Author: Ted Fertik

Ph.D. candidate in history at Yale University. He is a cofounder of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. From 2008 to 2010, he was an organizer with the Working Families Party in New York and Oregon. From 2011 to 2014, he was a rank-and-file organizer and steering committee member of GESO, the Graduate Employees and Students Organization, an affiliate of Unite Here.

Does the Working Families Party Work? An Appraisal of 25 Years of Semi-Independent Politics

For a long time, labor and progressives have had essentially one electoral strategy: elect Democrats, and hope for the best. Every cycle, prominent progressives issue statements that somehow, this time, things will be different. Somehow, they never are. A prominent labor movement strategist recently put the matter bluntly: “in election after election the labor movement and other progressives have been arguing that . . . the Democrats must run on an aggressive, populist, economic message.

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