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Upcoming Events

April 6, 2021
Everett WA
Sheet Metal Local 66

April 8th, 2021
Boulder CO
Boulder Colorado Area Labor Federation

April 12, 2021
Tri-Cities WA
Sheet Metal local 55

April 13, 2021
Dupont WA
Sheet Metal local 66

April 20, 2021
Spokane WA
Iron Workers Local 14

May 3, 2021
Portland OR
Iron Workers Local 29

May 4-6
Maryland
IBEW 4th district

May 15, 2021
Seattle, WA
IBEW Local 46

June 12, 2021
Tukwila WA
SPEEA (Aerospace engineers & technicians) 

July 13, 2021
Dupont, WA
Sheet Metal Local 66

July 20, 2021
Everett WA
Sheet Metal Local 66

August 10-12, 2021
Olympia WA
Sheet Metal Northwest Regional Political Academy

August/September 2021
Boston MA
Iron Workers Union National Political Academy

October 3-6, 2021
San Antonio, TX
UFCW Region 5

October 8010, 2021
Wichita, KS
UFCW 2

New Webinar: “We Must Win the War for the Truth to Preserve and Strengthen Our Democracy”
Mark M. McDermott
March 18, 2021

I created my new interactive workshop, “We Must Win the War for the Truth to Preserve and Strengthen Our Democracy” in response to growing concerns from attendees of the 250 events I conducted across the country since 2016. They were frustrated, concerned, worried and filled with anguish about their growing inability to communicate effectively about our national political situation. Facts don’t seem to matter with many of their family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their attempts to present facts in a rational way were increasingly met by anger, contempt and endless recitation of fact-free claims about stolen elections, massive voter fraud, a fake pandemic and other conspiracy theories. Many important personal relationships were being deeply damaged. The attendees kept asking for advice about what to do.

I realized we needed to learn more about the historic origins, goals, methods and impacts of systematic propaganda and disinformation wars and how to combat them more effectively. The endless big lies we face today are part of a well-developed system of disinformation anchored in the non-stop repetition of big lies. These lies create big fears, enemies and great anger; discredit the press and experts; and threaten our collective ability to find the truth.Our democracy is gravely threatened if we cannot find the truth and communicate it more effectively.

All of this is occurring in a decades-long war to undermine our voting rights, split the American people through divide and conquer strategies, and weaken our ability to make our government serve the people and not merely the wealthy and the powerful. These attacks also pose a great threat to our labor movement and the rights of workers.

Here is a link to the national premiere of the webinar: Webinar link.
I can also tailor this webinar/workshop to meet your needs. If you are interested in scheduling a workshop or want more information, please feel free to contact me at:

206-617-7033
markmmcdermott1@msn.com
www.markmmcdermott.com
www.facebook.com/mark.mcdermott.9085

Finding Hope and Fighting Forward in 2020

This year we need to rise up and take concerted action to crush Trump and his anti-union, anti-people allies, win the elections and move our country toward a more just, equitable and humane future.  My work this year is focused on bringing hope to people so that we can prevail in this great effort.  Despair and hopelessness are our enemies.  The best antidote to despair and hopelessness is sharing stories of victory which bring hope and encourage us to take action.  As Peter Seeger once said many years ago:  “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” Knowledge is power when we take action.

I am sharing an article of great victories in Arizona over the past 8 years.  It was published in The Stand, the news outlet of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and can also be found here on the website.

In solidarity.  Take care.

Mark

Workshop: “Fighting for Our Unions, Democracy and Future in the Age of Trump”

 I launched this new interactive workshop to inspire and help union activists and community members be more effective in fighting forward against the Trump regime, its allies and Corporate America.  This video version is titled:  “Fighting for Our Unions, Our Democracy and Our Future.”  It is critical that we understand that our ancestors faced the “divide and conquer” strategies of Corporate America and its allies.  These strategies were based on racism, sexism, anti-immigrant hatred and other forms of bigotry and are being used once again to divide working people and our nation.  Learning from our ancestors’ successes and failures is critical in our efforts to fight forward toward a better future for all of us.  Click here to view the video and its Powerpoint.

