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Saturday, April 27 • 1:55pm - 2:55pm
Bottom Vs. Top. Strategic Polarization in the Populist Moment

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In this session Jonathan Smucker will explore the populist moment, discussing how failures of the current social, economic, and political system set the stage for the ascent of Trump—but how there's simultaneously an unprecedented opportunity for progressive populist organizing. Jonathan will break down an anatomy of Trump's reactionary populism: how it functions through a combination of 'punching up' at social elitism and punching down at racialized scapegoats. Most importantly, he'll examine how an inclusionary populism that centers both race and class can succeed in this moment. Landing these theoretical concepts in their practical application, Jonathan will discuss organizing efforts in Pennsylvania with Lancaster Stands Up, digging into how this organization has been reaching alienated voters, mobilizing new volunteers, and building the kind of long-term political power needed to win.

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Jonathan Smucker

Director, Beyond the Choir
Jonathan Smucker is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Choir and Co-founder of Lancaster Stands Up. Jonathan has worked for more than two decades in grassroots movements as an organizer, campaigner, and strategist. He has trained thousands of people in campaign strategy... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 1:55pm - 2:55pm EDT