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Democracy for America Backs Larry Krasner for Philadelphia District’s Attorney

Democracy for America today endorsed Larry Krasner in his campaign for Philadelphia District’s Attorney. The endorsement is part of the organization’s commitment to investing $500,000 in progressive municipal candidates this cycle. DFA has 11,391 members in Philadelphia and 62,584 across the state of Pennsylvania.

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

“In Philadelphia, generations of families and neighborhoods have been destroyed by racist police practices and prosecutors who turn a blind eye to the abuses in the justice system.

"Larry Krasner is Philadelphia’s best chance to change that. He is a civil rights lawyer with a track record as impressive for successfully holding the police accountable as it is for representing activists and protesters who have been on the front lines of change. For him, opposition to the death penalty isn’t a move made out of political convenience, it’s a deeply held conviction going back decades.

"Across the country, prosecutors have for too long escaped true public accountability for their life and death responsibilities. Democracy for America’s members believe that must change, and one way we’re fighting to make that happen is by electing a thoughtful leader like Larry Krasner to be the next District Attorney of Philadelphia.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Larry Krasner has been a leading civil rights attorney for over twenty years. He has filed more than 75 lawsuits against the police for corruption and physical abuse, and has represented protestors at the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including members of Black Lives Matter. He has also worked as a Federal Public Defender.

Democracy for America has a track record of backing progressive candidates to replace inadequate prosecutors. Last year, the organization helped successfully elect Kim Foxx as Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney, and Aramis Ayala as the Florida’s Orange County State’s Attorney.

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 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Backs Joyce Craig for Manchester Mayor

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Joyce Craig in her campaign for Mayor of Manchester, NH.

Craig is the eighth mayoral endorsement by DFA so far this year, part of the organization’s commitment to investing $500,000 in progressive municipal candidates this cycle. DFA has 16,437 members in New Hampshire.

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

“In Joyce Craig, the people of Manchester will finally have an ally in the Mayor’s office who won’t shy away from tackling tough problems like the opioid crisis or struggling schools. From her support for drug treatment programs to her fearless advocacy for Medicaid expansion, Joyce is a leader who has always focused on the needs of the communities she serves.

“In 2015, Joyce Craig’s grassroots campaign for Mayor of Manchester led to the highest voter turnout in more than a decade and came within 64 votes of victory. We are proud to have been a part of that race, and couldn’t be more excited to stand with Joyce in her fight to serve the people of Manchester once again. ” - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Joyce Craig is a former school board member and 3-term Alderman who supports expanding Medicaid and drug treatment programs. Her 2015 run for mayor was the first time she ran city-wide.

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.

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 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA celebrates Ossoff’s huge 1st place win in GA-6 Special Election

Tonight, Democracy for America celebrated Democrat Jon Ossoff’s first place finish in the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

Votes are still being counted, but whether Ossoff stays over 50% or delivers an exceptionally strong first place finish in a race to replace a Republican who won by 23 percentage points just five months ago, it’s a tremendous victory for the grassroots.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean about the big night in GA-06:

“The mere fact that we’re even talking about a competitive race in a congressional district Democrats haven’t held in over 40 years, let alone Jon Ossoff’s sound victory tonight, is a testament to the growing strength of a nationwide, grassroots movement that’s looking for leaders ready to stand up to  the Republicans empowering Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda.

“Republicans are being forced to sweat ruby red districts like this one because ordinary people in Georgia and communities across this country focused on resisting Donald Trump’s hate are making elections like tonight's nail biters one door knock, one phone call, and one $5 dollar contribution at a time.  

“Jon Ossoff’s big win tonight is a tremendous victory for those grassroots, resistance leaders and we’re excited to see what else they can accomplish as they work to expand the electorate and bring even more people out to the polls in the weeks and months ahead.”  - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Information about Democracy for America and our involvement in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District:

  • DFA endorsed Ossoff on March 3.
  • DFA members made more than 4,900 contributions totaling more than $52,000 in support of Ossoff’s race.
  • DFA lead an in-person on the ground training in Georgia in late February 2017, including Ossoff volunteers.
  • Democracy for America has 31,078 members in the state of Georgia

​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 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

N. KOREA STRIKE: DFA warns that “megalomanic in the White House” is “inching us closer” to WW3

This evening, NBC NEWS reported that the Trump administration may be considering a preemptive strike against North Korea.

Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain issued this statement from on Congress' needs to act in response the Trump administration's increasingly disturbing saber rattling:

"News this evening that Donald Trump’s administration is considering a preemptive strike that could pull us into a nuclear conflict with North Korea is not only profoundly disturbing, it’s inching us even closer to what most Americans fear so profoundly: the megalomaniac in the White House getting us into World War 3.

Poll after poll makes it clear that the majority of Americans do not trust Donald Trump’s foreign policy judgment and we expect Congress to stand up to his strategically incoherent saber rattling before it gets us all killed.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America.

 

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We are a member-driven organization with 1 million members around the country, working closely with campaigns up and down the ballot in all 50 states to send progressive Democrats to office. Since we were founded by former DNC Chairman and Governor Howard Dean in 2004, we’ve helped elect 843 progressive champions. We are looking for elected officials with the courage of their convictions -- folks who will work tirelessly to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest few.

There’s no one metric to hit or policy checkbox; instead our endorsement is determined based on the answers to these questions:

  • Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
  • What do local members want to see their elected leaders stand up for, and does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
  • Do the candidate's positions and policies build the broader progressive movement, especially in the fight against income inequality, for racial and economic justice?
  • Is the campaign building a strong people-powered operation and is the candidate working to win?

An endorsement from us can mean a host of different things, depending on the race, the political moment, and what DFA members care about most. The best way to explain what a DFA endorsement means is to highlight some ways we have partnered with endorsed campaigns.

  • Strategic Support - we work closely with campaign teams to build a rigorous campaign of field organizing, fundraising, earned and paid media, political power-mapping, and operational strategy.
  • Trainings - we run cutting-edge trainings for endorsed campaigns with grassroots leaders in their region - using Action Summits, our online Night School for core campaign skills, and advanced skills sessions with candidates and staff.
  • Grassroots Fundraising - since 2004, Democracy for America has built one of the most responsive, powerful and innovative small-donor programs in the country - raising nearly $40 million in support of progressive candidates.
  • Field Organizing Power - at DFA we are experts at building the field strength it takes to win, including recruiting our members to volunteer with the campaign, sending skilled staffers to embed on races, and our massive DFA Dialer program for voter persuasion and GOTV.

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected]

DFA Press Release

DFA celebrates grassroots progressive surge in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District

Tonight, Democracy for America (DFA) celebrated the amazing grassroots progressive surge we saw in Kansas 4th Congressional district.  

Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Jim Dean on James Thompson stunningly strong race in the KS-4:

“The amazing grassroots progressive surge we saw emerge behind Democrat James Thompson in a deep red Kansas congressional district that Republicans won by 31 points five months ago is nothing short of jaw-dropping.  

"To fellow grassroots progressives leading the resistance in the streets, at townhalls, and at the doors, these results are proof that our movement can have a profound impact at the ballot box in the months ahead.  If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.

"To the Washington Democratic insiders who wrote this race off before it began, it’s time to wake up and realize that the grassroots expects this resistance effort to be waged unflinchingly in every single county and every single state across the country.  While Donald Trump is threatening the safety of marginalized communities, Democrats need to quit the dithering and ensure that Trump and his Congressional enablers feel politically unsafe in every corner of the country.

“While we’d certainly preferred to see him heading to Congress, James Thompson deserves a great deal of credit for the bold, people-powered campaign he ran.  We were proud to stand with him in this race and we look forward to working with him in the fights ahead in Kansas and beyond.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Information about Democracy for America and our involvement in the special election in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District:

  • DFA endorsed Thompson in the KS-04 special election in March.
  • Over the course of the race, DFA members and Thompson volunteers made  287,191 using the DFA Dialer volunteer phone banking tool -- including 127,165 on election day alone.
  • DFA members also raised and contributed more than $13,000 in support of Thompson’s race.
  • DFA has 11,627 members in Kansas and more than one million members nationwide.

