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DFA Press Release

RESPONSE: Democracy for America on the failure of Trumpcare legislation

Moments ago, Donald Trump lost the Trumpcare vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives -- bigly.

Here's a statement from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain on Donald Trump's monumental loss on Trumpcare:

"The only thing more disastrous than the way Donald Trump handled his failed effort to pass Trumpcare was the plan itself, which would have shoved over 24 million Americans off their health insurance, led to skyrocketing deductibles, and played a role in the deaths of tens of thousands in this country.

"Donald Trump didn't just fail miserably in his first attempt to pass significant legislation simply because his reputation as a 'great dealmaker" is a complete fraud or because Republicans have spent the last seven years lying about the existence of some mythical GOP alternative to Obamacare.

"Trumpcare failed today because millions of people across the country marched in the streets, flooded town hall meetings, and inundated Congressional offices with phone calls to ensure their representatives knew they wouldn't be able to hide from this vote or its consequences.

"While no win is permanent until Donald Trump’s administration and Republicans in Congress are thrown out of power in DC, today's Trumpcare failure is a crucial, early victory for the Resistance that will only help this movement  grow larger in the weeks and months ahead."

-- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

 

Local Action Network HQ

Democracy for America is rooted in the offline activism and organizing of members in all 50 states, many of whom have been leading local groups since 2004. These groups recruit, endorse, and support candidates at all levels of office, work for change at the local, state and federal levels, and hold the Democratic party accountable to progressive voters.

Creating and sustaining a community of committed, mobilized and well-trained activists gives us the power to resist Trump's agenda of hate, to elect progressive champs, and to build a reflective democracy.

Next offline event: Organizing meetings on Thursday, April 6

Gather with DFA members near you to strategize and learn essential skills for the resistance.

CLICK HERE to find a meeting near you

CLICK HERE for the host facilitation guide and resources

Upcoming events

Thursday, April 20: Host a screening of "Immigrants for Sale" !

DFA Press Release

DFA: Trumpcare delay “outs” GOP for “lying to the American people” about Obamacare alternative

This afternoon, Republican House leaders found out they don't have the votes necessary to pass their miserable Trumpcare legislation and have apparently decided to delay the vote.  

Statement from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain following the delay of the Trumpcare vote:
 

"One good thing comes out of Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's failure to reach their self-imposed Trumpcare-passage deadline today: Republicans are finally starting to be outed for the seven years they've spent lying to the American people about the existence of some mythical GOP alternative to Obamacare.

"We have no idea if Republicans will eventually cobble together enough votes to send Trumpcare legislation to the Senate. However, if they do manage to pass something, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress will own the over 24 million Americans they'll be shoving off their health insurance plans, the coming skyrocketing deductibles, and the untold number of deaths that will occur as a result.

"Trumpcare isn't a healthcare plan, it's a massive tax giveaway to the super-rich financed by the livelihoods and lives of the sick, poor, and the people they love.

"While we take some joy in watching both Paul Ryan fall flat on his face and the "great dealmaker" Donald Trump fail to strike a bargain with his own supporters, we aren't laughing too hard because we know, like some slasher movie villains, they'll be back for more soon enough.

"Unfortunately for them, we'll still be here, fighting back every step of the way." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
 

DFA Press Release

DFA LIVE Call: Merkley joins calls for suspension of SCOTUS hearings, responds to deal rumors

Tonight, on a call with Democracy for America members across the country, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley joined the growing number of leaders calling on the U.S. Senate to suspend consideration of Neil Gorsuch until the cloud of concerns regarding the Trump administration's ties to Russia are lifted.

Complete audio of the approximately 45 minute call is available here: 


 
Rough transcript of the quote from Sen. Merkley (made about 5m26s in the audio above):

"Now, we know that there is another shadow hanging over this nominee and that is that, right now, there is an investigation of the Trump campaign for potential collaboration with the Russians in interfering with the U.S. Presidential election.  We've had the FBI testify -- they came on Monday morning, Director Comey -- and he put forward that there are multiple investigations under way.  Therefore, the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, went to the floor and said 'While this cloud is over the Presidency, of potential collaboration with the Russians in the U.S Presidential campaign, we should suspend this consideration of the nominee from this President.'  And, I agree with that completely."

