In 2017, the LA Progressive and the Left Forum joined forces to put on the first-ever Left Coast Forum (LCF). Similar to the annual Left Forum held, for decades, in New York City, the Left Coast Forum gathers progressive activists, organizers, non-profit organizations, academics and individuals for a convening in Los Angeles to address the issues that forward-thinking people are most concerned about—issues like immigration, climate change, police practices, universal healthcare, labor, mass incarceration, worker-owned co-ops, public education, public banking, economic equity, civil liberties and more.
The Left Coast Forum Mission
We aim to address progressive issues by first reaching across racial, ethnic, gender, class, generational and sexual identities with intention. Our annual convening is an expression of the Left Coast Forum’s commitment to bringing the progressive community together on social, political, economical, environmental and other issues, while openly acknowledging and addressing the divisions that exist within the progressive community.
Our LCF ’18 Goal
After years of volunteering and contributing to unsuccessful progressive causes and campaigns, we finally got tired of losing. Wanting to understand the lack of unity among progressives, we took a hard long look at the hundreds of progressive organizations we’d worked with and saw patterns of behavior that indicated that many of our fellow progressives appear to tacitly accept racial and ethnic segregation as a normal feature of life. Furthermore, few fully embraced the notion that there is a connection between a fractured and weak progressive movement and the segregated lives we live. We saw that progressives are just as likely to live racially and ethnically segregated as individuals that belong to any other political or social group in the United States. We find this problematic because we believe that this lived experience plays out in their activism and weakens what could be a powerful united front. At #LEFTCOASTFORUM we are going to talk about race.