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Resources for a Continuing Revolution

“(Sanders) has mobilized a large number of young people, these young people who are saying, “Look, we’re not going to consent anymore.” And if that turns into a continuing, organized, mobilized—mobilized force, that could change the country—maybe not for this election, but in the longer term.” Noam Chomsky

The Movement is starting to explore how it moves forward whether or not Bernie wins nomination. The Movement is the many organizations and individuals who are working for a fundamental return to core democratic values of equity, justice, community, and respect for nature.

I’ve gathered links to resources on how the movement that has come together around Bernie Sanders’ agenda for revolution can continue to build momentum. There’s at least one planning event, several current books, several new virtual organizations, and many commentaries in alternative media.

Events and organizations

The People’s Summit

The People’s Summit is meeting June 17-19 in Chicago, an event organized by a coalition of progressive organizations, including many ____ for Bernie groups.


The call for participation begins:

“At a time of tremendous turmoil and progressive opportunity, we invite you to participate in a historic convening of organizations and individuals committed to social, racial and economic justice.  On June 17-19, in Chicago, after the party primary season and before the party conventions, we seek to bring together activists committed to a different kind of agenda: a People’s Agenda that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality and freedom. We envision this Summit as further deepening the relationship between participating organizations rooted in principled anti-corporate politics, development of community leaders, direct action not based on partisan identification, and strategic organizing to build power.”

Many of the partner organizations for this People’s Summit are ad hoc groups supporting Bernie, such as Labor for Bernie, African Americans for Bernie, etc. as well as environmental, progressive political, and social justice organizations.

Brand New Congress


America needs an honest, accountable Congress to enact Bernie’s program. But trying to win each Congressional seat one-by-one is impossible. So let’s run one campaign to replace Congress all at once (except those already on board) that whips up the same enthusiasm, volunteerism and money as Bernie’s presidential campaign.

We’re building on the tools, tactics and networks that we developed together on Bernie’s campaign. But to pull this off, the volunteer movement will have to wield more power and resources than on any campaign before. This means volunteers on the ground will run their own offices and voter contact operations, and will have access to all necessary tools and materials from the start

We’re going to challenge incumbents in their primaries—both Republicans and Democrats—with a unified campaign that America can believe in and will actually pay attention to. By running a unified campaign, we’ll be able to:

  • Create enough excitement nationally that new voters will register and vote in congressional primaries, all of which historically have very low turnout
  • Massively scale voter contact: our national volunteer force will overwhelm incumbents tiny paid local staff.
  • Gain huge economies of scale in advertising, direct mail, and staffing.
  • Use one constantly-improving campaign infrastructure as we move from election to election.
  • Let candidates focus on the issues instead of the logistics of running a campaign.

The next system

http://thenextsystem.orgThe Next System Project is an ambitious multi-year initiative aimed at thinking boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. Responding to real hunger for a new way forward, and building on innovative thinking and practical experience with new economic institutions and approaches being developed in communities across the country and around the world, the goal is to put the central idea of system change, and that there can be a “next system,” on the map. Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth are co-chairs.

Download the introductory report of the Next System Project:


Next System interview: Noam Chomsky on Organizing for a Next System


Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:00 By Staff, The Next System Project | Interview


The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution by Micah White

“The only way to learn the art of revolution is to try, fail and try again. The dynamics of social change are too fluid for anything less than relentless innovation and persistence.”

 “Part manifesto, part memoir, and part history of activism, The End of Protest is a radical document in every sense of the word. The comprehensive work explains White’s belief that protest is fundamentally broken within modern society, and new paradigms are needed for progress to continue.

“Protest is broken. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.