Also noteworthy on this evening's call: 

DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Lou Braatz for Lincoln (NE) City Council

National progressive organization partners with Nebraska Democratic Party

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Lou Braatz in his campaign for one of Lincoln, Nebraska’s At-Large City Council Seats. Braatz is one of many city-level endorsements for the national organization, which has over 7,000 members in Nebraska and is committed to investing $500,000 in progressive  municipal candidates this cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the national progressive organization’s endorsement of Braatz:

“Now more than ever, we need more progressive citizens to enter the political fray and run for office. Lou Braatz is dedicated to making sure Lincoln’s government works for all of its residents, not just the wealthy and powerful. From making city council meetings more accessible to working people, to expanding school library hours so less wealthy students can have access to computers and weatherizing homes in low-income communities, Lou understands that our communities function best when working families have as strong a voice in the halls of city government as the well connected.” - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Braatz is a community activist and the father of three daughters who has been active in several campaigns for justice in the Lincoln area. As part of its commitment to support Braatz, DFA is also partnering with the Nebraska Democratic Party to provide access to field resources for volunteers to more effectively contact voters.

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 (AZ), Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (IL), and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. 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 915 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

National progressive organization continues VA Purple to Blue strategy, backs eight Delegate incumbents

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. DFA will be mobilizing its 37,065 members in the state to support Fairfax in the June 13 primary election.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the national progressive organization’s endorsement of Fairfax:

“Across the country, the American people are hungry for leaders who will stand up to the wealthy and powerful and work towards  racial and economic justice for all. These fights sit at the core of  Justin Fairfax’s bold vision for Virginia and they’re why we’re so excited to be standing with him in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. From advocating for expansion of early childhood education to showing up at Dulles airport to help those detained by Trump’s Muslim Ban, Justin has demonstrated a clear understanding  that Democrats path back to power is through bold progressive ideas and action.” - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Raised by a single mother in Washington DC, Fairfax earned scholarships to graduate from Duke University and Columbia Law School before becoming an Assistant US Attorney in Virginia. He narrowly lost the 2013 primary election to become Attorney General of Virginia, and has been active in the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System. If elected, he will be the second African American to hold statewide office in the state.

DFA also endorsed the following eight Virginia House of Delegates incumbents:

  • Lashrecse Aird (VA-63)
  • Lamont Bagby (VA-74)
  • Jennifer Boysko (VA-86)
  • Jeff Bourne (VA-71)
  • Mark Levine (VA-45)
  • Delores McQuinn (VA-70)
  • Marcia Price (VA-95)
  • Jeion Ward (VA-92)

These initial House of Delegates endorsements are 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. DFA expects to add additional House of Delegates candidates to it’s Purple to Blue slate in Virginia in the coming weeks.

Statement from DFA’s Dean on the organization’s Purple to Blue endorsements in Virginia:

“The first step to ending Republicans’ veto-proof majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates is protecting the progressive leaders in Richmond who are already waging the fights we need to win.  The eight Delegates we’re backing in our first round of Virginia endorsements form the foundation we must build from if we’re going to ensure that the State House in Richmond reflects the surge of grassroots, progressive action that’s swept through the Old Dominion, from Arlington to Blacksburg, since Donald Trump’s election. Virginians deserve a House of Delegates that represents their proud progressive values and the reelection of these eight Delegates is a critical element of making sure that happens in 2017.” - Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. 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 915 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Senate Democrats Need to Do Everything Possible to Stop Gorsuch

Democracy for America (DFA) Executive Director Charles Chamberlain issued the following statement after reports that Senate Democrats may be confused about how strongly to oppose Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee:

“Senate Democrats need to get it together and make their unequivocal opposition to Gorsuch clear. Honestly, it’s somewhat incredible that there are some Democrats in the U.S. Senate who don’t seem to understand the stakes of a Gorsuch vote. A vote for Gorsuch is a vote for overturning Roe v. Wade, a vote for more unchecked corporate power, and a vote against the millions of Americans who are tired of being screwed over by the rich and powerful.

“When Democrats dither and bend over backwards to appear ‘reasonable’ in the ways only Washington can define it, they allow Republicans to enact their extremist right-wing agenda. Democrats need to do everything possible to stop Trump’s extreme pick for the court, up to and including filibustering him.”

“If Gorsuch is confirmed, the American people, who are in-the-streets, on-the-phones, and at-town-halls against Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda, won’t accept procedural cop-outs and sorry excuses from their supposed allies in the U.S. Senate. Senate Democrats need to make it clear that they will be unified in steadfast opposition to Judge Gorsuch. Anything short of that is a betrayal of the people who are fighting Trump’s agenda, and puts these Senators at risk of not getting re-elected. There is no time to waste.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Action

Tell Congress: Demand the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions NOW

The Washington Post broke the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his contacts with Russia while he was advising the Trump campaign.

