On Sunday, July 17th, Voices for New Democracy hosted our latest monthly political forum on “China and the New World Order.” Moderated by Voices editor José Z. Calderón, our guest this month was attorney, educator, and civil rights leader Stewart Kwoh. Kwoh is the founding President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice — […]
Voices for New Democracy contributor and Director of the UCLA Labor Center Kent Wong recently joined Senator Bernie Sanders and special guests Dr. Cornel West, Professor Tobias Higbie, and Professor Dana Caldemeyer for an hour-long discussion of the history of the American Labor Movement. Watch the full conversation below.
Sherri Donovan discusses the terrifying consequences of the Supreme Court’s ruling against abortion.
Watch our latest monthly political forum with Sherri Donovan and Jerry Tung, moderated by Dennis Torigoe.
Find readings for our next monthly political forum with Jerry Tung and Sherri Donovan.
Core questions of political strategy animate the debate roiling DSA. The whole Left has a stake in the outcome.
Military buildup is not the way to peace, climate change, or a safer, sustainable and productive earth that serves the majority of people.
Watch our May Day forum with SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Gerry Hudson.
Kent Wong explores the role of and challenges to collective bargaining in U.S. labor relations.
In our latest monthly political forum, we debate the implications of ongoing international conflicts.
Join Voices for New Democracy on Sunday March 20th at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT for our next monthly political forum discussing the war on Ukraine, the new Cold War, and the changing international situation. Spring Wang, Steve Clark, and Floyd Huen will share their reflections on the ongoing conflict and its implications for international […]
We invite you to join us in remembering our comrade Marty Nathan and reflecting on her legacy.
Kent Wong explores the history of the evolving relationship between the U.S. and Chinese labor movements, and the importance of building links of international solidarity.
This past Sunday, Voices for New Democracy joined our comrades at Convergence Magazine for a conversation with Linda Burnham and Max Elbaum around their new book, Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections, a collection of essays exploring grassroots mobilization as the key to electoral power. Burnham and Elbaum discussed their work with Convergence, pulled […]
Join us on Sunday, February 27th for our next monthly political forum with Linda Burnham & Max Elbaum on their new book, Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections.
Watch our latest monthly political forum on Black liberation with Robin D. G. Kelley
Comment on the Biden Administration’s Continued Support of Trump-Era Immigration Title 42 and Remain in Mexico Policies
The Biden administration is continuing Trump-era immigration policy. The Left must organize against it.
Kent Wong discusses the need to support the immigrant workers movement and immigrant youth movement — not rely on the Democratic Party — in the fight for immigrant justice.
Join our next monthly political forum on Black liberation with Robin D. G. Kelley at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 23rd.
With climate change poised to drive reshape global geography and demography, the path forward is plagued with contradictions. What is to be done?
As we mourn the passing of Lani Guinier, we remember her 1999 remarks on the Greensboro Massacre
Join our next monthly political forum with Professor Robin D. G. Kelley on January 23rd at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET
In our latest monthly political forum, we discussed the climate crisis and its political possibilities.
Why the Green New Deal is our best shot at tackling the climate crisis while advancing economic and social justice.
Join our next monthly political forum on Sunday, December 12th as we discuss the climate crisis and possibilities for change
In our latest monthly political forum, we were joined by civil rights attorneys Penda Hair and Dayna Cunningham to discuss voting rights in the United States.
Join our November political forum on voting rights this Sunday, featuring Penda Hair and moderated by Dayna Cunningham.
Steve Clark and Tom Clark discuss the insights generated by the October forum on MMT, and their domestic and international implications.
Sherri Donovan discusses the financial and monetary policy of the African Financial Community (CFA) and its legacy of French colonialism
Watch our latest monthly political forum on Modern Monetary Theory, and join our follow-up discussion on Sunday, 10/10.
In advance of our upcoming forum on Modern Monetary Theory, Dennis Torigoe builds on his recent article on MMT, “The Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency,” and addresses responses to it.
In advance of our upcoming forum on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) this Sunday, October 3rd, our panelists have assembled a helpful list of background materials to ground your understanding of MMT before our discussion. While Voices for New Democracy has published a number of pieces relating to MMT (here, here, here, and here), these additional […]
Join our next forum on Modern Monetary Theory on Sunday, October 3rd, 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
Our latest forum with Danya of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network discusses the history of Palestinian resistance and contemporary political developments in the region.
