We know climate change is real, it’s here, and there’s little time for us to prevent it from turning into a devastating disaster – one that will wreak havoc on some of the most vulnerable communities across our country and the planet.

We need legislation like the Green New Deal and progressive leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to mitigate the worst impacts climate change, create good jobs, and promote environmental justice.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Maya Wiley for NYC Mayor

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Maya Wiley for Mayor of New York City.

This is the first time Democracy for America has endorsed in a New York City mayoral primary in the grassroots progressive group’s 16-year history.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on DFA’s endorsement of Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor:

“In 2021, New Yorkers have an opportunity to elect a leader who is fearlessly progressive, unbought, unbossed, and ready to make history the very moment she’s sworn in -- and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor.

“A nationally recognized leader in the fight for racial justice and equity, Maya Wiley understands that building-back after the pandemic requires a New York City Mayor who’ll be ready to take on the status quo, confront systemic inequities, and put forward solutions that ensure that every single New Yorker can thrive.

“Going back to the way New York was before the coronavirus crisis or millions hit the street this past summer demanding action on racial injustice isn’t just impossible, it’s indefensible. However, to get a different result, New Yorkers need a leader at the top who knows how to get things done but truly reflects the heartbeat and the soul of New York City in a way that no mayor has who came before her.

“Maya Wiley is a trailblazer and truth-teller. Democracy for America is honored to support Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor because we know she’ll make history and make us proud as an unyielding champion for a more just, equitable, and prosperous city for everyone who calls New York home.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Maya Wiley on receiving DFA’s endorsement:

“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of Democracy For America. Their members understand the power of what is possible when we come together and organize from the ground up and over the past decade and a half, DFA has boosted a number of progressive champions into elected offices around the country.

“This campaign is about ensuring that the people have a voice in City Hall and I am looking forward to working with DFA and their members to ensure New York City is a place that works for us all.” -- Maya Wiley

DFA has 25,351 members in New York City and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Lauren Underwoods win in IL-14

Rep. Lauren Underwood successfully beat back her right-wing challenger in Illinois’ 14th Congressional district after entering the 2020 cycle as one of the GOP’s top targets.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Rep. Underwood's reelection campaign in June 2019, after supporting her in her historic 2018 race where she defeated an incumbent Republican to become the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Lauren Underwood’s reelection win in Illinois:

“Rep. Lauren Underwood won reelection tonight because voters in Illinois 14th Congressional know that now, more than ever, we need elected leaders who put science ahead of politics.

A registered nurse and the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress, Rep. Underwood was putting public health front and center in Washington long before the COVID-19 crisis. In just her first term, she’s brought every part of her life experience with her to Washington and been a driving force in national discussions on critical public health issues like health outcome disparities in marginalized communities and the stunningly high maternal mortality rates for Black women.

“Even as the right poured hundreds of thousands in dark money into defeating her, Rep. Underwood never stopped fighting for her constituents. Rep. Underwood earned the support of voters in Illinois’ 14th Congressional district and Democracy for American couldn’t be more excited to continue working with her as she continues to champion expanded access to healthcare, robust action on climate change, and reproductive rights in the years ahead.” -- Charles Chamberlain, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA to Newsom: Appoint a Black woman to replace VP-elect Kamala Harris

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) launched a grassroots effort calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with another progressive Black woman in the United States Senate.

DFA’s campaign launched with a grassroots petition encouraging individuals to join DFA in urging Governor Newsom to “honor [Harris’] legacy” by appointing another “powerful, progressive Black woman” to replace her in the Senate. When she was elected in 2016, Kamala Harris became the first Black woman to represent California in the U.S. Senate and just the second Black woman to win a seat in the Senate’s history.

In the days and weeks ahead, DFA will work to add other progressive leaders and organizations to its grassroots effort.

Democracy for America was a strong, early supporter of Harris during her 2016 race following a member poll conducted in early 2015 that showed her broad support throughout the state.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the organization’s calls to Newsom to appoint a Black woman to replace VP-elect Harris in the U.S. Senate:

“In this year’s election, Black women helped make history by making Kamala Harris the first Black woman to be elected Vice President. Today, we’re calling on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with another powerful, progressive Black woman to ensure that a leader with Black women’s unique life experience continues to have a voice in the U.S. Senate.

“The good news for Californians and Gov. Newsom is that it should be incredibly easy to choose a proven leader who will also continue to bring the perspective of Black women to the U.S. Senate. The Golden State is blessed to have several strong, experienced Black progressive women leaders to choose from, including progressive icon Rep. Barbara Lee and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass.

“When she was elected in 2016, Kamala Harris was the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from California and just the second Black woman in American history to be elected to our nation’s highest legislative body. We hope California Gov. Newsom will honor Californians’ historic choice and make sure the nation’s largest state continues to be represented by a powerful, progressive Black woman who will make her state proud.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA has 153,482 members in California and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Biden-Harris win “an unambiguous rejection of Trump’s bigoted, corrupt, anti-democratic” agenda

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were just declared the presumptive winner of the 2020 race for President and Vice President of the United States.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on the Biden/Harris victory:

“With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s decisive electoral college victory and growing 4.1+ million plus national popular vote lead, America has delivered an unambiguous rejection of Donald Trump’s bigoted, corrupt, and anti-democratic political agenda.

“It’s also important for us to take a moment and recognize that our country also doubled-down on its rejection of white supremacy and institutional misogyny by electing Kamala Harris, the daughter of Black and Asian American parents, to be our first female Vice President. We’ve still got a lot of work left to do as a country, but Vice President-elect Harris' victory tonight is a historic step forward for women of color in our nation.

“After four long years, Americans have delivered a mandate for change in our nation’s capital to competently address the physical and economic suffering caused by the Coronavirus crisis; confront structural racism in our nation; deliver a public health insurance option that gets us closer to Medicare for All; and take real steps towards addressing our climate crisis in working towards a Green New Deal.

“Americans came together in a positive fight for change and rejected the policies of hate, and now Democracy for America members and grassroots progressives across the country are ready to ensure our allies in Congress and the White House deliver on the promise to build back better.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Jon Ossoff in GA Senate run-off

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jon Ossoff ahead of a run-off election in Georgia that could determine control of the U.S Senate.

Democracy for America was an early supporter of Rev. Raphael Warnock, who earned a spot on Tuesday in the run-off for the special election for Georgia’s other U.S. Senate seat.

Statement from DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Ossoff for U.S. Senate:

“With control of the United States Senate on the line, Democracy for America is all-in on the fight to ensure Jon Ossof defeats right-wing extremist Sen. David Purdue in the January 5th run-off election.

“After delivering an historic victory in the presidential contest, it’s more clear than ever before that Georgia is turning blue. Victories for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in their respective Senate run-offs would not only underscore the political revolution that has taken place in Georgia this year, it could save President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda from the brickwall of obstruction that Mitch McConnell is hoping to construct in the United States Senate.

“With so much riding on this vote, Democracy for America members in Georgia and across the country are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win big in January. We urge Senate Democratic leaders to do the same, learn lessons from what did and didn’t work, and focus their considerable resources on the Black and brown communities and grassroots organizers who made the history-making Biden-Harris win possible.

“With these special elections, Democrats have a second chance to retake control of the U.S. Senate and, while we know it won’t be easy, we know that historic, conventional wisdom defying victories are possible in Georgia. We’re ready to fight like hell to send Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock to the U.S. Senate and we hope every part of the Democratic Party will join us.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has 30,244 members in Georgia and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA enthused by Rep. Mike Levin’s reelection in CA-49

Rep. Mike Levin claimed victory in his reelection race for California’s 49th Congressional district, a former Republican-stronghold.