​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 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Jimmy Gomez for Congress in California’s 34th run off election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed state legislator Jimmy Gomez in the special election in California's 34th Congressional District.  DFA has 278,352 members in California and more than one million members nationwide.

The national progressive group had endorsed human rights journalist and activist Wendy Carrillo in the first round of voting in the CA-34 special election.  However, with the race for Congress now between Gomez and former L.A. city planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, the choice was an easy one for DFA.

DFA Senior Electoral Campaign Manager Alejandro Chávez on the people-powered PAC's endorsement of Gomez:

“The people of California's 34th district deserve a Representative in Washington who knows how to push for bold, populist progressive reforms and work closely with the grassroots.  From the work he’s done as a community organizer across California to the battles he’s waged as state assemblyman to expand paid family leave, prevent domestic violence, and stand up for the undocumented, Jimmy Gomez has fought for progressive values and delivered real results for the communities he serves.  Jimmy Gomez is precisely the kind of populist progressive fighter we need in Congress and we could not be more excited to stand with him in this runoff election." -- Alejandro Chávez, Senior Electoral Campaign Manager, Democracy for America

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez on receiving the DFA endorsement:

"It is an honor to have Democracy for America's support in this important race. DFA empowers the people and I am cut from the same cloth. Having been a political organizer for much of my career I share the belief that for a progressive agenda to be a reality, we must take our message directly to the people. We cannot let our message and our policies be products of a Washington, D.C.-based conversation, but rather local conversations with people who feel the impacts of policies in their communities and families. I look forward to working with DFA to challenge the status quo and take our message around the country in order to build our movement." -- Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez

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 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

SYRIA BOMBING: DFA demands Congress “do its job… make sure Trump doesn’t start World War III”

In response to Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria last night, Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain made the following statement:

“Yesterday, Donald Trump made America less safe by taking reckless military action in the Syrian civil war. Without consulting Congress or presenting any discernible plan for how we're going to achieve success, the idea that the actions Trump is taking are thoughtful and considered is laughable.

"This President can't even make a phone call to an ally without screwing it up. Congress needs to do its job, exercise real oversight, and make sure Donald Trump doesn’t start World War III.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Note:  Democracy for America has long been a consistent advocate for careful consideration and congressional consultation concerning the use of military force in Syria, including throughout the Obama administration.  A couple of links which quote us in that regard:

WASHINGTON POST (9/2/2013): Why the left is split on Syria
WALL STREET JOURNAL (9/12/2013): Obama Finds Unlikely Allies, Foes Over Syria Strikes
POLITICO (9/12/14 ): House GOP crafting Syria strategy
REAL CLEAR POLITICS (9/15/2014): Obama, Congress, ISIL: Where Things Stand & What's Next

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America on Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court installation

The U.S. Senate just installed Neil Gorsuch into a stolen seat in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here's Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain on Gorsuch's SCOTUS installation:

“Neil Gorsuch is a ticking time bomb for the Republican party and Donald Trump. The Republican party will own every single vote Gorsuch takes that sides with corporations against American workers, eliminates protections for handicap kids or LGBT families, and results in the deaths of women when abortion rights are dismantled.

“We thank the Democrats who filibustered Neil Gorsuch for standing with the millions of Americans confronting Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda every day in communities across the country.  

“While Neil Gorsuch will be able to bring his destructive, extremist agenda to our country’s highest court thanks to a narrow majority, this fight has made the multi-racial, multi-generational grassroots resistance movement stronger and ever more committed to the fights ahead.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Garlin Gilchrist II for Detroit City Clerk

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Garlin Gilchrist II in his campaign for Detroit City Clerk.

The endorsement of Gilchrist is part of the organization’s commitment to investing $500,000 in progressive  municipal candidates this cycle. DFA has 1,948 members in Detroit and 59,543 total members across the state of Michigan.

