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IN BRIEF Welcome to the newsletter・Invitation to my workshop・The Democratic Party is losing the working class
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Hi, this is Mark McDermott, and today I'd like to offer you this newsletter as a hub of information dedicated to learning how our democracy is under attack and we, the people, no longer share fairly in the wealth we produce.  I want to encourage what we can do to take it back, so I'm excited to share with you ideas, books, articles and videos that will assist you in focusing on what you can do about it right now and in the months and years ahead.

I want to encourage you also to check out my new website.  It has videos, Powerpoints, articles, resources and other information that can help your efforts fighting to create a better America.  Given the relentless attacks and systematic lying of President Trump and his political allies across the country, having accurate, documented information and analysis is critical in our efforts to educate, energize and activate the millions of our sisters and brothers who are under attack.  The website also has a schedule of my current speaking and training events.  I would love your feedback on the website and its materials.  Your suggestions for improvements are greatly appreciated.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a united people and learn and share ideas and ways we can work together more effectively.  Please visit my Facebook page to share ideas and connect with me on my website to plan events. The time is now to stand together and take our country back.  We can build a more just, equitable and sustainable future for all of us.  Let's exchange ideas, sharpen our thinking and get to work.

In solidarity,

Mark
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The Democratic Party is losing the working class
Understanding why is the key to rebuilding a populist progressive movement

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected along with large Democratic majorities in Congress. Eight years later we have Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress. The Democrats have lost 935 state legislative seats since 2008, and 26 states are under complete control of the Republicans. It is hard putting a happy face on this disaster for Democrats.


Understanding this multi-year catastrophe is critical to our movement’s organizing an effective long-term strategy anchored in a positive vision to reclaim our country and build a more just, equitable and sustainable future. We must be self-critical and not merely blame the Kochs, Trump and the Republicans. There are many factors for this disaster and I want to focus on three critical factors centered on the Democratic Party:

  1. The enormous loss of support for Democrats among households making less than $50,000 per year;
  2. Major loss of support among union members particularly in the Rust Belt; and
  3. The long-term support of both Clintons and Obama for “free trade” and largely ignoring its impacts and the long-term crisis of deindustrialization in the Rust Belt.

Over the past four years, I have presented my economic justice and labor education work 16 times in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and upstate New York, as well as campaigning in western Pennsylvania for 16 days before the election. (see: “Doorbelling at the scene of corporate crimes”). I have visited many cities, large, medium and small, that have been devastated by plant closures, massive permanent job losses and jobs moving to foreign countries. The intergenerational character of many tight-knit communities has been severely weakened as their younger people leave and permanent hard times remain in many of these hard-hit communities.

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  UPCOMING EVENTS 


February 25, 2017 | Santa Ana, CA
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS WESTERN CONFERENCE

March 2, 2017 | Bellingham, WA
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

March 8, 2017 | Tacoma, WA
PIERCE COUNTY LABOR COUNCIL

March 22, 2017 | Youngstown, OH
YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

April 1, 2017 | Burbank, CA
PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 761

April 4, 2017 | Everett, WA
SHEET METAL LOCAL 66

April 6, 2017 | Portland, OR
SHEET METAL LOCAL 16

April 11, 2017 | Seattle, WA
EVANS SCHOOL GRADUATE FORUM

April 15, 2017 | Redmond, WA
LAKE WA. SCHOOL DISTRICT TRADES BARGAINING COALITION

April 20, 2017 | Spokane, WA
IRON WORKERS LOCAL 14

April 22, 2017 | Kent, WA
IBEW LOCAL 46

April 27, 2017 | Longview, WA
WASH. STATE BUILDING TRADES

May 2, 2017 | Cle Elum, WA
PACIFIC NW IRON WORKERS REGIONAL COUNCIL

May 24, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
IBEW, BROADCAST AND TELECOM CONFERENCE

June 1, 2017 | Spokane, WA
WASH. STATE BUILDING TRADES

June 19, 2019 | Portland, OR
SHEET METAL LOCAL 16

August 1, 2017 | Seattle, WA
CEMENT MASONS LOCAL 528

October 22, 2017* | Redmond WA
LAKE WA. SCHOOL DISTRICT TRADES BARGAINING COALITION

(* = tentative)

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The ultimate test of a person, a union, a movement or a people is not whether we get knocked down, it is what we do when we get up.  Are we stronger, more united, smarter and more determined when we get up? It is always our choice.
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Mark McDermott is an economic justice educator and writer who has been a political activist for many years working on economic, racial and social justice. For more information you can email, visit markmmcdermott.com or get at him on Facebook.
 


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