This is completely unacceptable behavior for our country's top law enforcement officer, and it totally undermines the Justice Department's ability to neutrally and fairly investigate Russia's scandalous interference in our presidential election.

Leading Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Bernie Sanders, are calling for Sessions's IMMEDIATE resignation and the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia.

It is crucial that we help them build momentum right now -- and ramp up the pressure on Republicans in Congress who are still trying to cover for Trump.

Immediately after the news broke, Elizabeth Warren called out Sessions and the administration on Twitter, calling the whole situation a "farce":

"This is not normal. This is not fake news. This is a very real & serious threat to the national security of the United States.

We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG. We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia. And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- who should have never been confirmed in the first place -- to resign. We need it now."

Warren is 100% correct -- but many members of the Republican leadership are still trying desperately to get Sessions and Trump off the hook. Just this morning, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan said that he "doesn't see any purpose or reason" for Sessions to step down.

We need to turn up the heat on these crooked Republicans in Congress immediately, and make it crystal clear that there will be electoral consequences for anyone in Congress who puts protecting the corrupt Trump administration ahead of the demands of their country and their constituents.

Sign DFA's petition telling Congress to demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions step down right away -- and that Congress must appoint a special prosecutor to find out the truth about Trump's connections to Russia.

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DFA Action

Stand with Bernie: Tell Congress to pass the Affordable and Safe Drug Importation Act now

Americans pay more -- by far -- for their prescription drugs than anyone else on the planet. Bernie Sanders is doing something to fix that.

On Tuesday, Bernie introduced a bill in Congress that would allow Americans to import affordable prescription medications from Canada. This overwhelmingly popular measure would give consumers a way to fight back against the price-gouging of pharmaceutical companies while expanding peoples' access to life-saving treatments.

In 2014, the average American spent 40% more on prescription drugs than the average Canadian. That's outrageous, and we need to help Bernie change it.

This isn't the first time that Bernie has introduced legislation to expand working families' access to prescription drugs. In January, he worked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar on an amendment to a budget resolution that would have done the same. But 13 Democrats -- including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker -- worked with Republicans to kill it.

Reporting revealed that many of the Democrats who voted no had strong ties to pharmaceutical companies.

There was an immediate progressive backlash. Bernie blasted his colleagues for lacking the guts to stand up to Big Pharma, while their constituents ramped up the pressure through phone calls and social media.

Now, thanks to that grassroots activism, Booker and 3 other Democrats who voted no are co-sponsoring this bill -- proving just how important it is for us to keep holding establishment Democrats accountable in the Trump era.

Drug prices in the US are soaring, and millions of people are being forced to go without the medications they need. On the campaign trail Donald Trump promised to do something to make drugs more affordable. Now, Bernie and Senate Democrats are calling his bluff.

Help Bernie show Trump and Congress that the American people are demanding relief from Big Pharma's price gouging: Sign our petition supporting the Affordable and Safe Drug Importation Act today.
 

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DFA Press Release

DFA says Trump Muslim Ban 2.0 is “a cheap, lawyered-up copy of the [first] Muslim ban”

Earlier today, the Donald Trump signed an executive order that marks his second attempt at ban Muslims from entering the country.

Here's a response to Trump's reheated Muslim ban from Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Donald Trump’s new Muslim ban is nothing more than a cheap, lawyered-up copy of the Muslim ban that was correctly struck down by federal courts just a few weeks ago.

“Donald Trump and those aiding his bigoted policy agenda can dress it up however they want, but this new ban remains a transparent attempt to begin implementation of the wholly unconstitutional and anti-American ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ Trump called for while running for President.

“This absurd, destructive ban not only violates the Constitution, it directly aids terrorist recruiters in ways that will make our country less safe.

“Democracy for America members across the country are committed to doing what it takes to encourage the courts to stop the implementation of this hate-fueled ban and elect leaders who are committed to leading the fight against it and other horrendous policies yet to come.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Chokwe Antar Lumumba for Mayor of Jackson, MS

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Chokwe Antar Lumumba to be the next Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Lumumba is the fourth mayoral endorsement of the year for the organization, which has 4,341 members in Mississippi and is committed to investing $500,000 in progressive municipal candidates this cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement of Lumumba:

“Chokwe Antar Lumumba wants to put Jackson’s government back in the hands of its residents, instead of giving away the city's assets to corporate interests. His commitment to racial justice and municipal accountability is a model for the kind of leadership we need to see from more candidates up and down the ballot. ”- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

The Jackson mayoral primary is on May 2. Lumumba, a founding member of the Mississippi Human Rights Collective, has been active in the campaign to remove the confederate insignia from the state flag. He is running his campaign on a platform of keeping the cities’ resources, such as the airport and water management, under local control.

