Here we go! It's finally 2020, the year we've all been waiting for. Here's our caucus and convention schedule in Golden Valley, MN, and nationally. BUT FIRST: Head to this blog post to figure out where you're caucusing according to your senate district and precinct.
CAUCUS AND CONVENTION SCHEDULE 2020
In general, the business of the caucuses and convention series is:
Election of local party leaders (chairs, secretaries etc., the volunteer electeds who run the party)
Election of delegates and alternates to the next level of conventions in the DFL structure
Discussion of proposed resolutions to the DFL platform and Action Agenda
Endorsement of Candidates
Deliberation of party unit constitutional changes
Elect Delegates to both the State and National Convention
Less formally, some things that happen are:
You meet a lot of people
You get to hear from a lot of candidates who constantly pop in and make stump speeches
Even if you don't have an election next week you are needed to stop the far-right GOP from doing what they always do – which is creeping on to our school boards and municipal offices through city elections. The GOP can't get much of a foothold here statewide (in the metro area especially) but they do a super job of slipping under the radar onto park boards, school boards, city councils, and even mayoral offices. Now that we're all a little more on top of things (right?) that ends with this municipal election.
SO: please read up on these danger zones and text/call/email your friends in those areas. These things come down to literally a handful of votes, and that buddy you forget to text could actually be the difference between a Trumpocolypse in Bloomington or relative sanity and safety. Let's not forget, municipal electeds decide a whole lot of things, including sanctuary status, how the police are trained (or not), and how our kids are educated. In fact, it's probably our most impactfu...
While the leftie world spins out on 2020 (an election that's over a year away), the GOP does what it always does: Strategically and intelligently focuses on winning seats in city government. A key part of GOP strategy is their focus and determination around winning city seats (city councils, school boards), particularly in solid blue areas where it's hard to win seats that are higher-profile. Victories in these seats have real consequences – not only in setting the rules we all live by in our cities, but also as a launchpad for higher office.
There are amazing progressive candidates running, including a large number of progressive people of color and women, but they are largely running alone – unsupported, under-funded. This is not going to work if we want real change – both immediate and long-term.
City elections matter – a lot!
City Councils/School Boards:
Decide where the money/resources go
Oversee and police departments and implement reforms
While racism is a problem in any political party, the persecution of immigrants has been the defining platform of this administration. And it is no coincidence that immigration is also the #1 agenda item of the Alt Right as well (specifically, reversing the 1965 Immigration Act, which further opened immigration to non-whites and started the shifts in demographics that we see to this day. See this article). While many talk about the president's "racism", it is our opinion that 45 is an organized, moneyed, highly connected Alt Right activist, and a powerful leader in the international white supremacy movement (which also includes Putin). Although racism effects all politics, in this specific agenda and connection, Trump is unique. It is also no coincidence that the Alt Right had a "coming out" party in Charlottesville on Trump's watch, escalated to violence in El Paso, and continues to grow. In fact, the Alt Right has always been a force for terror in this country, and unless it is under...