VCDCC Workshop: "Is the Democratic Party Possible?"

Ever wonder why it seems that Democrats are especially disorganized and divided, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? It may not be as simple as a lack of will among our leaders. Legal structures and political culture both work to make the job of building and sustaining political parties, particularly progressive parties, very difficult. Nonetheless, I would argue that party building, while hard and sometimes thankless, is necessary for achieving progressive goals in the United States, and that parties are an important and crucial part of a healthy democratic system. This workshop will focus on the big picture questions that face local party activists, from both a historical and comparative perspective.

Topics include for this program include: What are political parties, and what are they for? What makes the American party system unique? What effect does the rhetoric of non-partisanship have on progressive goals and vision? How have activists overcome the barriers to sustaining the Democratic Party, from the local to the national levels?

This seminar will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 4 pm in the Topping Room of EP Foster Library. Cost is $10 for Democratic Club members, $15 for non-members, or free for those with financial hardship. Purchase tickets here or call 805-641-2400 to register without cost .

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  1. I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident (i.e., green card holder).
  2. This contribution is made from my own funds, and funds are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.
  3. I am at least eighteen years old.

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