About The People’s Revolution

Find out more about The People’s Convention July 23rd, 2016 in Philadelphia

This moment is too important to leave up to the political class.

Americans engage in political dialogue at the dinner table, in the workplace, and on social media every day. Despite our differences of opinion, there is much that unites us.

Now, more than ever, a majority of us embrace the inherent value and equality of every person. We reject oppression, decry violence, and fight back against the destruction of the planet.

Despite this agreement around issues like climate, inequality and getting money out of politics, our leaders remain disconnected from their constituents. The result is a population alienated from the political process.

We have much to say, but have been ignored. Now is the time for us to build the infrastructure and tools to come together, to harness our collective political power, and be heard.

The People’s Revolution is the next step in democratic politics.

The People’s Revolution is an organization building new models of political engagement that will revolutionize the power of the people to come together and work for change. Using participatory processes we are bringing together individuals and grassroots organizations to create an inclusive shared agenda called The People’s Platform.

We will meet in Philadelphia on July 23rd at an event called The People’s Convention, to ratify the initial planks of our People’s Platform and to build cohesion and capacity within the movement. Our goals for the event are to build a sustainable and coordinated grassroots movement, working together to influence political decisions through electoral action, advocacy, and activism.

TPR is a volunteer-driven, people-powered organization. Our approach to organizing and coalition-building is open, inclusive, and representative. To achieve this, we employ a variety of technologies that enable participants at all levels to access internal deliberations and participate directly.

Our actions and decisions are guided by a set of core principles. These principles focus our efforts and facilitate positive and constructive interactions. They include:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Intersectionality
  • Patience
  • Unity of Purpose
  • Commitment to the Group
  • Sustainability
  • Self Empowerment
  • Active Participation
  • Cooperation
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Non-violence

The People’s Platform is a blueprint for the future.

The People’s Platform is a policy framework drafted by a range of grassroots organizations working together collaboratively. It outlines our political priorities, positions, and values. The Platform serves as a blueprint of our shared vision for a better world and forms the foundation for future collective action.

Our goal is to use our coalition and platform to focus attention on key issues, and forge constructive and collaborative partnerships with elected officials, government agencies, and other advocacy groups. The platform is also a mechanism which places demands on our elected officials and holds them accountable at the ballot box and on the street.

The Platform creation process is intended to allow people to take an active role in their own governance, and work together to produce a document that represents the collective will of all parties involved.
Overview of The People’s Platform Drafting Process

1. Identify and vote on priority issues

On May 1st, we opened up voting on a list of issues which would be included in the first iteration of The People’s Platform. The result of almost 800 people voting for their top three issues were selected as the first set of platform planks:

• Getting Big Money Out of Politics
• Racial Justice
• Electoral Reform
• A Living Wage
• Income and Wealth Inequality
• Free College and Student Debt Relief
• Climate Justice
• Healthcare for All

It is important to emphasize that this is the first stage of the drafting process. We fully intend to add additional platform planks in the coming months. If your top issue is not represented, we highly encourage you to join with us and help to recruit those people who represent your point of view. As we gain more participants, The People’s Platform will become increasingly representative and our movement will grow in its capacity to effect change.

2. Draft prospective platform planks

Grassroots organizations and activists who specialize in the above-mentioned issue areas are drafting and submitting each platform plank. If you are interested in submitting material for a plank, please contact jack@thepeoplesrevolution.org. You can also review existing planks at https://thepeoplesrevolution.org/platform/.

3. Publish prospective platform planks

On June 30th, we are posting all prospective planks to our website for public comment and review. More information on that process is coming soon…

4. Ratify each prospective plank through a vote

Participants will vote to ratify each of the prospective planks to The People’s Platform on July 23rd. This ratification process will be available to participate in either remotely or in-person at The People’s Convention in Philadelphia.

The People’s Convention is the launchpad for change.

The People’s Convention will be held on July 23rd in Philadelphia and is open to the public. A major goal of this meeting is to ratify The People’s Platform.

The Convention is an opportunity to meet in-person and via livestream to discuss the issues that matter to us and to develop an agenda for the future. Ratification of the The People’s Platform is a strong signal of our priorities. We will rally around this document to demand bold change toward a more peaceful, productive, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable America.

The second goal of the Convention is lay the groundwork for a national grassroots movement.

Using facilitated discussion we are providing space for individuals, organizers, and grassroots organizations to propose concrete strategies for future organizing and a national organizing infrastructure.

We will have space for individuals, organizers, and grassroots organizations to network and strengthen relationships for future partnerships and expansion.

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The time for taking baby steps is over. Climate catastrophe is looming, wealth and income inequality is growing and after hundreds of years our society still can not guarantee equality for people of color. Those who call themselves our representatives have lost their legitimacy and the people are ready to take their power back. Let’s organize for a future we can believe in.

We need your participation. Please donate, sign up to volunteer and spread the message that democracy is coming to the USA.

