May 9-10, 2022
Iron Workers Intl. Union Political Academy
May 18, 2022
Cal. Pipe Trades State Convention
May 25, 2022
Iron Workers Local 29
June 3-4, 2022
Col. AFL-CIO State Convention
June 13, 2022
Sheet Metal Local 16
June 16, 2022
June 22, 2022
Des Moines IA
IBEW 11th District Progress Meeting
June 27, 2022
IBEW 4th District
July 14, 2022
IBEW 4th District Progress Meeting
August 8-10, 2022
Kansas City MO
UFCW Region 6
• 3 events
September 15, 2022
IBEW Local 46
September 22, 2022
IBEW Local 46
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:
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.
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 Stephenson, International President, IBEW
“Your presentation was impressive. We will be in touch.” – Richard Lanigan, International 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 Edwards, National 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 McDaniel, President, 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
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