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DFA Press Release

DFA backs Traynere for Bolingbrook Mayor, Berwyn United slate

Endorsements aim to replace corrupt Chicagoland officials with Trump resistance leaders

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of progressive resistance leaders running against corrupt incumbents in the Chicago suburbs of Berwyn and Bolingbrook.

In Berwyn, DFA endorsed candidates on the Berwyn United slate, which is looking to completely replace the current Democratic leadership of the city, from the mayor on down. In Bolingbrook, DFA endorsed Jackie Traynere for Mayor. Traynere was encouraged to run after participating in a protest against Donald Trump, who was being hosted for a rally by the incumbent mayor.

“For too long, corrupt local politicians have been able to skirt by, using the system to enrich themselves rather than serving the communities they’re supposed to represent. In Berwyn and Bolingbrook, we’re endorsing candidates who will hold the current incumbents accountable and blaze a new trail of progress in their communities.

“In Berwyn, the diverse team of progressive candidates on the Berwyn United slate are committed to ethical reform and progressive policies that will make the city work for all of its residents,not just the most wealthy or well connected. These candidates share a vision for a more inclusive city that welcomes anyone who wants to work or raise a family in its bounds.

Jackie Traynere is running for mayor in Bolingbrook against a man who openly embraces Donald Trump and his divisive policies. For decades, he has been able to exploit the system to line his own pockets and Jackie is going to put an end to that corrupt agenda

“These leaders in Berwyn and Bolingbrook understand that resistance against Trump’s hateful agenda starts at the local level, and we’re excited to give them our full support.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Traynere will be on the ballot in Bolingbrook for the April 4 general election. The Berwyn United slate includes the following candidates, who will be on the ballot for the February 28 primary:

  • Ted Polashek - Mayor
  • Marge Paul - Clerk
  • Cynthia Gutierrez - Treasurer
  • Larry Disch - Alderman - 1st Ward
  • Jose Ramirez - Alderman - 2nd Ward
  • Jeanie Reardon - Alderman - 3rd Ward
  • Bob Fejt - Alderman - 4th Ward
  • Korynna Lopez - Alderman - 5th Ward
  • Sandi Radtke - Alderman - 7th Ward
  • Edgar Garcia - Alderman - 8th Ward
  • Linda Kampe - Township Supervisor
  • Elizabeth Jimenez - Township Trustee
  • Cynthia Hayes - Township Trustee
  • Joey Johnston - Township Trustee
  • Barb Bossnay - Township Trustee

Earlier this week, DFA announced a new $500,000 initiative to elect progressive leaders in cities nationwide, as well as its first municipal endorsement of the year, Tishaura Jones for Mayor of St. Louis. The emerging leaders DFA has previously helped elect to municipal offices include Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, CA; Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson, AZ;  and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia, PA.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA announces $500,000 initiative to build progressive power, confront Trump in America’s cities

DFA’s Jim Dean: “More important than ever” to “build our own wall of resistance” in cities

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced a new initiative to invest half a million dollars in progressive municipal candidates across the country, transforming America’s cities into bastions of resistance against the Trump regime.

“As Donald Trump tries to advance his broken and bigoted agenda, DFA is expanding our investment in the next generation of progressive leaders who will help ensure that our country’s local governments are more reflective and responsive to every member of their communities.

“We will help these leaders win election to school boards, transit boards, county commissions, and city councils across the country, where they will welcome immigrants, enact policies that make it clear that Black Lives Matter, and create vibrant local economies where every American can build lives that are safe, thriving, and free.

“Cities can’t be an afterthought for major Democratic institutions, and they can’t be an old boys network of the corporate Wall Street wing. Our cities must be the labs of progressive policy where we can make a real difference in people’s lives. DFA has long supported leaders running for municipal office, but, in the era of Trump, we’re redoubling our efforts because it’s more important than ever to build our own wall of resistance leaders in city governments nationwide.”- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

This new initiative will build on DFA’s recent successes to identify, recruit, train, staff, and elect a new generation of city officials - mayors, city council leaders, school board members, state’s attorneys and more - who are ready to fight for racial and economic justice through winning people-powered campaigns. It will focus on investing in progressive leaders of color.

DFA yesterday announced its first municipal endorsement of the year, Tishaura Jones for Mayor of St. Louis. The emerging leaders DFA has previously helped elect to municipal offices include Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, CA; Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson, AZ;  and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia, PA.

The program will include specific investments in border municipalities, building a “resistance wall” ready to combat discrimination against immigrants, refugees, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and communities of color. The initiative will also feature:

  • On-the-ground trainings in target locations - based on the renowned Campaign Academy curricula, DFA’s intensive trainings allow participants to run grassroots campaigns by building core skills such as messaging, field organizing, fundraising and more.
  • City-focused versions of DFA’s virtual Night Schools, which trained more 26,000 people in 2015 and 2016 alone.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy For America Endorses Tishaura Jones for St. Louis Mayor

BURLINGTON, VT - Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones to be the next mayor of St. Louis. Jones is the first mayoral endorsement of the year for the progressive grassroots organization, which has 25,782 members in Missouri.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement:

“As the St. Louis Treasurer, Tishaura Jones has created innovative solutions to empower residents who have too long been neglected by their city. Right now, our country desperately needs leaders in our cities who will fearlessly speak truth to power and ensure it's not just the wealthy and powerful who have access to justice. Tishaura Jones is exactly the kind of courageous progressive we need leading a great American city like St. Louis and we couldn't be more excited to be supporting her campaign for mayor.”- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Tishaura Jones on the endorsement:

“I am tired of hearing that problems other cities are successfully addressing are intractable in St. Louis. Or that the best way to solve them is to do more of what we have always done. And I am past tired of hearing that building stadiums for billionaires is the only economic activity that can get a majority at City Hall. Democracy for America’s endorsement represents thousands of grassroots leaders determined to bring change and I am proud to have them fight alongside me”. - Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of St. Louis and candidate for mayor

The St. Louis mayoral primary is on March 7. Jones’ track record includes creating a program that grants each public school kindergartener in St. Louis $50 in a college savings account. She has also received national attention for her letter to a local newspaper editorial board calling out systemic racism.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. In the past it has helped elect progressive leaders to municipal leadership across the country, including Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton (CA), Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson, and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA says Puzder withdrawal is “a temporary stay of execution” for US workers

News is breaking this afternoon that Andrew Puzder will withdraw his nomination for Secretary of Labor, a move that comes less than a day after Democracy for America members began ramping up the pressure against his nomination.