“In The End Of Protest Micah White heralds the future of activism and declares the end of protest as you know it. Drawing on his unique experience as the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White clearly articulates a unified theory of revolution and the principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements. from interview of White by Jaime Lubin: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaime-lubin/the-spirit-of-activism-fr_b_9780946.html


http://endofprotest.com/   a sample of the book http//endofprotest.com/sneak-preview#start

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. Mark and Paul Engler

Truth-out interview with the authors: How to Create an ecology of change http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35862-how-to-create-an-ecology-of-change-by-combining-movement-uprisings-with-long-term-organizing

This Is an Uprising examines the strategy differences between traditional schools of organizing and mass mobilizations. They argue that each plays an important role in creating social change and should be used in conjunction to be most effective in reaching a shared goal.

“. . . a key argument that we make in the book is that there is a craft to uprising — that there is a history of people grappling with the challenges of how to create momentous revolts, and that they have identified some really valuable skills and concepts in their organizing. The more we learn about this history and the more seriously we take on this craft as something that can be studied and refined, the better able we will be to guide moments of mass unrest when they break out, and the more adept we can be at creating these moments from scratch.”

“In This Is an Uprising, we are most interested in mass mobilizations. We focus on these because we think they represent a type of action whose dynamics are not widely understood. But in the end, it takes a lot of different kinds of organizing and citizen engagement to create social change. Mass protests interact with more long-standing efforts to build progressive organizations. They interact with countercultural communities. They interact with political parties and people working inside the formal structures of politics.

People Get Ready, The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy

By Robert W McChesney And John Nichols


“Humanity is on the verge of its darkest hour—or its greatest moment.”

“The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling. The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the dramatic democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress.

“The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols argue that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to effectively address environmental and social problems and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions. Based on intense reporting, rich historical analysis, and deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny—before it’s too late—and unleashing the real power of the Internet, and of humanity.”

Commentaries on the future of the movement

People for a Shared Program http://www.sharedprogram.org/

People for a Shared Program is a place to explore, develop and organize around left programmatic ideas. Below you will find a document – Possible Ideas for Going Forward – which the 87 initial signers offered as a starting point for this process. We invite you to read this document, discuss it and suggest additions or changes in our forum and/or in a blog post. We will regularly update the document in accord with good suggestions and display the current version below.

Around the world powerful and diverse possibilities are in struggle. We the signers of “Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward” think one high priority for progress is activists developing, discussing, and settling on priorities around which to organize multi issue activism in coming months and years. We hope this document can help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that, over time, come to a synthesis. We do this in the spirit of self-organization – and as a rejection of preformed inflexible programs and agendas imposed on activists from above. We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change. http://www.sharedprogram.org/#!initial-document/ozjgn

 A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World


By James Gustave Speth and J. Phillip Thompson III  April 14, 2016

“A beautiful thing is happening: Advocates for racial justice and for environmental protection—too often, movements quite distant from each other—are coming together in a new way. One can see it in the campaign of National People’s Action and the Climate Justice Alliance to push for a just and locally empowering transition to clean energy; in the New Economy Coalition’s inclusive membership and commitment to front-line communities; and in the projects of the Evergreen Cooperatives, in inner-city Cleveland. These new efforts (may they multiply!) are grounded on a strong foundation. When one explores the roots of both the environmental and civil-rights movements, one finds a strikingly similar radical critique. Both movements have called for a deep restructuring of society and the economy; in both cases, that call is based on an affirmation of life and the devoted care that life requires of us.”

What’s the Future of Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution?

By Kate Aronoff April 25, 2016


Future of the revolution won’t look anything like Sanders; it will be led by millennials and people of color

How Bernie Sanders and Occupy Wall Street Cracked Open America’s Political Imagination  by Benjamin Dangl Published: 28 April 2016


” In many ways, the influence of Occupy Wall Street is all around us. “Occupy has entered our DNA. It is in our forms of relating, organizing and being,” activist and author Marina Sitrin wrote in 2014 on how the DNA of occupy has traveled, changed, and multiplied in many social movements. “No longer seen with the occupation of parks, plazas and squares, Occupy has relocated, it is in us, it is in our ways of being, relating and coming together. People are changed—feel more dignity and organize for a different world because of it,” Sitrin explained. “We have created a new generation of organizers/activists who are not part of a movement to win one thing and then declare victory, but a movement that is about changing everything. And little by little this is happening.””

