The PS…what does that stand for? The People’s Summit, and it starts on Friday, June 9th.
There are dozens of sessions both for training and inspiration, ranging from “Building a Movement that Will Win” to “From Knowledge to Action ” (panel includes Amy Goodman, Danny Glover, and Noami Klein–who also has a new book for signing), “Media, Our Movement and The Political Revolution” (that panel includes Glenn Greenwald from the Intercept, David Sirota (International Business Times), and Beyond Neo-Liberalism and Trumpism (with Thomas Frank, who also will have a book signing). There’s a session on “Transforming the Democratic Party”, and Rob Quist will be on that panel.
The plenary session is Saturday night, with Bernie, followed by a group of artists who are doing a session called “The People Speak”.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will keynote a major gathering of several thousand progressive activists from across the U.S. in Chicago June 9 to 11 under a thematic of moving beyond resistance to building a broad people’s movement for a just world. The People’s Summit will bring together grassroots activists and leaders of key progressive organizations to chart strategies and build unity in calling for promoting a progressive vision that moves beyond resistance and protests.
Actors and musicians will perform “The People Speak,” Saturday evening, June 10 at the Arie Crown Theater in McCormick Place at 8:30 p.m. following the keynote speech by Sen. Sanders.
“The People Speak” is intended to bring to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight hour work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. “The People Speak” will feature performances celebrating the often neglected history of the United States. It will give voice to leaders, activists, rebels, dissenters and visionaries from both the past and present.
Joan Baez will be one of the performers, along with Wallace Shawn, Jesse Eisenberg, Taylor Schilling, Melissa Leo, Frances Fisher, and Laura Gomez.
The big inspiration will be the “sermon” delivered by Nina Turner, first session on Sunday morning. I don’t attend religious services very often, but I expect the “church” will be packed.
The Summit organizers have sent attendees a link to gather questions for Bernie. This is probably the most systematic way to do the Q & A. So, let’s crowdsource here! What’s your question for Bernie? I have to submit them I think by tomorrow night or early Thursday morning.
Our brothers & sisters at Jack Pine Radicals have 5 people going, and they are planning to set up Periscope feeds off Twitter (JPR1, JPR 2, I believe). If I get more info about that, I’ll include it in the Open Threads in the next couple of days. Meantime, they have the link to the Livestream that will be going on at the conference. https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/the-peoples-summit-2017-hosted-live-stream-event/