Tracing a thread from the 1980s to the present, José Z. Calderón explores the emerging movements to reorganize the structures of production and distribution in our economy.
Our latest forum with Roz Pelles and Lucy Lewis discusses the work of the Poor People’s Campaign in advancing the fight against poverty at grassroots and national levels.
The attack on democracy currently playing out in D.C. and in state legislatures like Texas is the worst we have seen since Reconstruction. At the center of this crisis are poor women—especially poor women of color.
Matt Perrenod speaks to Mike Siegel on Ground Game Texas.
Matt Perrenod discusses his new work focusing on the intersection of grassroots and electoral organizing, and their path to political power, throughout the South and the Sun Belt.
Responding to Dennis Torigoe’s recent piece on “The Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency,” Steve Clark discusses how an empowered American Left can reshape global financial systems through Modern Monetary Theory.
Responding to Dennis Torigoe’s recent piece on “The Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency,” Tom Clark argues that Modern Monetary Theory can be a force for progressive internationalism.
Responding to Dennis Torigoe’s recent piece on “The Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency,” Signe Waller Foxworth questions the potential impact of Modern Monetary Theory on international finance.
Nelson & Joyce Johnson, founders of Greensboro’s Beloved Community Center, sketch out some of those values, assumptions and strategic objectives to establish a North Carolina Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC).
Progressives in Congress are using their power more effectively than ever. They can’t let this opportunity slip by.
Our latest forum with Nelson and Joyce Johnson discusses their work building the Beloved Community Center and advancing justice in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dennis Torigoe explores the role of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the implications of Modern Monetary Theory in shaping the global economy.
As Vice President Harris claims she will work to address the “root causes” of Central American migration, scholar and VND forum guest Miguel Tinker Salas explains why this must begin with US empire.
A new article from In These Times sheds light on union efforts in key Southern hospitality economies, and how they can help renew the labor movement on a national level.
Whether from capitalist or socialist perspectives, many central banks and a growing number of governors recognize mounting ecological risks and, thus, the danger of economic collapse.
Our latest forum with J. Phillip Thompson discusses emerging trends in political economy and possibilities for transforming our systems through Economic Democracy.
In this extended essay, J. Phillip Thompson explores new possibilities for transforming our political economy through new systems under the banner of Economic Democracy.
Today’s crisis is an opportunity for Asian Americans to stand with people of conscience to demand a multi-racial democracy that the U.S. has never fully embraced.
Professor José Calderón pays homage to José Fernando Pedraza and the movement to organize day laborers.
How the left can push back against narratives that divide the international working class.
Our latest forum on immigration lays out the domestic and international context of the current moment, and explores possibilities for change.
With the federal eviction moratorium under attack from landlords, now is the time to consider how we can rebuild a more sustainable affordable housing system.
The historic union drive at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, AL appears to have been defeated. Jane McAlevey offers a post-mortem on the campaign.
As part of our recent Forum on Labor’s Future, panelist Eric Gill discussed strategies for union transformation and the importance of such struggles.
As part of our recent Forum on Labor’s Future, panelist Carolyn Kazdin discussed the importance of international solidarity work for the American labor movement and labor struggles worldwide.
As part of our recent Forum on Labor’s Future, panelist Joe Alvarez discussed the relationship between the American labor movement and growing social justice movements like Black Lives Matter.
As part of our recent Forum on Labor’s Future, UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong discussed the state of the American labor movement.
Watch the first of our new forum series, a “Forum on Labor’s Future.”
As we mourn the horrific shootings in Atlanta, we must confront the long history of anti-Asian racism and forge solidarity.
What the lessons of Greensboro 1979 tell us about how we frame the attacks in Atlanta.
As we mourn the tragic violence in Atlanta, we reflect on what it takes to heal.
What the unionization drive of Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama could mean for the American labor movement.
The video game retailer’s stock price exposes the flaws of capitalism.
It’s time to stop talking about “growth” as a thing in itself. A Job Guarantee can help.
As we recover from the pandemic, CDFIs could be key to delivering robust – and equitable – community development.
A response to Walden Bello on the state of crisis in the U.S.
