Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) calls on you to support our Advisory Board Member Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair. We helped organize for Keith at DNC events in Phoenix, Houston, Detroit, and in Baltimore. We will have PDAers helping in Atlanta this weekend when the new leadership will be elected. While we respect other candidates for Chair, we know Keith Ellison brings the ability to unite people, the experience, and the commitment to grassroots organizing we need.
I recorded a video of Keith speaking in Baltimore. (I apologize for the shaky cinematography!) Please click here to watch Keith, and then donate generously to help defray PDA's organizing costs. Money tight? Then connect with Mike Fox to help us push the Democratic Party toward its progressive grassroots.
Keith Ellison says:
“People have asked me why I want to be DNC Chair and spend my days warring with the Trump administration. The answer is simple. I want to do it for every mom out there who can’t get paid time off to take care of a sick child. For every dad looking at his bills, worried that if the ACA is repealed, his family won’t be able to pay for health insurance.”
“For every high school kid who dreams of going to college, and his parents who stay up nights trying to figure out how to pay for it. For every worker with two or three minimum wage jobs who still can’t make ends meet. For every immigrant worried about being torn from their family and forced back to a country where they are oppressed and in danger.”
“For every American who makes something, teaches something, takes care of someone else, works full-time and still lives paycheck-to-paycheck. These are the people the Trump administration ignores. These are the people that the Democratic Party stands for. And these are the people that I want to fight for every single day as Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”
Robert Borosage explains: “Rep. Keith Ellison offers a lifeline to a Democratic Party that is struggling to stay afloat. The question is whether party officials realize that they are sinking and accept it ... Of all the candidates, only Keith Ellison is the real deal. Ellison was elected to Congress in 2007 after a long history in the hotbed of movement politics. His mentor and friend was the late Paul Wellstone, the rare political leader who understood that politics was about people and passion, and brought grass-roots organizing into the electoral arena ... He doesn’t simply talk about ways to build grassroots support, or about inside-outside strategies, he has created them. When he was first elected, his district had the lowest turnout in the state. Now it has the highest.”
The New Yorker magazine writes: “Ellison offers an idealistic synthesis, drawing on Wellstone’s approach—which bears some resemblance to Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s Beloved Community, a semi-utopian vision that insisted on the inextricability of economic justice, civil rights, and antiwar sentiment. Ellison’s advantage in promulgating this sixties-descended, peace-and-love brand of liberalism is, perhaps, the matter of his own identity: no one is likely to accuse a black Muslim who fought his first political battles over apartheid and police brutality of shunting the concerns of minorities to the margins.”
We know Keith Ellison very well. We've worked with him closely since he entered Congress in 2006. He's taken the lead as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and by sponsoring important legislation including the Inclusive Prosperity Act, also known as the Robin Hood Tax—a small sales tax on certain Wall Street transactions to prevent destructive speculative bubbles and help fund needed investments in our nation.
We know Keith's judgment is sound, his attitude is positive, and his intentions are honorable. The list of his fellow Congress members, unions, advocacy groups, Democratic Party committees and officials as well as individuals who have endorsed Keith Ellison is long and growing.
Here is his vision for the Democratic Party, in his own words: “We must energize Democratic activists across the country and give them the tools to build the Party from the bottom up. Beyond a 50-state strategy, we need a 3,143-county strategy. DNC members are on the front lines in these states and counties, and we must harness your experience and give you a meaningful voice as we set the direction for the Party. In a DNC Chair, you need a partner and an advocate who will ensure you have the resources you need to win.”
If you agree with Keith's “3,143-county strategy” that would give you a meaningful voice in the Party, please watch the video of Keith, and then donate generously now! Money tight? Then connect with Mike Fox to help us push the Democratic Party toward its progressive grassroots, by taking over the decision-making from the bottom up!
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On to bringing the party back to it's progressive roots!
Mike Hersh for Donna, Judy, Mike F, Kim, Janis, Deb, Dan, Teva, and Amos
Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team
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