Politics is in crisis and the repercussions from the result of the referendum are being felt socially, politically and economically. For many people, it feels like the country is being torn apart.
If we want a politics and economy that puts all of us first, it’s time to come together and start building alliances. We need a democracy that listens and responds, that puts the people in control. We will not get there by shutting people out and perpetuating divisions, but by building bridges, alliances common cause.
In the current political chaos the Right are asserting themselves across the political terrain, while most of the Left’s focus is on how Labour is pulling itself apart. Only a progressive alliance of all parties, people and movements can flip the debate to one that builds a society that is much more equal, sustainable and democratic. With a general election looming in the Autumn, a popular front of ideas and organisation is the only way to defend what we hold dear and to start to build a society that we can all live in and be proud of.
We are calling a series of public meetings to explore: what could a progressive alliance look like? How possible is it? And what can we do to start to make it feasible?
The first meeting will be on Tuesday July 5th, doors 6pm for a prompt 6.30pm start, finishing at 8.30pm. While this event is in London, local groups are exploring holding simultaneous events around the country. We are working on live streaming the event (details to follow) and will be hosting online discussion over the coming weeks and months.
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
Clive Lewis MP, Labour Party, Shadow Defence Secretary
John Harris, Journalist
Amina Gichinga, Take Back the City
Vince Cable, Liberal Democrats
Tommy Sheppard MP, SNP
The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Tickets are pay what you can, if you would like to come but are not able to pay, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is about parties and seats – we need to make sure that the Conservatives and Right do not win the next election – but it must also be much richer and deeper. It must be about values and movements; it is a time for all of us to step up and get involved.
This event will launch a series of conversations about a Progressive Alliance that will then continue across the country, linking up with parties, movements and organisations. There has been a lot of talk about the need for Progressive Alliances over the last week, now is the time to start organising.