For the broad democracy movement, it is essential that organizing and dialogue between partisans expand and attains new levels of sophistication and coordination. One way to address this need is organizing public strategy conversations between leading movement activists on key topics in ways that allow for rapid, strategic resistance to the Trump agenda and promotion of shared left-wing ideas that resonate with the majority of working people and super-exploited communities across the United States and abroad. In order to engage this critical space, the Liberty Tree Foundation in partnership with Presente.org and Move To Amend is organizing a series of Democracy Movement Briefings which shall work with engaged intellectuals and movement strategists and organizers on conversations conducted via webinar.
The broad democracy movement is a revolutionary movement with active projects on at least three fronts: (1) building independent politics and formations, including the Green Party; (2) insurgent Democratic Party initiatives; and (3) social movement organizing and campaigns, including among many others the Movement for Black Lives, pro-immigrant organizing, labor- and gender-based campaigns, and a diffuse environmental and environmental justice movement. Organizing on these fronts are not necessarily mutually exclusive and productive collaborations, especially between social movement and political organizing, although serious tensions on priorities and direction necessarily exist. Partisans on the left operating in one or more of these fronts cannot wish away the existence of their counterparts on the other fronts. Indeed, hybrid political formations exist and new ones may yet emerge.
In order to address building within this moment, the Liberty Tree Foundation is proposing the following schedule* of webinars beginning in December 2017:
December 2017: The Democracy Movement’s Response To Rising Fascism - hosted by Liberty Tree Fellows Mel Figueroa and David Cobb CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE RECORDING Objective: To discuss the reality of rising fascism in the US -- both the how and the why -- and what our response should be. We will look specifically at Charlottesville, Berkeley, and the Campus Anti-Fascist Network. Guest Speaker: Suren Moodliar (encuentro5, Liberty Tree) Tuesday, December 5 @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
February 2018: Challenging Trump's Racism and Establishment Indifference - hosted by Liberty Tree National Director Timeka Drew CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE RECORDING Objective: Identify both general principles/strategic considerations for resistance and concrete campaigns that participants may join/launch in their areas. Guest Speaker: Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (Move to Amend) Tuesday, February 13 @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
March 2018: Climate Resistance Reloaded Meets May Day and the New Labor Movement - hosted by Liberty Tree Board Member Nancy Price Objective: Explore the intersections of resistance, change and building power within the climate and labor movements. Tuesday, March 13 @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
May 2018: Growing the Democracy Movement - hosted by Liberty Tree President Ben Manski Objective: Examine the organization and coalition building tasks in order to accommodate a broad, multi-constituency, majoritarian resistance movement. Tuesday, May 8 @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
July 2018: Democratizing Elections - hosted by Liberty Tree Fellow David Cobb Objective: To analyze and strategize around building a united front to win deep, systemic changes in US elections: We will hear from cutting-edge organizations working on election integrity, abolishing the electoral college, felony disenfranchisement, publicly funded elections, ranked choice voting and proportional representation, and opening the debates. Tuesday, July 10 @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
*Schedule is subject to change - please check this page for updates.