How Sanders Could Lay the Foundation for a Third US Political Party

Saturday, 16 April 2016 00:00By Geoff Gilbert, Truthout | Op-Ed


A new, independently financed political party could make Sanders’ call for “political revolution” and his claim that he is trying to build a movement more than a dream boldly proclaimed by an inspiring, if not quixotic, leader. It could deliberately seek to unify our currently fragmented movement cultures and operate as a vehicle for the substantive promise of Sanders’ “political revolution”: deep institutional and cultural reform. Doing so, it could begin to fulfill our country’s lofty aspirations: a society truly ruled by the people with meaningful input available to everyone, absent discrimination on any basis — race, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion.

Most importantly, perhaps, an independently financed party could seek to define this broad policy platform, not primarily through the input of elite power brokers funneled through the corporate-financed media and think tank complex, but with the input of grassroots leaders already engaged in building such a society.

How Progressives Can—and Must—Regain the Moral High Ground

In the South, we’re building a broad, new movement rooted in right and wrong, not left and right.

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II January 15, 2016  thenation.com/article/how-progressives-can-and-must-reg…

“The patches of the fusion coalition in the South lie all around us: Black Lives Matter, Fight for $15, the Equality Federation, Southerners On New Ground, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, and progressive churches. But progressives and liberals must learn not to throw away the moral high ground and walk away from religious discourse. At the heart of faith is love, justice, fairness, and a measure of mercy for all people. Many people get to a social ethos grounded in love by way of ethical reasoning or political tradition. But we must not write off the millions, from Baptists to Buddhists, who get there by way of a myriad of faith traditions.

“Over the past decade here in North Carolina, we have witnessed the power of moral dissent to challenge the forces of injustice. Our adversaries have hijacked the concept of morality and shifted it to such personal matters as abortion and homosexuality. But by taking back the moral high ground on issues like Medicaid, voting rights, and poverty, our Moral Mondays movement won the support of a dozen major religious denominations and rallied tens of thousands in the streets of our cities and towns.”


Labor in the age of climate change 


Bernie and Beyond 2016

by Peter Olney, for Labor for Bernie, March 26, 2016 Now is the time to unite in a new force for a democratic economy

The Chicago Teachers Union strike https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/04/chicago-teachers-union-strike-karen-lewis/


The Long March of Bernie’s Army, Where it came from; where it’s headed.

By Harold Meyerson, A vice-chair The Democratic Socialists of America, March 23, 2016


“Leaders of unions, community-organizing groups, minority organizations and student groups, prominent environmentalists and Sanders activists, precinct walkers and online campaigners—some longtime allies, some total strangers to one another—are “all in one large, shifting conversation,” in the words of one such leader, to figure out how to build the Revolution once the Sanders campaign is done . . .  they are debating ideas on how to create something—organizations, coalitions, networks, local, state, national—that can capture and build on the energy and politics that the Sanders campaign has unleashed.

The challenge of creating an enduring left out of Sanders’s young supporters, who have brought the passion, energy, and numbers to his campaign, is particularly daunting.

What Does a Socialist Movement Look Like?

Elizabeth Schulte, Socialist Worker

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/36000-what-does-a-socialist-movement-look-likeSaturday, 14 May 2016 00:00

Socialism in America Is Closer Than You Think:


Experiments with public ownership are thriving across the country. The challenge is to link them and scale them up. By Gar Alperovitz, February 11, 2016



Bernie and Beyond 2016

Now is the time to unite in a new force for a democratic economy

Peter Olney, for Labor for Bernie, March 26, 2016

The Sanders’ campaign has been a roaring success in igniting the passion of the American people for a progressive, anti-corporate agenda. It has resonated deeply with the working class because Bernie “walks the talk” that union members hear between elections. While many primaries still remain and the July Democratic convention looms, it is not too soon to start planning beyond Bernie, win or lose.

