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NPA: 40-Year Agenda (Draft)

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...SCARED
the wealthy and the corporations.
This caused corporations to
REACT.
The action of the 1960s social justice, anti-war
and civil rights movements ...
Future Supreme Court Justice wrote a memo to the US Chamber of Commerce saying that corporations needed to take the fight for power as seriously as the drive for profits.
The 1% has a set of principles.
1. Big corporations and the 1% control the government.
2. Unions and community groups don't have any
power to oppose the big corporations.
3. Inequality is
good
.
Don't spend tax
money on social programs.
5. We live in a post-racial society.
4. Minimize taxes on the 1%
Get over it.
1. Big corporations and the 1% control the government.

2. Unions and community groups don't have any
power to oppose the big corporations.

3. Inequality is good.

4. Minimize taxes on the 1%. Don't spend tax money on social programs.

5. We live in a post-racial society. Get over it.
The 1% Economy
Attacks on us
Privatization
Deregulation
Politics
followed four pathways
DEREGULATION
Along the way, they won stepping-stone
STRUCTURAL REFORMS
that transferred power to them away from people and the public.
A Structural Transformation
Given where we are today, there
are three paths we can take ...
1. Fight to keep what we have.
This means drawing a line in the sand to save our jobs and homes, and trying to protect the best social programs and policies we have left. While we must defend our communities, defense alone is a path toward defeat. If we want to win, we have to go on offense.
2. Work to get back to the old economy
The way things were before the financial crisis. While for many of us these periods were more hopeful than where we are now, profound racial and gender disparities and environmental destruction meant they didn’t work for all of us.
WHAT'S
POSSIBLE
REIMAGINE
3.
...OR ...
...To refuse to let the challenge of the present prevent us from fully rethinking how our democracy and economy work. If we lower our expectations of what’s possible, then we’ve already lost. But, if we craft a vision for an America in which the health and well-being of all families, all communities, and our planet are prioritized in our national bottom line, we can inspire millions of people to join us.
NPA engaged in a
STRATEGIC
SESSION
to look deeply at the problems we face.
to set our sights on the long-term and
This process involved over
500
grassroots leaders
This is what we came up with together.
INQUIRY
from all over the country.
Democratic control
of capital

Racial Justice

Corporations for
the common good

Ecological
sustainability

Real Democracy
IMMIGRATION
REFORM
REVENUE
FUTURE OF
WORK
BANK
ACCOUNTABILITY
COMMUNITY CONTROL
STRUCTURAL EQUITY
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
PUBLIC CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY
DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT
This LTA is a compass -
NOT
a blueprint.
...BUT
we have identified the principles
of a new economy and just
democracy
and
the pathways that our
structural reforms must
follow to get us there.
In addition to winning structural reforms,
They won policy changes,
captured government,
and consolidated power.
To do this, they created an
infrastructure to advance their ideas.
The ingredients of structural change are the same for us as they are for the 1%.
We want to win structural reforms that transfer power from the 1% and corporations back to people and the public
We must also change the dominant narrative (win the battle of big ideas, advance our own ideas), and build power
In addition to stepping stone structural reforms that build on each other over time, make us able to win bigger reforms over time
We are building our own progressive infrastructure.
Democratic control
of capital

Racial Justice

Corporations for
the common good

Ecological
sustainability

Real Democracy
IMMIGRATION
REFORM
REVENUE
FUTURE OF
WORK
BANK
ACCOUNTABILITY
COMMUNITY CONTROL
STRUCTURAL EQUITY
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
PUBLIC CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY
DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT
And, starting with our
current campaigns
both nationally and locally,
we found a number of
REFORMS
STRUCTURAL
that came up again and again
all around the country.
and
again
...Here are those reforms.
DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT
COMMUNITY CONTROL
PUBLIC CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY
STRUCTURAL EQUITY
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
REORIENT!
...Our next move?
We’re moving from strategic inquiry to strategic practice – meaning its time to reorient our organizations, communications and campaigns with the compass of our long-term agenda
Invite NPA out to your organization for strategic practice that builds the long-term agenda for your state, and identifies the structural reforms, campaigns, power and ideas that will get you there
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