Our Coalition

 

The country is beyond ready for a new nationally-viable progressive party. But our movement has been divided into hundreds of organizations working independently of one another. Together, when progressives, independents, and labor come together, we do have the power, the resources, and the support to create the nationally viable alternative to the Democrats and Republicans that two-thirds of Americans are clamoring for.

Joining forces with allies

MPP has been on the front lines with game-changing allies as co-sponsors or endorsers of important actions aligned with our platform. We’ve driven convoys to support the Women’s March on the Pentagon and the Poor People’s Campaign, stood on the picket lines with teachers in California, and supported the National Democratic Independent Farm Workers Union’s boycott of Driscolls’ Berries, among many other actions.

Here are a few examples of when MPP has joined forces with powerful allies to create change:





A Coalition of Allies:

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They invited people who had been divided to stand together against the “triplets of evil”—militarism, racism, and economic injustice—to insist that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist. They sought to build a broad, fusion coalition that would audit America. Together, they would demand an accounting of promissory notes that had been returned marked “insufficient funds.” Today that effort is still incomplete.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has developed out of years of organizing across the United States. In communities across this land, people impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and our distorted moral narrative have said the same thing: “We want to be free! We need a Poor People’s Campaign! We need a Moral Revival to make this country great for so many for whom it has not yet been.” This call echoes the cries of the prophets throughout the ages to stand up for justice, righteousness and the dignity of all.

The Women’s March on the Pentagon gathered nearly 2,000 people at the Pentagon in October 2018 — on the 51st anniversary of the massive 1967 Vietnam War protest outside the Pentagon — to call for an end to the bipartisan war machine. Women and men gathered to demand an end to the wars and ballooning military budgets that kill hundreds of thousands and darken our nation’s soul.

As MPP says in The People’s Platform, our country must redeploy its resources to defend the American people against the most merciless and lethal enemies to ever invade our shores: poverty, hunger and ill health.

MPP endorsed and supported Zero Hour Youth Climate Lobby Day and March on July 19-21, 2018. This effort is spearheaded by 16-year-old Jamie Margolin of Seattle along with a team of other high school and college students. Youth took over Capitol Hill on July 19 to deliver to our politicians specific demands about saving our climate that are being developed in consultation with leading scientists.

The main event was a Youth Climate March July 21 on the National Mall where young people on the frontlines of the climate crisis gave speeches as a statement of their rights to a safe and livable future. People of all ages walked up Constitution Ave. as a demonstration of youth power and show how #ThisIsZeroHour will be leading the way on environmental action.

On September 29, 2018, MPP joined forces with the National Democratic Independent Farm Workers Union (SINDJA) on a national day of action against Driscoll’s Berries. The Driscoll’s company produces berries and pays its mostly-Latino workers slave wages, employs child labor, forces people to work 12-hour days, and sprays workers with toxic pesticides.

MPP members voted to endorse the Answer Coalition’s march on March 16, 2019 to protest U.S. sanctions and the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela. The White House has joined with Democratic Party leadership with the aim of overthrowing the government of President Nicolás Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó. Guaidó is a U.S.-trained operative who was unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans before he proclaimed himself president — at Vice President Mike Pence’s urging. Although Guaidó has the backing of Trump, the CIA, and the Republican and Democratic Party leaderships alike, huge numbers of Venezuelans have marched to reject this coup and defend their independence.

On April 3 & 4, 2019, MPP joined with World Beyond War to participate in the No to NATO, Yes to Peace Festival in Washington D.C. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) came to Washington, D.C., on April 4. We participated in a peace festival to unwelcome them.

