We are working to build a coalition of groups on the left in order to create a new party for working people. Polls show that the large majority of Americans are progressive and want a major new party. They want single payer health care, free public college, money out of politics, an infrastructure jobs program, a $15 minimum wage, financial regulations, and more. Working people do not feel represented by the Democratic and Republican parties and, after decades of watching the parties turn their backs on them, they understand that they cannot be salvaged. That's why Gallup reports that almost two out of three Americans are now calling for a major new party, including an even greater number young people and poor people.
The country is beyond ready for a new nationally viable progressive party. But our movement is divided into hundreds of organizations working independently of one another. That forces each group to devote a large amount of its resources just to competing with the others for supporters, volunteers, media, and donations. On the whole, that means much fewer resources are directed outwards, towards challenging the establishment and actually affecting change.
If Americans don’t find a genuinely anti-establishment home on the left, people furious with the system will continue to rush to the only populism they see: Trump’s brand of xenophobic, authoritarian, and militaristic populism; just like they did in the 2016 election. It is of the utmost importance that progressives launch a populist party before we go further down this path. We must do it now, while the opportunity to carry the revolution to the left is still open.
The progressive and labor community have the support, the resources, and the power to create the nationally viable alternative to the Democrats and Republicans that working people are clamoring for. But overthrowing the establishment parties will take a broad alliance of working people. That's why we're building a coalition of unions, community groups, student chapters, academics, progressive parties and left organizations to launch a new people's party.
Our intrepid field leaders and volunteers across the country are approaching groups and discussing the coalition with them. They are emissaries of the coalition, and one conversation at a time we are bringing groups together for the party that will complete the political revolution and usher in a twenty-first century progressive era. Let's make history!