“Your inspirational message to our delegates was educational and thought provoking.” – Lonnie StephensonInternational President, IBEW

“Your presentation was impressive. We will be in touch.” – Richard LaniganInternational President, OPEIU

“Mark presented at our National Electrical Workers Minority Caucus’ 28th Annual Leadership Conference in Detroit. His presentation was riveting as he held the delegates’ attention throughout. Mark’s workshops were overflowing and delegates overwhelmingly requested he be invited back. Thank you.” – Keith EdwardsNational President, EWMC, Detroit MI

“Your presentation was indeed AWESOME! You were personally inspiring. I hope we can bring you back to speak to a larger audience. In Unity.” – Vonda McDanielPresident, Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and Executive Council Member of the national AFL-CIO.

Making the American Dream Real for Everyone


This video is my 2018 speech in Seattle at the Cement Masons Local 528’s Orientation Day for new apprentices and union members.  The topic was “Making the American Dream Real for Everyone.” Its tells an updated 125-year history of working people’s fight to build our labor movement and the American Dream.  It provides inspiration and valuable lessons about our successes and failures and what we can learn from our history to help us fight forward toward a better future for all.  It is an updated version of the 2013 IBEW video seen below. Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation.

This video is my speech at IBEW’s National Membership Development meeting in Las Vegas in 2013, my original presentation on the 125-year history of working people’s fight to build our labor movement and the American Dream providing inspiration and valuable lessons about our successes and failures and what we can learn from our history to help us fight forward toward a better future. Click here to view that Powerpoint presentation.

Newsletter #3 Published

My third newsletter is a compilation of analysis and tactical solutions to aid in our struggle in strengthening democracy and building a more just, equitable and sustainable world. My central argument is that the Trump regime with Republicans would escalate their years-long efforts to suppress voting to steal future elections. Check it out and subscribe now!

Here are newsletters #1 and #2.

The theft of the next election is already under way

If you care about the right of the people to fairly choose our elected officials, you should be paying close attention to these systematic efforts: The theft of the next election is under way.

The Democratic Party is losing the working class

Understanding why is the key to rebuilding a populist progressive movement. This was published recently in the The Stand, The Democratic Party is losing the working class


Scroll down or use the links above to find out about upcoming events, endorsements, and more. If you want to connect please email me or visit my Facebook page.

Fighting for Our Democracy and Our Future in the Age of Trump

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

I want to continue helping you build a stronger, more inclusive labor movement in the coming months and years and build momentum to win the critical 2018 and 2020 elections.  Since 2011, I have given 366 speeches, interactive workshops and trainings in 18 states across the country.  I have spoken to national, regional, state, and local conventions and meetings of 27 international Unions and their affiliates, state federations, local labor and building trades councils, and apprenticeship programs.  I will go anywhere in the country to help you move our fight forward toward a better future.

My seven workshops listed below can be presented in an interactive format or as a stand-alone speech.  They can be tailored to your needs.

  1. “Fighting for Our Unions, Our Democracy and Our Future in the Age of Trump” draws powerful connections between the “divide and conquer” strategies used by Corporate America and its allies 100 years ago and their use again today. What can be learn from our ancestors’ successes and failures that will make us more effective in building a powerful labor and people’s movement to take our country back.
  2. “Making the American Dream Real for Everyone” focuses on the rise and fall of unions and our allies over the past 125 years in our fight to share fairly in the wealth we produce and build a more just and equitable country, and how we can rebuild our power.
  3. “Winning Big in Hard Times” explores the rise and fall of unions and our allies in strengthening our democracy and how we can reclaim our democracy.
  4. “Which Side of History Are You On?” centers on Corporate America’s counterattack against our movement and our allies over the past 40 years and how disunity between labor and our potential community allies and movements weakened us. Most importantly we learn about major successes that new labor/communities alliances are winning.
  5. Speaking from the Heart to Win Community Allies” encourages participants to speak from their hearts and use better messaging techniques as they reach out to non-union workers and current and potential community allies.
  6. “Reaching Out to Young Workers and Young People” explores the generation gaps of the 1960s and today and stimulates discussions about better ways to encourage our very progressive youth to greater activism in our unions and communities.
  7. “Train the Trainer” teaches participants a range of skills needed to run workshops of different contents and varying lengths. These skills can be used to run workshops that are content-focused like the “American Dream” workshop as well as a communications or messaging workshop like the “Speaking from the Heart.

