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Moumita Ahmed


Moumita Ahmed is a Bangladesh born activist listed as a speaker for the 2017 The People's Summit, where she is described as an "Economic justice activist, grassroots organizer with People for Bernie Sanders 2016, co-founder of Millennials for Bernie Sanders, [and] Digital Organizer with the Working Families Party..."[1]

People for Bernie

In 2016 Moumita Ahmed was a leader of People for Bernie.

Norwegian connection

Reidar Strisland June 16, 2017.

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Yesterday I received the good news that Norwegian Professional Writers Association has decided to support my project about writing book about the United States and the progressive movement around Bernie Sanders. I celebrate that with a long weekend of visits by central organizers from the precisely Bernie campaign. Do you want to hear me lead conversation with Claire Sandberg, Winnie Wong and Moumita Ahmed you simply have to get at Popvenstre-en festival med politikk og kultur in kubaparken tomorrow. The Festival already starts kl11. 15 with an exciting debate on right populism with beni and Emma Rees, the leader of corbyn organization Momentum. In 16.10, I'm going on stage to lead conversation about steel in the United States.

A delegation of Norwegian activists attended the People's Summit in Chicago in June 2017, and a few days later, three American activists Winnie Wong, Claire Sandberg, and friend and collaborator Moumita Ahmed (founder of Millennials For Revolution)—accepted their invitation to travel Oslo to see Nordic social democracy first-hand. We learned about the effort by the left-wing Rodt party to bring together young urban voters with working class rural voters to protect and expand the welfare state—at a time when nationalist appeals of the far-right are gaining traction here, as they are throughout the west. We were also there to speak at Popvenstre, the Roedt party's outdoor festival of music, politics, and culture, and to run some trainings for party leaders ahead of their general elections this fall.

We met Reidar Strisland, our main point of contact from the Rodt party, at the central station in downtown Oslo. Reidar -- a 28 year-old author and teacher -- attended our People's Summit training on distributed organizing and was excited to share the knowledge with the rest of his collaborators, so the first order of business for us in Oslo was getting out the slide deck and running a similar training for Roedt party grassroots activists in their downtown office.
All of the mostly young Norwegian activists gathered in the Roedt party meeting room were steeped in US politics. Someone asked Winnie about other major political figures in the US. She asked the room to see how many people have heard of Elizabeth Warren, and nearly every hand shot up.

After the training, the group headed to a cafe nearby to hear about the current state of play in Norwegian politics. In its current incarnation, the Rodt Party formed in 2007, and has been growing quickly in the past few years. Since 2013, formal membership has roughly doubled. The party's new young leader, Bjornar Moxnes, has attracted scores of millennials to join its ranks, sparking "Bjørnie" comparisons. Roedt politicians currently hold ten county council seats nationwide and have 80 municipal representatives, and they're hoping that the upcoming election on September 11 is their chance to break through a key threshold that will allow them to gain eight seats in the legislature.

To address this deepening inequality, and the growing inclination of the Norwegian government to run the welfare state like a private enterprise, the Roedt party launched its "Inequality Norway" campaign with a series of redistributive policy demands. With the slogan "Community Works," Inequality Norway underscores the belief that a society based on cooperation and equality is fairer than a society based on capitalist competition.

When we arrived at the outdoor festival in Kuba Park in downtown Oslo on a hot, glorious Saturday for our first panel on the main stage, it was only a few days after the dramatic and unexpected result in the U.K. general election.

There was a lot of excitement in the air about what might be on the horizon—not just about the possibility of Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn sitting down with President Bernie Sanders within a few years' time, but more broadly about a new common sense rejection of austerity and inequality in favor of policies that ensure a decent standard of living for all.
We were joined in a discussion on the emergence of competing left and right populisms by Paolo Gerbaudo, author of the new book, The Mask and the Flag, and by Eirik Grasaas-Stavenes, a Norwegian journalist who came to the US to cover the People's Summit for Klassekampen, the leftist daily newspaper in Norway.

There were a ton of other panels throughout the day on intersectional feminism, the importance of protecting workers rights by strengthening unions, and fighting for just refugee and immigration policies The day closed out with evening performances by some of Norway's hippest bands (with Samsaya and Awesomnia headlining).

With two more days in Norway following the festival, we spent hours in trainings and breakout strategy sessions with Roedt party organizers digging into the nuts and bolts of digital and social media best practices, barnstorms, peer-to-peer text messaging, dank memes, and more.

