Progressive Foreign Policy in the 2020 Elections & Beyond

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

The US is at an important pivoting point regarding how the country sees itself & relates to other countries on the global stage. Trump's policies have invigorated social justice movements committed to resisting oppression at home & building solidarity with marginalized peoples’ abroad.

This panel seeks to articulate a foreign policy vision that progressives can mobilize behind. The panel will be oriented around three core commitments of a progressive FP framework: principled anti-interventionism, ending endless war, & solidarity with global anti-racist & anti-authoritarian movements. The panelists will discuss how grassroots organizing, policymaking, legislation and legal advocacy can work in tandem to create this needed FP vision.
  • Submitted by: Iram Ali
  • Moderator: Kate Kizer
  • Panelists: Iram Ali, Noor Zafar, Vince Warren

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

U.S. foreign policy has huge consequences—often harmful—not only for those living abroad who are subject to it, but also domestically. There is a deep connection between the xenophobia and Islamophobia animating our domestic immigration, law enforcement, and national security policies, & U.S. actions abroad. This panel will help people understand connections between U.S. domestic & foreign policy and provide a framework for building a progressive foreign policy movement rooted in key principles.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

U.S. foreign policy is often left out of the broader conversations about progressive policymaking and social justice. Netroots Nation presents an important opportunity to bring this issue to the forefront of progressive thinking and debate, especially as the 2020 elections approach and many candidates have yet to articulate any (let alone a progressive) foreign policy platform.

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