Rep. Levin fended off multiple Republican challengers this cycle, after he flipped this seat in 2018 with Democracy for America’s support as a part of the group’s strategy to flip the House of Representatives. Democracy for America endorsed Rep. Levin for reelection in 2019.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Mike Levin’s win in CA-49 Congressional District:

“Rep. Mike Levin’s reelection tonight is cause for celebration, both because one of the most steadfast progressives is heading back to Washington and  Levin has once again proven that the inclusive populist coalition of supporters he built two years ago is here to stay. 

“From making good on his promise to hold a town hall every single month of his entire term, to fighting to keep folks in their homes as we face a deadly eviction crisis during a pandemic, Rep. Levin has kept a laser-focused eye on the needs of the families who call California’s 49th Home.
“Democracy for America was honored to stand with Rep. Levin in 2018, we were thrilled to endorse him again in this race, and we’re even more excited to continue working with him in the years ahead.”  -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA Celebrates Nikema William’s Win In Georgia

Nikema Williams has won her general election campaign for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. Williams, a  State Senator and the first Black woman to ever Chair the Georgia State Democratic party, was selected to run for the safely Democratic seat after the passing of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.   

Democracy for America endorsed Williams’ campaign after the formal announcement of her candidacy on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in an homage to her predecessor and a clear indication that  she’s committed to carrying on Lewis’ leadership on voting rights and other major progressive priorities in Congress.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Nikema Williams’ win in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District:

“Nikema Williams has dedicated her life fighting for civil rights, voting rights, and women’s rights, so it’s no surprise that the voters of GA-05 have chosen her to continue that work in Washington. A State Senator and the first Black woman to  Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, Nikema is no stranger to blazing new trails without forgetting where she came from. 

“While no one will ever fill the shoes of American hero and civil rights icon John Lewis, Democracy for America is confident that Nikema will carry on his legacy of making good trouble, continuing to stand for voting rights while championing other progressive causes like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA Congratulates Rep. Katie Porter On ‘Decisive’ Victory

Rep. Katie Porter just beat back her 2020 Republican challenger to hold on to the seat she flipped in California’s 45th Congressional district back in 2018.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Rep. Porter's reelection campaign in June 2019, after being one of her early supporters ahead of her victory in 2018.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Katie Porter's 2020 victory:

“Rep. Katie Porter’s decisive victory in her bid for reelection is a testament to her tenacious advocacy for the working families that call California’s 45th home, and is a powerful example of the role that progressive leaders are playing in flipping and keeping former Republican strongholds blue.   

“A champion or progressive causes like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal during her first term in office, Rep. Porter breathed new life into Congressional hearings with her trusty white board and the no-nonsense lines of questioning and brought her desperately needed lived-experiences with her when she became Congress’ only single mom.

“Whether she was demystifying the Democratic process for everyday Americans and shedding new light on some of our country’s most pressing issues, Rep. Katie Porter has made a national name for herself standing up for her constituents and we couldn’t be more honored, or excited, to know that we’ll be able to continue fighting alongside her in Congress.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA Cheers as Sen. Jeff Merkley Sails to Reelection

Sen. Jeff Merkley sailed to reelection last night for his seat representing Oregon in the U.S. Senate.

Democracy for America eagerly supported Merkley, endorsing in April of this year after a long history of collaboration with the Senator and the group’s endorsement of his initial run for the seat in 2008.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Jeff Merkley’s reelection victory:

“Senator Jeff Merkley is one of the strongest progressive leaders we have in the U.S. Senate. His easy reelection ensures that Sen. Merkley will continue to be one of the preeminent leaders in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice in our nation’s capital.

“One of Democracy for America’s key objectives this cycle was to take back the Senate, not just by flipping seats but also by maintaining the seats we already have, especially ones held by key allied leaders like Sen. Merkley.

“After Trump’s authoritarian overreach over power which endangered thousands of protestors in Portland and threatened the Constitutional right to speech and assembly, Oregon voters have decidedly rejected right-wing conservatism.

“Instead of choosing hate, Oregonians have opted for a brighter future with a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and robust criminal justice reform. Sen. Merkley is a staunch advocate on the issues our members care most about, and we could not be more excited to continue fighting alongside him for progress in the years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Mondaire Jones history-making victory in NY-17

Mondaire Jones was just officially elected to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Jones, who is now the first openly gay, Black man ever elected to Congress, early on in his primary campaign and supported him during the general election.

DFA CEO Chair Chamberlain on Mondaire Jones’ win in New York’s 17th Congressional District:

“Mondaire Jones has won his race for New York’s 17th Congressional District tonight the same way he won his primary -- with skill, grace, and the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda that inspires the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.

Democracy for America backed Mondaire early in this race and worked closely with his team in the primary not only because we knew he’d make history as the first openly gay, Black man elected to the U.S. House, but because we knew he’d be an unrelenting leader for big, bold progressive ideas when he got there.

“An outspoken champion throughout the general election on some of progressives’ top priorities including the right’s attack on the postal service and the desperate need for systemic reform in our criminal justice system, Mondaire has already distinguished himself as a rising star in the Democratic party who all of us at Democracy for America can’t wait to fight alongside for many years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA Celebrates Rashida Tlaib’s Big Reelection Win

Rep. Rashida Tlaib has triumphed in her reelection campaign for MI-13, in a district so consistently blue it hasn’t had a Republican representative since the 1940’s.

Tlaib was one of DFA’s very first endorsements of the 2020 cycle

and received DFA’s support in her first race for Congress in 2018

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Tlaib’s victory in Michigan:

“Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s victory last night is a progressive win on more than one level.

“Even though Tlaib’s seat was considered to be safe after her primary, her team devoted themselves to continue organizing their community with the ambitious goal of increasing voter turnout by the 21%, a turn-out increase that could have kept Michigan blue had a similar program been run her district alone in 2016 would have kept Michigan blue. 

“Democracy for America was honored to work with Tlaib on this effort, just as we have been honored to work with her many times since she’s been in public office.The xenophobia, islamophobia, and straight-up racism that Rep. Tlaib has taken on from many, including Donald Trump, has never deterred her from serving her constituents and creating a better country for all Americans. 

“In less than two years in Congress, Tlaib not only became a national leader in the fight for key progressive priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, she also got a Republican president she vowed to impeach to sign a bill she championed protecting pension benefits, successfully passed an amendment to fund the replacement of lead water pipes, and set-up four in-district service centers to directly aid her constituents.

“Rep. Tlaib is a bold and unapologetic leader who will continue to shape progressive politics for years to come, and DFA can’t wait to continue fighting alongside her.” -- Charles Chamberlain, CEO, Democracy for America


-- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Tishaura Jones for St. Louis Mayor

Today, moments after announcing her bid, Democracy for America (DFA) backed Tishaura Jones for Mayor of St. Louis, MO in the grassroots progressive organization's first 2021 endorsement.

Democracy for America is a proud, long-time supporter of Jones. The national grassroots progressive group proudly endorsed Jones during her 2017 mayoral bid and supported her in the 2020 St. Louis Treasurer race that she won decisively last night.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Jones’ reelection bid:

“Throughout her career, Tishaura Jones has been an unyielding progressive champion for St. Louis’ working families. We’ve seen Tishaura take on big fights, deliver on bold ideas, and stand up for those who the people in power too often ignore, and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse Tishaura Jones for Mayor of St. Louis.

“As St. Louis’ City Treasurer, Tishaura Jones hasn’t just talked a good progressive game, she has put progressive values into action.

“From her battles to increase transparency in city government, to her efforts to give every kindergartner in St. Louis a $50 college savings account and ensure that everyone working for her receives a minimum wage of $15 an hour, Tishaura Jones has worked to address systemic inequities and create a city that works for everyone who calls St. Louis home -- not just the wealthy few.

