Tea Party of the Left?

Over the last 16 years, the Working Families has won minimum wage increases and paid sick days laws, combated big money in politics, defended quality public education, affordable housing and elected dozens of progressive champions to state and local office.

But now, we’re growing and our work is getting noticed on a bigger stage than ever. To learn more about how we got here, take a look at this deep dive on our history and our future by David Sirota at Politico Magazine.OCcupy Wall Street

Here’s an excerpt:

Now, as the WFP formulates plans for a multi-state expansion, two of the biggest questions reach way beyond New York’s labyrinthine state and local politics. How did a loose coalition of liberal activists, community organizing groups and labor unions avoid the left’s penchant for circular firing squads and instead become a cohesive force able to exact serious concessions from elected officials? And with their third-party coalition model, have the WFP’s leaders suddenly unlocked the key to building a national Tea Party of the left?

Sirota takes on the long and winding journey of the rickety rise of our scrappy organization, recounting Working Families victories in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

The story also includes some views from our opposition: Kathy Wylde from the Partnership for New York, one of New York’s most prominent business leaders, remarks on our success:

“Historically, the left could never get its act together, but [the Working Families Party] is in many ways the most powerful political party in the state,” says Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the Partnership for New York City, which represents the city’s major private employers.

The whole story is worth a read. Check it out here.