ARTICLE: Lessons for Today from the Rainbow Coalition in the 1980s, Bill Fletcher, Jr.
In this piece, Bill Fletcher, Jr makes bold claims about the lessons today’s activists should draw from the Rainbow Coalition.
In this short video, Bill Fletcher, Jr gives a pithy 10-minute historical overview of the Rainbow Coalition and left involvement in Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 campaigns.
VIDEO EXCERPT: Learning from the Successes of the Rainbow Coalition in Vermont, Ellen David Friedman
In this short video, Ellen David Friedman reflects on the successes and long-term impacts of the Rainbow Coalition in Vermont. She lays out the importance of the years of independent electoral organizing that had been undertaken in Vermont prior to the Rainbow Coalition and why it meant that the Vermont Coalition was able to sustain the demobilization that shut down Rainbow Coalitions in other regions in 1989. She draws a number of lessons about the importance of independent electoral organizing that can shape our work today.
ARTICLE: How Can the Left Participate in Electoral Campaigns?, Warren Mar
Warren Mar asks why the left came out of the Jesse Jackson campaigns weaker than when they went in, in this ground-level reflection by the longtime labor activist
Articles by Ellen David Friedman and Luke Elliott-Negri.
- An excerpt of the debate on the relationship between social movements and electoral politics,
- (Hopefully) a follow-up dialogue of the veteran Rainbow organizers who joined us for the initial discussion.