May 14, 2020
Our Revolution Los Angeles Leaves Democratic Party, Ignites Huge Debate Among Bernie Supporters Over Forming a Major New Party. OR LA and MPP Hosting a National Call Tonight
Who: Our Revolution Los Angeles and the Movement for a People’s Party, with dozens of Our Revolution chapters, student groups, and progressive organizations in attendance.
What: Our Revolution Los Angeles’ overwhelming vote to leave the Democratic Party and join the Movement for a People’s Party on Monday has ignited a fierce debate in the progressive movement over whether Bernie supporters should continue trying to reform the Democratic Party or form the major new party that the majority of Americans want. More than 1,000 people have registered for the National Call in less than three days.
Our Revolution Los Angeles has called on other chapters to poll their members on whether to remain in the Democratic Party or finish the political revolution in a people’s party. On two Our Revolution calls since the announcement, on Monday and Wednesday, members have spoken up in support of creating a major new party only to be angrily dismissed or even purged from the call en masse.
Instead of welcoming an open and democratic dialogue about the future of the progressive movement and the organization, Our Revolution Executive Director Joseph Geevarghese has sought to silence dissent.
MPP National Coordinator Nick Brana, a former and founding staff member of Our Revolution, responded by inviting Geevarghese to “join in an open and good-faith conversation” on the collective future of the progressive movement instead of taking a heavy-handed approach.
Our Revolution Los Angeles has called on all Our Revolution chapters to hold open discussions with their members and vote on whether to form a major new party.
A recent Emerson College poll showed that a majority of Bernie’s primary voters “would likely consider supporting a third-party candidate” in November.
MPP is building a major new progressive populist party in America and has adopted Bernie Sanders’ platform. On the call tonight, MPP and OR LA will, “discuss our plan to become the largest party in America in the next four years, including hosting a People’s Convention this summer, a founding convention next year, sending representatives to Congress in the midterms, and winning the presidency in 2024.” The call will also cover how groups can affiliate with MPP.
When: Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Where: Zoom Webinar