"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world, and you have to do it all the time." —Angela Davis
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Pick a side: Everyone agrees, the Left can’t just be anti-Trump. If we want to grow the base and start winning elections again, we need an agenda. But two factions of the Democratic Party have two starkly different ideas about who we need to recruit and what platform to put forward. So this week, we’re asking the question: Which path should the Democratic Party take?

Party people: Don’t forget—The Broad Room Membership Happy Hour is next Tuesday. RSVP and join the girl gang. (Event is for women-identifying people only, obvs).
Learn It

Identity crisis: Some on the Left want to double down on the Clinton strategy: a palatable centrist platform focused on growing the economy, fixing healthcare, and fiscal responsibility. Target audience = Independents who sat out 2016 + wavering Whites who went Trump. Others say we can’t moderate: we need unapologetically progressive candidates who talk bold reforms like fixing the criminal justice system, and providing universal healthcare and free tuition for those in need. They're not vying for any Trump voters. Their message resonates with the far-Left, the young, and POC—many of whom didn’t turn out last election. 
Do It

#WINNING. Help the Left start to win again. Democrats lost 17 states in the Presidential election by a razor-thin margin. Democracy in Color has ID’d 18 groups that do strong voter registration and mobilization work in those states. From the New Georgia Project to Battleground Texas, these key 18 groups are mobilizing progressives to register and vote. The 18 are called the Frontline Freedom Fighters. Check out the list and support their work to Make America Blue Again.
The Broad Take

No surprise, we have opinions—and we’re siding with the unapologetically progressive. In a nutshell, one side thinks we’ll start winning if we expand our electorate a little to the center. The other, a little farther left. But centrist “liberal” values don’t excite voters, and (more important) timid, watered-down ideas won't bring the change we need. Rather than trying to win over Independents by moving farther toward the center, it's time for the Democratic Party to put forward bold, progressive ideas that energize voters. But you should probs make your own decision. Read 3 writers’ takes on whether the future belongs to the populist left or the centrists.

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The Broad Memo is brought to you by The Broad Room, a group of NYC activist women working to mobilize our city’s women, create a sustained community of intersectional feminists, and fight for a progressive future. This is our weekly digest to share ways for progressive women to resist the right-wing agenda, get informed, and get involved—with something to learn, something to do, and something to talk about. This is our 23rd issue—check out past issues here.

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