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02/23/2017 | A Chair for Progressives?
The next few days could be an important turning point for U.S. progressives. During its winter meeting being held in Atlanta, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is scheduled to elect a new chair. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Tom Perez is the new DNC Chair.) The results could help many left-leaning activists decide whether it really is possible to reform the Democratic Party, or whether it is time to pursue alternatives.
A top contender rightly opposed by most progressives is Tom Perez, former Obama administration labor secretary and Democratic establishment loyalist. If he wins, it could hasten frustrated Berners’ exit from the Democratic Party. It could well be the last straw for many progressive Democrats in general—coming after the party establishment’s suppression of Sanders in the 2016 primary, its strong backing of fatally flawed Hillary Clinton, and then the related victory of Trump and the Republicans.
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation’s political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.