Speaking to a Progressive Audience at Netroots Nation, Warren Argues we must UN-RIG the system, together.
This great speech by Elizabeth Warren got buried on Saturday...lets bring it into the light. Ignore the Medias spin...they try to pitch it as a move left, but if you read Warren's words, I see it as a call for a bigger tent. She is responding to an article that calls for Democrats to move back to the center. She rejects that
"Because the Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill. It is NOT going to happen.We’re not going back to the days of being lukewarm on choice..We’re not going back to the days when universal health care was something Democrats talked about on the campaign trail but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected.
And we’re not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street.
Democrats are heading forward. We are looking ahead – and we will not, we shall not, we must not allow anyone to turn back the clock."
She calls for all Democrats to work for those in need. If that's progressive, then I'm progressive.
"We are not the gate crashers of today’s Democratic Party. We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party. But, boy, we’ve inherited a hell of a challenge, haven’t we?
We’re gathering here in Atlanta in a moment of crisis for our country. And I’m not just talking about Donald Trump and his Twitter account. More and more working families today are hanging on by their fingernails in a country with an economy and a government that works only for those at the very top."
And then she talks about what unites us
"How about you? By applause: Who got into the fight because they were passionate about economic justice? Who came to fight for reproductive rights? How about clean air and clean water? How about immigration? Civil rights? Human rights? Anti-war? Campaign finance reform? Net neutrality? Any other bankruptcy nerds in the house?
That’s one of the things I love about coming to Netroots. We all came to this fight from different experiences. We all get fired up about different issues."
She makes the case that Democrats need to unite and stop the in-fighting:
"But if we’re going to be the people who lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time, then we can’t waste energy arguing about whose issue matters most or who in our alliance should be voted off the island.
We need to see each other’s fights as our own. And I believe we can."
We have to UN-RIG the system -That is who we are as Democrats, thats what we should stand for
"For so many Americans, every day is a battle against powerful interests. It’s time for us to pick sides and get in the fight.So let’s talk about picking sides:
It’s time for us to say: Democrats are on the side of working people, on the side of Moms and Dads who dream of a better life for their kids, on the side of people in every part of this country and people of every race, gender, and religion who just want a level playing field and a chance to build a future."
Please read it here: At Politico
"The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use" - Michael Kruse Politico
No Democrat in the House of Representatives did what Cheri Bustos did last November. She wasn’t the sole member of her party to win in a congressional district Donald Trump also took—there were 11 others—but she was the only one to post a 20-point landslide, and she did it in agricultural, industrial, blue-collar northwestern Illinois. In the kind of place where Hillary Clinton lost big last fall and where Democrats have been losing in droves for the last decade, Bustos has done just the opposite.
Here are some tips:
A democrat in Illinois is very different than a democrat in San Francisco. We have to live with it. We have to have a very big tent, and not have "purity tests"... If we want to win back the house.
Read it here:
2017 Offices Subject to Election -Everything you need to find the office to run for in and around King County. Filing Date is May 10th for Most positions to be elected in Nov 2017. Check your county commissioners website to find local offices near you.
Download the full PDF of positions at http://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/elections/for-candidates/pdfs/offices-subject-to-election.ashx?la=en
Frankly too many of us IGNORE democratic party politics, until its too late. Lets not repeat the debacle of last DNC convention.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE DNC? Approximately 447 members serve on the National Committee. The membership is composed of the following general categories:
"Most voting DNC members — a majority of whom are state party chairs, vice chairs or other locally elected officials — are keeping their options open ahead of a string of candidate forums in January and February."
Read the Democratic Party Platform (extra credit)
My ultra-simplified summary: Ellison represents the "Bernie" side of the party. Perez represents the "old/clinton" side of the party. Trust needs to be built between the coalitions. There needs to be reassurances that the party will be progressive enough, and will represent all of its people. There needs to be commitments that the back room dealing done by the Party before the 2016 election, as leaked by wikileaks will never happen again.
Who is your State Democratic party representative:
- Oddly I can't find this information anywhere. This is a problem.
Ellison is the "front-runner', and Harrison just dropped out today, endorsing Perez, which may put him over the top.
The Most Progressive Platform In History - July 2016 - and Nobody knows it.
The 2016 Democratic Party platform was widely touted as the "most progressive in history". What were the planks of this platform, and how will it hold up for 2018 midterms? Why do the vast majority of democrats and the "new resistance" have no idea what the Democratic Party planks are? Because the Democratic Party has NOT MADE them Visible, Accessible, and Memorable. A classic case of poor messaging. (Skip to below the fold for the Platform outline and links)
The Democratic Party page has NO summary or infographic of its platform, nor one for each of it's planks. It's positions are inaccessible for anyone without very high Literacy and Motivation. You can visit the DNC website and see for yourself https://www.democrats.org/party-platform
How is the platform more progressive than 2012? One way to see some of the more progressive elements is by looking at the "unity amendments" delivered by negotiations between the Clinton camp and Sanders camp. They include:
The only, poor summary, of the new party platform I can find dated, July 2016, is in this Time article. So we'll take you straight to the source itself until we get a summary:
Here is the full platform outline with links to the document.
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM
Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.
What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.
It’s a simple but powerful idea: We are stronger together.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF (its easier to read)
Choose a section to jump ahead, or scroll down to read the platform in its entirety.
Download the Full Platform as a PDF here.
Ideas and Commentary on the Resistance by K Cleland