Allies and partners

Endorsers and supporters

Cornel West, Harvard University, Professor of Philosophy; Author of 20 books; frequent Media Commentator; Producer of three spoken word albums; Cambridge, MA

Abby Martin, Empire Files and Media Roots Radio, Investigative journalist, Producer, Writer Host; Los Angeles, CA

Oliver Stone, Filmmaker, Winner of three Academy Awards; producer of American classics such as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July; Los Angeles, CA

Dele Balogun, DSA, National Political Committee; Black Lives Matter; Fight for $15; Chicago, IL

Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; On Contact, Host, Writer; New York Times best-selling author; New York, NY

Jimmy Dore, The Jimmy Dore Show, Host, Producer, Writer; Comedian; Comedy Central specials, Star; Los Angeles, CA

Graham Elwood, Aggressive Progressive, Comedian, Director, Correspondent; Political Vigilante, Host; Los Angeles, CA

Nick Brana, Bernie 2016, National Political Outreach Coordinator; Our Revolution, former Electoral Manager, Washington, DC

Omar Fernandez, APWU of Vermont, President; APWU Local 520, Tour 1 Steward; AFL-CIO, Executive Board, VT; Enfield, NH

John de Graaf, Internationally awarded Film Producer and Author for dozens of films and books including, “Affluenza” and “Escape from Affluenza”; Take Back Your Time Day, National Coordinator; Climate Activist; Seattle, WA

Matt McKinnon, International Assn. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), Grand Lodge Rep. Western Territory; Folsom, CA

Wesley Irwin, SEIU 1948, Organizer; WA State Caucus Advisory Group, Chair; Field Organizer and National Delegate, Bernie 2016; Seattle, WA

David Swanson, World Beyond War, Director; Roots Action, Campaign Coordinator; Talk Nation Radio, Host; Author; Veterans for Peace, Communications Committee; Charlottesville, VA

Carol Ehrle, Public Relations/Digital Media Consultant; Bernie 2016, National Digital Team, Supervolunteer Organizer; Paramount Pictures, Michael Douglas, Roots Canada, former Publicist; Detroit Free Press, Business Week Magazine, former journalist; San Francisco, CA

Eleanor Goldfield, Act Out!, Host/Producer; Art Killing Apathy, Poet/Singer; Author, Paradigm Lost; Common Censored, Host/Writer; Washington, DC

Cindy Sheehan, Peace & Freedom Party, CA Central Committee; Women’s March on the Pentagon, Founder/Director; Peace Activist, nationally renowned; Vacaville, CA

Al Rojas, United Farm Workers of America (UFW), National Coordinator and Co-Founder with Cesar Chavez; Driscoll’s Boycott Campaign, Founder; Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (AFL-CIO), Executive Board; Sacramento, CA

Ron Placone, The Jimmy Dore Show, Producer, Writer, Contributor; Comedian; Get Your News On With Ron, Host; Los Angeles, CA

Stef Zamorano, The Jimmy Dore Show, Producer and Contributor; Comedian; former Teacher, Los Angeles, CA

Tim Canova, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Economic Adviser; Shepard Broad College of Law, Professor of Law and Public Finance; FL-23 Congressional Candidate, 2018; Miami, FL

Paul Street, Truthdig and Counterpunch Staff Journalist; DePaul University, Assnt. Professor of History; Author of several books; Historian; Chicago, IL

Shawnee Badger, Our Revolution SCV, Leader; Actor; Model; Artist; National Bernie 2016 Delegate; Valencia, CA

Jamarl Thomas, The Progressive Soapbox, Host & Producer; Richmond, VA

Peter O’Fallon, Movie and Television, Director/Producer, “Eureka,” “Suicide Kings,” “A Rumor of Angels,” “Thirtysomething,” “American Gothic,” “Agent X”; Los Angeles, CA

Desiree Rojas, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA, AFL-CIO), Sacramento Chapter, President; Sacramento, CA

Keaton Weiss, Due Dissidence podcast, Host/Writer; “Lost & Gone Forever,” Actor/Writer/Producer award-winning film; “Hopeless, Irresistible,” Producer/Director award winning play; Newburgh Actors Studio, Resident Director; Newburgh, NY

John Brakey, Audit USA, Co-Founder/Director; Nationally-recognized Election Transparency Investigator, Advocate & Speaker; Tucson, AZ

Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, Board Member; Micah Table, Committee Chair; New York, NY

Richard Hobbs, Human Agenda, Executive Director; Immigration Attorney; Worker Owned Co-ops Expert; San Jose, CA

