The Trump administration's attacks on our democracy, environment, and most vulnerable populations have spawned great resistance. Across the country hundreds of thousands of people have marched in the streets in the Women’s March, Science March, People’s Climate March and others. But while we must continue to resist Trump’s policies, we must also move beyond resistance and build powerful broad based, and strategic campaigns to rebuild our democracy and economy so that it works for all communities. In that vein, Food & Water Action is proud to join with National Nurses United, Progressive Democrats of America, People’s Action, People for Bernie, and other groups in convening the People’s Summit in Chicago this coming weekend. The conference will serve as a space for progressive leaders from across the country to connect and strategize, share stories about victories and plan next steps for building people power in this political era.
This progressive convening builds on the initial 2016 People’s Summit and will feature a litany of leaders in the progressive movement including Senator Bernie Sanders, Naomi Klein, NNU’s Roseann Demoro, Shaun King, Van Jones and many others. There will be plenary discussions, panels on a wide range of topics, and opportunities for regional discussion and strategizing - all geared towards building political power to achieve progressive policy and electoral gains this year, in 2018, and beyond.
Join the summit via our Food & Water Action Facebook page and Twitter for live video streaming, tweeting and discussions. We’ll hear stories of resistance and power in the climate space, the role of labor in climate justice work and how to best support impacted communities.
Food & Water Action is helping coordinate panels on climate justice, building progressive political power in rural America, and water infrastructure. With Trump emphasizing his plans to privatize much of our nation’s infrastructure this week, Food & Water Action’s Chief Political Strategist David Hunt will moderate a panel on water, jobs and justice. While Trump plans place to privatize much of our nation’s infrastructure by selling our water systems, bridges, roads, and schools to the highest bidder, we’re gearing up to demand a real solution from Congress. Right now, low-income communities and communities of color face the highest rates of health issues associated with dirty water or polluted air. Everyone needs and deserves adequate wastewater services and access to safe, affordable drinking water. Toxic water and unaffordable bills are infringing on the human rights of low income families and communities of color. This has to stop.
The panel will also feature:
- Charles Goodman, Political Education Director, NAACP Atlantic City: In Atlantic City they are engaged in a battle right now to make sure that the people of Atlantic City maintain ownership and maintenance of their water system.
- Catherine Flowers, Director and Founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise: She will talk about how important clean and affordable water is to rural areas of America.
- Dennis Houlihan, Retired AFSCME Labor Economist: He will discuss how the creation of safe, affordable water throughout america will create millions of jobs.
- Lashaya Darisaw, People Action’s Flint, Michigan Organizer: She will describe the state of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and the daily experiences of people who have to go pick up bottled water from locations across the city and lug it home before and after work everyday.
In addition to David’s panel on water, jobs and justice, Food & Water Action will also be coordinating panels on climate justice and building progressive political power in rural America, we’ll share lessons from the recent successful campaign to ban fracking in Maryland, and talk about our vision for building progressive political power in the Trump era. And, we’ll be meeting, learning, and strategizing with allies old and new.
For those who can’t make the Summit, many sessions will be livestreamed at www.thepeoplessummit.org. And if you want to volunteer and get more involved in Food & Water Action’s campaigns to stop fossil fuel infrastructure and move us to 100% renewable energy, go to www.offfossilfuels.org.