“Tishaura Jones is the kind of bold, visionary, and collaborative change agent that a great American city like St. Louis deserves to have as Mayor. Tishaura is building a mayoral campaign that brings everyone in and leaves nobody out, and Democracy for America could not be more honored to be standing with her from Day One.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Tishaura Jones on receiving DFA’s endorsement in her just-launched 2021 race for mayor:

“I’m incredibly grateful to have received DFA’s endorsement in this race! DFA is an organization that fights for progressive causes that improve the lives of working families. I’ll run a race to make them and all of their supporters proud - one that brings together a broad coalition of working people who are eager to create a government of, by, and for St. Louis’ families.” -- Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO

DFA has 5,653 members in St. Louis, 23,899 in the state of Missouri, and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA ready for Rev. Raphael Warnock GA Senate run-off after clear first round victory

Reverend Raphael Warnock has placed in the January run-off election for Georgia’s U.S. Senate Special Election -- bringing Democrats one step closer to flipping this seat in the Senate with a strong progressive voice.

Democracy for America endorsed Warnock in February.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain Reverend Raphael Warnock’s victory:

“Reverend Raphael Warnock’s clear first-round victory in Georgia’s U.S. Senate Special Election makes for a strong night for Georgia Democrats -- that could get stronger yet as votes continue to be counted.

“Faced with a deadly global pandemic and impending financial crisis, Sen. Loeffler used insider information to profit off the crisis while leaving tens of thousands of Georgians wondering if the Senate would ever get around to pass the second round of coronavirus relief. In the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s brutal and senseless murders, Sen. Loeffler refused to denounce systemic racism and rejected the Black Lives Matter movement.

“A lifelong champion for voting rights, criminal justice reform, and health care, Rev. Warnock won’t just be an improvement over Sen. Loeffler, he’ll be a transformative leader that will make all Georgians proud.

“Democracy for America members could not be more thrilled by the results in this race, and we’re eager to help Warnock finish the job and win this Senate seat for progressives everywhere.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA energized by Marie Newman’s transformative triumph in IL-03

Marie Newman easily triumphed over her general election opponent in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional district, securing her seat in Congress come January.

Although IL-03 is considered to be a solidly Democratic district, Newman will be a huge improvement over the anti-choice, anti-gay, corporate incumbent, Dan Lipinski whom she successfully primaried in March of 2020 with the backing of Democracy for America (DFA) and other grassroots groups.

Newman was DFA’s first non-incumbent endorsement of the 2020 cycle. DFA members also supported her in her 2018 race against Lipinski.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Marie Newman’s general election win:

In no uncertain terms, Marie Newman is one of progressives’ greatest success stories of the 2020 election cycle – and not just because of her blowout victory tonight over an anti-ACA, xenophobic, antiquated Republican.

“Newman’s primary victory in March over an anti-choice, anti-LGBT, corporate Dem was both a clear rejection from voters of the DCCC’s blacklist policy for those challenging incumbents, and a clear signal to establishment Democrats that the days of bipartisan support for Republican’s backward agenda are over.

“Congress just gained a true progressive champion in Representative-elect Marie Newman, and Democracy for America can’t wait to work with her on the issues our members care most about like a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and robust criminal justice reform.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA excited by Rep. Ilhan Omar resounding victory in MN-05

Rep. Ilhan Omar has won her reelection campaign for MN-05, one of Minnesota’s most reliably blue districts

Omar was one of DFA’s very first endorsements of the 2020 cycle and received DFA’s support in her first race for Congress in 2018.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Ilhan Omar’s 2020 victory in Minnesota:

“Rep. Ilhan Omar’s resounding victory tonight is a major victory for the progressives in her district and across the country. Despite xenophobic and islamophobic attacks from both political parties, Rep. Omar has been an unreleneting voice for justice and is now set to continue fighting fighting for American families in Washington.

“Two years ago, Ilhan made history as the first ever Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women to ever be elected to Congress. Since then, she has led the Minnesota delegation in the number of amendments passed in the U.S. House and the total number of bills and amendments introduced. She has blazed trails on criminal justice reform, environmental protections, and defending a woman’s right to choose.

"Whether she was running for State House or Congress, Democracy for America has always been honored to stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, and we look forward to fighting alongside her for years to come." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s big reelection win

Rep. Ayanna Pressley has won her reelection campaign for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional district by a landslide.

Pressley, who did not face a challenger in the Democratic primary this Summer, easily triumphed over the two write-in candidates who opposed her, as well as a candidate from the Independent Party.

Democracy for America (DFA) which also supported Pressley in her historic 2018 primary victory, made Pressley’s reelection effort one of its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s reelection victory:

“Two years ago, Rep. Ayanna Pressley disrupted the status quo in her historic primary victory – where she unseated a four-term incumbent and ushered in a new era of inclusive populism for MA-07 – and she has continued to disrupt the status quo every day since. Her decisive win tonight is a reflection of Rep. Pressley’s relentless pursuit of justice, and her trailblazing efforts to improve the lives of all Americans.

“In her first term in Washington, Rep. Pressley has taken on predatory credit lending industries, racial injustice, a looming eviction crisis as a result of inaction from the GOP Senate for COVID relief that will disproportionately impact communities of color, and more. In addition to her wisdom, tenacious spirit, and unyielding progressive values, Rep. Pressley also brings with her lived experience as a survivor of sexual assault and the child of an incarcerated parent that are desparately needed in the halls of Congress.

“It’s clear that Rep. Pressley will continue to fight for American families in her next term, and DFA is excited to continue work alongside her to build a better, more just nation for years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s reelection victory

Rep. Ayanna Pressley has won her reelection campaign for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional district by a landslide.

Pressley, who did not face a challenger in the Democratic primary this Summer, easily triumphed over the two write-in candidates who opposed her, as well as a candidate from the Independent party.

Democracy for America (DFA) which also supported Pressley in her historic 2018 primary victory, made Pressley’s reelection effort one of its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s reelection victory:

“Two years ago, Rep. Ayanna Pressley disrupted the status quo in her historic primary victory – where she unseated a four-term incumbent and ushered in a new era of inclusive populism for MA-07 – and she has continued to disrupt the status quo every day since. Her decisive win tonight is a reflection of Rep. Pressley’s relentless pursuit of justice, and her trailblazing efforts to improve the lives of all Americans.

“In her first term in Washington, Rep. Pressley has taken on predatory credit lending industries, racial injustice, a looming eviction crisis as a result of inaction from the GOP Senate for COVID relief that will disproportionately impact communities of color, and more. In addition to her wisdom, tenacious spirit, and unyielding progressive values, Rep. Pressley also brings with her lived experience as a survivor of sexual assault and the child of an incarcerated parent that are desparately needed in the halls of Congress.

“It’s clear that Rep. Pressley will continue to fight for American families in her next term, and DFA is excited to continue work alongside her to build a better, more just nation for years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA energized by “Progressive rising star” Jamaal Bowman’s win in NY-16

Progressive rising star, Jamaal Bowman has been officially elected to represent New York’s 16th Congressional District.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Bowman leading up to his primary election, and supported him during the general election.

Bowman’s district was listed safely Democratic after his historic upset primary victory, in which he defeated 16-term incumbent and corporate Dem, Eliot Engel by a landslide.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Jamal Bowman’s progressive victory in New York’s 16th Congressional District:

“Jamaal Bowman’s primary victory in June was one of the most important progressive wins of the 2020 cycle and his triumph tonight offically sends the trailblazing, progressive coalition he used to defeat a 30+ year establishment politician to Washington.

