In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

#31 – Building Momentum w/ Natasha Josette

March 3, 2019

Political parties are male, pale and stale. Momentum member Natasha Josette explains how Momentum in the UK is changing Labour and bringing in a new generation of political activists.

Political parties are stale, old and white. Big bold progressive ideas that are reshaping politics and, hopefully, the world are not necessarily coming from traditional political parties. And if they are, it’s because of insurgent political forces, many times powered by outside groups.

It’s clear that these outside groups are exerting an incredible amount of influence to drive political party agendas, including groups like the Justice Democrats who helped elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the Sunrise Movement who’ve single-handily put the Green New Deal on the political agenda.

In this episode of Cable Street, I talk to Natasha Josette a working group member and spokesperson for Momentum. They describe themselves as a people-powered, grassroots movement working to transform Britain in the interests of the many, not the few.

We discussed why she got involved in the organization, the role in plays vis-a-vis the Labour Party and the importance of Momentum in engaging with traditionally non-political people.

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.

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