From August 6-8, 25 Grassroots Ambassadors from Washington Community Action Network and Montana Organizing Project came together for a gathering in Seattle to focus on the campaign to expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The Ambassadors and staff from CCC, Washington CAN and MOP focused on base-building, honing their spokesperson and storytelling skills, as well as social media. They discussed the current political moment around retirement security and some of the policies that would effectively expand the systems, and did campaign planning for the next 6 months. An in-depth conversation on race, class and gender helped frame the broader work we’re engaged in and connections to issues like mass incarceration and raising the minimum wage, as did a messaging workshop that focused on CCC’s narrative research around poverty.
The culmination was a Social Security-Medicare-Medicaid rally in downtown Seattle attended by participants from the Grassroots Ambassadors gathering in which various local leaders spoke powerfully about these issues. Some of the spirit and words from the rally – which was ultimately disrupted by activists affiliated with Black Lives Matters – are featured in this article in The Stand.