Posts tagged ‘strategy and tactics’

Gar Alperovitz’s Green Party Keynote: We Are Laying Groundwork for “Next Great Revolution”

by , posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

from Democracy Now!

At the Green Party’s 2012 National Convention in Baltimore over the weekend, Massachusetts physician Jill Stein and anti-poverty campaigner Cheri Honkala were nominated the party’s presidential and vice-presidential contenders. We air the convention’s keynote address delivered by Gar Alperovitz, a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Alperovitz is the author of, “America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.” In his remarks, Alperovitz stressed the importance of third-party politics to challenge a corporate-run society. “Systems in history are defined above all by who controls the wealth,” Alperovitz says. “The top 400 people own more wealth now than the bottom 185 million Americans taken together. That is a medieval structure.”

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Van Jones: “Re-electing Obama won’t solve all of our problems”

by , posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 9:12 am

from Current TV’s The War Room

Van talks about the importance of having two forms of power: a President willing to be moved, and a movement in the streets willing to do the moving.

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PDA-IL: Will Guzzardi and Rebecca Reynolds on Illinois’ 39th House district race

by , posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 9:00 am

from Progressive Democrats of America – Illinois

Former candidate for Illinois’ 39th House district Will Guzzardi and his former campaign manager Rebecca Reynolds talk about their very, very close race against incumbent Toni Berrios.

May 14, 2012.

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Bending the Arc

by , posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

from the New Organizing Institute

There’s only one way change happens: when people stand up and make change. There’s a long road ahead of us, but together we’ll continue to bend the arc.

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“Make A Ruckus”: Robert Reich Hails Occupy For Exposing Concentration of Wealth and Power

by , posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

from Democracy Now!

In his new book, Beyond Outrage, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich opens with a dedication to the Occupy Wall Street movement. He writes: “To the Occupiers, and all others committed to taking back our economy and our democracy.” We speak to Reich about the success of Occupy in reshaping the national dialogue on the economy and why strong grassroots movements are needed to push elected leaders in Washington to enact a progressive agenda. Reich also discusses why austerity is not the answer to the economic crisis at home, or in Europe.

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John Nichols: How to Build a Movement

by , posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

from The Nation

A real movement is not limited to a small party. A real movement touches everyone. In Wisconsin, a real movement did just that. In this video, John Nichols explains how the state came together—from the young to the old, from the private sector to the public—in a show of diversity that formed the basis for a broader struggle.

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OSI: Pat Langley, “Occupy’s Queer Ancestor”

by , posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 3:44 pm

from Occupy Springfield IL

Pat Langley speaks to Occupy Springfield, IL about the similarities between the Occupy movement and the Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP)

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Gayatri Spivak: The Long and Short of Capitalism’s Demise

by , posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 2:19 pm

from The Nation

The short-term work of strikes and sensational displays of worker power will not be enough to dislodge capitalism’s grip on our lives, says Professor Gayatri Spivak of Columbia University. These short-term tactics must be paired with the longer-term efforts of education and organization. This educational work, Spivak insists in this video, is “not really the pedagogy of the oppressed, it is indeed the pedagogy of the liberated, because if you do not have training in the practice of freedom, when you win… it will not last.”

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David Harvey on Urban Uprisings From Occupy Wall Street to Paris Commune

by , posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 10:19 am

from Democracy Now!

On Tuesday, May 1st, known as May Day or International Workers Day, Occupy Wall Street protesters hope to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country under the slogan, “General Strike. No Work. No Shopping. Occupy Everywhere.” Events are planned in 125 cities. We speak with leading social theorist David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, about how Occupy Wall Street compares to other large-scale grassroots movements throughout modern history. His most recent book is “Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution.”

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Reimagining the General Strike

by , posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

from The Nation

When May 1 rolls around, the proposed general strike will probably not strictly resemble famed general strikes of history. But the tactic is no less significant now than it used to be. In fact, a lot rides on this upcoming May Day. This video, featuring archival footage and the words of Marina Sitrin, Francis Fox Piven and John Nichols, explains why the general strike matters so much, not just for Occupy and labor but for the legitimacy of democracy itself.

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