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

“Garlin Gilchrist II has the skills and experience to solve the voting issues that have plagued Detroit for years, and as a native Detroiter and community organizer he knows the big things the Motor City can get done by bringing people together.

“After spending years working shoulder-to-shoulder with Garlin to get more people involved in progressive fights, we know that no one will fight harder and more effectively than Garlin to ensure that every single Detroiter, from every neighborhood, and every single racial, ethnic, and economic community has the opportunity to have their voice heard at the ballot box.

“Last year’s election debacle proved that the stakes could not be higher for Detroit voters.  We’re excited to step out early in support of Garlin Gilchrist II in this race, because we know he has the passion, technical know-how, and dedication it will take to establish the trust, accountability, and transparency Detroiters deserve to have in their City Clerk.” - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Prior to launching his campaign for City Clerk, Gilchrist was the Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the City of Detroit, where he helped launch the app, Improve Detroit, to make it easier for residents to report issues to the city. He also has served as the National Campaign Director for MoveOn.org and a staffer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to his political work, Gilchrist founded the blog Detroit Diaspora, a platform for native Detroiters who are living elsewhere to stay connected to the city.

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 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

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College For All Act: Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor


Hundreds of thousands of talented, smart, hard-working young people simply can't afford to attend college and pursue a degree that will help them achieve their dreams. And millions of others who do find a way to pay for college end up graduating with a crushing mountain of student loan debt.

It's unbelievable that America -- one of the wealthiest nations in the world -- refuses to invest in our young people's education. In response, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal are announcing a bill they've been working on together. This bill will eliminate undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities. We're calling it the College for All Act.

Will you sign on to be a citizen co-sponsor of Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal's bill to make college tuition FREE at four-year public colleges and universities? 
 

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DFA Press Release

DFA backs trailblazing African-American women in Mayoral races in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Compton

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed City Councilmember Vi Lyles for Mayor of Charlotte, NC, following the endorsements on Friday of City Councilmember Yvette Simpson in her campaign for Mayor of Cincinnati, and Mayor Aja Brown for re-election in Compton, CA.

Earlier this year, DFA endorsed Tishaura Jones, who came within 900 votes of winning the primary in her race to be the next Mayor of St. Louis. The endorsements are part of the national progressive organization’s commitment to invest $500,000 to elect progressive leaders in municipal races this cycle.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the major mayoral endorsements:

Yvette Simpson knows firsthand the challenges that Cincinnati's most underprivileged residents face, and she is committed to a vision of equitable growth for the city that doesn’t leave anyone behind. Simpson is a tireless fighter who has proven that she’s not afraid to tackle tough problems like violence prevention, human trafficking, and homelessness. We are thrilled to support her campaign for Mayor. ” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Vi Lyles has been a strong voice for progressive change in Charlotte, from standing up to the discriminatory policies of HB2 to fighting for a $15 minimum wage. Her bold vision for a more equitable, just, and fair Charlotte includes important changes in opening up employment opportunities on city contracts by ‘banning the box’ and promoting the hire of low-income residents. We are excited to help Vi Lyles bring her strong leadership to the mayor’s office.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Mayor Aja Brown is a rising star of the progressive movement. As the youngest elected Mayor of Compton, she has helped reinvigorate the city through innovative industry-specific vocational training, fought human trafficking by ending hourly motel rentals, and mandated 35% local hiring for all city projects through the First Source Hiring Agreement. We are excited to support Mayor Brown’s  continued work and excited to see what more she will accomplish as Mayor of Compton.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

As a City Councilmember, Simpson established a Homeless-to-Work pilot program that seeks to ensure long-term employment for homeless residents of Cincinnati. She has also presented legislation to create a fund for domestic abuse survivors and passed a bill she co-authored establishing paid paternity leave for city employees. If she wins, Simpson will be Cincinnati’s first African-American woman mayor. The primary election is on May 2.

