Keeping the progressive momentum going

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There is a U.S. presidential campaign demanding much attention. However, political and economic issues do not come to a close with cast ballots. Continued popular engagement on issues critical to democracy require understanding and ongoing effort.

This past June, the People's Summit was convened at McCormick Place in Chicago. Co-conveners included National Nurses United, the People's Lobby/Reclaim Chicago, Food & Water Watch, Progressive Democrats of America, and Democratic Socialists of America. That three-day conference was focused on developing and continuing the progressive movement in America.

Local representatives of the above-named co-conveners are hosting the first of a series of nationwide follow-up meetings. Ours is called the Illinois People's Summit Convening, and it will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, with a 10 a.m start and a 3:30 p.m. end at Workers United, 333 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago 60607.

There will be an opening panel hosted by Chicago Alderman Carlos Rosa. Speakers from the various co-convening groups will give a brief presentation addressing the moment we are in: crisis and opportunity, and how as individuals and groups do we create change through our engagement?

After the opening panel, there will be two breakout sessions with a supplied lunch between. Breakout sessions will focus on the path for running down ballot candidates and building electoral power; policy and issue reforms for Illinois; and overcoming neoliberalism. These three will be repeated, so you can take part in any two of your choice.

This one day event has a sliding cost: $25 for those who can afford the full fare and $10 for students and low-income. Coffee and donuts along with a box lunch provided with registration. We do not want cost to stand in the way of your participation. If it is, or to register or to get questions answered, contact Amanda Weaver from Reclaim Chicago at aweaver@reclaimchicago.org.

Let's not allow the progressive momentum that the Sanders campaign released throughout mainstream America ebb. Elections alone do not a democratic politic make.

Here is the link to the registration form: https://actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/illinois-peoples-summit-convening

Tom Broderick

For the Greater Oak Park branch of

Democratic Socialists of America

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Bill Barclay from Oak Park  

Posted: September 27th, 2016 6:49 PM

This is our chance to make the Sanders campaign more than a one time event. Plan to come and to participate going forward.

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