“An unflinching leader on matters that DFA members care about most, like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and the battle for robust criminal justice reform, Congressman-elect Bowman’s rise to the forefront of progressive movement provides an exciting glimpse of what kind of change is possible when we send the a New American Majority of Black, brown, and white progressives to Congress to fight for inclusive populism.

“Congress has another powerful addition to ‘The Squad’ in Jamaal Bowman, and we can’t wait to continue fighting alongside him in the years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Joe Neguse’s reelection victory in CO-02

Rep. Joe Neguse just sailed through to reelection in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Neguse for reelection early in the cycle, after backing his first, historic Congressional race in 2018 where he became the first Black representative from the state of Colorado.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Joe Neguse’s 2020 victory in Colorado:

“Rep. Joe Neguse’s big win tonight is cause for celebration in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district and for progressives nationwide. His first term in Congress was brimming with accomplishments from hosting the most town halls of all freshman lawmakers in 2019 to leading his Congressional freshman class in bills introduced and his state delegation in bills signed into law.

“As impressive as his track record is, we look forward to working with Rep. Neguse continue to deliver on some of the issues that progressives care the most like climate change, building an economy that works for all Americans, and addressing the vast racial inequities that have existed in our country for far too long.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA enthused by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s decisive general election win

Progressive champion Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won a decisive victory in her congressional reelection bid. The Squad member’s seat was considered to be safely Democratic going into the general, following her similarly decisive win in the primary election in June.

DFA, which also supported AOC ahead of her historic 2018 primary victory, made Ocasio-Cortez’s reelection effort one of its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on AOC’s reelection victory:

“Over the last two years, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proven time and time again to be one of the most powerful progressive voices in Democratic politics today. Her success tonight is no surprise, but it is a testament to the coalitions she has built and the undeniable wave of support behind her from the New American Majority of Black, brown and progressive white voters.

“As a freshman lawmaker, AOC took on corruption and stagnation from both parties while making it clear to all Americans that a better world is possible. Her steadfast commitment to progressive issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and racial justice have made her a national progressive leader and a guiding light for the future of the Democratic Party.

“We were honored to stand with AOC in her first race, we were excited to continue back her for reelection, and we are looking forward to fighting alongside her for many, many years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA cheers as “relentless grassroots organizer” Cori Bush heads to Congress

Cori Bush has won the general election in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District by a wide margin after her upset primary victory in August.

After endorsing her first primary run in 2018, Democracy for America endorsed Bush and joined the progressive-led coalition behind her during the 2020 general election.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Cori Bush’s win in MO-01 Congressional District:

“With Cori Bush general election victory tonight, Missouri’s 1st Congressional District has officially sent a relentless grassroots organizer to Congress and that we know will be one of the most fearless progressive leaders of her incoming Congressional class.

“From organizing Black Lives Protests in her hometown of St. Louis to supporting her children while living paycheck-to-paycheck, Bush has a deep understanding of the struggle working families face every day and will bring her desperately-needed lived experience with her to Washington.

“Democracy for America members were honored to stand with Cori Bush back in 2018 and we’re excited to know that she’ll be joining ‘The Squad’ on Capitol Hill after her triumph tonight. We know that Representative-elect Bush will be at the forefront of the fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and an economy that works for all Americans, and we can’t wait to fight alongside her.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

VICTORY: DFA celebrates Ed “Green New Dealmaker” Markey’s return to the U.S. Senate

Sen. Ed Markey just cruised to reelection for his Massachusetts Senate seat, which was considered to be safely Democratic following his hotly contested primary battle with Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Democracy for America jumped in to back Markey, one of the Senate’s most consistently progressive members, in the lead up to the primary election and celebrated his wide margin of victory as a capstone for transformative progressive wins this cycle.

DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Ed Markey’s reelection triumph:

“The Green New Dealmaker is officially headed back to the U.S Senate and we couldn’t be more excited.

“Senator Ed Markey has spent the last four decades of his life fighting for America’s working families and progressive values in Washington, and his landslide reelection victory is a testament to his efficacy as a leader.

“Markey, one of the most progressive most reliable Senate allies, fended off a well-known and well-funded challenger earlier this year in a primary that piqued national interest and ultimately proved that MA voters know the real thing when they see them. Most importantly, Senator Markey proved that progressive leaders aren’t defined by the historic last names they might have been born with, but by the people they fight for, the bold stands they take, and the battles they wage.

“Democracy for America was honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Sen. Markey in his reelection campaign, and we look forward to fighting alongside him for our shared progressive values for years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA says GOP’s Coney Barrett SCOTUS power grab “will have consequences” in 2020 election, beyond

Moments ago the U.S. Senate, in a party-line Republican vote that took place within a week of the conclusion of the presidential election, forced Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson following the Senate’s final vote for Coney Barrett:

"Tonight’s Senate vote to force Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court just a week before the conclusion of a presidential election was a dangerous partisan power play employed by a Republican Party that’s struggling at the ballot box and desperate to chain the country to radical rightwing ideology that the majority of Americans soundly reject.

“Republicans may have finally achieved the extreme right takeover of our courts they’ve been pushing towards for forty years.

“However, by violating important Senate rules, disregarding the will of voters, and seizing control of the courts with right-wing ideologues who are radically out of step with the country, they have given Democrats everything needed to push for the robust judicial reforms our country desperately needs -- and we’re committed to making sure they deliver.

“While spending the last six year’s executing Mitch McConnell’s “block and pack” plan, Republicans have been fond of telling anyone who opposed them that, ‘Elections have consequences.’

“Well, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues should understand that we will do everything in our power to ensure that tonight’s craven, anti-democratic power grab will have consequences in this year’s election and for many, many months and years to come. -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: “Biden delivered one of his strongest 2020 debate performances… handed Trump a clear defeat”

Here’s a quick reaction to tonight’s final general election debate from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain:

“Joe Biden delivered one of his strongest debate performances of the 2020 campaign tonight and in the process handed Donald Trump a clear defeat at the moment he most needed a win.

“With nearly 50 million Americans having already voted and down in the polls, Donald Trump desperately needed a debate that might change Americans minds about his disastrous presidency.

“Instead, Donald Trump, once again, revealed himself to be a delusional egomaniac with an increasingly tenuous grip on reality, especially when it comes to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

“Simply put, like a cornered-animal, Donald Trump repeatedly tried to hurl lie-riddled haymakers at Joe Biden and didn’t land a single punch.”-- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson will be on ABC News this evening offering her own assessment of the debate as well.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with a one million-strong community taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

While DFA now supports Joe Biden over Donald Trump, during the Democratic primary, DFA endorsed Bernie Sanders.

DFA Press Release

DFA on Biden Court Reform Commission plan: U.S. doesn’t need “nice report,” we need “bold action”

This morning, Vice President Biden announced plans to establish, if elected, a bipartisan commission to study potential reforms to U.S. Courts.

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following comment in response to Biden’s plan for a court reform commission:

“For much of the last 18 months, Joe Biden has been largely opposed to any real efforts to reform the judiciary in response to Mitch McConnell’s six-year effort to 'block-and-pack' the federal courts with right-wing ideologues, so it’s good to see his positions evolving to reflect the reality he’d face as president.

“That said, we don’t need to be promised a nice report about reform delivered to the White House, we need Vice President Biden to assure Americans that he will take bold action to ensure our courts don’t remain dominated by a right-wing fringe installed by Mitch McConnell to attack abortion rights, destroy healthcare reform, and dismantle our democracy.