The cardinal question remains: Can the progressive left in the United States coalesce around a strategy that develops a permanent and ongoing presence in the political arena at the national, state and local level. Yes we can!

Unions, political organizations, community groups, worker centers, immigrant rights groups and organizations advocating for people of color, women and LGBT rights that consider the following statements to be true have an opportunity to come together around a common strategic vision:

1. America suffers from too great a concentration of wealth and power that is corrupting our democracy.

2. As a nation we must proactively address the historical and pressing problems of
discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation.

3. Our permanent war economy and militarized foreign policy is not bringing us closer to
genuine “national security.” Our national priorities must shift to new investments in education and infrastructure, the expansion of Social Security, and Medicare for all.

4. Global climate change requires a massive shift in energy and employment policies. We are currently frittering away our opportunities to develop energy sources and new jobs that won’t further degrade the planet.

5. Unions and other worker organizations are crucial bastions in the fight against inequality and essential to any viable political initiative. Therefore the defense of the right to organize and of labor’s right to promote working class interests in the political sphere must be central to any progressive project.

Unity around the aforementioned general principles could provide an opportunity to work
together on a common political strategy during national, state and local elections. One crucial component of such a strategy is to run or support candidates who support these principles in primary races (usually, but not exclusively, in the Democratic Party).  For a more in=depth discussion of the merits of this primary electoral strategy see “The Primary Route” by Tom Gallagher, CoasttoCoastPublications.org, 2015.

As the Sanders’ campaign has shown, the best antidote to the political corruption now allowed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is to “unite citizens” and support candidates who stand for these principles and campaign without the Wall Street support that dominates both major parties.

This primary strategy would be complementary to other political strategies like issue oriented initiatives and referenda, independent campaigns in “nonspoiler”
situations or nonpartisan elections, fusion, recall or “insurrectionary” movements ala Chicago. All these strategies are geared to the goal of eventually having a “party of our own.”

Labor unions will be central to moving this political project forward. The labor movement
provides a base in the working class and the necessary savvy and resources to drive a “primary strategy.” However, labor, under relentless assault from the same corporate interests and billionaires that pollute our political process, cannot do it alone. It must share leadership with other dynamic social movement organizations, especially those representing immigrants and communities of color. There is also room to learn from organizations like the Working Families Party, National People’s Action and Progressive Democrats of America, etc. These groups (and many others) should be enlisted to share their experience, embrace the strategic approach to be a coordinated force in electoral primaries and other political arenas and “sign on” in unity with the five basic principles.

To continue supporting the political revolution and work constructively in broader coalition groups, the five national unions and over 90 local unions that have endorsed Bernie Sanders could form the core of a new and coherent union political formation. Once formed, other national unions and many locals would undoubtedly be attracted to it.

Most importantly, such a formation could play a leading role in the broader grouping that
Sanders and the tens of millions of his supporters rightly expect to emerge from the campaign to carry on his vision and much needed change.

To move this vision forward it will be necessary for the unions that have embraced Bernie and the call for political revolution to stick together and agree to provide sufficient resources to coordinate our work. It will require union leadership forming a coordinating body and staff to begin implementing a unifying program in selected campaigns at the state and national level.

We are in a unique political moment. Our movement can’t afford to miss this opportunity. The whole world is watching!

Peter Olney, retired from serving the International Longshore and Warehouse Union as Organizing Director. ILWU has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. Peter is  now working with the Labor for Bernie organization.
March 26, 2016

Long Term Support for Bernie Once We Elect Him

Bernie Sanders and our coalition of movement and labor organizations should be looking ahead to when we elect him President.  He frequently reminds us that our movements have to continue playing a major role  once he’s in the Oval Office. To what extent have either Bernie’s campaign staff or movement organizations started this strategic planning process?

