Nov. 17th – The Next Two Years and Beyond: A Movement Building Conference

Join Our Revolution Massachusetts at

The Next Two Years and Beyond: 

A Movement Building Conference

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9am-5pm
Simmons University, 300 the Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9am-5pm •  Simmons University, 300 the Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Confirmed speakers:

John NicholsJohn Nichols is national affairs correspondent of The Nation.  His most recent book is Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou
Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou organizes with Black Lives Matter Boston
Phyllis Bennis
Phyllis Bennis is director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. The seventh edition of her Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict : A Primer was just published
Nika Elugardo
Nika Elugardo defeated a powerful incumbent to become State Representative- Elect from  Jamaica Plain and nearby areas of Boston
Gabe CamachoGabe Camacho directs Project Voice at American Friends Service Committee
Paul ShannonPaul Shannon is active with AFSC and MAPA and organizes the Raytheon Antiwar Campaign Michele BrooksMichele Brooks is Community Outreach Coordinator with the Massachusetts Sierra Club Jessica Tang Jessica Tang is President of the Boston Teachers Union, representing 10,000 active and retired educators. Tarso Ramos Tarso Ramos (invited) is Executive Director of Political Research Associates, which investigates the far right to support movements for social justice

The progressive, peace, and justice movements face new and difficult conditions in the Trump presidency. Attacks on labor and working people; tax cuts for the rich, sharply increased military spending, and escalated wars and international crises; anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric and policies; escalated racism, sexism, and assaults on LGBTQ people; are among the urgent challenges we face.  And as wildfires spread and glaciers melt, the Trump administration is doubling down on policies that guarantee catastrophic climate change.

The far right controls the national and most state governments and is on the offensive on every front.  While Democrats may regain control of the House this November, the reactionary forces that have been unleashed and organized by Trumpism are determined to continue their offensive in the years to come, posing serious dangers to living standards and to social justice, as well as to democracy, civil liberties, and our ability to organize for social change.

Fortunately, a new emergent progressive movement is rising to resist Trumpism, exemplified by Black Lives Matter, the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign and the wave of progressive candidates running in 2018, Poor People’s Campaign, Women’s Marches, Fight for $15, March for Our Lives, and the responses to Charlottesville and to the separation of migrant families.

The resistance to the reactionaries is divided between progressives, who seek fundamental changes in the economy and social structure to the benefit of working and oppressed people, and neoliberals and centrists, who seek the stabilization of the corporate order and accept austerity and militarism. Although we need to join with the centrists to fend off the reactionary assault, we also seek to build an independent, powerful, coherent and energetic progressive movement that seeks fundamental solutions and that will contend for national power in 2020 and in the years to come.

A major weakness of the progressive wing is a tendency to avoid confronting U.S. militarism, particularly the dangers of nuclear war and of war with Iran, Korea, and Russia.

The goal of this conference is to take stock of the political landscape after the midterm election, chart the path towards a unified progressive movement over the coming years, and educate and motivate our supporters towards more effective and more unified efforts.

Breakouts: (See Detailed Descriptions)

Two Minutes to Midnight: Campaigning to Reverse the Growing Nuclear Dangers
Middle East Wars: New Dangers, New Opportunities
Palestine Crisis
State Legislature Agenda
Electoral strategies
Climate, Environmental Justice and the Road Map to Renewables
From Explosions to Solutions in Merrimack Valley
Anti-Racism for activists
Black Lives Matter: A radical imaginary for democracy in the 21st Century
The Future of the Judiciary
Right Wing
K-12 Education
Higher education/ Student Debt
Labor, Economic Justice
Building the Movement for Healthcare Justice
Housing – Displacement
Immigrant Rights
Women’s march, supreme court, #MeToo
Poor People’s Campaign
Faith and the progressive movement
LGBTQ issues


Simmons University Main College Building
300 the Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Resimmonscollegemainbuildinggistration, coffee, and literature tables in Common Grounds Cafe, ground floor; plenary session in Paretsky Conference Center, 3rd floor. Breakouts on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor; lunch in Common Grounds and in Fens Cafe.


Please take Public Transportation to Simmons if you possibly can!

Public Transportation:Take the MBTA Green Line “E” train to MFA Station, or the Orangle Link to Ruggles Station, and walk 5 minutes on Ruggles St., or take the 47 bus.   Read the Simmons directions page.

Driving Directions: See the Simmons directions page.

Parking: Simmons parking garage – discounted rate is $13.75 for the day. Enter from Avenue Louis Pasteur and take white ticket; pick up yellow discount ticket at conference registration table, and pay with credit card at machine as you exit (cash is not accepted). Without the yellow ticket, the cost will be $30.

simmons parking signFrom “The Fenway” proceed past Emmanuel College on your right and take your next right onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Follow Avenue Louis Pasteur for about 1/3 of a mile and take a left into Simmons College. Parking garage will be on your left as you proceed down the driveway.

From garage, follow signs to the “Main Campus Building”.  Inside MCB walk up two half flights of stairs or take elevator to Common Grounds, where you will register.

On map below, #1 is Main Campus Building where the conference will be held; #4 is the management buiding and parking garage.  Google Map

simmons map

Transportation and parking: See details above.

Childcare will be provided for those who preregister by Nov. 14 and request it.  Please indicate number of children during the registration process.

ASL Interpretation: ASL interpretation will be provided if requested before Nov. 14.   Please indicate during registration process.

This conference follows previous events in 20132014, and 2015, and the Next Four Years conference in December 2016.

Registration: $35 general admission; $25 for member of a cosponsoring organization;  $10 student or low income.  Includes morning coffee, lunch, and post-conference reception.   Register online at, or mail check to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138 and write “Next Two Years” on the memo line.

Endorsers:  Organizations are invited to endorse the conference.  Endorsers can set up a literature table, will be acknowledged at the conference, and are encouraged to publicize the event to their members.  A sliding scale contribution between $25-100 is requested to help offset our expenses.  Endorsers can sign up at

Sponsored by: Massachusetts Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, Black Lives Matter Boston, Progressive Democrats of America, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security, Progressive Massachusetts, and Our Revolution Massachusetts.

Endorsed by: Institute for People’s Enggement, Greater Boston Trade Justice, United for Justice with Peace, Boston Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Wolf-PAC MA

Questions: Cole Harrison,, 617-354-2169, or any of the sponsors, with questions or to participate in this effort.

Massachusetts Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, Black Lives Matter Boston, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Revolution Massachusetts, Progressive Massachusetts