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, Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, 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 915 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Jon Ossoff in the special election to replace Tom Price in representing Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  Democracy for America has 31,078 members in the state of Georgia and one million members nationwide.

Ossoff is DFA’s first congressional endorsement following the 2016 general election and one of the first opportunities to show the national electoral reach of the rapidly growing grassroots resistance movement that’s standing up to Donald Trump’s agenda of hate, division, and giveaways to the super rich.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s decision to back Ossoff:

“Electing Jon Ossoff isn’t just an opportunity for Georgia to reject Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda, it’s a chance to send a progressive leader from a new generation to Congress to fight for racial justice and against rapidly growing income inequality. From his private sector experience to his work as a congressional aide, Jon has shown he knows how to speak truth to power and work in service of the public.

“No single race for political office is going to signal the success or failure of the multiracial, multigenerational resistance movement that has emerged in Georgia and across the country to stand up to Donald Trump, but the grassroots campaign Jon is running is showing Democrats exactly how we need to fight.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

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 celebrates nine progressive victories in Berwyn

Today, Democracy for America (DFA)  celebrated the victories of  nine endorsed progressive candidates who won municipal elections in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn on Tuesday. The candidates ran as part of the larger Berwyn United slate, which had fourteen candidates total.

“On Tuesday, the people of Berwyn voted to inject fresh progressive voices into their city government. The  newly elected leaders of the Berwyn United slate put together a bold, community-focused vision for their city that should stand as an example for other local, progressive leaders across the country. Returning accountability to government and resisting Trump’s hateful agenda starts at the municipal level, and, as the numerous victories of Berwyn United slate showed last night, is an essential recipe for local electoral success in 2017 and beyond.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

The nine winners and the positions they will assume are:

  • Marge Clark, Clerk
  • Cynthia Gutierrez, Treasurer
  • Jose Ramirez, Ward 1 Alderman
  • Jeanie Reardon, Ward 3 Alderman
  • Bob Fejt, Ward 4 Alderman
  • Edgar Garcia, Ward 8 Alderman
  • Barbara Bossnay, Township Trustee
  • Cynthia Hayes, Township Trustee
  • Elizabeth Jiménez, Township Trustee

These were some of the first victories in a year in which DFA has committed to investing $500,000 to electing a crop of progressive leaders in municipal elections across the country. Upcoming elections of DFA-endorsed municipal candidates include the March 7 primary election for Mayor of St. Louis and the April 4 general election for Mayor of Bolingbrook, IL.

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 Action

Tell Chuck Schumer: Remove Joe Manchin from leadership

He did it again. Joe Manchin, Democratic Senator from West Virginia, once more voted to confirm one of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees. This time it was Scott Pruitt, the oil and gas shill Trump picked to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency.

Joe Manchin has voted for 11 out the 14 Cabinet nominees the Senate has decided on -- that's worse than any other Senate Democrat. Manchin even voted for the white supremacist Jeff Sessions. And he remained silent when Trump launched a racist attack on Elizabeth Warren.

We cannot allow any Senate Democrat to undermine the resistance or enable Trump like this. There need to be some consequences. Joe Manchin is a member of the Senate Democratic leadership. Democracy for America is joining CREDO Action, #AllofUs, Other98, and 350 Action to tell Chuck Schumer that Manchin shouldn't serve in Senate leadership any more.

Sign the petition and tell Chuck Schumer: Drop Sen. Manchin from your leadership team.
 

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DFA Press Release

DFA says DNC Chair results “another missed opportunity” for Dems to “regain relevance”

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the results in the race for DNC Chair:

"This incredibly disappointing result is another missed opportunity for a Democratic Party desperately trying to regain relevance and proves, once again, how out of touch party insiders are with the grassroots movement currently in the streets, on the phone, and at town halls nationwide.

"Nonetheless, the Resistance will persist in showing progressive leaders how to unrelentingly take on Trump, with or without the leadership of the Democratic National Committee." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Democracy for America was a strong, early supporter of Keith Ellison in the race for DNC Chair.

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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DFA Action

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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Resist Donald Trump!

Democracy for America supporters like you are mobilizing to resist Donald Trump -- and defeat Trump Republicans in elections cross the country. Are you in?