August 25, 2020
Detroit — Award-winning actor and activist Danny Glover and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges will speak at The People’s Convention on August 30 from 4-7 p.m. Eastern Time. They will be joined by two former Democratic Congressional candidates from New York, Lauren Ashcraft and Isiah James. Also joining are the Host of Act Out Eleanor Goldfield and leading basic income expert Scott Santens.
More than 12,000 people have already signed up to attend. Speakers will discuss the state of the nation and the formation of a major new political party in America — a party free of corporate money.
The new speakers will join Bernie 2020 Campaign Co-Chair Sen. Nina Turner and Harvard Professor Dr. Cornel West, and Democratic Party presidential candidates Sen. Mike Gravel and Marianne Williamson. They will also join comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore, the host of Amped Up Ryan Knight, Bernie National Delegates, labor leaders, a climate scientist, and many others.
With a performance career that spans more than 30 years, Danny Glover has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s most consummate actors. Among his most popular roles are the blockbuster Lethal Weapon films and the hit TV show ER. Glover serves as a UNICEF Ambassador. He has previously served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He has authored several best-selling books, writes for many national publications, and is the host of the Emmy Award–winning RT America show On Contact. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, has taught at several universities and currently teaches college credit courses in the New Jersey prison system.
Lauren Ashcraft is a former progressive grassroots candidate for Congress in NY-12, steering committee member for the Justice For All Coalition, planner of the Women’s March on NYC, and a stand-up comedian.
Said Ashcraft: “Time and time again I have seen the Democratic Party leadership ignore the policies that the majority of Americans want and desperately need. By comparison, the People’s Party is the brand new party of truth-tellers, people who don’t pull their punches, people whose goal is to better the lives of everyday people.”
Isiah James ran for election to the U.S. House in New York’s 9th Congressional District. He is a housing rights organizer and a criminal justice advocate. The son of Jamaican immigrants, he knows firsthand the struggles Black, Indigenous and People of Color face in this country. James is also a combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the service, he has been fighting for a government that truly represents the people.
“It is clear over the course of my lifetime that both parties are complicit in the corporate takeover of our democracy and not willing to fight for everyday, hard-working people,” James said. “Now is the time for the people to stand up and demand a new form of politics, one that cannot be bought by the wealthy. A politics of the people.”
Eleanor Goldfield is a creative activist, singer and writer. She is the host of the online show, Act Out! which focuses on creative and grassroots activism. She is also a freelance writer with projects aimed at killing apathy through art. She is the founder and lead singer of the political hard rock band, Rooftop Revolutionaries, who have shared the stage with the likes of Tom Morello and Immortal Technique at festivals and rock clubs around the country.
Scott Santens is the editor of the online magazine Basic Income Today and is considered one of the foremost writers and thinkers on the merits of an unconditional basic income. He has written for many publications including the Huffington Post, Politico and the Boston Globe and has appeared on countless TV news shows and podcasts.
“We are all suddenly living in a different world than existed just last year and it seems our two-party corporate-sponsored corruptly-gerrymandered government is incapable of responding to that fact in an equitable way that leaves no American behind,” said Santens. “It’s time for fully universal policies like unconditional basic income and Medicare for All, and it’s time for democratic reforms like ranked-choice voting and multi-member districts that tear down the walls of partisanship and uplift the voices of those who actually listen and respond to the needs of the American People with swiftness and justice, universally in recognition of our shared human rights. Now is the time to reach for the impossible and make it inevitable.”
The People’s Convention will be broadcast live to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages with millions of followers.