My work combines personal and family stories and experiences, finding our common ground of economic hard times and our concerns about the future for ourselves and our young people and our shared American Dream.  We explore critical lessons about how we move forward to change the direction of our labor movement and country.  The work also highlights significant victories that labor and our allies are winning across the country which are largely hidden from us.

I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead.  Please feel free to contact me.

In closing, I want you to know I donate all of my speaking fees to progressive pro-labor organizations and candidates and people in need.  This is my way of paying forward the great blessings that my family has received from the decades-long fights of organized labor.

Mark M. McDermott

Endorsements

He is one of the best at informing and motivating

He presents a unique perspective from a historical point of view by comparing labor’s modern day challenges with the overwhelming challenges of workers’ organizing efforts in the 19th and 20th centuries. His personal story of how he became a union activist makes for a very interesting and compelling discussion about not only the labor movement but activism in general. I have attended more conferences and listened to more speakers than I can count in my 43 years in the IBEW. Many were interesting and informative but very few as compelling as Mark. He is one of the best at informing and motivating.

Don Siegel, IBEW 3rd District International VP, Pennsylvania

Mark M. McDermott
2017-01-24T15:52:58+00:00

Don Siegel, IBEW 3rd District International VP, Pennsylvania

He presents a unique perspective from a historical point of view by comparing labor’s modern day challenges with the overwhelming challenges of workers’ organizing efforts in the 19th and 20th centuries. His personal story of how he became a union activist makes for a very interesting and compelling discussion about not only the labor movement but activism in general. I have attended more conferences and listened to more speakers than I can count in my 43 years in the IBEW. Many were interesting and informative but very few as compelling as Mark. He is one of the best at informing and motivating.

I strongly recommend Mark

Mark inspired and electrified our Region 9 leadership conference with a clear message of how we, as organized labor and working people, can once again lead our nation toward greater justice and security for all. I strongly recommend Mark to any union wanting to inspire and educate their leaders and activists about the road forward.

Cindy Estrada, International Vice President, United Auto Workers Union

Mark M. McDermott
2017-01-24T15:56:34+00:00

Cindy Estrada, International Vice President, United Auto Workers Union

Mark inspired and electrified our Region 9 leadership conference with a clear message of how we, as organized labor and working people, can once again lead our nation toward greater justice and security for all. I strongly recommend Mark to any union wanting to inspire and educate their leaders and activists about the road forward.

We get a sense of optimism and hope

What is most valuable about Mark’s workshops is the recognition that as we remember our history, we get a sense of optimism and hope that when we come together and focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us, we can overcome seemingly impossible odds and make progressive change.

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

Mark M. McDermott
2017-01-24T15:58:03+00:00

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

What is most valuable about Mark’s workshops is the recognition that as we remember our history, we get a sense of optimism and hope that when we come together and focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us, we can overcome seemingly impossible odds and make progressive change.

When we were flat broke Mark did another free workshop for us

It is unbelievable that when we were flat broke, Mark did another free workshop for us and we got more financial and community support for our struggle to organize farm workers. The audience was energized with the will to fight on and we raised money to help us continue to move forward.

Ramon Torres, President, Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (independent farm worker union), Bellingham WA

Mark M. McDermott
2017-04-26T21:02:17+00:00

Ramon Torres, President, Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (independent farm worker union), Bellingham WA

It is unbelievable that when we were flat broke, Mark did another free workshop for us and we got more financial and community support for our struggle to organize farm workers. The audience was energized with the will to fight on and we raised money to help us continue to move forward.
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