Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party
With inequality surpassing Gilded Age levels, health care and student debt skyrocketing, climate change roiling the planet, and eighty percent of Americans surviving paycheck-to-paycheck, the majority of Americans are now calling for a major new political party, including an even greater number of young and working people.
Building a party for working people is a growing partnership between unions and social movements. That's why fifteen unions and organizations representing more than 100,000 members have joined with AFL-CIO executive council members, fellow labor leaders, and progressive luminaries such as Dr. Cornel West, Abby Martin and Oliver Stone to launch the Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party.
By endorsing this historic movement, we can inspire more unions, groups and organizers to join us in building a party that restores opportunity and hope. Please add your name below to support this campaign. Mark your organizational affiliation or put none if you don't have one. Thanks for your support.
We — political, trade union, and community activists from different political backgrounds — have decided to constitute ourselves as the Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party with two intertwined objectives:
★ Our first objective is to promote running independent labor-community candidates beginning in 2019 at a local and state level around a platform that embraces workers’ and communities’ pressing demands. The explicit aim is to advance the effort to build a mass party for working people rooted in unions, youth, and communities of the oppressed. The platforms of these independent candidates need to be discussed and approved by labor-community assemblies, and the candidates must be answerable to these assemblies and to the coalitions formed for this purpose.
★ Our second objective is to promote widely in the trade union movement a committee that advocates for a Labor-Based Political Party. A resolution adopted by the October 2017 national convention of the AFL-CIO affirmed that, “whether the candidates are elected from the Republican or Democratic Party, the interests of Wall Street have been protected and advanced, while the interests of labor and working people have generally been set back.” A second convention resolution concluded that, “the time has passed when we can passively settle for the lesser of two evils politics.”
The committee’s goal will be to promote the discussion inside the labor movement about the need to break with the “lesser of two evils politics” and to create a “Labor-Based Political Party” — a reference to the title of a forum organized by key labor officials at the October 2017 AFL-CIO convention. In order to create such a mass party for working people, we will organize to raise awareness in the unions of the need to break with the Democratic Party.
The Movement for a People's Party and The Organizer launched the Labor-Community Campaign in the fall of 2018. View our endorsers and organizing committee statement:
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