-05 14:55
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+12 # Radscal 2016-06-05 14:58
Precisely, MD.

And if allowed (back) into the White House, Wall-Street-Hil lary will do everything in her power to destroy the movement to rein in the banksters.

This will include duplicitous rhetoric, deliberately ineffectual policies, COINTELPRO-styl e infiltration and disruption of the movement, and police state crackdowns that would make Obama's coordinated assault on Occupy Wall Street look like a solidarity march.

And they know who we are. I have no doubt they're already proving that by selectively disenfranchisin g us in the primaries.

Of course, she will sign into law TPP, TTIP and TISA, order expanded wars and continue Obama's "all of the above" energy policy to profit the fossil fuel industry.

And her backers in the corporate media will confuse and beguile the majority so they have no clue that fascism has arrived.
-8 # rocback 2016-06-06 15:46
Can you imagine how Bernie supporters would be up in arms if Bernie was leading in the popular vote and Bernie was leading in the pledged delegates and Hillary won by flipping the super delegates? That is exactly what Bernie wants because that's his only chance. What a hypocrite!
+5 # Scott Galindez 2016-06-05 16:30
I agree with #1, however you then place your issue ahead of others. We have to agree to work together this time.
0 # banichi 2016-06-06 01:28
MD and all, I don't disagree with you about the importance of the issue of private control over money. It is easily one of the root causes of the majority of our economic and social problems, as well as the military adventurism that goes hand in hand with the neoliberalism corrupting the country.

I don't think it should be taken on right away, though. I am certain that Bernie is aware of it, or he would not have taken the stand on breaking up too-big-to-fail banks that he has. But, starting with the core issue might be the way to get this movement killed, as the power of the banking system worldwide is immense. I have seen and heard it said that JFK had started discussions of the U.S. printing its own currency, before he was killed. And Kaddhafi had in mind establishing a new Pan-African currency outside of the central banks of Europe and US control, before we went in and he got killed.

Again, I am not disparaging the purpose, but it should be discussed and explored for the potential dangers from opponents in the global banking system (such as the Rothschilds) before jumping on it. Create a strategy before taking it on, to understand the opponents we would have.

That said, why not focus - at least initially - on supporting the same agendas that Bernie has been speaking to? I think that - and what comes up in the process of doing so - will keep us all busy creating a power base that has organizational strength behind it.
-1 # fletch1165 2016-06-06 20:39

An international banking cartel controls the Fed and not American banks:

"Chart 1 reveals the linear connection between the Rothschilds and the Bank of England, and the London banking houses which ultimately control the Fed...."
+15 # Mainiac 2016-06-05 12:17
The Number 1 objective of this conference must be the nomination of Bernie at the Democratic Party convention in July. We don’t want “the status quo” thinking that we can be “bought off” or “distracted” from this goal by “letting us” have our political revolution after the election.

We want Bernie now!!
+13 # Scott Galindez 2016-06-05 16:36
That is still the focus of the campaign...We need to build a movement outside of the electoral process to provide the street heat that a President Sanders or Senator Sanders will need to get things done.

If Hillary wins the nomination and or the election she still wont lead our movement.
-4 # rocback 2016-06-06 12:22
If that is the number one objective, you are doomed to fail. I actually agree with much of your program and would like to see (some of) it succeed.

Read the Art of War by Sun Tzu. You don't fight wars you know you will lose. You must live to fight another day.

Your meeting could be a great thing. Don't blow it by jousting at windmills. And don't alienate those in power who could help you.
+4 # fletch1165 2016-06-06 20:48
THEN WHY IRAQ? And the war on Iran Hillary has promised is BEYOND unwinnable. We knew we would lose Iraq. Everyone did. Michael S. Gunther wrote a book about it between the Gulf Wars. The State department read that book and knew. Any knucklehead knew. WHY? And Why does Hillary still want more unwinnable wars? Hint: The MONEY she and a narrow sector of elites get at the expense of everyone else.
+11 # PaulK 2016-06-05 13:54
I want to see a practical climate R&D project. I don't like the name "Manhattan Project" because we know how badly that came out.

We need stored solar thermal for heating buildings in winter, we need better heliostats, we need a new transit system plus lots of improvements to the car-strangled system, to bikeways, to buses and to commuter rail. Next, we need to develop ways to ameliorate Arctic warming. Wind-powered snowmaking machines might help a bit. Finally, we need to test alternate ways of sequestering lots of carbon.

If individual Congresspeople don't want to fund this, we need to go international and then we need to fire some of these Congresspeople.
+2 # fletch1165 2016-06-06 20:51
Every building must be incorporated in some way. We can do it clearly. But first we need regulations the criminal Wall Street people will follow and actually be enforced.

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