My Turn: Working together to affect our current political climate

My Turn: Working together to affect our current political climate

“Steadiness will shift on the City Council with progressive candidates having swept in Tuesday’s common election.” — the Recorder, Nov. eight, 2017
Franklin County Persevering with the Political Revolution (FCCPR), the successor group to Pioneer Valley for Bernie, endorsed six candidates within the Greenfield municipal elections, 4 for City Council and two for College Committee. All had been victorious apart from a write-in candidate for College Committee.
Let me clarify how this labored. We didn’t ask candidates if they want our endorsement; quite, candidates got here to us. FCCPR anticipated one, perhaps two. The candidates who got here to us should not seasoned politicians. For many, it was their first try to win elective workplace. What drove them to become involved? We expect that persons are seeing the chaotic state of affairs on the nationwide degree and notice that our greatest likelihood to impact actual change is on the native degree.
When a candidate approached us, we requested them to sit down down with our Endorsement Suggestion Committee, composed of a consultant from the Coordinating Committee and from every of our job forces: labor, training, local weather motion, civil rights, single-payer well being care, electoral politics and marketing campaign finance reform. We mentioned the Democratic social gathering platform, our FCCPR points, and the way we may work collectively in the event that they had been to win. All of the candidates who approached us had been “vetted” and beneficial to the membership for endorsement. We then had a web based election, the place we requested our membership, roughly 300 folks, to endorse the candidates. They had been all authorized.
CPR labored with the candidates, offering the assistance they wanted with canvassing, cellphone banks, writing, marketing campaign administration, and many others. About 30 CPR members, many new to electoral politics, labored on the campaigns and we discovered it difficult, but exhilarating, as we labored collectively to have an effect on the political local weather in our neighborhood. It was particularly thrilling to see the candidates supporting and empowering one another. And we discovered what now we have discovered many instances earlier than: After we arrange, we win.
Our endorsement is a two-way road. We assist our candidates get elected and they’re then held accountable for the guarantees that they made to our members. We could have their backs and they’ll pursue the problems which can be necessary to all of us, reminiscent of respectable jobs with a dwelling wage, respect for unionized employees, a secure metropolis for all, high quality training for all, and a pre-emptive plan to handle the opioid epidemic. It doesn’t matter who anybody voted for final November; these points impression all of us and solely by working collectively can we handle them efficiently.
Our victories weren’t an remoted occasion. Many different associates of Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) additionally endorsed progressive slates and gained in Cambridge, Somerville, Worcester, Medford, Framingham … and the listing goes on! And Massachusetts is a part of a nationwide tide of progressivism that was evident in elections in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. This wasn’t about being in opposition to Trump; it was about creating higher lives for the American folks. The tide is popping as folks notice that working collectively, from the bottom up, we will change the course of our personal lives, and that of our neighborhood and our nation. We is not going to be fooled by the ‘divide and conquer’ methods of the one p.c who attempt to pit white folks in opposition to folks of shade, and native-born in opposition to immigrants. We all know that our widespread pursuits far outweigh our variations. We imagine that the 99 p.c will in the end be victorious on this battle for our nation.
You’ll be able to study extra about FCCPR by visiting: fccpr.us.

David Greenberg of Colrain is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Franklin County Persevering with the Political Revolution.