My latest video “Which Side of History Are You On?” was filmed at a national conference of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace in suburban Seattle in June 2015. It is the third in my video series which combines our personal and family stories with our larger history as working people to create new hope, ideas and strategies to take our country back and create a brighter, more just and sustainable future for all of us.
We gain inspiration and learn valuable lessons from the great uprisings of the people in the 1930s and 1960s that expanded our democracy and won our greatest period of shared prosperity. We also take a hard look at the mistakes of our movements in the 1960s and 1970s in which we failed to build strong durable unity across our many movements. This historic failure gave a strategic opening for the decades-long counterattack by Corporate America and their allies starting in the 1970s. Critically evaluating our successes and failures, both past and present, are key to winning today.
As we move forward to restore a broadly shared prosperity and real democracy we need to understand better the thinking of the American people today. The video concludes with an uplifting look at a series of important labor and community victories across the country that give us new hope and ideas about how we build the power we need to take our country back.
I welcome feedback on this new video and its messages. Please feel free to use it.