by Carl Goldman (AFSCME Council 26)
It was really exciting to join 3,000 participants at the People’s Summit in Chicago last weekend to talk about how to move progressive issues forward. There were a number of DC-area participants, including Ken Zinn (NNU) and other area activists and leaders. In addition to speeches, workshops and cultural events, the Summit included some really inspiring “reports from the field” from organizers involved in a variety of progressive issues such as labor, racial justice, economic inequality, the environment and challenging neoliberalism, to name but a few. The participants also broke into groups by region to discuss how to take action in our cities and states. The National Nurses Union, People’s Action, Progressive Democrats and Democratic Socialists of America were among the conference conveners and while they and most of the participants are Bernie Sanders supporters, most of the discussion concerned the broader question of how to move a progressive agenda.