John Murphy, UAW Local 1834, Unit Chair; Mentor, OH

Carolyn Pavel, AFT local 795, Shop Steward; Cleveland, OH

Cliff Willmeng, UFCW Local 7, Steward, 8th Vice President; Lafayette, CO

Jim Vrettos, John Jay College, Professor of Sociology; The Radical Imagination Radio Show, Host/Producer; New York, NY

Todd Jelen, American Federation of Musicians, Negotiator and Organizer; Cleveland, OH

Martin Kirk, The Rules, Global Campaigns Director; Oxfam, former Head of UK Campaigns; Save the Children, former Head of Global Advocacy; NGO Government Relations Consultant, Writer, Speaker; Denver, CO

Andrew Sullivan, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), Steward and Trustee Food Co-op; DSA, Chapter Founder; Montpelier, VT

Mike Tolkin, Smart Nation, Director; Green Party, Presidential Candidate, 2020; Los Angeles, CA

Eric Murphy, SEIU United Service Workers West, Lead Organizer; Tech Workers Coalition, Bay Area Organizer; Berkeley, CA

Joseph Firestone, Ph.D, Modern Monetary Theory, Economist; Knowledge Management Consortium International, Managing Director; Writer, New Economic Perspectives; Brooklyn, NY

Chris Kruger, Labor Attorney; DSA, Organizer; UAW Local 890, former President; Evanston, IL

Roger Wolfe, IUPAT local 1976, Founding Member, retired; St Augustine, FL

Daniel Vila, Sisa Pakari Cultural & Labor Center, Labor Coordinator; WBAI La Voz Latina, Co-host; Manhattan Green Party, Chair; New York NY

Myrna Lim, San Francisco Public Access TV, Host/Producer; SEIU Local 1000; San Francisco, CA

Paul Thomas, Voter Choice Massachusetts, Election Integrity Expert/Activist; Fair Vote MA (Ranked Choice Voting) State Organizer; Election Integrity, National Spokesperson; Election Justice USA, Co-founder; Springfield, MA

Eve Majore, Runaway Inequality, State Organizer; Aptos, CA

Lezlie Cox, Bernie 2016, Organizer; former Democratic State Committee, AZ; Gore Campaign, Kerry Campaign, State Organizer; Phoenix, AZ

Cheryl Kozanitas, SEIU 715, Shop Steward, retired; San Mateo, CA

James Goodman, MD, Physicians for a National Health Plan; Albuquerque, NM

Werner Lange, Labor Education & Arts Project; Poor People’s Campaign; Association for Humanist Sociology; Mayoral Candidate, Newton Falls, OH 2019; Newton Falls, OH

Victor Nieto, Labor-Community Alliance of South Florida, Co-founder; South Florida Hands Off Venezuela Coalition, Organizer; Miami-Dade, FL

Jack Rasmus, Alternative Visions, Host, Producer; Author; Labor Journalist; SEIU Local 1021 (St. Mary’s College); Moraga, CA

Mateo Sluder, Indigenous Peoples, Organizer; Election Integrity, Organizer; Sebastopol, CA

Suzanne O’Keeffe, Public Banking Institute; Bernie Sanders Brigade; Pittsburgh, PA

Paul Findlay, CA Progressive Alliance, Organizer; Our Revolution, Organizer; Round Mountain, CA

Carolyn Wolfe, Bernie 2016 Help Desk; Organizing for America, Volunteer Lead Organizer; St. Augustine, FL

Reid Friedson, PhD, Our Revolution, Founding Member; Port St. Lucie, FL

Haldon C. Sutton, SW Florida UAW Retired Workers Council, 1st Vice President; North Port, FL

Matt Maley, Seattle Education Association, Representative; Seattle, WA

Mike Patterson, DSA, Lead Organizer; Delray Beach, FL

Jeff Booth, AFSCME Local 3650, Nat’l Committee; Socialist Alternative; Worcester, MA

Alicia Salvadeo, Socialist Alternative, Branch Committee Treasurer; Pittsburgh, PA

Owen Charles, Shoreline Green Party, Co-chair; Madison, CT

Laurie Haapanen, Maine Education Assoc., Retired UniServ Director; DSA; Brunswick, ME

