The People's Summit

Sanders Activist Says Progressives Should Not Accept Clinton as the Nominee Without Protest

July 3, 2016

Annabel Park tells Paul Jay that there should be no more excuses made for the Democratic Party ignoring the demands of its supporters

Progressive Democrats of America Executive Director: We Must Continue the Insurgency

July 3, 2016

Donna Smith of the Progressive Democrats of America tells Paul Jay that her organization will work very hard on the down ballot races instead of endorsing Hillary Clinton for president

Kendrick Sampson: The Movement is About Change from the People

July 1, 2016

The Vampire Diaries actor says he will continue to support the movement borne from the Bernie Sanders campaign

The Conflict is Between Wall Street and Main Street within the Democratic Party

June 30, 2016

Thanks to the Sanders movement, corporate interests in the Democratic Party are a little weaker now than a year ago, says Michael Lighty of National Nurses United

Nina Turner: The Oligarchy Must Be Challenged by Everyday People

June 26, 2016

At the People’s Summit, former Ohio Senator Nina Turner tells Paul Jay that the Sanders campaign fought for policies that have mass support, but the Democratic Party will adopt them only if ordinary people hold its feet to the fire

Sanders Delegate: People Understand that the System Is Rigged in Favor of the Billionaire Class

June 26, 2016

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa tells Paul Jay that the corporate media won’t take this message to the people, so we have to bring it directly to them

Sanders Delegate – If No Significant Concessions at Dem. Convention, Then There Will be Civil Disobedience Inside and Out

June 24, 2016

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa tells Paul Jay if Clinton doesn’t ‘move left’ at the convention, ‘protests and civil disobedience are not off the table’

Where’s the Anti-War Movement in the ‘Political Revolution’?

June 24, 2016

At the People’s Summit in Chicago, Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the peace movement needs to link with the coalition associated with the Sanders campaign

Kshama Sawant: Attempting to Work Within The Democratic Party Only Stymies Outside Strategy

June 23, 2016

Seattle council member Kshama Sawant sat down with TRNN’s Paul Jay at the People’s Power Summit to discuss the significance of the Bernie Sanders campaign and where the movement now needs to go. “Of course I think every election is important for the working-class movement to engage in,” said Sawant. “I don’t think electoral endeavors themselves, by themselves, without building a movement, work. But we also cannot have this artificial separation that we’re going to build our movement, but when it comes to elections we’re going to support Democrats. That doesn’t work, because the Democratic Party has been the single most important reason for why we have not been able to build our movements, because every time we talk about building our movement, we’re asked to sacrifice what we are demanding at the feet of the Democratic Party, which has not fought for us,” said Sawant. Jay pushed Sawant to address the impact of the Sanders campaign on energizing and politicizing young people while running within the Democratic Party. “it’s clear the leadership of the Democratic Party is just another section of the billionaires. I mean, that’s obvious. It’s no question that they will never accept this. The question is: is this a tactic that helps divide the Democratic Party, create a mass base for this kind of political objectives? And as a tactic, has it not been a positive thing in terms of movement building? That’s the question,” said Jay. “At the end of the day, if we want to win any of those…

RoseAnn DeMoro: Sanders Campaign a Historic Source of Political Education

June 21, 2016

Many U.S. voters feel “tremendous amount of resentment” against the DNC, Clintons, and the press for their actions during the 2016 campaign, and have come to believe that the Democratic party cannot be reformed, said RoseAnne DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. “I keep hearing it in different quarters and I keep hearing it among different groups. The depth of Wall Street in the Democratic Party now is obvious,” said DeMoro. “The thing about this [Bernie Sanders] campaign – it’s been a campaign of political education like none other in history.” DeMoro is concerned that social and economic conditions would continue to deteriorate under a Hillary Clinton presidency. “The Clintons were the architects in part and participants, obviously, in the neoliberal agenda. That’s where they are, ideologically. They’re not changing that. They want more of that. Wall Street wants more of that. Goldman Sachs wants more of that. That’s what they want. That’s their candidate. Wall Street wants Hillary Clinton more than they want Donald Trump. That tells you all you need to know,” said DeMoro. The National Nurses United was the first national union to endorse Bernie Sanders for president.

Naomi Klein on the Ousting of President Rousseff

June 21, 2016

At the People’s Summit in Chicago, Naomi Klein tells Paul Jay that the suspension of Dilma Rousseff’s presidency in Brazil should be called a coup

Naomi Klein on the US Elections, the Democratic Party, and What the Movement Does Next

June 20, 2016

The Bernie Sanders campaign has shown that “a progressive majority in the United States is within grasp” and could play a major role in the next election cycle, said Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. “What do we do with this energy that now reveals that actually, a progressive majority in the United States is within grasp?” said Klein. “I mean, this is a shattering of the neoliberal consensus. We’ve been told for so long that the left could never win in the United States, and here you have a candidate who’s a self-described democratic socialist, never walks that back. The more he spoke openly about seemingly radical ideas like free, free education and so on, free college education, the bigger the crowds became,” said Klein. “On the other hand, what the Sanders campaign has shown is that a lot of what we told ourselves on the left is not true,” Klein said. The Democratic Party is “more vulnerable than I think many people believe, just in the fact that Sanders was able to take his campaign as far as he was able to take it and get as close as he did get,” Klein said. She cited the Leap Manifesto and 350.org White House protests as evidence that social movements play an instrumental role in shaping the politics and rhetoric of parties and elected officials. “While I think it is really exciting that there’s so much talk of running progressive candidates, I think there is a real risk of…