In 2006, Bill Fletcher Jr. and Danny Glover put out a strategy memo for progressive activists called “Visualizing a Neo-Rainbow.” It referenced the efforts of the Harold Washington Mayoral campaign in Chicago, Mel King Campaign efforts in Boston, and the Jesse Jackson ’84 and ’88 Presidential runs. It called for an inside/outside strategy towards the Democratic Party.
In the lead up to the 2012 Presidential election, Bill Fletcher was joined by Western PA activist, Carl Davidson to put out, “The 2012 Elections have little to do with Obama’s record…Which is why We are Voting for him.” Following the election, they, writing together again, released, “How the Left can become a True Political Force to Be Reckoned With.”
Long-time Left thinker and racial justice activist, Bob Wing would also add to the thinking in the lead up to the 2012 Presidential election; first with “Notes toward a Social Justice electoral strategy” and then later with “Can we defeat the Racist Southern Strategy in 2012?”
One of his latest pieces of thinking calls attention to the victory of Chokwe Lumumba in the Mayoral election of Jackson, MS
Most recently, following the primary victory of Bill del Blasio, Peter Beinart of The Daily Beast weighed in with “The Rise of the New New Left”
The thinking expressed in all these articles represents conscious organizers doing creative strategic thinking about how to get progressive victories.
In this spirit, in the lead up to the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s race, Philly environmental activist Will Lawrence has weighed in, in a must-read piece for all Social Justice activist across Pennsylvania who figuring out how to relate to the Governor’s race.
His piece is titled, “Hey Philly Environmentalists – Let’s take a look at the PA Governor’s Race.” Check it out.
Check it out here: