We provide a suite of populist, race-forward economic policy ideas as well as new ways to talk about race and class through narrative and messaging guidance.
Mobilizing disaffected voters and developing progressive messaging requires more than running against Trump's agenda. Progressives need to tell the public what we’ll do to address the economic insecurity and race-based exclusion they face in their daily lives. Everyone’s Economy and Everyone’s America are federal and state policy books that outline dozens of problems with our economy and our democracy; detail clear solutions; and offer polling snap shots, talking points, and further resources.
In the age of dog-whistle politics, progressives need a direct response. The Race-Class Narrative research explores the central question of how to engage simultaneously around race and class in ways that strengthen social solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, as well as create a viable foundation for progressive policy victories. These empirically-validated, race-explicit narratives beat out both opposition and color-blind populist framing among both base and persuadable voters.
Demos Action works to promote a multi-racial populist economic and pro-democracy agenda while building the long-term progressive governing power it will take to give an equal say and an equal chance to all Americans. It is a project of Tides Advocacy, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, and affiliated with the public policy organization Demos.
Demos Action’s strategy for change is to provide bold, progressive policy and narrative ideas to shape the governing agendas of elected officials and political candidates in ways that will motivate the New American Demos: young people, people of color, women, and working-class people of all races. This coalition, representing the changing face of America, has the opportunity to increase voter engagement and turn ideas into public policy that will have a positive impact on all people's lives.
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