“Actions by the Trump administration and Senate Republicans over the last six years have created an unprecedented threat to the legitimacy of our third branch of government. This is a five-alarm emergency for our democracy that deserves a quick, clear response in the early days of the next administration, not passing the buck to an unelected commission that only serves to halt the momentum we need to enact the robust, structural reforms to our judiciary that our country needs and a growing number of Americans demand.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: Judiciary vote on Coney Barrett a “brazen display of anti-democratic political power”

Minutes ago, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in a party-line vote, voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States to the full Senate.

Democracy for America's CEO Yvette Simpson on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote:

“The party-line vote that just took place in the Senate Judiciary Committee was one of the most brazen displays of anti-democratic political power we’ve ever seen in the U.S. Senate.

“The Judiciary Committee's move to push Judge Amy Coney Barrett forward 12 days before a presidential election, makes it clear that Senate Republicans are willing to destroy any institution, norm, or historic commitment to ensure their anti-choice, anti-worker, and anti-democracy agenda is free from voter input.

“The full Senate still has a chance to come to its senses, halt this absurd process, and make it clear which President they want choosing the next Supreme Court Justice. However, after six years of watching Mitch McConnell’s relentless “block-and-pack” effort to fill the federal courts with right-wing ideologues, we know how unlikely it is that his Senate lackeys will discover their conscience before the final vote takes place.

“Let’s be very clear: A final vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a direct threat to the future legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first step down the road to a series of reforms necessary to restore structural democracy and ensure our courts don’t continue to be pulled out of step with the American people. Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s illegitimate installation on the Supreme Court will have consequences for Senate Republicans on election day and beyond, we guarantee it.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America takes position on 41 state, local ballot proposals in 2020 election

With less than two weeks to go before voting concludes, Democracy for America (DFA) has announced its position on 41 statewide and municipal-level direct-democracy initiatives in 17 states across the country.

These direct-democracy initiatives include ballot initiatives, ballot measures, referendums, and state constitutional amendments that will be approved, rejected, or ratified directly by voters who cast a ballot in the 2020 general election.

“All across the country, our progressive values are on the ballot in this election and nowhere is that more evident than in the over 41 ballot proposals, initiatives, measures, referendums and state constitutional amendments in 17 states that Democracy for America is weighing in on in 2020,” said DFA CEO Yvette Simpson in a statement.

“From fights to pass ranked-choice voting, a $15 minimum wage, and key criminal justice reforms to battles against efforts to restrict abortion rights, cut education spending, and hold back gig economy reforms, progressives have an amazing opportunity this year to vote our values in elections across the country. We decided to weigh in on an unprecedented 41 direct-democracy initiatives this year, because we wanted to ensure that every DFA member and progressive nationwide could feel confident in the decisions they get to make on their ballot before voting ends on November 3,” explained Simpson.

The full list of DFA’s positions on these ballot proposals is available below and on DFA’s website at www.democracyforamerica.com/propositions:

Alaska

  • Ballot Measure 2 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 2 (campaign)
    • Ballot measure 2 would implement a "top four" blanket primaries for state and congressional offices, where all candidates would appear on the same primary ballot and the top-four vote-getters would advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. It then uses ranked-choice on the November ballot voting for those four candidates as well as the presidential election.

Arizona

  • Prop 207 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 207 (campaign)
    • Proposition 207 would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults age 21 years or older.
  • Prop 208 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 208 (campaign)
    • Prop 208 is expected to raise hundreds-of-millions of dollars to fund K-12 education through a 3.5% surcharge on taxable income for individuals who make over $250,000 per year or couples who make more than $500,000 per year

California

  • Prop 15 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 15 (campaign)
    • Prop 15 increases funding for public schools, community colleges, and local government services by changing the tax assessment for commercial and industrial property, requiring that commercial and industrial property be taxed based on current market value.
  • Prop 16 -- Vote YES -- Vote Yes on Prop 16 (campaign)
    • Prop 16 permits government policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity. It would repeal Prop 209 which banned affirmative action in California.
  • Prop 17 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 17 (campaign)
    • Restores voting rights upon completion of a prison term to people who have been disqualified from voting while serving in prison.
  • Prop 18 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 18 (campaign)
    • Prop 18 amends the California state constitution to allow 17-year-olds to vote in Primary and Special Elections if they turn 18 by the next General Election.
  • Prop 22 -- Vote NO -- NO on CA Prop 22 (campaign)
    • Prop 22 would exempt large app-based companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash, from having to hire drivers as employees, which means drivers would lose benefits like sick leave, healthcare, and unemployment.
  • Prop 25 -- Vote YES -- Yes on CA Prop 25 (campaign)
    • Prop 25 replaces a cash-only bail system with a system that is based on public safety and flight risk assessments. Prop 25 would mean that those without the monetary means to “post bail” could have the opportunity to await trial outside of jail.
  • Local California
    • Albany, CA -- Measure BB -- Vote YES -- Yes on BB (campaign)
      • Measure BB would approve the adoption of proportional ranked-choice voting for elections to the city council and school board.
    • Eureka, CA -- Measure C -- VOTE YES -- Yes on C (campaign)
      • Measure C would adopt ranked-choice voting for electing the mayor and city council while replacing the current plurality voting system.
    • Los Angeles County, CA -- Measure J -- Vote YES -- Yes on J (campaign)
      • Measure J amends the county's charter to require that no less than 10% of the county's general fund be appropriated to community programs and alternatives to incarceration, such as health services and pre-trial non-custody services.
    • San Francisco, CA -- Proposition L -- Vote YES -- Yes on L (campaign)
      • Authorizes an additional tax of 0.1%-0.6% of gross receipts or 0.4%-2.4% of payroll expenses for businesses in which the highest-paid managerial employee earns more than 100 times the median compensation of employees, generating an estimated $60-140 million per year.
    • Sonoma County, CA -- Measure P -- Vote YES -- Yes On P (campaign)
      • Measure P increases independent oversight of local Sheriff's deputies and changes how the sheriff's office operates in the community.

Colorado

  • Amendment B -- Vote Yes -- Yes on Amendment B (campaign)
    • This measure would repeal the piece of the 1982 Gallagher Amendment that limits residential property taxes to 45% of the total property tax base statewide. Removing the limit on property taxes will result in added revenue to be spent on schools, libraries, first responders, and more.
  • Amendment 76 -- Vote NO -- No on Amendment 76 (campaign)
    • Amendment 76 would amend the Colorado state constitution to say that “only a U.S. citizen can vote”. This is already the case in Colorado and around the country. Amendment 76 would also strip the right of 17-year-old Coloradans to vote in Primaries should they turn 18 by the General Election.
  • Prop 113 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 113 (campaign)
    • Proposition 113 allows Coloradans to approve the decision of the Legislature and the Governor to join the National Popular Vote, an electoral change that would replace the electoral college and its state-by-state winner-take-all system, therefore ensuring every vote matters and the candidates with the most votes wins the election.
  • Prop 115 -- Vote NO -- No on 115 (campaign)
    • Proposition 115 bans abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy and establishes criminal penalties for medical professionals who provide this care. Prop 115 has no​ exceptions for health or individual circumstances — even in cases of rape or risks to the woman’s health.
  • Prop 116 -- Vote NO -- No on 116 (campaign)
    • Proposition 116 will permanently reduce state income tax from 4.63% to 4.55%. Proposition 116 will result in $2 Billion in spending being eliminated in the first ten years. These cuts will likely come in the form of permanent cuts to K-12, higher education, healthcare and transportation.
  • Prop 117 -- Vote NO -- No on 117 (campaign)
    • Proposition 117 will make the creation and use of enterprise funds, used for funding critical needs like transportation, universities, environmental programs, state parks and health care much harder.
  • Prop 118 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 118 (campaign)
    • Prop 118 would provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for yourself, an ill family member or a new child.
  • Local Colorado
    • Boulder, CO - Ballot Measure 2E -- Vote YES -- Yes on 2E (campaign)
      • Ballot Measure 2E allows voters to elect their mayor directly with ranked-choice voting, thereby replacing the current system in which the city council selects the mayor.

