This past weekend I spoke at “The People’s Summit,” a gathering of groups and individuals dedicated to building a longstanding movement out of the momentum created by the Bernie Sanders campaign. (There’s a good write-up of the event here and on OurFuture.org.) I discussed the conference on Thom Hartmann’s television program this week.
The three key points I wanted to make at the Summit were these:
● Messages build movements, and movements are long-term communities dedicated to fundamental change.
● The movement’s message needs to convey a transformative vision that reflects the urgency of our times. “Political revolution” is that kind of message.
● We need new and better media to sustain and inform the movement – a “media revolution” to accompany the “political revolution.”
Two excellent takeaways from the Summit: Rosario Dawson pointed out that we would need to organize even with Bernie Sanders in the White House. Regardless of the election outcome, we need to build a long-term movement.
&And to my mind RoseAnn DeMoro, head of National Nurses United, got the relationship between electoral and movement politics exactly right when she said “An election is not a movement, but an election can be a moment in a movement.”