What is the relationship of new local forms such as worker cooperatives, community gardens, and neighborhoods self-organizing for safety (to reduce outside policing), to the political revolution?
Can and should any limitations of the previous strategies be met by building a movement for a massive nonviolent uprising, such as those that unseated governments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East?
These failed in their ultimate aims because, in general, they were so spontaneous that other undemocratic forces were able to move in, but they do show that even highly repressive governments can be toppled when the people stop consenting to their rule. The question is whether anything less will succeed here and — if not — should this be our aim.
If national organization is needed, what forms and practices permit unified action where necessary while applying real internal democracy and appropriate local autonomy? Or is it more a matter of creating networks?
Bernie focuses on income inequality and lack of democracy, and — to some extent — climate change. Are there reasons not to broaden our agenda to equally include such matters as institutional racism, an interventionist foreign policy, and the gigantic military-industrial complex that goes with it?
How can this Beyond Bernie effort be improved?
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Besides, We want the “we” to include the “you.” So you can also use the form to let us know that you want to be notified of new developments in the BeyondBernie project or to aid it in one of the ways on noted on our wish list.
S.F. Bay Area Working Meeting to Keep the Political Revolution Going, August 21, 2016, 1:30 p.m.. Come to a meeting to tap into the energy of this moment. Attendees may make pitches for any projects that they are ready to organize, as long as they are concrete actions that speak to the unique opportunities of this short post-Bernie, pre-election period. After proposals are described, we will break out into working groups to start on whatever projects attendees are drawn to. We will devote the bulk of the time to this part of the meeting.
Among the projects will be one by BeyondBernie.us. We have a proposal to re-unite those of us who were allies a month ago. We see a way to participate in either the Hillary Clinton or the Jill Stein campaign. It puts both within a broader project to identify and bring together those ready for dialog about the longer-term work of creating revolutionary change. And then the work can begin!
To request time to present a proposal, Contact us. To download the event flyer, click here.
August 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley (One Block from BART)
Bernie Letter Open for Signing, June, 2016. Go here to sign a letter urging Bernie’s campaign to alert supporters to this website and its initiative to extend the movement for a political revolution beyond the electoral realm.
Contact us if you wish to post an event related to the work of BeyondBernie.org.
8/21/16: SF Bay Area Working Meeting on Supporting Clinton or Stein While Building the Movement — Details Here
7/23/16: Flyer to promote the Open Letter to Bernie — download one or both sides
6/10/16: Launch of this site
and critical Open Letter to Bernie!
The success of this project will quickly overwhelm its rudimentary website. Additional funds will enable us to add better facilities for online discussions and for locating local groups meeting face-to-face, make it work better on mobile devices, and add social-media sharing buttons.
Remembering that the best President can do next to nothing without the backing of a powerful, organized, and ongoing movement, and that such a movement is needed to prevent any other Administration from continuing Wall Street’s disastrous rule, please consider contributing at least as much here as you have given to Bernie’s campaign.
Wish List: Other Ways to Support This Effort
Please contact us if you can help in any of these ways.
- Helping moderate the online forums
- Fleshing out the Resources Page
- Maintaining and upgrading the website; search engine optimization
- Preparing materials to guide and support local groups
- Any other way you can see that you could support this effort
And we welcome your questions and feedback.