David I Walsh, TCU/IAM Amtrak Lodge 1089, former President; DSA; Brunswick, ME

Rocco Million, Non Partisans For Progress, Founder; New Castle, PA

Hannah Zuckerman, UAW Local 580 Staff Organizer; Berkeley, CA

Scott Underwood, Nevada Education Association, Leadership Council; Las Vegas, NV

Joziah Thayer, WECA Coalition, Founder; Holyoke, MA

Robert Hughes, UNITE HERE Local 23, Steward; Indianapolis, IN

Thane Lewis, Musician’s Union Local 76, Organizer; Seattle, WA

Colette Campbell, Montana Federation of Public Employees, Local President, District #4 2nd Vice Chair; Bozeman, MT

Peter Parsons, SEIU Local 509, Emeritus, Organizing Committee; Gloucester, MA

Matthew Hunt, Whole Worker, Co-founder; New York, NY

Elisabeth Scott, AFSCME Local 296, Executive Board Member; Boston, MA

Bob Marquet, PA State Teachers Association, former Local President; Lancaster, PA

Cory Bowers, Green Party Texas, Sec. Member-At-Large; UFCW Local 540; DSA, Organizer; Euless, TX

Thomas Reich, Left Hemisphere, Host; Laguna Vista, CA

Raymond Foley, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, retired, Organizer; Chicago, IL

Thomas Harrison, New Politics Journal, Editorial Board; New York, NY

Tom Fitzpatrick, SAG/AFTRA, Actor/Organizer; West Hollywood, CA

Andy Hamerlinck, AFSCME Council 5; Organizer; St. Paul, MN

Pancho Valdez, Resident Council/Tenants Union of San Antonio, Organizer; LIUNA local 1095; San Antonio, TX

Larry Ortega, Community Union, Inc., President; Pomona, CA

Tom Potter, AFSCME 3650, Organizer; Cambridge, MA

Jon Krampner, Author/Journalist; UTLA; Los Angeles, CA

Dale Quale, USAF veteran; Our Revolution, Organizer; Las Vegas, NV

Latricia Shepherd, Poor People’s Campaign, Social Media Coordinator; Charleston, WV

Anthony Simpson, UAW Local 933, Organizer; Poor People’s Campaign, Human Rights Chair; Indianapolis, IN

Michael Lopez, SEIU Local 721, President; Santa Ana, CA

Jennifer Vasher, Central New Mexico Community College, Professor; Albuquerque, NM

Madge Torres, Our Revolution North County San Diego, Women’s Council; CalPers (ret); Vista, CA

Haldon Sutton, SW Florida UAW Retired Workers Council, 1st vice president, North Port, FL

Cynthia McCartney, OEA local, Past President; Vancouver, WA

Juana Countryman, Texas State Teachers Assn./NEA, Grievance Chair; Port Arthur, TX

Rod Rogers, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, Editor, PR (Retired), Gunnison, CO

Theresa Evans, Our Revolution, Ditch Mitch, OSPIRG, Environment Oregon, 314 Action Fund, Inequality Media, Member and supporter, Philomath, OR

Kyra Moore, Physicians for a National Health Program, Our Revolution, Organizer; Hendersonville, NC

Andrew Myers, IUOE Local 18, Retired Business Representative; Toledo, OH

Natalya Jackson, UAW 2865, Organizer; Santa Cruz, CA

Elise Mysels, Pasco Activists, Lead Organizer; Land O Lakes, FL

Joshua Murray, Vanderbilt University, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions; Author on books about automotive industry and labor; Nashville, TN

Jeremy Kuzmarov, Author, upcoming book, “Obama’s Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State” and other acclaimed books on U.S. foreign policy; National Speaker about unending U.S. wars; Scholars Strategy Network; History Professor, various colleges and universities; Tulsa, OK

Gregory Magarshak, Qbix, Founder and CEO, app and software developer; Andrew Yang for President, app developer; Intercoin, Founder and CEO, decentralized currency platform startup; Musician, nationally renowned; NYC, NY