Prior to her election to an at-large position on the City Council in 2013, Lyles had spent nearly thirty years in Charlotte’s city government, including more than a decade as the assistant city manager. She was instrumental in guiding Charlotte’s affordable housing plan and in the development of Mecklenburg County’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program -- both of which had a dramatic impact on improving the lives of forgotten Charlotte residents. If she wins, Lyles will be Charlotte’s first African-American woman mayor. The primary election is on September 12.

Mayor Aja Brown was elected at the age of 31, becoming the youngest elected Mayor of Compton, California. Her re-election as mayor would continue to push the city in a new direction that improves the lives of Compton residents. The primary election is on April 18.

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: Arturo Carmona’s Mistreatment of Women Disqualifies Him for Congress

Recently, multiple women within the progressive movement, including Fmr. NV State Rep. Lucy Flores and former Bernie Sanders presidential campaign staff person Masha Mendieta, have publicly raised serious concerns about CA-34 candidate Arturo Carmona’s treatment of women.

In light of these public accounts, Democracy for America’s (DFA) Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, made the following statement regarding Carmona and the race for CA-34 Congressional District:  

“At Democracy for America, we believe women. Unacceptable, oppressive behavior at work thrives in the shadows. Too often, good people rationalize, ignore, or permit this kind of behavior to protect the campaign or the accused. When women step forward to shine a light on the misogyny they experience, we all have a responsibility to take it seriously and act accordingly.

“The multiple public accounts of congressional candidate Arturo Carmona’s mistreatment of women disqualifies him for Congress and must be exposed to the people of California’s 34th Congressional District before they vote on Tuesday.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA has endorsed Wendy Carrillo in California’s 34th Congressional District. During the 2016 Presidential Primary, DFA was a major supporter of Bernie Sanders and DFA members contributed more than $1.88 million to his historic campaign.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Wendy Carrillo for Congress in California’s 34th Congressional District

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed human rights journalist and activist Wendy Carrillo in the special election for California's 34th Congressional District.  DFA has 278,352 members in California and one million members nationwide.

DFA Senior Electoral Campaign Manager Alejandro Chávez on the people-powered PAC's endorsement of Carrillo:

“We’re excited to support Wendy Carrillo, an unapologetic progressive who is running a campaign based on values. Wendy is a loud, bold, social justice advocate who will be an unwavering ally for progressive causes in Congress and show that Sí, Se Puede." -- Alejandro Chávez, Senior Electoral Campaign Manager, 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 endorses James Thompson in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed civil rights attorney James Thompson in the special election for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.  DFA has 11,627 members in Kansas and one million members nationwide.

The national progressive group also simultaneously endorsed Rob Quist (MT-AL), another Democrat running in a special election to fill a seat left open by a Republicans who has joined Donald Trump’s cabinet.  Earlier in March, DFA endorsed John Ossoff in his race to replace a Trump appointee in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

All three Trump appointee special elections offer an important opportunity for Democrats to develop the grassroots base in historically red districts and demonstrate the electoral reach of the rapidly growing grassroots resistance movement that’s standing up to Donald Trump across the country.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the organization’s endorsement of Thompson:

“A civil rights attorney and a military veteran, James Thompson understands the struggles urban and rural working families in Kansas’ 4th District are facing under the leadership of right-wing extremists in the state.  

“While Republicans crow about their dominance in America’s heartland, the grassroots campaign that Thompson is running in Kansas should remind Democrats of what’s possible if we run on populist progressive ideas, focus on real conversations with voters, and refuse to compromise away core values of racial, gender, and economic justice.

“We’re excited to stand with James Thompson in his race for Congress.  We can’t wait to see how his bold, values-driven campaign illustrates the rapidly growing power of the grassroots resistance effort that’s confronting Donald Trump’s agenda of hate, division, and giveaways to the super rich in every corner of this country.   -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Thompson on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“Democracy for America is a great organization that is dedicated to enabling grassroots organization, educating the public on progressive issues, and working to defend America. I am proud to have earned their endorsement, and look forward to fighting alongside them in Kansas." -- James Thompson

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 backs Rob Quist in Montana At-Large Special Congressional Election

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed musician Rob Quist in his campaign for Congress in Montana (MT-AL). DFA has 6,460 members in Montana and one million members nationwide.

