At a campaign rally tonight for the DNC chair, Keith Ellison said something that at once would expand the electoral representation of the Democratic Party and at the same time help build a comprehensive program. He called for the Democratic Party to become a home for activists. We need to be a Party, he said, where those fighting for issues such as climate change, raising the minimum wage, and racial equality can have their voices heard and their issues turned into an electoral program.
The reality now is that the Party places them on the fringes, giving them nod when convenient but largely keeping them at arm’s length, as Pete previously pointed out. Activists have no place in the Party and very little role. Every four years the Dems might come around and speak to their issues and promise to act if elected, but then fail to take up the fight once in office. Such a phenomenon has forced activists to turn to the courts over electoral politics, placing their hope in an idealized form of law where the dead rule over the living.
The Democratic Alternative has long called for the inclusion of different voices and movements in the building of a comprehensive program. We have advocated incorporating candidates and activists with single issues into our broad movement, and inviting them to not only help expand our platform, but also to see how their issues connect with others, and to build a consistent movement across political, economic, and social spheres.