  • Who is developing strategies for watching Bernie’s back once elected? Even with a landslide vote taking control of Senate and Congress, he will face ruthless opposition from the banks, fossil fuel and military industries, the DNC & RNC establishments, and many career government bureaucrats.
  • What movement organizations are exploring the specific roles they could play in realizing his common sense agenda for change ?
  • What role should movement organizations play in Bernie’s transition team?
  • Who is detailing the job creation opportunities in Bernie’s agenda–Creating Jobs Rebuilding America, Climate Change, and Improving Rural America ?
    Economic and financial analysis?
    Development of movement strategies for supporting entrepreneurial and employment opportunities?
  • Who is creating strategies for conversion of weapons industries and work forces as Bernie achieves major cuts in military spending?

We realize that the focus on getting out the vote in the next states is central to Bernie’s campaign team, unions supporting him, and the other movement organizations. However, another level of forward thinking is essential if Bernie and our movement are to succeed in the long term.

Benefits and Risks of a Sanders Action Campaign

It’s better not to declare any benefits or risks of a Bernie 2016 action campaign to be so. This strategy adds another level of complexity to an already out of the box way of running a campaign. We’ll simply ask the following leading questions.

Would an action campaign gain new votes from undecideds? Hillary supporters? Republicans and Trump supporters?

Might an action campaign distract from the political campaign’s core mission of winning delegates and states?

Would an action campaign attract active participation by movement organizations like Move-on, Change.org, Democracy for American, Avaaz . . .?

Would an action campaign increase the movement’s active membership?

Would an action campaign bring new endorsements from unions (locals if not nationals)? Hispanic & Black organizations? Superdelegates? Down ballot candidates?

Would an action campaign attract positive mainstream media coverage?

Would an action campaign shift the nation’s attention away from the mean circus of the Republican meltdown to a vision of the authentic American Dream?

Would the movement organizations and others be able to raise the funds needed to support grassroots projects highlighted in the campaign? To support the parallel action campaign team?

Is there risk of sabotage of the campaign by other players–right or center?

What are other possible unforeseen consequences of an action campaign?

About See Bernie Win

Bernie Sanders’ agenda for a democratic revolution is powerful, attracting creative active supporters. I’ve been waiting 50 years to hear what he’s proposing to shift the balance of wealth and power and restore our democracy. This is a make or break moment in history.

But I hear over and over that we need change now,  just can’t wait. I hear folks need to know Bernie can act with the power needed to realize his big ideas.

See Bernie Win is creating a vision for building his out of the box electoral campaign into an action campaign for real time change:

Celebrate American’s great grassroots strength in the face of inequality and injustice.

Use the Presidential campaign and our passionate movement to create change right now.

By the way, Bernie’s revolution is pure common sense. Beautifully reactionary in his call to restore the authentic American Dream.

See Bernie Win

Bernie Sanders’ campaign team is hard at work registering voters, getting them out to vote and hopefully rolling through the next state primaries with victories and new delegates. As I approach 82 years of life on Earth I feel that I’ve never seen a campaign as important as Bernie’s breakthrough popularly funded campaign. His agenda for change is just plain old common sense to my ears.

I believe Bernie Sanders is sounding the wake up call to bring us out of a horrific economic, political, military, and environmental nightmare. We don’t have time to sleep on under this dark cloud. I seen only common sense and common decency in Bernie’s “revolution”

But what I’m hearing from many  of my friends is that they need to see a sign that he knows how to achieve change at this level. They’re hungry for change now, so they can be patient as Bernie moves on his major agenda once we elect him.

I’ve reached out to the incredible networks I’ve gained across my sixty years of working for the common good. We’re seeing visions of how the uniqueness of Bernie’s campaign could go further.

Its simple: start acting now! Call upon the movement to celebrate and support the thousands of innovative compassionate projects and programs around the country. Create a parallel action campaign organization to support and raise funds for action.

We’ll detail how this action campaign could unfold, how it could support veterans, laid-off workers, workers acting to build unions, low income communities, victims of racial injustice, immigrants, middle-class families sinking into poverty . . . you name it!

See Bernie Win!