Here's a reaction to Puzder's impending nomination withdrawal from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain:

"Reports that Andrew Puzder has decided to withdraw his name from consideration to be the next Secretary of Labor is a temporary stay of execution for working families in our country.

"Like many names Donald Trump has put forward, Andrew Puzder was profoundly ill-equipped to do the job of standing up for workers' rights and unable to withstand scrutiny from anyone outside of Trump's chorus of sycophants in Congress and on Wall Street. 

"Americans deserve a Secretary of Labor who will fight for a living wage, pay equity for women, and workers' right to organize. While we're sadly confident that the billionaire bigot in the White House will put forward yet another candidate for Labor Secretary that will seek to muzzle working people, today is a small, but important victory for working families and the multiracial, multi-generational resistance movement that's standing up to Trump's hate." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Senators who voted for Mnuchin shouldn’t expect to keep their jobs

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called out the 53 Senators who voted to confirm Steve Mnuchin as Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary:

“Voting to put Steve Mnuchin in charge of the Treasury Department isn’t just a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who lost everything in the great recession, it's a disgustingly cynical bet that no one will notice that U.S. Senators are acting like Wall Street puppets while pretending to stand up for working people.

“After working as a Goldman Sachs executive, Steve Mnuchin made millions by cheating people out of their homes during the depths of the financial crisis. The 53 Senators, including Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted to put millions of jobs at risk by putting another Wall Street banker in charge of the Treasury Department shouldn’t expect to keep theirs.  

“Like the vote to make known racist Jeff Sessions America’s chief law enforcement officer, this vote for misery profiteer Steve Mnuchin will have tragic consequences for America’s struggling working families and haunt those who cast it in the months and years ahead.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Trump Sells Out the American People to Wall Street

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called out Donald Trump for signing executive orders designed to benefit the financial industry at the expense of American workers:

Donald Trump is selling out the American people to Wall Street once again, betraying the voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania who drove his narrow electoral college win. From appointing Goldman Sachs executives to run the Treasury to today’s executive orders rolling back critical rules protecting retirement savings, Trump is putting his billionaire friends on Wall Street ahead of seniors and the working class.

"The resistance has a warning for Donald Trump: Every time you betray the working class, we will expose you for the corporate fraud and Wall Street puppet you really are.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

DFA Action

Tell Sen. Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats: Shut down the Senate until the Muslim ban is revoked

Because of the disruptive and expansive Muslim ban signed by Trump on Friday, hundreds of refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries -- many of whom have been legal residents of the US for years -- were detained in airports across the country over the weekend, sparking widespread protests.

When several courts issued temporary stays of Trump's deportation order, federal customs agents ignored the judges' orders, citing directives from above.

And when acting Attorney General of the United States Sally Yates stood up and told her department not to defend this unconstitutional order, Donald Trump fired her on the spot -- sparking comparisons to Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre." 

Every hour, it is becoming more and more clear: A constitutional crisis is unfolding before us. Democrats in the Senate must do everything humanly possible to reverse this inhumane and possibly illegal executive order and to punish the undemocratic actions the administration is taking to enforce it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats need to shut this Congress down, refusing to take any action whatsoever -- including approving any of Trump's nominees -- until the Muslim ban is revoked.

Sign our petition now and tell Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats to SHUT IT DOWN and withhold consent on everything, including Trump's nominees, until the racist Muslim ban is revoked.

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DFA Press Release

DFA: Senators Must Block SCOTUS Nominee Until Muslim Ban Rescinded

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called on Senators to oppose Donald Trump’s expected Supreme Court nominee until he rescinds his Muslim ban:

“Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is unconstitutional and un-American. Americans nationwide are looking for leaders in Washington who will stand up and fight in complete and absolute rejection of the Trump agenda as it stands right now.

Until the Muslim ban is repealed, we demand total opposition to all of Trump’s appointees, to Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, and to any legislation coming out of the Trump administration. No exceptions.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

DFA Action

Tell Senate Democrats: Stop Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Donald Trump announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court live on TV.

One Senate Democrat is already pledging to do just that -- Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley told Politico that he will do everything he can to stop Trump's Supreme Court nominee:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump's nomination. That means Trump's nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.

"This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat," Merkley said in an interview. "We will use every lever in our power to stop this." -- Politico, 1/30/17

This is good news. But it's not good enough for the "vast majority" of Senate Democrats to oppose. We need all 48 Senate Democrats to commit to doing whatever it takes to stop Trump's Supreme Court nominee. And we need to tell them that right now.

This is urgent: Sign the petition and tell all 48 Senate Democrats they MUST oppose Trump's Supreme Court nominee, including using the filibuster if necessary. Our rights and freedoms depend on it.

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DFA Press Release

Trump “Cowers in Fear” of Immigrants

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called out Donald Trump for his fear of outsiders today, in reference to Executive Orders issued yesterday and anticipated later this week focused on immigration:

“With these Executive Orders, Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to wall-off the United States from one of our greatest historic assets: immigrants. His irrational and unfounded fear of people from other countries entering the United States reveal his profound weakness as a leader.

“It is a weakness that the American people do not share. The Statue of Liberty does not cower in fear of newcomers to America, like Donald Trump does. She stands tall, boldly holding a torch to welcome the huddled masses.

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DFA Press Release

DFA Calls for Networks to Stop Airing White House Press Conferences Live

Following the Trump Administration’s third White House Press Conference yesterday, Democracy for America (DFA) Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called on news networks to stop carrying the events live:

“When called out by journalists, the Trump Administration has justified its brazen lies by saying it will pursue ‘alternative facts’ or ‘disagree with the facts’ as a matter of course. This unprecedented new policy from the White House demands a different approach from the media than it has taken with previous administrations.

