Hi, my name is Ted. I met Cenk at his Brooklyn book signing and I was able to talk with him about how progressives can grow their power. I recommended that TYT should be more directly involved with winning small elections at the local and state level, as well as winning on ballot initiatives. Cenk agreed that building up a base of support should be the first step before we try to do anything major. I disagree that the right path forward is Operation Hope, because this is just a discussion board, which is nice in theory but ultimately we need a leader to make a decision about what direction we are going to go in, rather than a bunch of people giving ideas.
Don’t get me wrong, I love that people are so invested in these ideas, but let me talk a little about my experience in the progressive movement to explain why I think winning small victories is so important. I was an organizer in wolf-PAC for 2 years and in that time, I became the best organizer in the state. I talked to hundreds of legislators and I really believed in the mission, getting money out of politics, and I thought the process could work, I mean it says it right there in the constitution in Article 5. The problem is we’ve never used that part of the constitution before and legislators kept bringing that up, no matter how many times I told them about the state conventions, and that we just “wanted to have a conversation”. I brought these concerns up to wolf-pac leadership over and over again, and they never really had a good answer for how to deal with them, so I looked into a solution my self, I poured over legal documents like from Congressional research service and so many others, I showed these to legislators, but they just would not budge. I know so so soooooooo may of my brothers in arms in wolf-pac felt my pain and frustration at not making any progress AT ALL! Wolf-PAC hasn’t passed a state in almost 10 years and almost all of the volunteers have left out of frustration and hopelessness, there is no one left, and for god’s sake no one even watches there videos. They average 100 views now. Don’t take my word for it just watch
I got so jaded from my experience in wolf-pac that I took a long break from doing any activism, and I also moved to philadelphia where I learned the political scene here. A lot of people reading this are probably familiar with the Workers Family Party, but they have had some really significant wins in philadelphia, they have 2 at large seats on the city council! And they have Summer Lee in in congress! Their strategy of winning smaller elections first so you can build up to bigger elections WORKS!