The national progressive group also simultaneously endorsed James Thompson (KS-4), another Democrat running in a special election to fill a seat left open by a Republicans who has joined Donald Trump’s cabinet.  Earlier in March, DFA endorsed John Ossoff in his race to replace a Trump appointee in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

All three Trump appointee special elections offer an important opportunity for Democrats to develop the grassroots base in historically red districts and demonstrate the electoral reach of the rapidly growing grassroots resistance movement that’s standing up to Donald Trump across the country.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the organization’s endorsement of Quist:

“The contrast could not be more stark in the race for Montana’s Congressional seat. Rob Quist is committed to fighting for single-payer health care and protecting public lands for future generations of Montanans to enjoy.

“Rob Quist is not only a better choice than his anti-Science billionaire opponent from New Jersey, he’s running the grassroots, issues-focused campaign that Democrats across the country need to if they’re going to defeat Donald Trump and his cronies in Congress  

“In Montana and across the country, millions are looking for ways to stand up and confront Donald Trump’s agenda of hate, division, and giveaways to the super rich and it’s hard to find a better outlet than Rob Quist’s bold race for Congress.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Rob Quist on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“From protecting our public lands to fighting for quality, affordable health care, Montanans want a Congressman who will stand up to special interests and put Montana first. The contrast in this race couldn't be clearer, and I'll work every day for Montana families." -- Rob Quist

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.

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Tell Congressional Democrats: Fight for Medicare for All

Even if the ACA remains intact under Trump's Republican Party, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 28 million Americans will remain uninsured, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. And millions more will continue to struggle with sky-high deductibles and co-pays that they can't afford.

Some Democrats claim that a single-payer system is politically impossible. But recent polls show that the fight over Trumpcare has actually increased support for government taking a more active role in the health care system.

A new Pew Research Poll out this week found that 60% of Americans think that it is the responsibility of government to guarantee affordable health care for all Americans, including a stunning 56% of GOP voters who make less than $30,000 a year.

Embracing universal coverage wouldn't just be the right thing for Democrats to do -- it would be a smart way to win new voters and build the majority we need to defeat Donald Trump, all while remaining true to our values.

Democrats have a choice to make. They can do the bidding of corporate donors, or they can offer voters a real alternative that would provide universal access, reduce consumer costs and create a healthier country for everyone.

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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:

Thursday, May 4: Host a Resistance LinkUp

Or search for a meeting near you.

DFA member-hosted Resistance LinkUps are gatherings of local activists and DFA members to coordinate resistance efforts in their community. Hosts will provide a space for members to gather, facilitate the conversation, and help attendees stay in contact with each other. DFA's Organizing staff will provide a sample agenda, facilitation guide, and resistance organizing training. 

Click below to watch our video host guide!

 

In April: Host a screening of "Immigrants for Sale"!

Or search for a screening near you. 

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Looking for your host tools? Find the email from us with the subject "Confirm your screening of 'Immigrants for Sale'." Click the yellow highlighted link to manage your event. 

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DFA Action

Tell Gov. Rick Scott: Stop attacking Aramis Ayala

Less than 1% of the prosecutors in America are Black women. Last year, DFA members helped elect Aramis Ayala -- a powerhouse who ran on progressive values to become the first Black State's Attorney ever elected in Florida history, and the first woman to serve as a State Attorney in Orange and Osceola counties.

Since taking office, she's governed how she campaigned: fighting for urgently needed criminal justice reform, restoring more power to the people, and recently taking a heroic stand against the death penalty in a key caae

As a result, Republicans are launching a new attack against her. Florida's Republican Governor, Rick Scott, is attempting to remove her and replace her with a white prosecutor on that case. Gov. Scott is punishing Ayala for her leadership and disrespecting the will of the voters in the process. We have to stop him.

Will you join DFA and Color of Change to tell Florida Governor Scott: Reverse your decision and let Aramis Ayala do her job.
 

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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

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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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