Posted July 24, 2015
Progressives, Populism, Inequality and Racial Justice
Surprise! It seems mainstream corporate media didn't have much to say about the 'liberal' Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix AZ a week ago -- but Al Jazeera was there.
-- SCPA Editor.
Bernie Sanders confronts a deep divide within the progressive movement
Analysis: Confrontation with Black Lives Matter reveals the tension between movements for economic and racial justice
Aljazeera, by Ned Resnikoff, July 20, 2015
PHOENIX — Two major poles of the modern progressive movement — the racial justice movement and the economic reform wing — crashed into each other this weekend in Phoenix at Netroots Nation, an annual conference for liberal activists. Neither group left the encounter feeling satisfied.
The confrontation took place when activists from the racial justice group Black Lives Matter crashed a Saturday town hall featuring Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate and beloved figure of progressives.
The protesters demanded that Sanders, along with fellow candidate and town hall attendee Martin O’Malley, explain what they would do to stop police violence against unarmed black people. “What will you do to stop police unions from battering our names after law enforcement kills us? I want to hear concrete actions,” said Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullors, who took the stage during O’Malley’s scheduled appearance. …
Elizabeth Warren tells progressives, ‘Our values are America’s values’
Senator beloved among progressives tells conference that the liberal movement is winning the public opinion battle
Aljazeera, by Ned Resnikoff, July 17, 2015
PHOENIX — Speaking to a packed hall of supporters on Friday, progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., declared that liberals are winning the battle for American public opinion.
“Our values are America’s values, and America’s values are progressive values,” Warren said during her keynote address at the liberal Netroots Nation conference.
Warren’s speech was the centerpiece event at the conference, an annual gathering of liberal activists, operatives and communicators taking place this year in Phoenix. Thousands of people crammed into a convention center ballroom to hear Warren speak, and the crowd included many who had supported the campaign to draft her into the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
Warren is not running for president, as she reaffirmed yet again during her keynote speech. Instead, in November she accepted a role within the Senate Democratic caucus as an emissary between party leadership and the broader progressive movement. …
… she cited polling that indicates a majority of Americans — Democrats and non-Democrats alike — approve of measures including a higher minimum wage, guaranteed paid sick leave, and student loan reform.
“As different as we are, on these key economic issues — on the economic issues that will shape future of this country — America is progressive,” Warren said. ...
Compiled by Team SCPA