Declaring Resistance Is Not Enough,
More Than 70 Progressive Leaders Pledge to Fight for
Agenda for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity, and Economic Justice.
Group Calls On Other Americans to Sign Pledge to Work for
11 Point Platform for Economic Growth, Greater Equality.
Vow to Resist Trump and GOP, While Building Citizens’ Movement Needed to “Rebuild America.”
PLEDGE CAN BE FOUND AT: http://campaignforamericasfuture.org/
While vowing to continue to build the resistance movement against Donald Trump, more than 70 prominent progressives (see below) are publicly pledging to work for an 11 point economic agenda to produce “Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice.”
Declaring “Resistance is not enough,” the more than 70 founding signers announced they would be inviting many more Americans to sign their Pledge and build public support for their economic agenda. “Real change begins with a clear and coherent vision of a better America, and with citizens’ movements dedicated to bringing that world into being,” they declared in the introduction to their agenda.
In an introduction to their 11 point economic platform, released today, the signers argue that “the system has been rigged” against working Americans for many decades – because “both major political parties have allowed the wealthy and the giant corporations to exercise far too much influence over the political decisions that shape American life.” They call for a citizen’s movement that will stand up to big money and fight for big economic changes that will build a prosperous and sustainable American economy, create economic growth and opportunity for all, and reverse inequality.
“President Trump has broken most of his populist promises from the campaign, and he and his corporate allies are making the US more unequal,” said one of the Pledge authors, Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future. He pointed out that most of the Pledge signers are leaders of the Resistance movement working hard to stop Trump. But he warned that “if Trump and the GOP majority in Congress were to disappear tomorrow, our society might become more civil and less dangerous, but we would still face the challenge of rebuilding our economy – after many decades of growing inequality and public paralysis. Today we are outlining a program for sustainable prosperity that will motivate the growing progressive electorate — and offer an alternative to some Trump voters who are now disappointed with the President.”
These progressives say they are realistic. They understand that electoral success in many mid-term elections will be fueled by anti-Trump energy. And they do not want their economic agenda to be rigidly used as a litmus test in all Congressional or local races. But they argue that no political party or candidate can win over the long term without a positive agenda for economic growth and prosperity. They envision a virtuous circle of competition within the Democratic party – with one or more candidate demonstrating the popularity of parts of their bold agenda for change. They cite the Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, which worked politically for Sanders in his Presidential campaign – and which now has the support of one third of Democratic Senators – including most of the among likely candidates for president. And they point to polling that shows that most of the key economic agenda items they champion are very popular in polling.
The authors and signers say the vision statement is designed to stimulate constructive discussion and debate, and foster a new, winning unity. The pledge signers invoke the classic cautionary truth, “You can’t beat something with nothing.”
The 11-point platform starts with two planks aimed a “sustainable economic growth.” Drawing from the work of economist Joe Stiglitz and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, the group rejects the Trump strategy of tax cuts for the rich and giant corporations, they instead advocate a plan to address “secular stagnation” and to get the US economy ready to stimulate growth when the Obama recovery finally stalls.
The first two major agenda items call for serious public investment to
(1) create good jobs and rebuild US infrastructure and
(2) build a sustainable green economy by retooling the US energy system.
And to pay for this long-deferred investment, plank #(8) calls for reversing the Trump tax cuts to make corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.
The group argues that their entire platform would reduce inequality – but they place major emphasis on working to targeting investment and achieving economic justice
(4) for communities harmed by racism and xenophobia and
(5) for women in the economy, in the workforce, and in the home
The platform also calls for (3) raising wages directly and establishing the rights of workers to form unions – and by curbing giveaways to CEOs and the top one percent.
A major part of the agenda aims at protecting and extending the New Deal – by establishing the social democratic reforms already won by other democracies:
(6) much-improved public education and free college for all
(7)Medicare for All and a strengthened social safety net and retirement security
The progressive platform also addresses two of the big causes of the great recession of 2008 and 2009, which was the result of runaway corporate globalization and a deregulated financial system that created a global speculative bubble which crashed the world economy when that bubble burst. The platform therefore calls for
(9) a global economic strategy for working people and
(10) a bank reform system to close the Wall Street casino
Finally, the group argues that addressing all their proposed economic reforms will require fundamental changes to (11) Rescue Democracy from the Special Interests.
PLEDGE CAN BE FOUND AT: www.campaignforamericasfuture.org
Signers at: www.campaignforamericasfuture.org/signers
Signers of Pledge to Fight for Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice:
Signers do so as individuals. Organizations listed for identification only.
Co-Director, Campaign for America’s Future
Janet Dewart Bell
Author, Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Board Chair, Our Revolution
Co-Director, Campaign for America’s Future
Heather D. Gautney
Associate Professor of Sociology, Fordham University (at Lincoln Center)
Writer and Zero Hour Host
Economic and Housing Development Advocate
Racial Economic Equality Advocate
Social Security Works, President
Center for Economic Policy Research, Co-Founder and Senior Economist
People’s House Project, President
Angela Glover Blackwell
PolicyLink Equity Action Network
Robert A. Blecker
American Univ. Economics Department
Sierra Club, Executive Director
Women’s Media Center, President
Working Families Party
Democracy for America, Executive Director
In the Public Interest, Executive Director
Institute for Policy Studies-Inequality Program
Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, Policy Director
Christopher Edley Jr.
Opportunity Institute, Co-Founder & UC Berkeley Law School, Prof
Center for Popular Democracy Network, President
Brand New Congress
Economic Policy Institute, Founder
Actor, Writer, Activist
James K. Galbraith
LBJ School of Public Affairs at U of Texas at Austin, Professor
Good Jobs Nation
United Steelworkers, President
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Princeton University Center for African-American Studies, Chair
People’s Action, Co-Director
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Mark Winston Griffith
#Millions of Jobs
Jobs With Justice, Executive Director & Caring Across Generations, Co-Director
Americans for Indian Opportunity
Food & Water Watch, Executive Director
The Hightower Lowdown, Editor & Our Revolution Board
Leo Hindery, Jr.
Business Leader, Author, Civic Activist
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Co-Founder
The Opportunity Agenda, Executive Director
Bold Alliance President, Our Revolution Board & Nebraska Dem Party Chair
Author, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics & Winning the World We Need
Economic Policy Institute, President
Gabriela D. Lemus
Progressive Congress, President and Executive Director
Greenpeace USA, Executive Director
National Nurses United
350.org Founder, Author, Environmentalist
USC Professor of Sociology / American Studies & Ethnicity
Political Economy Research Institute, Co-Director
National Domestic Workers Alliance, Director
Former Secretary of Labor
Color of Change, Executive Director
New Community Fund, President
Hector Sanchez Barba
Nat. Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Chair & LCLAA, Exec. Dir.
Progressive Democrats of America, Executive Director
Author, Activist, and Co-founder, Women’s Media Center
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Fordham U Law Professor and Anti-Corruption League
Public Leadership Institute
The Dream Corps #GreenForAll, CEO
Our Revolution, President
Toni Van Pelt
National Organization for Women, President
Center for Community Change Action, President
American Federation of Teachers, President
Public Citizen, President
Movement Voter Project and Gamechanger Labs
Arab American Institute, President