Since 2016, socialist ideas have reentered public debate in the USA and a vibrant progressive movement at odds with the Democratic Party establishment has formed. In 2020, there will be another Presidential election, and Bernie Sanders is battling it out again for the nomination.
How are the American left organising for a Sanders victory in the Primaries and for the Presidency? What is being done to grow the socialist movement? And how are activists working to build class power outside of electoral contests?
As one of the co-founders and now Executive Director of the non-profit division of Cooperation Jackson, Kali Akuno is working to transform the city into ‘a beacon of radical politics’. For the uninitiated, Jackson is the capital city of Mississippi, with a population of around 200,000 people, its 80% black population making it one of the blackest cities in the US, and with 60% of people living below the poverty line. Cooperation Jackson is working, in a context of colonialism, white supremacy and patriarchy, to upend these dynamics through the building of a solidarity economy, to, as he puts it, “transform the material circumstances of the people living in Jackson”.
Staff member on digital communications for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Member of the Democratic Socialists of America
Spokesperson for the Justice Democrats, formerly working with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders
Nelini Stamp is the National Organizing Director at the Working Families Party. She works with volunteer leaders across the country to build local progressive infrastructure.
Barbara Dudley is a member of the WFP National Committee and Founder of the Oregon WFP