“The networks must refuse to cover these press conferences live.

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DFA Action

Tell the networks: Stop airing Trump’s press briefings live

At this point, it's clear: The Trump administration sees press briefings as nothing more than opportunities to inject their distortions and misinformation directly into the ears and minds of the public. Yet the networks keep enabling Trump and Spicer by airing these briefings live, before reporters have had the chance to sort fact from fiction.

Journalists have a responsibility to give the public the facts -- and that means not airing the Trump administration's lies before they can correct them. Will you sign our petition demanding that the networks stop airing Trump press briefings live right now?

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DFA Action

Tell Democrats to stand up to right-wing extremists: Sign the petition to impeach Maine Gov. Paul Le

Gov. Paul LePageBefore there was Donald Trump, there was Paul LePage.

Maine's Tea Party governor has a trail a mile long of saying and doing horrible, bigoted things -- and, so far, he's getting away with it.

And now -- with Donald Trump's election -- LePage has been emboldened.

On Election Day, Maine voters approved an increase in the minimum wage to $12 an hour, a major step forward in the fight against income inequality. But LePage told his Department of Labor not to enforce the new $12 minimum wage law.

Defying the voters of his state, LePage won't punish employers who won't comply. If the government doesn't enforce the minimum wage, employers will simply not pay workers what they've earned. He's even calling the initiative a "recommendation" -- which, under the Maine constitution, it isn't. It's law that must be enforced to benefit workers.

This is outrageous. This is lawlessness. And it's grounds for impeachment. LePage was nearly impeached twice in 2016 -- but legislators let him off the hook. Until they act, LePage will continue to say and do terrible things.

It's time for Democrats everywhere to stand up to right-wing extremists -- from Donald Trump to Paul LePage. Sign the petition and tell Maine legislators: Impeach Gov. LePage!

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DFA Press Release

DFA responds to Trump’s Inauguration

statement from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain regarding Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States:

"Today's inauguration is an incredibly dark day for our country.  

"The only thing more empty than the National Mall today during his poorly attended inaugural address were the platitudes Donald Trump made about bringing the country together. 

"Donald Trump won his narrow, electoral college victory by running the most bigoted, divisive, hate-fueled campaign in modern history and we fully expect him to continue trying to divide us in precisely the same way now that he's in office.  

"In fact, after putting forward a cabinet filled to the brim with self-dealing billionaires, bigots, and bullies, it's clear that Donald Trump is establishing the most corrupt, corporate, and bigoted administration in generations.

"The only source of light on this miserable day is the massive, multi-racial, multi-generational progressive resistance movement led by women and people of color that is already emerging to confront Donald Trump's agenda of hate and growing stronger every single day. 

"Democracy for America's members are proud to be a part of that fight and more aware, awake, and united than ever before in our commitment to defeating every assault Donald Trump will make on people of color, women, and working families in the weeks, months, and years ahead." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Senate Progressive Champions Baldwin, Brown, Sanders, and Warren

Democracy for America Endorses Senate Progressive Champions Baldwin, Brown, Sanders, and Warren

BURLINGTON, VT - Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who are each up for reelection in 2018. These are the progressive organization’s first endorsements of the 2018 election cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean comments on DFA’s new 2018 endorsements:  

“The very moment Donald Trump takes his hand off the Bible he will be running the most corrupt, corporate, and bigoted presidential administration our country has seen in generations, making it more important than ever that we have steel-spined, populist progressive champions like Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders holding him accountable in the U.S. Senate.  

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DFA Action

Stand with John Lewis: Tell Democrats to boycott Trump’s inauguration

Donald Trump is not normal -- and we should not treat his impending presidency as if it is. He just went and proved that again when he launched a bigoted attack this weekend against Civil Rights leader and American hero Congressman John Lewis.

John Lewis has spent his life protesting for justice and racial equality. He was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965 in a march for voting rights. It was in that tradition that Rep. Lewis announced late last week he will join more than a dozen other Congressional Democrats in not attending Trump's inauguration this coming Friday.

It was no surprise, sadly, that Trump responded with a Twitter rant viciously attacking John Lewis and the Georgia district he represents. Trump showed he has no respect for civil rights, for a Black leader who has worked so hard for justice, or for an American community.

As a result, another dozen Democratic members of Congress have announced they too will not attend Trump's inauguration. That's a good start. But why should any elected Democrat attend this inauguration and help normalize what is already shaping up to be the worst presidency in history?

Democracy for America is joining CREDO Action to urge every single Democrat in Congress to not attend Trump's inauguration on Friday, January 20. Will you join us and send a message?

Sign the petition and tell Congressional Democrats: Stand with John Lewis -- don't go to Trump's inauguration.

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DFA Press Release

DFA calls Senate’s Obamacare repeal vote “epic display of unrepentant, political cowardice”

Here's a response from Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain to the Senate vote to repeal Obamacare:

"Early this morning, when most of the country was sleeping, in an epic display of unrepentant, political cowardice Senate Republicans took their first steps towards passing legislation that will strip tens of millions of their health insurance and ultimately lead to thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, of American deaths.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America backs Ryant Washington for Virginia Senate

This afternoon, Democracy for America (DFA), a national progressive organization with more than 36,000 members in the state of Virginia, endorsed Sheriff Ryant Washington in the Jan. 10th special election for VA State Senate District 22.

DFA’s endorsement is part of the group's on-going “Purple to Blue” Project, a national multi-year effort to win state House and Senate chambers across the country, with a focus on making “purple” state legislative seats, like those in Virginia decisively Democratic.

Quote from Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on today’s endorsement of Sheriff Washington:

“Sheriff Ryant Washington not only gives VA State Senate District 22 voters the opportunity to send a committed public servant to Richmond, he also gives them the chance to end Republican control of the State Senate and ensure the state’s upper chamber is actually working for working families, not just the wealthy and powerful.

