NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
H201
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Session 5: Sunday June 30th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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In the United States and elsewhere, socialist candidates have seen more electoral success when running outside of the simple plurality, winner-take-all voting system that corrals voters and movements into "lesser of two evils" thinking. Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation are key election reforms that will help pry open the duopolistic control of the Democratic and Republican parties' cartel and facilitate more representation from under-represented communities. This panel will make the argument that, no matter what party socialists choose to run in now, fighting for and winning these reforms will grant The Left more room to maneuver and greater electoral success -- making it an essential project for those serious about political revolution. Recent fights and victories around RCV and voting reform will be analyzed, along with how to apply their lessons in local organizing.

Participants

Jamal Abed-Rabbo is a member of Chicago DSA and Fairvote Illinois who sits on the DSA International Committee. He has written on electoral reform in Socialist Forum,...

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Jonah Martell is a DSA member from Tallahassee, Florida. He is keenly interested in socialist strategy and has written articles for both DSA Weekly and Cosmonaut...

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Michael O'Neil was the Campaign Manager for the 2018 Hawkins For Governor campaign in NY, and staff on Hawkins' 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial campaigns, 2016 Jill Stein for President campaign, and currently works as a part-time staffer for the Green Party of NY. Michael produces and co-...

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In addition to his service as a Democratizing Elections Program Director and a Fellow with Liberty Tree, David is a member of the Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County Steering Committee, a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Green Institute, and a member of the Sierra Club'...

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Gloria Mattera is the Co-Chair of the Green Party of New York and a member of the Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States.
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Gloria Mattera has been a member of the Green Party since 2001. Coming to the Green Party through the Nader campaign, Gloria has...

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