Sept. 21, 2019
Oct. 13, 2019
Oct. 20, 2019
Oct. 26, 2019

Ed. People's Action announced these four forums on Jan. 30, 2019 (see below).  The Iowa forum on Sept. 21, 2019 drew four candidates (Buttigieg, Castro, Sanders and Warren).  The New Hampshire and Michigan events were cancelled due to a lack of candidate participation.  The Nevada forum on Oct. 26 drew three candidates (Castro, Yang and, via livestream, Sanders).

Saturday, October 26, 2019
East Las Vegas Community Center
250 N. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
video - The Guardian

October 14, 2019 Facebook post on Michigan United

Unfortunately, after months of engagement, not enough presidential candidates agreed to attend the event to make it viable. Out of respect for everyone's time and effort, the national steering committee made the difficult decision to cancel the Forum.
Stay tuned for our alternative event, a training on building electoral power.

Important update as of October 8th, 2019 

We wanted to share with you this urgent, but disappointing news:

We’ve had to cancel the New Hampshire People’s Presidential Forum scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 13th at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

As is often the case when scheduling multiple candidates, not enough candidates could make this date work in order to make it a meaningful conversation for Granite Staters — along with the hundreds of folks from neighboring states who had also planned to attend.

Despite this small setback, we plan to engage many of these same presidential candidates in the near future in order lift up the issues that matter most to us and our communities. And, of course, we’ll continue to focus our energy on building new, member-led chapters throughout New Hampshire and Vermont in order to build a people-powered movement bigger than any one candidate or election.

People's Action
May 15, 2019


CHICAGO – The 2020 presidential election is happening from the grassroots up, it will be won by people in the multi-racial working class, not by big money and wealthy corporations.

This fall, People’s Action will co-host presidential forums in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada together with our member organizations in those states.

These forums aren’t about the candidates – they are about the people. No stump speeches allowed.

We’re inviting presidential candidates to share the stage and engage with the people who bear the brunt of unjust policies that keep them trapped in poverty and threaten our planet. Real people will take center stage to talk about their priorities, ask questions and weigh responses from candidates for president.

You’ll hear from family farmers, first-generation immigrants, and workers being paid poverty wages about:

  • Improved Medicare for All
  • 100% Just and Clean Energy for All
  • Homes Guarantee
  • Free College for All

“We won’t be asking candidates to empathize with our problems,” said Lizeth Chacon, board president of People’s Action. “We will demand they commit to bold ideas like bringing private utilities under government control, closing most jails and prisons, a national homes guarantee, Free College for All, and an Improved Medicare for All that takes profit out of the health care system.”

The forum is part of a larger People’s Presidential Campaign strategy around the 2020 election that puts the People’s Platform first.

People’s Action delegates will convene in November to decide which candidate for President we will back. With the largest community political organizations in Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire, People’s Action will then quickly pivot to help our candidate win those key early voting states.

At the People’s Action National Convention last month in Washington, D.C. nearly 1,000 People’s Action delegates from throughout the country committed to organize 47,310 volunteers to move 2,829,105 voters to vote for candidates who will enact the People’s Platform. They also committed to raise at least $6,465,210 for the campaign.

Forum schedule:

January 30, 2019

People-Led Presidential Candidate Forums Set in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada

CHICAGO – The 2020 presidential election is happening from the grassroots up – it will be won by working class people, not by big money and wealthy corporations.

This fall, People’s Action will co-host presidential forums in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, together with our member organizations in those states. We’re inviting presidential candidates to share the stage with everyday people, to hear their concerns and answer their questions, not give a stump speech.

“The people who are most directly impacted by the issues facing multiracial working class families will be front and center asking questions and leading the discussion,” said Lizeth Chacon, board president of People’s Action. “We’re looking forward to putting bold ideas in front of the candidates for president, and we are looking forward to their responses.”

The Iowa democratic caucus and the New Hampshire democratic primary are just one year away – both will be held in February 2020.

People’s Presidential Forum schedule:

Iowa – Sept. 21, 2019 at the Iowa Events Center. Co-sponsored by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund and People’s Action.

New Hampshire – Oct. 13, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire. Co- sponsored by Rights and Democracy, New Hampshire Youth Movement, and People’s Action.

Nevada – Oct. 26, 2019 in Las Vegas. Co-sponsored by Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Action Fund (PLAN Action) and People’s Action.

People’s Action is one of the largest and most influential organizing networks in the country. We are a progressive, multiracial, working-class coalition of more than a million people and 48 member organizations in 30 states. We fight for racial, gender, climate and economic justice.

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