In early May, in the wake of the Trump administration’s evolving immigration policies, the Murphy Institute convened national and local experts and leaders in a day long conference to discuss the implications of these changing positions for immigrant communities. In this excerpt, Muzaffar Chishti, Director of the Migration Policy Institute, discuss the most insidious and less well-known aspects of Donald Trump’s progress toward fulfilling his campaign’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.
At last year’s conference on Public Sector Unions, Saqib Bhatti presented on how debt has replaced income in the US economy. As debt skyrocketed, bank profits have soared, but the impacts on other parts of the economy – and particularly public workers – are negative and getting worse.
Sadiq Bhatti is the Executive Director of the ReFund America Project and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He works on campaigns to rebalance the relationship between Wall Street and local communities.
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A discussion between Laura Flanders, Jamilah King, Harold Meyerson, and Julio Ricardo Varela
To what degree is the election outcome largely a result of an anxious and enraged white working class, sections of which either endorse the Trump campaign’s virulent racism or are willing to overlook it in favor of his tough talk on free trade and a rigged political system? How should labor and progressive activists understand and respond to the racism the campaign both fueled and exposed? What did the 2016 election tell us about the wisdom and viability of the Obama coalition, which depends on demographic changes presumed to be advantageous, rather than on birthing a multi-racial working-class? What was the nature and extent of organized labor’s impact on the election, particularly in the rust belt?
New Labor Forum Editor Paula Finn and Harold Meyerson, Executive Editor of The American Prospect, discuss the unintended negative impact former President Bill Clinton had on Hillary Clinton’s campaign, whether or not Bernie Sanders would have been able to defeat Trump, and the state of the Obama coalition without President Obama at its head.
Amid a volatile and unorthodox presidential season, Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters have denounced the outsized political and economic power of the corporate elite, and brought socialism back into consideration, especially among young voters. While this platform energized a broad cross-section of the country, it struggled to earn the broader support – especially among African Americans, Latinos, and organized labor – that an enduring movement would require. What will now be required to maintain the momentum and build a movement of the 99 percent? How do supporters build on the progressive message carried through the Sanders Campaign? What are the new possibilities and challenges? What comes next?