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15 thoughts on “About The People’s Revolution”

  1. We are coming from Seattle 21st-30th to participate in march, rally, meetings, events….many of which are still in the planning phases of course:-). Very inspiring!

      1. Ok so I missed this session. Will there be another and when? I am interested in signing up to volunteer for a work group but I guess all of that happens on Slack? Please advise.

  2. Love watching this all come together. Can’t actively participate right now, but I made a contribution. Thanks for all your hard work.

  3. Hi Jack – I’m calling the US Virgin Islands. People there are telling me they can’t vote. Is it like Guam, where they can only vote in the primaries?
    Thanks and keep the candle berning bright.
    Gail Selleg

  4. Won’t be there on the 23rd, that is our travel day to Philly, but will help with the planning areas I indicated as much as possible…so much corruption I am already very active! Thanks to all of us for our work as groups and individually…love the description of omnipartisan for this affects all of us, no matter what party affiliation you have or lack of, for people like me, feeling politically homeless. Check out http://www.bluejeannation as that describes most of us…disgruntled commoners who are politically homeless!

  5. Hello;

    I am generally concerned with issues and possibilities that effect everyone on the planet, and have contended for decades that the best way for mankind to start solving our problems is through species oriented goals. I’m fairly certain that our species is smart enough to address the physiological needs of life and also know how peace on Earth begins. These are not popular contentions with the people in charge, and they have made me an enemy of the state as far as the government is concerned. But all that really means is that we’re even – they don’t like me and I don’t like them.

    I am currently working in the Grand Canyon so I can study the place, basically in the hope that I will expand our understanding of ice ages in much the same way that Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galopogos Islands increased our appreciation for evolution. I already have a few essays prepared if you would like to check them out, and have been planning to use the information to show how unconcerned politicians are with reality, beginning right after the republican and democratic conventions and continuing through the presidential election. The purpose is to show how ineffective, unconcerned and petty our ‘leadership’ is in order to motivate people to change the Constitution by ratifying term limits for all politicians (politics should be a public service, not a career) and firing them all legally, without violence, so we can get more realistic people into their positions. My goal is to obliterate their smoke and mirrors bullshit so we can democratically determine our own destiny ourselves.

    Please let me know how I can help you, and whether you might be interested in helping me.

    Have a great weekend.

    Cheers

  6. “Our purpose is to establish a sustainable, grassroots movement to increase issue awareness and provide channels of direct engagement with the political process for all of us.”

    A great goal and essential we achieve it. I hope it comes from the people/bottom up and not some delegate driven hierarchical structure that parallels what the party duopoly does.

    Every organization tends towards consolidation of power by those who start it as a general dynamic of organizational development. This is whats happened with the two corporate parties that rule us today. They care more about their own power than the people or our planet. So how do you/we avoid this in seeking to empower the people? How do we avoid becoming what we want to fix/change?

    I always hoped the Democratic Party would exist to inform, engage and help the working class of our country & the world and do so in clearly visible tangible ways from our communities on up. Instead we see a DC or State House donor class centered system of patronage that perpetuates income inequality & global strife.

    People need help. We are working essentially in a new feudal system as serfs making just enough to service credit card and school loan debt, pay rent and power bills and make it to the next month. We have over 2 million people of color in prisons and many of them work in real slavery for a few dollars a day producing products for corporations that we all buy. So this of course is immoral and must be brought to an end and soon.

    So the purpose of any party I want to be a part of should be to help the people and protect our Earth.

    End homelessness.
    Increase the availability of living wage jobs with rising incomes.
    Increase access to free & affordable quality education.
    Create 100% access to healthcare in a moral Single Payer system.
    Protect the rights of minorities and immigrants.
    Provide free access to vital knowledge, news and information necessary to make informed choices on how we spend our money and cast our votes in a democratic system of government.

    The only way I see to do this is with a bottom up grassroots approach that creates thousands of small community groups where people can learn together, help each other, and become economically and otherwise free together.

    I hope we create this.
    Thanks,
    Joseph Segal

  7. Love that you are continuing Bernie’s Political Revolution. As a fellow Sandernista I would like to invite all visitors and members of this site to visit my web site. It’s mission is to facilitate communication through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of resources among Progressive around the country. If you would like to get in on a comprehensive Progressive/Left activist site, please come by http://www.totheleftoftheweb.org.

    I do have some thoughts about this site.

    The comment form at the top of the comments would work a lot better for encouraging feedback.

    Also a contact form would be handy for people who want to talk directly with someone within your organization. Relying on a comment section in various parts of the site for input/communication seems a bit iffy.

    Thanks and good luck on the Convention in July!

  8. Thank you for the work you have done in carrying forth the ideals that we the 99% have had for a long time and that Bernie has given voice to. I may not get to your convention for personal reasons but I applaud you in this effort. One thing I would like to add to the platform that would be, to me, essential: Stopping all present and future wars either covert or overt and stopping all military and AID funding or selling weapons to to any and all countries who presently oppress the people within their borders. I will support you in any way I can.

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