“Democracy for America members in Virginia and across the country are excited to stand with Sheriff Ryant Washington because the Old Dominion desperately needs another champion for health care, public education, and the rights of women in the State Senate and that’s exactly what he’ll be.” -- Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director, Democracy for America

Quote from Sheriff Washington on Democracy for America’s endorsement:

“Better than any other national grassroots organization, Democracy for America’s members in Virginia and across the country understand the stakes in this election for our state and our nation.  

“Democracy for America members know how to identify and pour their hearts into people-powered campaigns like the one we’ve built in Virginia’s 22nd Senate District and I couldn’t be prouder to have their support. -- Sheriff Ryant Washington, Candidate, VA-SEN-22

Key Facts about Democracy for America and its endorsements:

  • Democracy for America is a people-powered Political Action Committee with 1 million members nationwide including 36,104 members in Virginia.
  • Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed nearly $36.6 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide.
DFA Action

Sign the petition: Tell tech companies to refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims

One of the most horrifying proposals Donald Trump offered during the campaign was a plan to create a registry of Muslims in the United States.

This registry brings to mind some of the worst aspects of American history, and is rooted in bigotry and hate. Trump's plan wouldn't be the first attempt -- a previous version used during the Bush Administration didn't lead to any convictions on terrorism charges, but it did lead to tens of thousands of cases of harassment, arrest, and deportations.

Trump's transition team has signaled they plan to go ahead with this awful plan anyway. We need to stop him -- and that includes making it hard for Trump to actually assemble a registry.

That's where the tech companies of Silicon Valley and beyond come into play. They have amassed huge amounts of data on people living in the United States. If they cooperate with Trump in building a registry of Muslims, those tech companies could do immense damage.

Initially, only Twitter told a reporter from The Intercept that they would refuse to help build such a registry, but other leading tech companies refused to respond. So Democracy for America joined CREDO and human rights groups and sent a letter demanding other tech companies follow Twitter's lead.

As a result of that pressure, Facebook and Microsoft announced this week they too would refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims.

But other tech companies -- including Google and Apple -- still won't answer. And their CEOs met with Donald Trump just this week. Will you help pressure them? Sign the petition demanding tech companies protect civil rights and refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims in the United States.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

With 87% of DFA’s member vote, Ellison receives endorsement for Democratic National Committee Chair, the second in the grassroots progressive PAC’s history

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Congressman Keith Ellison in his race to lead the Democratic Party as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Ellison earned DFA’s endorsement after receiving 87.4% of the votes cast by DFA members nationwide over a three-day voting period.  

DFA’s endorsement of Ellison marks the second time the grassroots progressive PAC has endorsed in a race for Chair of the DNC.

In 2005, DFA members worked incredibly hard to elect DFA’s founder, Governor Howard Dean, as DNC Chair.  Dean went on to welcome millions of new activists into the party and executed the trailblazing “50-State Strategy” that helped Democrats retake the House and Senate in 2006 and the White House in 2008.

Statement from Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America’s Executive Director, on today’s endorsement of Keith Ellison for DNC Chair:

“Keith Ellison earned the overwhelming support of Democracy for America’s grassroots members because he knows that the Democratic Party is strong when it’s built from the bottom up in every single state, in every single community, every single day.

“Our party needs Keith’s unyielding voice leading the fight against Donald Trump’s agenda of bigotry, hate, and greed.  We also need a leader, like Keith, who understands that building a party that grows, nurtures, and strengthens the grassroots is the only way we can win races up-and-down the ticket and deliver crushing blows to income inequality, structural racism, and big money’s stranglehold on our politics.

“DFA members know how critically important strong, visionary DNC leadership is at moments like this -- it’s a fight that’s essentially baked into our DNA. Keith Ellison has the deep relationships with the grassroots, the bold vision for a party that works hard for every single vote in all 50 states, and the long-standing commitment to populist progressive values Democrats need to win in the years ahead. That’s why our members are excited to stand with him in the race for DNC Chair.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA’s endorsement of Ellison brings with it a one-million member-strong grassroots army that, prior to the 2016 election, had knocked hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $32.7 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide since 2004.  

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DFA Action

Tell Tucson to refuse to collaborate with Trump’s anti-immigrant plans

If we're going to stop Donald Trump, we have to organize in local cities and communities -- not just in Congress or state legislatures. Right now, DFA-endorsed City Councilmember Regina Romero is showing what that local leadership looks like in Tucson.

Trump has promised to forcefully go after and deport at least 3 million undocumented immigrants. We need to take that threat very seriously. Trump backed up his statement by having Kris Kobach, the architect of the anti-immigrant SB1070, named to his transition team. When Trump acts on his plans, over a quarter-million "Dreamers" (students who came to the U.S. as young children) will be targeted and at risk of being torn from their families and homes.

Tucson has been fighting back. In 2012, the Tucson City Council stepped up and voted 6-1 to declare Tucson an Immigrant Welcoming City. Right now the City Council and Mayor can take that leadership again. But they must do more than just thank and welcome immigrants.

Councilmember Regina Romero proposed a policy to ensure the Tucson Police Department will never engage in collaboration of any kind that would endanger any person in Tucson, regardless of status or national origin. She needs our help pressuring the Mayor and Tucson City Council members to fight Trump -- and defend all Tucson residents.

Tell Tucson City Council members and the Mayor to join Councilwoman Regina Romero and commit to passing a non-collaboration policy that will protect all people in Tucson.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses the Movement for Black Lives policy platform

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- This morning, Democracy for America, announced its endorsement of the policy platform of the Movement for Black Lives, which was first released in August 2016.  

Here’s a statement from Democracy for America’s executive director, Charles Chamberlain, on the importance of the Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform:

“Black lives matter, period.

“We believe that it’s not enough to just say Black lives matter, it’s critical that we fight to make it a reality in America. As a multi-issue progressive political organization with over one million members nationwide, we stand with, support, and follow the lead of Black organizers and activists working every single day to end structural racism and the culture of white supremacy that dominates American culture, politics and institutions.

“Over the past two years, we’ve done this by backing diverse candidates for federal, state, and local office who bring the life experiences, cultural understanding, and community relationships needed to help our country build a substantially more representative democracy.