On our final day, we also had a chance to sit down with Madnus Marsdal from the Manifest Center for Social Analysis, a Norwegian left think tank doing innovative work advocating for expanding the welfare state and also running popular education programs training union workers on policy.[2]

Millennials For Revolution

Ryan Skolnick June 9, 2017:

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Introducing the Millennials For Revolution team! — with Lily Starling, David Ian Robin, Ethan B. Fox, Justin Chew, Moumita Ahmed, Betsy Avila and Zackary Reinhardt.

Interview with Jessie Mannisto

Moumita Ahmed exposed her deep commitment to socialism in a March 2017 interview with Jessie Mannisto, published in Democratic Left.

Moumita Ahmed, co-founder of People for Bernie and its successor, Millennials for Revolution, is one of the thousands who have joined DSA since the end of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. We caught up with Ahmed to see what the rest of us can learn from her experiences—as an immigrant, as a working-class woman of color, and as a leader of a grassroots movement.—JM
JM: There are a lot of progressive organizations out there. What brought you to DSA?
MA: I joined around the end of Bernie’s campaign because I was so frustrated with the Democratic Party, and I wanted to fully commit myself to a socialist movement. I’d never joined any organization officially before that—I’d always been unaffiliated as a socialist. But all of our editors at Millennials for Revolution are now members of DSA.
I really like how DSA members are working inside the Democratic Party to move it to the left, and that DSA does both movement and electoral work. I did electoral work, and I understand the value in it. I have a ton of friends who are registered Democrats, but they’re really socialists—they have the same values. They can help push the Democratic Party to the left.
JM: What kinds of experiences led you to become a socialist?
MA: After we moved from Bangladesh when I was six, my mom worked at a fast-food restaurant for years to raise me and my brother. So I really cared about labor and economic justice issues. I knew that if I wanted to be an organizer, I had to understand things from that point of view. But a lot of times when I was doing electoral work early on, knocking on doors for campaigns, the candidates couldn’t address the people I was talking to. The amount of money these people are earning isn’t enough to raise a family.

Then there’s the racial injustice that immigrants face every day. When I was 12, my dad was arrested for no reason, just because of his last name and his skin color. No one told us where he was taken—I had to call hospitals looking for him. They slapped him with a stupid charge for disorderly conduct, which was a lie. When our lawyer said, “You can fight this,” we said, “This is gonna cost so much money. We might as well just let it go.” That’s when I realized that justice costs money. And my parents couldn’t exactly take off work to go sue the NYPD. I even had to talk to the police for my mom that day, because she didn’t speak English well. It really took a toll on us. Being an immigrant, being a person of color, does impact where you are in society, and it plays a role in economic injustice.
JM: Where do you see the left going from here?
MA: What I’m hoping for now, and what I’m seeing, is that people are finally awake and want to get involved. They want to come together and hold not just Donald Trump but all our elected officials accountable. It’s getting harder for the politicians to hide their interests and their motives. People are looking to elected officials to do their job and work for the people, and they’re ready to challenge them in primaries if needed.

JM: Tell us a little bit about some of the work you’re doing now.

MA: I’m working on a resistance house in Washington, DC—we call it District 13, because the idea is similar to District 13 in The Hunger Games, the district that was secretly helping all the other districts unite and wage resistance against the Capital. But our District 13’s not a secret: it’s going to be an operating base for building resistance against Trump. The idea is for activists and organizers to have a place to call home, come and leave their stuff, stay a few days to organize an action. We’re going to support them.

JM: There are lots of people just like that joining DSA today, and they’re ready to get involved for the first time. With all the work you’ve done, do you have any advice to pass on to them?
MA: I think the advice would be to not forget the working-class people out there who might not call themselves socialists, who might not have the time to get involved or know as much as some of the people who are involved in DSA. When I was traveling around doing door knocking for Bernie’s campaign, when people asked me about his affiliation with socialism, I would pivot to a conversation about their own suffering: “Are you affected by South Carolina’s minimum wage? Are you upset about how the police target your community?” Most people agree that the billionaire class is hoarding too much of the wealth. Even if they don’t like the word “socialism,” they’re saying in their own way, “I agree with you.” They said, “I’ll look into Bernie if this is what he’s trying to do.” Whether people call themselves socialists or not, we should take the ideas of socialism and go door to door, talk to people, and do whatever it takes to get them on our side. Being a socialist means being on the side of the working class and fighting with them against racism and fascism. [3]

Brand New Congress

in 2016 Moumita Ahmed was a board member of Brand New Congress.

Love, Power, Solidarity and Protection

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Winnie Wong November 23, 2016;

Love, Power, Solidarity and Protection to brothers and sisters who are at Standing Rock for #PeaceGiving. — with Bill Gallagher, Mary Clinton, Lorenzo Serna, Phil Aroneanu, Tom Hallaran, Brett Banditelli, Gerard Brogan, Nick Katkevich, Alyssa Kang, Rae Breaux, Jodi Archambault-Gillette, Claire Sandberg, Patsy Games, Caleb-Michael Files, Wiyaka Eagleman, Sarah Cecile, Katherine Brezler, Judith LeBlanc, Desiree Kane, Daphne Carr, Lena Tso, Susan Rubin and Moumita Ahmed.

