I hope you read and enjoyed our most recent issue of The Peace Exchange Bulletin, especially the proposal for "Negotiations Now!" over Libya; the dangers of longer wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan; the budget proposal by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which includes defunding of those wars; and more.
Starting this week, the Bulletin will take up a greater emphasis on the coming 2012 election. This expansion will require increased support from donors like you. Please consider a significant contribution now. Contributions to the Peace and Justice Resource Center are tax-deductible. Make a donation of $25 or more and receive a signed copy of the Port Huron Statement, Writings for a Democratic Society, or The Long Sixties.
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Ending the wars and turning to our energy, education and health care priorities will take a bold vision and hard work from progressives. The Bulletin is a thread that connects us all.
Obama’s re-election will depend on high turnout from peace voters, union families, African-Americans, Latinos, women, environmentalists, the LGBT communities, and students. But discontent is rife in those very communities. What will Obama have to do to win them back? What compromises might have to be accepted to avoid a Republican Tea Party victory?
With all the hype about right-wing populism, the media underplays the rising currents of progressive populism: starting with one million marchers at the 2006 immigrant rights march in Los Angeles, the campaign for the DREAM act by undocumented undergraduates, the 28-day occupation of the Wisconsin capitol by students and workers, the movement to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and growing successes in creating green jobs at the state level in California. Together, these social movements can tip the balance in many states in 2012, just as the Tea Party is credited with driving the Republicans to the right.
Will it happen? That depends on the will, the strategizing and the coalition building of community activists all around American. Working together we can pressure the Democrats to remember their base while countering the crackpot Republicans reducing deficits while continuing the trillion dollar wars, increasing government revenues while cutting taxes for the super-rich, and providing handouts to the nuclear, coal and oil interests while doubling the cost of going to college.
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of a progressive America.