“Today, we’re taking our work one step further by formally endorsing the thoughtful, bold, and forward looking policy platform developed by the Movement for Black Lives earlier this year.  

“Communities of color have spent years protesting the over-policing that occurs on their streets, the disinvestment in their neighborhoods and schools, and the mass incarceration of men and women of color, but politicians have yet to enact real reforms that will put an end to the atrocities that people of color experience every day. The Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform provides a solid blueprint for local, state, and federal governments to use when enacting legislation that seeks to grow, repair, and rebuild communities of color around the country.

“Similarly important, the Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform is an ideal catalyst for the substantive, results-oriented conversations the current and future leaders of the Democratic Party must have with the communities they serve.  For decades, communities of color have been among Democrats most reliable supporters. If that relationship is to continue, that reliability must be met with action and requires not just a seat at the table, but a decisive say in developing, creating and implementing how and what our party fights for going forward.  

“Democracy for America is a committed partner with the Movement for Black Lives in its fight for racial justice, criminal justice reform, and economic justice for historically marginalized communities.  We encourage all elected Democrats, movement leaders, and progressive organizations to join us in actively supporting the the Movement for Black Lives and this historic policy platform.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy For America

DFA, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

DFA Action

STOP TRUMP: Tell Democrats to protect Medicare now

The battle to protect Medicare from Donald Trump and Paul Ryan is heating up fast -- and Paul Ryan is already feeling defensive. Just yesterday he claimed we have nothing to worry about:

"This is the latest wave of Democratic talking points to try and play 'Mediscare' politics, which is what they typically do every other Tuesday." -Paul Ryan, quoted in The Hill, 12/1/16

Don't believe him. Paul Ryan has spent his entire career in Congress trying to destroy Medicare. He has repeatedly said he wants to cut benefits, privatize Medicare, and make it harder and more expensive for people to get health care. Seniors would have to spend money they don't have getting the care they need.

Donald Trump has already proven he'll help Paul Ryan destroy Medicare -- and he picked Tom Price, an extremist anti-Medicare zealot to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has already suggested Republicans could act quickly in 2017 to destroy Medicare.

We know we can stop them -- because we stopped George W. Bush when he tried the same attack on Social Security. The secret: mobilize the public to unite Democrats against any attack on Medicare, and go on offense against Republicans. That's exactly what DFA plans to do.

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DFA Action

Sign the petition: Tell Michigan AG Bill Schuette to stop playing games and let the recount begin

Michigan RecountRepublican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette just filed a court action asking the State Supreme Court to preemptively shut down any attempt at a presidential election recount. 

This kind of partisan interference in what should be a neutral and routine verification of the election results is absolutely unacceptable -- and it is dangerous to our democracy.
 
The margin of victory in Michigan was only 10,000 votes. With a race this close, a recount is necessary in order to give voters confidence in the stated result. We need to let Schuette know RIGHT NOW that we will not let his attempt to derail this perfectly legal recount stand.
 
Tell Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to stop playing games with our democratic process and allow a full and fair presidential recount in Michigan now.
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Call President Obama: Step in on Standing Rock

The police crackdown on protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline is getting worse, thanks to an official order of evacuation from Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple. 

While brave water protectors and their allies are standing their ground in sub-freezing temperatures, the Morton County Sheriff's Department is now saying it will order its troopers to pull over and threaten people carrying much-needed supplies to the Standing Rock camp with $1,000 fines. And the governor's order effectively ended emergency services to the camps, even though violent attacks by the police continue.

President Obama's silence on this horrendous violation of the human rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters is simply unacceptable. He needs to put an end to these dangerous police attacks right now by stepping in and shutting down the pipeline.

Call President Obama today and tell him to step in and stop the attacks on #NoDAPL protesters RIGHT NOW.

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Stand with Elizabeth Warren—tell Democrats to vote NO on the GOP’s Big Pharma giveaway

The lame duck session of Congress has just begun, and already some Democrats are caving to GOP pressure to pass a massive last-minute giveaway to Big Pharma. Thankfully, Elizabeth Warren is fighting back.

Last night, she gave a barnburner speech on the Senate floor taking aim at the so-called "21st Century Cures" Act and the Democrats supporting it:

"When American voters say Congress is owned by big companies, this bill is exactly what they are talking about. Now, we face a choice. Will this Congress say that yes, we're bought and paid for, or will we stand up and work for the American people?

The American people didn't give Democrats majority support so we could come back to Washington and play dead. They didn't send us here to whimper, whine, or grovel. They sent us here to say NO to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder. They sent us here to stand up for what's right. Now, they are watching, waiting, and hoping -- hoping we show some spine and start fighting back when Congress completely ignores the message of the American people and returns to all its same old ways.

Republicans will control this government -- but they cannot hand over that control to big corporations unless Democrats roll over and allow them to do so."

As usual, Sen. Warren nailed it. If Democrats want to be the party of working families, they need to stand up to Republicans who want to shovel money into the pockets of shady drug companies, big dollar GOP donors and Donald Trump -- especially when that means flooding the market with untested and potentially dangerous medical treatments.

Sign our petition telling Democrats in Congress to vote NO on the GOP's gigantic giveaway to drug companies now.

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SIGN THE PETITION: End the Electoral College—and elect the president by National Popular Vote

On Sunday, Donald Trump went on Twitter again to inject another dangerous lie into our national discourse, making the ridiculous claim that he "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

Trump's outrageous tweet was immediately condemned and denounced by voting experts, the media, and even conservatives as both a brazenly cynical attempt to undermine public perception of Hillary Clinton's national popular vote lead -- now more than 2 million votes and counting -- and a racist dog whistle attack on voting rights in advance of the 2018 and 2020 elections.

The truth is that no matter who you voted for in 2016, an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 62%, according to one public poll of registered voters on November 15-16 -- think that the Electoral College system is broken and believe that the winner of the White House should be determined by National Popular Vote. According to Gallup, a majority of Americans have wanted to abolish the Electoral College every time the question has been asked, going back to 1967.