Florida

  • Amendment 1 -- Vote NO
    • Amendment 1 would amend the Florida state constitution to say that only a U.S. citizen who is at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, is able to vote. This is already the case in Florida and around the country. Amendment 1 could prevent any proactive legislation in the future that would allow 17 years olds to vote in a Primary or Special Election if they turn 18 by the General Election.
  • Amendment 2 - Vote YES -- Florida For A Fair Wage (campaign)
    • Amendment 2 would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026.
  • Amendment 4 -- Vote NO
    • Amendment 4 would require all proposed amendments to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect. Florida already requires a 60% supermajority vote to pass a constitutional amendment, and this measure would limit the ability of everyday Floridians to pass Constitutional Amendments.

Illinois

  • Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment -- Vote YES -- Vote Yes For Fairness (Campaign)
    • This amendment would change the Illinois state constitution to eliminate the requirement that Illinois tax income at a single rate, allowing instead for higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for people with low and moderate incomes. Taxes will be increased on those who make more than $250,000 per year. This amendment will raise more than $3 billion a year for state and local government, schools, and human services.

Louisiana

  • Amendment 1 - Vote NO -- Louisiana For Personal Freedoms (campaign)
    • Amendment 1 would ban abortion in the Louisiana state constitution. This amendment would pave the way to ban abortion in Louisiana, with no exceptions, including rape or incest.

Massachusetts

  • Question 2 - Vote YES -- Yes on 2 ( campaign)
    • Question 2 would implement ranked-choice voting for Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate and U.S House general and primary elections, state primary and general elections, and county offices, beginning in 2022.

Minnesota

  • Local Minnesota
    • Bloomington, Minnesota - City Question 3 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 3 (campaign)
      • Adopts ranked-choice voting in elections for mayor and council.
    • Minnetonka, Minnesota - City Question -- Vote YES -- RCV Minnetonka (campaign)
      • Makes the city's nonpartisan primary elections a single general election held with ranked-choice voting for mayor and city council.

Missouri

  • Amendment 3 -- Vote NO -- Clean Missouri (campaign)
    • Amendment 3 would repeal most of the provisions of the “Clean Missouri” Amendment passed by a 2-1 margin by Missouri voters in 2018. This legislatively referred amendment would eliminate the requirement that state legislative maps be drawn based on total population, meaning that 1.5 million Missourians — almost all of them children — would be uncounted and unrepresented. It also would undo the new requirement that voting districts be drawn by an independent state demographer, rather than politicians. In addition, Missouri citizens could not challenge gerrymandering in federal court.

Montana

  • LR-130 -- Vote NO
    • LR-130 seeks to remove a local government’s power to regulate the permitted carrying of concealed weapons, including repealing the existing authority of local governments to restrict the open carry of firearms at public assemblies, parks, and school grounds

Nevada

  • Question 2 -- Vote YES
    • Question 2 seeks to remove language from the Nevada Constitution that prohibits same-sex marriage. Question 2 would amend the Nevada Constitution to say that Nevada shall issue marriage licenses regardless of gender and all marriages must be treated equally under the law.
  • Question 4 -- Vote YES
    • Question 4 would enshrine the state's current statute, Declaration of Voters Rights, into the Nevada Constitution.

Nebraska

  • Amendment 1 - Vote YES -- Vote Yes: End Slavery in Nebraska (campaign)
    • Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment that would remove a provision in the Nebraska state constitution that still allows slavery as punishment for the conviction of a crime.
  • Initiative 428 - Vote YES -- Vote For 428 (campaign)
    • Initiative 428 would cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%. Currently, the average interest rate for a payday loan in Nebraska is 404%.

Oklahoma

  • State Question 805 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 805 (campaign)
    • SQ 805 is a criminal justice reform that would end “repeat sentence penalties,” or the practice of adding years to a person’s prison sentence for a nonviolent offense because they had a prior nonviolent conviction. If SQ 805 passes, people who are convicted of nonviolent crimes could be sentenced up to the maximum allowable time in prison for the current crime, but would not receive additional time in prison because of their past convictions.

Oregon

  • Ballot Measure 107 -- Vote YES -- Yes on 107 (campaign)
    • Ballot measure 107 will amend the state constitution to allow laws and voter initiatives that require the disclosure of political contributions and spending; limit campaign contributions and spending and require that political ads disclose who paid for them.

Utah

  • Amendment C -- Vote YES
    • Amendment C is a constitutional amendment that would remove a provision in the Utah state constitution that still allows slavery as punishment for the conviction of a crime

Washington

  • Referendum 90 -- APPROVE -- Approve 90 (campaigns)
    • This referendum will uphold a new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students.
  • Senate Joint Resolution 8212 -- Vote YES
    • This legislatively referred constitutional amendment would allow funds in the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Account to be invested to help ensure payment of benefits to eligible Washingtonians for their long-term care.
 

DFA’s 2020 Ballot Propositions


This year, voters across the country have dozens of opportunities to engage in direct democracy by voting for a number of ballot proposals, initiatives, measures, referendums, and state constitutional amendments in the general election.

With counsel from numerous progressive allies, including our friends at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Democracy for America (DFA) is announcing its position on 41 statewide and municipal-level direct-democracy initiatives in 17 states across the country ahead of the 2020 general election.

The full list of DFA’s positions on these  ballot proposals, broken down by state and (where necessary) municipality, is available below:

 

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DFA Press Release

DFA: “Kamala Harris delivered a pitch perfect dismantling” of Trump-Pence in VP Debate

Reaction to tonight’s Vice Presidential debate from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain:

“From the pandemic to the economy to racial justice, Senator Kamala Harris won the debate with substance backed up by the truth.

“Mike Pence failed to effectively lead the Trump Administration’s response to the Coronavirus, so it should be no surprise that he failed to deliver an effective debate performance tonight.

“Kamala Harris delivered a pitch-perfect dismantling of every distraction, diversion, and falsehood Pence tried to peddle as he robotically repeated Trump’s lies with the attitude of someone who didn’t even want to be there --  showing America the true contrast between her leadership and his failure.

“With two of the oldest Presidential nominees in American history leading their tickets, this was likely the most consequential Vice Presidential debate in a generation. Kamala Harris not only delivered a performance tonight that will inspire the next generation, she definitively proved that, if called, she’s ready from day one.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson will be on ABC News this evening offering her own assessment of tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with a one million-strong community taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

While DFA now supports Joe Biden over Donald Trump, during the Democratic primary, DFA endorsed Bernie Sanders.

DFA Press Release

Ten progressive groups urge Lieberman to drop U.S. Senate bid in GA for “good… of the country”

This morning, in a letter organized by Democracy for America, ten national progressive organizations urged Matt Lieberman to end his bid for the U.S. Senate in Georgia “for the good of the Democratic Party and the country.”

The letter, which is available below, cites recent polling from Monmouth University and the University of Georgia that suggests Lieberman does not have enough support to win the November but may have just enough to “deny Democrats a spot in a potential January run-off.” The groups noted that Lieberman’s continued presence was particularly dangerous in light of the looming battle over Donald Trump’s nomination of “a third right-wing extremist Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The ten groups signing the letter include Democracy for America (DFA), Be a Hero Fun, Blue Future, Justice Democrats, Progress America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), RootsAction.org, Social Security Works PAC, and the Working Families Party.

