With Friends Like These: The Democrats and Social Movements

Socialism 2018

July 05, 2018

The election of Donald Trump has sparked an increase in activism and organizing, renewing the importance of an age-old question: How should social movements relate to the Democratic Party? The Democrats will no doubt express sympathies toward struggles around injustices such as mass incarceration, healthcare costs, and deportations and will offer their own solutions—which come at a price. With little institutional power, what are movements to do? How does real change happen? This talk will explore lessons from the labor upsurge of the 1930s through explosion of protest under Trump to provide a framework for what it will take today to build our movements and win.

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