Bernie Sanders’ election campaign excited the world. A new, young and vibrant Left was born. Tens of Thousands went to rallies which brought Sanders within a hair’s breadth of becoming the Democrat candidate for US president.
After Sanders was beaten to the nomination by Hillary Clinton, this left now faces a great debate. Should we support Clinton to stop Donald Trump? Should we try to build a third party as an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans? Are the Greens of Dr Jill Stein this alternative or do we need to build something new?
Whoever wins the election, there is the question of how the new left relates to radical movements like Black Lives Matter. How do we ensure that the excitement that crystallised around Bernie stays active and on the streets? How can left-wing activists in the USA and in Europe work together?
In the run-up to the US elections, 3 US-American leftists based in Europe (all speaking in a personal capacity) will discuss with us the challenges for the new left in the election campaign and beyond:
- Eric Lee (Founding Editor of LabourStart) is a Sanders supporter who is now calling for a vote for Hillary Clinton.
- Dr Thomas Greven (JFK Institute) is supporting Clinton where the vote is close but calling for a Stein vote in constituencies where it is clear who will win.
- Kathleen Brown (Die LINKE Berlin Internationals) says that we can’t wait another 4 years to build a new left and that now is the time to vote Stein wherever you are.
Join the debate – on Thursday, 13 October at 7pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus (Rosa Luxemburg Platz)
This meeting is organised with the support of die LINKE International department and Progressive Democrats Abroad – Berlin chapter.
US Voters – Want to vote in the U.S. election?
Register online here.
You are also able to register at the meeting on 13 October in Karl Liebknecht Haus
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don’t have any” – Alice Walker