Agree? Then please join Democracy for America members across the country, who are using the National Popular Vote email tool right now to contact state legislators and ask them to pass a National Popular Vote bill. Click here to send your email today.

The National Popular Vote interstate compact would make every vote equal throughout the United States and ensure that every voter, in every state, will matter in every presidential election.

Here's how it works and how we could pass the National Popular Vote by 2020:

  • The U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1) gives the states exclusive control over awarding their electoral votes.
     
  • Under the National Popular Vote interstate compact, participating states would award ALL of their Electoral College votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationally. 
     
  • The National Popular Vote interstate compact would not take effect until enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes -- that is, 270 out of 538 Electoral College votes. 
     
  • Currently ten states and the District of Columbia have already adopted the National Popular Vote plan -- this includes both Republican and Democratic controlled legislatures. These states (and D.C.) currently represent 165 total electoral votes. 
     
  • If we can get states that represent 105 more electoral votes on board (for a total of 270 votes), then this plan would immediately take effect -- and we would never have a repeat of the 2000 or 2016 election again. 

Democracy for America has been working to support the National Popular Vote interstate compact for many years. But it's taken on a powerful new urgency as we face the nightmare of Donald Trump occupying the White House. We cannot wait any longer.

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Sign the petition: Swing states need to audit the presidential vote

A report by New York magazine revealed that "Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump."

CNN, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and several other news outlets quickly picked up the story -- though FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver and Nate Cohn from the New York Times expressed skepticism.

What no one can dispute is that Hillary Clinton is now leading Donald Trump in the popular vote by 1.7 million votes. And once California finishes its count, her lead could exceed more than 2 million votes.

Unfortunately, the popular vote is meaningless in our Electoral College system. Trump is winning the Electoral College vote thanks to very narrow leads in key swing states such as Wisconsin (27,000 votes) and Pennsylvania (68,000 votes). And two weeks after the election, Michigan is still too close to call.

Voters in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan cast paper ballots that are counted by electronic machines. Fortunately, these machines can be audited to ensure that the results are reported correctly.

Given the high stakes of this election -- and how incredibly close the vote is in crucial states -- it's essential that the American people have confidence the election was fairly won. That's why Democracy for America is joining the call for key swing states to audit the vote.

An audit would not be a full recount, but a statistically valid sample that will prove whether the actual votes match the reported totals. If there's something wrong, we'll have evidence to take action -- before the Electoral College meets in December.

Time is running out: Sign the "Audit the Vote" petition to demand swing states audit the presidential election before the results are certified and the Electoral College meets on December 19.

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Sign the petition: Sen. Schumer, stand up to Donald Trump

This post-election nightmare ushered in by Donald Trump is getting ugly fast.

On Friday morning, Trump selected Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Sessions is an ultra-conservative who was previously denied a federal judgeship in 1986 for calling the NAACP "un-American," referring to an African-American federal prosecutor as “boy,” and disparaging the Voting Rights Act.

We cannot “wait and see” what a Donald Trump administration will be like. He has already made it abundantly clear.

In the days following the election, Donald Trump has offered a top White House position to a white supremacist, mocked Americans exercising their first amendment right to protest in response to his campaign of hate, and refused to rebuke a campaign surrogate who defended a proposed illegal registration program of Muslim Americans by citing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Democracy for America -- and our friends at MoveOn, CREDO, and across the progressive movement -- agree: Chuck Schumer and Democratic leaders need to stop playing footsie with Trump and pretending we can find common ground on some issues without also legitimizing Trump’s bigoted and hate-fueled agenda.

Tell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats to stand up to Trump and refuse to collaborate on his racist agenda. There can be no compromise on rejecting bigotry.

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Democracy for America on Trump’s pick of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

This morning, news emerged that Donald Trump had selected Senator Jeff Sessions as his pick for Attorney General.

Here's a response from Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain to Trump's pick of Sessions for Attorney General:

"The handful of people who might be even less equipped than Jeff Sessions to dispense justice on behalf of the American people typically spend their weekends wearing pointy hats and burning crosses.

"Jeff Sessions was too racist to become a federal judge.  In the 1980s.

"The idea that Jeff Sessions might become Attorney General is a genuine threat to our country and the lives and safety of people of color, Muslim Americans, women, and working families.

"We urge Democrats in the U.S. Senate to do everything in their power to air Jeff Session's record of bigotry and derail his confirmation as Republicans work to jam it through." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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Democracy for America to Democrats: Stop playing footsie with Trump’s bigoted agenda

Democracy for America’s Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, responds to increasingly disturbing reports that congressional Democrats are “constructing an agenda to align with many proposals of President-elect Donald J. Trump"

"Since last week, Donald Trump has offered a top White House position to a white supremacist, mocked the tens of thousands of Americans exercising their first amendment rights in response to his campaign of hate, and allowed a spokesperson to defend his proposed illegal registration program of Muslim Americans by citing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

"Right now, in the United States, people are openly discussing what they can do to hide their friends and neighbors when Donald Trump orders federal agents to rip apart families to deport millions of undocumented immigrants or force Muslim Americans to register with the government.

"That's not America. These are not normal times. If making Government work means scapegoating, imprisoning, or deporting millions of people across the country then Democrats in Congress absolutely must have no part in making that happen.    

“Democratic leaders from Chuck Schumer down need to stop playing footsie with Trump and pretending we can find common ground on some issues without also legitimizing Trump’s bigoted, hate-fueled, un-american agenda. 

“We stand with Democratic leaders from Harry Reid in the Senate to Ruben Gallego in the House who demand that Trump repudiate his policies of fear and remove the advocates of hate from his inner circle, before Democrats can even consider working with the Trump Administration.

"We expect Democratic leaders to join us in our efforts to defeat Donald Trump's agenda whole cloth, and, while we know Democrats are strongest when we work together, we also will not hesitate to burn down and salt the earth beneath Democrats who chose to aid and abet Trumpism instead." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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Gov. Howard Dean ends Special Advisor role at Democracy for America

Today, Democracy for America announced that its founder, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, will be ending his position as a Special Advisor to the grassroots progressive political action committee.