Dump Trump

DUMP TRUMP, DEFEAT RACISM AND MISOGYNY, BUILD THE LEFT was an open letter to the left from 47 grassroots organizers. October 17, 2016.

A lot of us see something really clearly, but few of us—radical and revolutionary organizers—are willing to say it out loud.
So we’re going to say it. Defeating Trump in the presidential election is a top priority for the left. And at a minimum, that means mobilizing voters for Hillary Clinton in swing states even if you vote for another candidate in a safe state. We’ve got to beat Trump and Trumpism while building movements that will fight, resist and disrupt a Clinton administration that will be militaristic and pro-corporate...
As we mentioned at the beginning, defeating Trump is not enough. We need movements strong enough to fight a Clinton administration on several fronts—whether Israel/Palestine, free trade agreements, climate change, a $15 minimum wage, or the prison-industrial complex. And neutralizing the appeal of the far right means we need to both strengthen our movements for racial justice and win over white workers to a progressive class politics as an alternative to Trump’s racist economic nationalism. Finally, we need to build a left that can help anchor a visionary alternative to corporate Democrats. It won’t be easy, but we’ve come this far. Let’s defend what we’ve got in this election, and keep our eye on collective liberation.

Signatories included Moumita Ahmed, Millennials For Revolution.

Millennials for Revolution Dank Meme Commune

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Millennials For Revolution closed Facebook page. Administrators

New Yorkers for Bernie

Jill Greenberg April 9, 2016

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Welcome home, Bernie Sanders! New York, New York, it's a helluva town, the Bronx is up and the Battery's down ... Help Canvass & Win New York for Bernie! bernie.to/NYCanvass

  1. NYforBernie #WFP4Bernie #NYLabor4Bernie — with Darius Khalil Gordon, Raybblin Vargas, Gili Getz, Lillian Gorman, Rachel Eve Stein, Arlene Geiger, Miriam Rabban, Mindy Rosier, Phillip Anderson, Joe Dinkin, Javier Anderson, Andrew C. White, Rafael Shimunov, Ian Williams, Elena Hermanson, Susan M. Dooha, Karla Fisk, Moumita Ahmed, Andi Dier, Flora Ichiou Huang, Caleb-Michael Files, Dave Handy, Charles Lenchner, Jon E. Dominos, Owen Crowley, Sam Himmelstein, Kristina Andreotta, Daniel Millstone, Heidi Siegfried, Glenn Oldhoff, Maria Svart, Sam Massol, Nadya Stevens, Winnie Wong, Akiko Ichikawa, Peter Hogness, Mark Hannay, David Unger, Jeffrey Gold, Emiljana Ulaj, Alice Fisher, Katherine Brezler, Josh Siegel, Steve Oliver and Candice Fortin.

Fundraiser for Julia Salazar

Winnie Wong June 9 2018:

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Linda Sarsour and I are hosting a fundraiser for Julia Salazar. We hope you can come. We can use this opportunity to have an organizing meeting. Fundraising is very important. But organizing is much more important. — with Sophie EG, Sam Esther Adler-Bell, Linda Sarsour, Brea Baker, Moumita Ahmed, Gabriella Zutrau, Mary Clinton, Michael Cavadias, Susan LK, Ravi Ahmad, Audrey Sasson, Julia Salazar, Elana Levin, Maria Svart, Bianca Cunningham, Michael Kinnucan and Democratic Socialists of America.

Endorsing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams

The Case for Endorsing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams (And How To Do It Strategically) was a letter Drafted by: Danya Lagos (CBK/Labor), and circulated among New York Democratic Socialists of America members in July 2018.[1]

CoSigners, as of July 23 2018 were: Moumita Ahmed.

References

  1. MOUMITA AHMED Co-founder of Millennials for Bernie Sanders, accessed May 13, 2017
  2. [https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kw8dp/norways-bernie-bros-are-trying-to-inspire-a-political-revolution VICE Norway's Bernie Bros are Trying to Inspire a Political Revolution Organizers check-in on how the Norwegian Roedt Party is trying to bring together young voters to protect and expand the welfare state. By Winnie Wong and Claire Sandberg Jul 28 2017, 10:00am]
  3. DL Growing the Grassroots, Posted by Dsa 🌹 on 03.29.17, Moumita Ahmed talks with Jessie Mannisto