Editor’s Note: On September 8, 2017, the Progressive Army Editorial Board endorsed the People’s Congress of Resistance.
Something is building. From the coffee shop to the church to the street corner, new pockets of civic engagement are being created and revitalized all around us. One such group building out civic engagement, organizing under the name The People’s Congress of Resistance, is planning a kick-off event with the organizational help of Eugene Puryear, a political activist and the 2016 vice presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
— CongressOfResistance (@ResistCongress) September 1, 2017
Puryear tells Progressive Army that “on Sept. 16 and 17 we are hoping to take the first step in building a stronger, more coherent movement of the poor, marginalized, oppressed and downtrodden for their own liberation.” Puryear further explains:
The People’s Congress of Resistance is an opportunity for the people on the front-lines fighting to share tactics, strategy, ideas, and dreams. Politicians exist, they play a role, but what real people’s struggle has been won by anything other than people’s struggle?
In the streets or on the job, the organized power of people, with an orientation based on principle not political expediency, has been key to victories for workers and communities facing oppression and repression.
The event itself will take place at the Blackburn Center at Howard University in Washington D.C. Check out their long list of presenters, which includes Abby Martin, Anoa Changa, and Ben Norton. You can register for the event or subsidize someone else’s registration here.
To outline the specific goals, background, and platform, the organizers behind The People’s Congress of Resistance put together a beautifully written, visually attractive, and inspiring document, aptly named their Manifesto, A Society for the Many – A Vision for Revolution.
The struggles of the many are one struggle, a struggle for a society of the many, a society where the many work together for their collective flourishing and a common future. Together the collective strength of our common struggles reminds us we have a world to win!