Gov. Howard Dean founded Democracy for America in 2004 and served as its Chair following his historic campaign for President.  Dean turned the reigns of the organization to his brother, DFA's current Chair Jim Dean, when he became Chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2005.

Following his incredibly successful tenure at the DNC, Gov. Dean returned to DFA as a Special Advisor and played a critical role in a number of important organization efforts, from the 2009 "Stand with Dr. Dean" campaign for the public health insurance option to the boundless support he gave to countless DFA-endorsed candidates.

“Founding DFA was one of the greatest honors of my life and, while I’m stepping back from my role with Democracy for America today, I could not be more proud of the grassroots movement we’ve created together and what they will do going forward” said former Governor Howard Dean.

"Howard’s work with Democracy for America since its inception and after his tenure at the DNC cannot be underestimated. He founded DFA as a member-driven organization committed to empowering the work of its grassroots members and its movement allies and he has never lost sight of these simple founding principles," said DFA Chair Jim Dean, on his brother's decision to step back from the organization.

"It has been this principle which has given us a ton of opportunities to do great work together and it is this principle that gave us the space to disagree," noted Jim Dean. "Howard gets people-powered politics as few elected officials and party leaders do, and we look forward to seeing what he does next and working with him whenever possible.”

DFA, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

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DFA LIVE: Ellison hints at DNC Chair announcement, DFA responds to Dean tweet on Chair run

Tonight, Rep. Keith Ellison announced that he would make a Monday announcement regarding a run for Democratic National Committee Chair during a "DFA LIVE" conference call with Democracy for America members that also featured Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
 
After DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain noted that there were no expectations that he'd make any announcements on this call, Ellison said, "I will announce that I'm going to make an announcement on Monday. So, there you go."
 
In response to news that DFA Founder Howard Dean was interested in returning to his position as Democratic Party chair, Chamberlain also made clear during the call that, as an organization, DFA believes the next party head should be the choice of the grassroots, not party insiders: 

"Here at [Democracy for America] we believe that the Democratic party is at its best when its leaders have the courage to compete for the best ideas, the best practices, and the best people.  
 
"We also believe that part of the reason we have to deal with Donald Trump is because, prior to the start of the 2016 race, Democratic party insiders got together around conference tables in Washington DC  and more or less decided who the presidential nominee would be, without listening to the party’s grassroots base.  That’s wrong and that’s part of the reason why we lost.
 
"So, I want to say this: We here at DFA hope that there will be a vigorous, forward-looking competition for the leadership of the Democratic Party and we strongly believe that the party’s grassroots base -- not party insiders and political elites -- should play the decisive role in choosing who our party’s next leader should be.  Period." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

A full transcript of the exchange is available below.  A recording is available here.
 
TRANSCRIPT:

CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN (DFA): ... But I do want to start with the question of our next DNC chair. 
 
DFA Founder Governor Howard Dean announced on Twitter just a few hours ago that he’s going to run for DNC chair. And, this morning Bernie announced that he wants you, Keith, to be the next Chair. 
 
Keith, I know you haven’t even announced if you are going to run for it, but I think everyone on this call would like to hear your thoughts.
 
However, before... that, I do want to say, here at DFA we believe that the Democratic party is at its best when its leaders have the courage to compete for the best ideas, the best practices, and the best people.  
 
We also believe that part of the reason we have to deal with Donald Trump is because, prior to the start of the 2016 race, Democratic party insiders got together around conference tables in Washington DC  and more or less decided who the presidential nominee would be, without listening to the party’s grassroots base.  That’s wrong and that’s part of the reason why we lost.
 
So, I want to say this: We here at DFA hope that there will be a vigorous, forward-looking competition for the leadership of the Democratic Party and we strongly believe that the party’s grassroots base -- not party insiders and political elites -- should play the decisive role in choosing who our party’s next leader should be.  Period.
 
Now my question, Congressman Ellison, and like I said, I know you’re not going to make an announcement this evening.  But I do want to ask you this: 
 
What do you think the next chair of the Democratic Party has to be focused on to ensure that Democrats retake the House & Senate in 2018 and beat Donald Trump once and for all in 2020? 
 
REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON:  Well, I will announce that I'm going to make an announcement on Monday.  So, there you go.
 
CHAMBERLAIN: Excellent!
 
ELLISON: Well, let me just tell you the key has got to be a turnout based, grassroots-based Democratic Party that uses relationship building, one-to-one -- not based on modeling, based on relationships -- where we turn out in the off-years, based on issue advocacy, so that people know that we care.
 
You see, right now, we kind of go to people when the big elections come up.  We have to be a part of people's lives all the time.  And that means taking an inspiring platform to people's doors every single day and building local party units with the priority of turning out the votes at the proper time -- but it all starts with relationships building at the grassroots level.
 
Then we've got to have greater coordination.  Let me tell you, if a member of the House of Representatives is in a state where there's going to be a Senate seat up -- like there's going to be in 2018 -- if you're in a so-called safe seat, right now, we basically ask you for money.  But we really should be asking you to do is to (1) strengthen and support your local state party and (2) also spiking the vote in your so-called safe seat, because every time a member of Congress in a so-called safe-seat, a dem, spikes turn-out it helps us win statewide, it helps us in the governorships, it helps us win the Senate.  And it also helps local State Senators and State Representatives win.  And it helps city council members win.  I think the DNC should be a force to help and connect with local officials, because local officials are the ones who we're seeing pass all kind of green initiatives, wages, scheduling, increasing the minimum wage, that action.
 
I say turn out, greater coordination and collaboration, relationship-based initiatives -- which treat TV as tool, not as a go-to; which [doesn't allow] econometric modeling to substitute bringing Dems together around a pot of chili and getting to know every single place.
 
I think we need a chair who's going to go do some door knocks around the country in the off-year.  In the off-year.  So that people get know them and get to believe that this is their party, a party of working men and women around the country.
 
