Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone has endorsed our Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party. The three-time Oscar winning writer and director has produced American classics such as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, and the Untold History of the United States.
His films have won an extraordinary 22 Golden Globes and 14 Academy Awards making him a Hollywood icon and one of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time. Stone was deployed to fight in the Vietnam War at the age of 21. He returned with a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and memories that drove a lifetime of thought-provoking work that questions the justness of American empire.
Joining Oliver Stone are two new organizational endorsers, the Labor Education & Arts Project (LEAP) in Ohio and the South Carolina Labor Party. Our coalition uniting labor and progressives has grown to 14 organizations representing more than 100,000 members, union presidents, AFL-CIO executive council members, and left luminaries such as Abby Martin, Chris Hedges and Dr. Cornel West.
The past two weeks have been a stark reminder of the necessity of our work. Nancy Pelosi was overwhelmingly reelected as Speaker of the House, with the support of every newly elected progressive Democrat. The party reduced the much-anticipated Green New Deal Committee to a public relations stunt, stripping it of the power to pass bills or subpoena speakers and packing it with Democrats who take fossil fuel money.
The handful of freshmen progressives voted to dismantle their own agendas by supporting PayGo on their first day in Congress. All but three House Democrats voted in favor of the PayGo rules package that makes progressive legislation including Medicare for all, free public college, and a jobs guarantee impossible to pass.
These actions reveal that the problems with the corporate parties are systemic. We cannot revolutionize the country by electing progressives into a machine that quickly absorbs them, and has for decades. It will take a new corporate-free party to deliver the wholesale system change that working people need. That’s why a majority of Americans are calling for one, that’s why we’re building it, and that’s why we need your support.
We’re glad to have you with us on this journey. Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are struggling to afford food and housing during the government shutdown.
Founder and National Director
Movement for a People’s Party