DFA is the only organization that signed the letter that has formally endorsed Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s special election.

Full letter:

October 2, 2020

Dear Mr. Lieberman,

With Donald Trump at the top of the ballot and debate set to begin soon on the appointment of a third right-wing extremist Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, United States Senate races could not be more important this Fall.

The Georgia special election in which you’re running may be even more important than other U.S. Senate races this autumn since an outright victory in November would allow a Democrat to take his or her seat before the new Congress takes its oath of office in January -- potentially providing a critical vote for Democrats should Trump’s far-right Supreme Court nominee face her final vote during the Senate’s lame-duck session.

Unfortunately, your continued presence in this race poses a very real and potentially disastrous threat to Democrats’ chances of winning Georgia’s special election for the U.S. Senate.

For example, two independent polls released last week from both Monmouth University and the University of Georgia show that the 11% support you currently enjoy is not enough to win and yet could be just enough to deny Democrats a spot in a potential January run-off -- especially if Republicans remain evenly divided between their two options.

Normally, we would be some of the very last groups to encourage any Democrat to drop out of a primary. As a rule, robust primaries build organizing capacity within the Democratic Party, build support for progressive ideas, and help identify candidates capable of building the coalitions needed to win.

However, every rule has exceptions, and this is one of those.

Together, we represent tens of thousands grassroots activists in Georgia and millions across the country and we’re asking you, Mr. Lieberman -- for the good of the Democratic Party and the country -- to end your race for U.S. Senate, encourage those who are still supporting you to vote for Raphael Warnock, and join us in doing everything we can to ensure Democrats win this year’s special election for U.S. Senate in Georgia.

If there’s anything the last four years have taught us, it’s that elections have profound consequences and those who want to retain our democracy and make racial, social, and economic progress in this country have to think strategically about the fights we wage.

Right now, you have a unique opportunity to have a decisive impact on Democrats’ chances in a U.S. Senate race that could stop Senate Republicans from using an illegitimate process to hijack our democracy and force a right-wing extremist onto the Supreme Court for the rest of her life.

We urge you, with everything we have, to do the right thing for our country, end your race for U.S. Senate, and ensure Democrats stand united behind Raphael Warnock in this unique election.

Sincerely,

Democracy for America (DFA)

Be a Hero Fund

Blue Future

Justice Democrats

Progress America

Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)

RootsAction.org

Social Security Works PAC

Working Families Party

DFA Press Release

DFA on DEBATE #1: “When Donald Trump wasn’t lying tonight, he was delusional.”

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

“Joe Biden won tonight’s debate because he spoke straight to the American people while Donald Trump came unglued.

“When Donald Trump wasn’t lying tonight, he was delusional. Joe Biden was clear, strong, and the only adult on that stage.

“The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus deaths, the west coast is on fire, and a record 13.5 million Americans are sitting at home unemployed in Donald Trump’s America and the President of the United States spent the first presidential debate acting like a petulant child.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson will be on ABC News this evening offering her own assessment of the debate as well.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with a one million-strong community taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

While DFA now supports Joe Biden over Donald Trump, during the Democratic primary, DFA endorsed Bernie Sanders.

DFA Press Release

DFA says Coney Barrett is a “born-and-bred, far-right extremist,” that Dems must “fight like hell”

All reports indicate that Donald Trump is poised to nominate far-right Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court this evening -- just 38 days from the November election.

Democracy for America (DFA) CEO Yvette Simpson on Trump's nomination of Coney Barrett to the Court and expectations on the fight ahead:

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a born-and-bred, far-right extremist who will use a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court to end abortion rights, destroy Obamacare, and halt the progress of racial, social, and economic justice in this country for a generation.

“Donald Trump and Senate Republicans know that the American people broadly oppose the radical agenda they share with Judge Coney Barrett -- that’s why, in a brazen power grab, they’re working overtime to push her into a lifetime Supreme Court appointment before Americans have a chance to reject them at the ballot box in November.

“Republicans from the White House to the Senate have shown us exactly who they are with the selection of Judge Coney Barrett and how they plan to proceed with her appointment less than 40 days before an election, so we have a very simple message to our Democratic allies in the U.S. Senate: We expect you to fight like hell.

“Let’s be clear: The American people sent Democrats to the U.S. Senate to do more than count votes. We sent Democrats to the Senate to stand up and fight for the right to choose, the right to organize, and the right to make steady progress towards a more perfect union -- even when we might not win.

“We know this battle will be hard and the odds are long, but nearly 60% of Americans already oppose how Republicans are proceeding with this appointment and that’s before they’ve learned about Judge Coney Barrett’s radical agenda. The American people are and will be with us, and, if Senate Democrats deliver the kind of fight this blatantly ideological power grab deserves, Americans will have our backs through November and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America.

DFA Press Release

DFA: “Grossly inadequate indictment” in Breonna Taylor case “reaffirms why we say #BlackLivesMatter”

This afternoon, a Kentucky Grand Jury announced a narrow set of indictments that did not include any charges in direct response to the murder of Breonna Taylor.

Profoundly disappointed by the indictment announcement, DFA is responding by reiterating its commitment to electing a slate of champions for criminal justice reform across the country in 2020.

The following is a statement reacting to the Taylor indictments from Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson: 

“Today’s grossly inadequate indictment in Louisville reaffirms why we say #BlackLivesMatter.  Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and that’s why it’s so shameful, harmful, and dangerous to our collective sense of justice that the indictment released this afternoon so explicity ignores her murder.

“The police officers who killed Breonna Taylor should be held accountable for her murder.  Anything less is a failure of our justice system and an important reminder of the work that remains to be done to elect leaders in that system -- prosecutors, judges, sheriffs, and others -- who are committed to fighting its continued racial inequities and injustices.

“This is the work that Democracy for America has long committed itself to doing and is recommitting ourselves to doing again today in Breonna Taylor’s name.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA: “We’re committed to fighting like hell to ensure… [Trump] doesn’t destroy RBG’s legacy.”

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Tonight, the country mourns the loss of a great American jurist and a pioneer in the fight for women’s rights and equal justice under the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero and icon who will go down in history as one of the most important voices for justice and progress the U.S. Supreme Court has ever known.

“A fighter for what’s right until the very end, Justice Ginsburg made it clear in the days before her death that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

“While Donald Trump has shown no limits to the depths to which he’ll sink to secure power, we expect him to honor the dying wish of an American hero. If he won’t do that, we hope that Senator Mitch McConnell will do what’s right and refrain from holding hearings until the next President and a new Congress can be sworn in January.

“If Judge Merrick Garland didn’t even deserve a hearing 237 days before an election, there’s no way on earth forcing a Supreme Court nomination 45 days before an election would be even remotely acceptable.

“Either way, tomorrow and for every day until January 20th, we’re committed to fighting like hell to ensure that Donald Trump and Senate Republicans don’t destroy Justice Ginsburg’s legacy of progress and steal another Supreme Court seat.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Nikema Willams for Congress in GA-5

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Nikema Williams in the open race for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, to fill the seat of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

Georgia State Senator Nikema Wiliams has spent her career fighting for voting rights, fair representation, and to empower marginalized communities. Williams was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2017 and became the first Black woman to serve as chair of the Georgia Democrats, first on an interim basis in 2013 and permanently in 2019.

After formally announcing her candidacy on the 55th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Williams has made it clear that she’s committed to carrying on the late John Lewis’ leadership on voting rights and other major progressive priorities in Congress.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Williams:

“No one will ever fill the shoes of American hero and civil rights icon John Lewis, but it’s hard to imagine someone better equipped to do justice to his trailblazing legacy and serve the people of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District than Georgia State Senator Nikema Williams. Democracy for America is excited to endorse Nikema Williams for Congress because we know she’ll continue to lead the fight for voting rights while picking up the banner for other important progressive issues like the Green New Deal and Medicare for all.