So, that's where it's at.  Between students, people in labor unions, the right to collective bargaining, the environmental movement, we need a Democratic Party where people feel that that is what their party stands for and stands for them and believes that the most important voice in the party is the grassroots voice.  The voice of that lady who has been pouring coffee for 20 years and believes that it's the Democratic Party is going to make sure she gets her Social Security.  But right now does she even know us, does she know where the building is?  We've got to change that and that's my vision for it.

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RESPONSE: Democracy for America pledges to “obstruct, delay, and halt” Donald Trump’s agenda

Tonight's presidential election results are a living nightmare for our country.

Here's DFA's response to the election of Donald Trump:

"After the most divisive presidential election in the nation's history, the divide in this country will be between those who attempt to accommodate Donald Trump's fringe-right, bigoted agenda and those who will fight him every step of the way.  

"So, let's be absolutely clear: Democracy for America will do everything in our power to obstruct, delay, and halt the attacks on people of color, women, and working families that will emerge from a Trump administration. 

"After watching Donald Trump's speech tonight, we are more convinced than ever that our country needs a massive, multiracial, multi-generational progressive political revolution led by women and people of color that is not beholden to the broken political establishment that brought us to this moment.  And that's precisely what we'll work with our members and our allies to build in the days, weeks, and months ahead."  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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DFA celebrates Tammy Duckworth’s big Senate victory in Illinois

News just broke that Tammy Duckworth has won her race for Senate in IL.

Democracy for America (DFA) was one of the major backers of Duckworth's campaign.  Here’s a statement from DFA’s Executive Director Charles Chamberlain about Duckworth's big win in IL:

“Tammy Duckworth’s big victory tonight not only adds the voice of another woman of color and veteran to the U.S. Senate, it brings another leader to Washington who knows the problems with income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism in our country requires big, bold, populist progressive solutions. -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Facts about DFA and our work supporting Duckworth in Illinois and across the country during the 2016 race:

  • DFA endorsed Duckworth for Senate in March 2016.
  • DFA raised and contributed $61,816 to elect Duckworth.  The average contribution from DFA members was $7.73.
  • DFA members also made more than 126,888 GOTV calls in support of Duckworth.
  • During the 2016 cycle, DFA has:
    • Endorsed 121 progressive candidates -- including our very first endorsement in a Presidential Primary.
    • Raised and contributed more than $3 million to elect populist progressive candidates running up and down the ballot, from President of the United States to Bay Area Rapid Transit board.
    • Made over 2.5 million GOTV calls to elect progressive and help Democrats retake the U.S. Senate via its DFA Dialer program
  • Founded in 2004, DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.
 

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Democracy For America on Debate: “Hillary didn’t win, she slayed it.”

Here’s a quick reaction to tonight’s general election debate from Democracy for America’s Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain:

“Hillary Clinton not only won tonight’s debate, she slayed it.  Two presidential candidates may have been on the stage, but only Hillary Clinton acted like a president.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive political action committee with one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.  

While DFA now proudly supports Sec. Hillary Clinton, during the Democratic primary, DFA was a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders.

 

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Democracy for America endorses eight in key Colorado state House, Senate Races

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of eight Colorado state House and Senate candidates.

These Colorado endorsements are part of DFA’s “Purple to Blue” project, a national multi-year effort to flip Republican-held state level House and Senate chambers across the country and make them decisively Democratic, by unseating rightwing Republicans and replacing them with strong progressive leaders.

In the 2015-2016 election cycle, the Purple to Blue program has already elected champions to Virginia’s legislature and helped flip control of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  This November, in addition to Colorado, the Purple to Blue program is focused on the battle for state legislatures in Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Washington State.

The eight candidates being endorsed today in Colorado are:

  • Emily Tracy - (CO Senate -- District #8)
  • Jenise May - (CO Senate -- District #25)
  • Daniel Kagan - (CO Senate -- District #26)
  • Tom Sullivan - (CO Senate -- District #27)
  • Chris Kennedy  - (CO House -- District #23)
  • Joe Salazar - (CO House -- District # 31)
  • Mike Weissman - (CO House -- District #36)
  • Barbara McLachlan - (CO House -- District #59)

Statement from DFA chair, Jim Dean, on the importance of holding the Colorado state House and flipping the Colorado state Senate:

“Since they gained control of the Colorado Senate in 2010, Republicans have tried to privatize public lands, roll back gun safety regulations, attack women’s reproductive rights, and regularly prevented critical legislation from reaching the Governor’s desk.

“Democrats are just one seat away from regaining control of the Colorado state Senate and ensuring that both houses of Colorado’s state legislature are committed to fighting for progressive policies and ideas.

“The candidates we’re endorsing today in Colorado are vital, not just to ensuring that Colorado’s state legislature is lead by Democrats, but also to ensuring that the political revolution that millions of people are seeking across the country has the chance to flourish in the Centennial State.” --- Jim Dean, Chairman of Democracy for America

The 2016 election is poised to be instrumental in determining control of both the Colorado State House and Senate.   Races in May’s (SD-25) and Sullivan’s (SD-27) Senate Districts are particularly important because they would deliver seats to Democrats that are currently held by Republicans.  The races in Salazar’s (HD-31), Weissman’s (HD-36), and McLachlan’s (HD-59) House Districts will ensure Democrats maintain their three seat advantage in the House.

Key facts about Democracy for America and its work in Colorado:

  • DFA’s Purple to Blue project was kicked off in 2013 and this year has focused on winning State House and Senate in states including Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Washington.
  • DFA has also endorsed House candidate, Morgan Carroll in Colorado
  • DFA has over 56,000 members in Colorado and 1 million members nationwide
  • Since DFA's 2004 founding by Gov. Howard Dean, DFA members have injected more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 806 progressive candidates across the country.
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Democracy for America’s response to the killing of Terence Crutcher

Like millions of Americans, Democracy for America took to its outrage to Twitter this afternoon calling for greater press coverage, real justice, and concrete action in the wake of yesterday's killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK. 

Crutcher is the 171st Black man to be killed by police in 2016, according to a Washington Post count.  

We'll be following up with actions demanding justice for Crutcher's killer, but, in the mean time, DFA's tweeted reaction is available below.

https://twitter.com/DFAaction/status/778303114923225088