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SUNDAY August 26, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
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This panel will outline concrete steps to strengthen cohesion on the left. The presentation is based on a survey that gathered the ideas of experienced activists and organizational leaders about how progressives in Los Angeles could work together more effectively—toward social justice goals Activists and leaders in 43 wide-ranging progressive organizations voiced their views. The research indicated a critical need for a stronger ties to increase coalescence and success. Survey participants proposed a set of concrete programs to accomplish these aims: a newsletter for inter-organizational communication; more training opportunities for grassroots groups; a rapid response system for mobilizing for demonstrations and fast breaking events; a directory of progressive organizations; a common facility for meetings, events, and planning; and a mutual aid help line. These programs together would create a new infrastructure for a resilient left. Respondents felt that this initiative should not distract them from their current projects. They also thought that these programs should operate in a supportive rather than a directing way. The programs should enable participating organizations by boosting their capacity to carry out social action.


Brandon Rey Ramirez is a co-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)’s national Immigrant Rights Committee and a co-chair of the DSA Los Angeles Chapter’s Immigration Justice Committee (IJC). First joining DSA at Temple University YDS in 2010, Ramirez has been involved in various...

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