“A relentless advocate for reproductive justice, free and fair elections, and an economy that works for working families and not just billionaires, Nikema is a trusted and tested leader in her community who knows how to get the job done and win tough fights.

“Democracy for America is honored to stand Nikema Williams in her race for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, and we look forward to fighting alongside her through November and beyond.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Nikema Williams on receiving DFA’s 2020 endorsement:

"Now more than ever, we need bold leadership fighting for American families no matter the zip-code. I will be a champion for Medicare for All and Universal Family Care while fighting systemic racism and voter suppression. I'm proud to be endorsed by Democracy for America as we continue to fight for the promise of America." -- Nikema Williams

DFA has 4,959 members in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, 30,458 in the state of Georgia, and more than one million members nationwide.

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DFA says Markey primary win is “perfect capstone” to year of “transformative progressive victories”

U.S. Senator Ed Markey just successfully beat back Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s primary challenge in Massachusetts delivering progressives yet another 2020 primary victory.

Democracy for America endorsed Sen. Markey late last month.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Sen. Ed Markey’s Democratic primary victory in Massachusetts:

“Sen. Ed Markey’s win in this race was the perfect capstone to a 2020 primary season packed with transformative progressive victories that underscore the simple fact that progressive voters and leaders are and will continue to be the future of the Democratic Party in the years ahead.

“Just as importantly, Sen. Markey’s victory in this race makes it clear that the next generation of Democratic leaders are choosing their champions, not by their youth or their ties to the storied names of the past, but by the boldness of the ideas they’re willing to fight for today.

“From the Green New Deal to Medicare for All, Sen. Ed Markey has been one of the most reliable allies of the progressive movement in the U.S. Senate in the battle for progress, justice, and equity. Here’s hoping that Sen. Markey’s victory in this primary serves as a powerful reminder that, when leaders build a record fighting for a visionary, transformative progressive agenda, Democracy for America and the progressive movement has their back. -- Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy for America

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Democracy for America endorses Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine.

The endorsement of Gideon is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in enabling Donald Trump’s massive mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the White House.

To take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to gain just four additional seats. Prior to today, the grassroots progressive group has endorsed U.S Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock, Jamie Harrison, Cal Cunningham, and Theresa Greenfield in their seat-flipping U.S. Senate races in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Iowa, respectively.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Greenfield for U.S. Senate in Maine:

“Sara Gideon is running for the U.S. Senate to stand up for Mainers, not corporate interests. During her time in the State House, Sara has shown that she can win tough fights, build tested coalitions, and enact policies that help working families thrive.

“We know that Sara Gideon will be a leader in Washington who the progressive movement can work with and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse her in Maine’s race for U.S. Senate.

“Democracy for America’s 1 million members nationwide are particularly excited to stand with Sara Gideon in this race because her victory will, finally, bring to an end Sen. Susan Collins’ career of capitulation to the bigoted, right-wing forces the dominate the Republican Party.

“From her vote to confirm accused rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and acquit Trump in the Senate’s sham impeachment trial to her ascent to Trump’s massive tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires, Susan Collins has spent the past four years putting what’s good for Donald Trump ahead of what’s good for Mainers. Susan Collins is the most unpopular member of the U.S. Senate for good reason and that’s precisely why every Democrat, including progressives, need to be all in on the fight to retire her once and all.

“Every road to ending Mitch McConnell’s death grip on the U.S. Senate and creating a Democratic majority in the Senate that’s capable of passing the progressive agenda our country desperately needs runs through Maine. It’s time to send Sen. Susan Collins packing, and Democracy for America is honored to fight alongside Sara Gideon to do just that.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from Maine’s U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon on receiving Democracy for America’s support in this race:

“Mainers deserve a senator who fights for them and their families, not big corporations and special interests. Instead, Senator Collins worked with Mitch McConnell to pass a nearly $2 trillion tax break for big corporations at the expense of hardworking people. It’s time for new leaders in the Senate who aren't beholden to special interests -- and that change starts here in Maine. I’m proud to be endorsed by Democracy for America and look forward to working with them to reform Washington and end the influence of big money on politics.” -- Sara Gideon

DFA has 11,167 members in Maine and more than one million members nationwide.

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Democracy for America backs Ed Markey for reelection to U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Ed Markey in the competitive primary for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

While DFA has been primarily focused in 2020 U.S. Senate races on a “Flip the Senate” strategy focused on returning Congress’s upper chamber to Democratic control, the grassroots progressive group felt it was necessary to endorse in the primary in deep blue Massachusetts to help ensure that Markey, a tested champion for progressive priorities, remains in the United States Senate.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Sen. Ed Markey’s reelection to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts:

“In 2020, our country needs strong, tested leaders that progressives can trust to fight for social, racial, economic, and climate justice in the U.S. Senate and, in the Senate primary in Massachusetts, that leader is Senator Ed Markey.

“The son of a milkman, Sen. Markey was born into a working-class family that taught him that real progressive leaders can’t be identified by the last name they were born with, but by the people they fight for, the bold stands they take, and the battles they wage.

“From his early leadership in the fight against climate change to his co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Markey has been a bold, visionary progressive leader in the fight for climate justice and against environmental racism. And, it’s not just on climate -- on Medicare for All, criminal justice reform, student debt, and the minimum wage, Sen. Markey has been one of the most steadfast allies progressives have had in the United States Senate.

“Sen. Markey might not be the youngest candidate in this race or come from its most famous family, but Sen. Markey knows how to look ahead, lead the way, and fight for our shared progressive values -- and that’s why we’re honored to fight for him in this primary.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

Statement from U.S. Senator Ed Markey on receiving Democracy for America’s primary support:

“I am incredibly honored to have the support of Democracy for America in my race for re-election to the United States Senate.”

"Democracy for America understands the strength of our people-powered, grassroots movement to create real, progressive change across our country. Together, we will organize to ensure economic, health care, housing, educational, and environmental justice for every person, and work toward a more equitable and just future for every child. I look forward to the work we will do together.” -- Sen. Ed Markey.


DFA has 47,849 members in Massachusetts and more than one million members nationwide.

Markey is one of the only incumbent U.S. Senators that Democracy for America has endorsed this cycle. Prior to today, the grassroots progressive group has endorsed Rev. Raphael Warnock, Jamie Harrison, Cal Cunningham, and Theresa Greenfield in their seat-flipping U.S. Senate races in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Iowa, respectively.

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VICTORY: DFA cheers Ilhan Omar’s MN-05 primary victory over “wealthy, right-wing interests”

Ilhan Omar just successfully beat back a primary challenge in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Omar was one of DFA’s very first endorsements of the 2020 cycle in March 2019 and received DFA’s support in her first race for Congress in 2018.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Ilhan Omar’s 2020 primary victory in Minnesota:

“Rep. Ilhan Omar’s win in this primary is a tremendous victory for voters in her district and progressives across the country that all but ensures that every single original member of ‘the squad’ will continue leading the fight for a bold progressive agenda in Congress next year.

“These primary results should also make it clear that the wealthy Democratic Party insiders and right-wing interests who’ve done everything in their power to tear Ilhan Omar down over the last two years and prop up her opponent in this primary can’t smear and lie their way to victory over a progressive leader who’s willing to buck the status quo, speak truth to power, and fight for justice.

“Democracy for America has been honored to fight alongside Rep. Ilhan Omar in both of her primary victories and we look forward to continuing our battle for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, robust criminal justice reform, and more just U.S. foreign policy at her side for many years to come.” -- Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Democracy for America

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