Even if you attended the 4,000-strong Peoples Summit in Chicago on June 9-11 organized by folks from the Bernie Sanders campaign and National Nurses United (NNU), you might have missed the most significant moment of the gathering. It was a seemingly offhand comment made by NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro during the Saturday evening session when Bernie Sanders spoke to an adoring crowd, but a comment that adds kindling to a potential 2020 fire.
The audience in the packed Chicago theater included volunteers for a new effort called Draft Bernie for a People's Party. They waved Draft Bernie signs and throughout Sanders' speech, urged him to launch a new party.
The group is made up mainly of young staff and volunteers who worked on the Sanders campaign but were so disillusioned by the Democratic Party that they are determined to start a new one. They are sympathetic to and want to collaborate with the Green Party and other existing third parties, but they want a new, fresh progressive party like the European ones that captured the public imagination and made sweeping gains. While their focus right now is getting Sanders on board, they say they'll build a People's Party even if he refuses to join.READ MORE
Other, "People's Party's," in the USA past:
People's Party (1891)
People's Party (1971)
People's Party (Chicago)
People's Party (Indiana)
People's Party (Utah)
Extra special added bonus: New head of Huffingtonpost.com argues for a transcendence of the right-left paradigm! It is not left versus right. It is the haves versus the have-nots! (Heard on NPR - sorry, no linky linky).
Don't get drawn into the stupid rhetorical division and fear!!!
PS - Anyone remember that Nurses march on WDC from a few years ago? It involved an activist nurse fighting against the ignorance of Gulf War Syndrome. She went on to have a national talk show. Her name is Joyce Riley. I supported her, in honour of one of my heroes, Florence Nightingale. We all have interlinking illnesses. But, of course, we cannot listen to her. She is fake news. She is right wing. She is FAR from a feminist.
She is dying of cancer.
For serving in the Gulf.
Check the title of this post again.