“I like space and technology, but what is going on here is a wild ride pushed by the war profiteers and imperialist policies”
The movement for Public Banks is growing.
| José Calderón | Thank you to Professor James McKeever for this interview and his podcast that is advancing new and innovative scholarly roads. Please connect with this podcast for an informative discussion on the significance of community-based scholarship and the possibilities for creating new models of racial equity and quality of life that are […]
| Steve Clark | After 57 percent of white voters went for Trump in November and, then, a section of them stormed the Capitol this week, progressive people are asking, “What is the deal with white Americans?” It’s a good question. Obviously, Trump made it ok to stand up for white supremacy, and he made […]
Police stand by while white supremacist mobs run amok. Black Lives Matter and other protests by the left are attacked with impunity. Police use deadly force against ordinary citizens, disproportionately people of color. All of this is current, but none of it is new. The Oakland Greens, Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change, and the […]
| Robert Glassman | I think the evidence would show that the overwhelming base of support for the violent clown car attempted coup at the Capitol was not white working class, but the expected fascist base of petit bourgeois and lumpen elements. Almost every article I’ve read about those arrested bears this out. Their social […]
| Harrison Neuhaus | Racist violence with minimal intervention from a sympathetic police force is a recurring theme throughout American history. The Left has long recognized affinity between the state and white supremacy as a key obstacle to social liberation. But as today’s Left grapples with a rising far-right and historic crises of legitimacy and […]
| Steve Clark | In this interview, Alaine Duncan looks at our nation as a “trauma survivor” and discusses how to transcend tribalism. A challenge for our nation’s tribes is learning to tolerate our own discomfort and not perceive discomfort as unsafe. Transcending Tribalism Alaine Duncan graduated from acupuncture school in 1990 and completed Somatic […]
| Steve Clark | This short video from Positive Money (a British financial reform group) explains how government borrowing and interest payments to banks syphon money from the public to build bank profit. The system works the same in the US, but there is a better way: direct government spending.
From slave patrols to lynchings to last week’s assault on the US Capitol, police-enabled, racist attacks are nothing new in the US. One of these was the 1979 Greensboro Massacre in which five anti-racist organizers were killed by Klan and Nazi gunmen, abetted by local police. This month, a panel of survivors previewed a 20-minute documentary […]
| Steve Clark | The notion of a Job Guarantee is on a lot of lips these days, led by modern monetary theory (MMT) proponent Pavlina Tcherneva, whose short book (128 pages!), The Case for a Job Guarantee, has captured widespread acclaim. In my opinion, it’s must-reading for anyone trying to define a truly transformative […]
| Ana Maria Alvarez | In the wake of Ahmad Arbery’s murder, Jose Cano — the drummer of Las Cafeteras, a music group that we have collaborated with over the years — reached out to me. We both felt so angry and upset, and decided to create something together as a way to channel all […]
“Building Multi-Racial Coalitions Against Trump’s Criminalization Policies” | Jose Calderon | The families who are coming here from Central America, Mexico, and Latin America overall are coming as a result of years of this country’s foreign policies toward those countries and the growing violence and poverty. These reasons include the economic inequalities that exist between […]
| Madeline Chang | In 1985, the Post-Industrial Society published by the New Democratic Movement began to articulate a new vision of an economy that will provide for and be inclusive of all people in our society. It observed at the time that “most fundamental structural problem of the U.S. economy is failure to increase […]
| Steve Clark | “At the end of February (1932) we were a congeries of disorderly panic-stricken mobs and factions. In the hundred days from March to June we became again an organized nation confident of our power to provide for our own security and to control our own destiny.“ Walter Lippman. For understandable reasons, […]
| Leola Bermanzohn | This is a portrait of Sandi Smith from my first mural Women Warriors, painted in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY in October-December 2001. Sandi, Sandra Neely Smith, was one of the Greensboro Five – five people shot & killed by the KKK at an anti-Klan protest in Greensboro North Carolina on November […]
| Albert Lee | Commentary: “How NYC is attacking the racial wealth gap” – J. Philip Thompson, Daily News, December 3, 2020 NYC’s Owner to Owners initiative to support business owners with employee ownership solutions is bold, timely, and strategic. It’s bold because the program will conduct outreach to 20,000 businesses in the coming months. […]
| Carl Redwood | LeftRoots is preparing cadre as liberatory strategists for the next phases of our struggle to build 21st Century socialism. In These Times describes LeftRoots as a five-year-old socialist group that offers a hub for on-the-ground organizers around the country to strategize together. LeftRoots’ membership includes “super-majorities both of people of color, and of women […]
| James Bernard | I think that there is a profound lack of compassion for poor and working class white people in this country. I believe that there is white privilege and that the original sin of this country was slavery, something that is baked into our collective DNA. I believe that the key to […]
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