This March 9 live-streamed panel featured movement leaders who are actively fighting the Right while building bases and alliances for the long-term struggle for racial and economic justice and inclusive democracy. “Building the Front, Strengthening Our Movements” brought together Maurice Mitchell from the Working Families Party; Alexa Horwart from Faith In MN; Sendolo Diaminah from the Carolina Federation, and Brendan Walsh from Worker Power AZ. Each panelist has a wealth of experience with both electoral mobilizations and longer-term power-building. Their combined work represents multi-racial community, labor, and faith-based organizing.
In the opening months of 2023, we’ve already seen what GOP control of the US House and 22 state governments can bring. Hard, smart work in the midterms bought us a pause to gather our collective wisdom before the onslaught of 2024—but we can’t waste the time. These panelists brought their thinking and real-world experience to bear on many of the key strategic questions we need to answer: How do we work with centrist forces in a broad front to defeat the Right, and navigate the tensions that entails? What are the obstacles to building greater alignment among progressive/Left forces, and how can we address them? What recent advances can we build on, and how do we stay motivated for the long haul?
This conversation was co-moderated by Hashim Benford and Priya Johnson from the Grassroots Power Project.
This event was co-sponsored by Convergence and The Forge.