The sad news is that if Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison is elected as DNC Chair he has pledged to leave the US House of Representatives. The good news is, if he wins, he will be dedicating all of his time to launching a county-focused, grassroots effort to re-build the Democratic Party from the bottom up.
Democracy Spring is just the latest in a string of progressive organizations and media to announce their endorsement of Ellison for DNC Chair.
In their endorsement announcement, Democracy Spring said, “The Democratic Party will only represent everyday people if we organize and mobilize to make it so. We have to tell the members of the DNC that the party needs to fiercely resist Trump, break its ties with Big Money, and embrace the bold and unapologetically progressive agenda of its voters. Keith Ellison is the candidate to help us make that happen.”
But with the vote happening next week, Democracy Spring’s endorsement was also a call to action. The organization is asking their supporters to volunteer to organize local delegations to hold small actions and/or make calls to put direct pressure on DNC members in their state to elect Ellison. With less than a week to go before the vote, we have to act quickly. Sign up at the Democracy Spring Google Doc sign-up page to start a delegation and/or make calls.
As usual, we want to ask that you help us in our work to amplify the most effective activism. If you have come across an action or a new organization that is doing great work getting people engaged to resist the Trump agenda, please share it with us by emailing Amanda@bestoftheleft.com.
So, if making sure Democrats represent the people and not corporations is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about electing Keith Ellison as DNC Chair via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Check out the "How You Can Help" page on KeithforDNC.org for social media actions/media and more.
Keith Ellison for DNC Video on Approach to Voter Turnout (@EllisonCampaign)
Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (The Nation)
Keith Ellison: How the Democrats Can Win (The Nation)
The Democratic Party Needs Keith Ellison (The Huffington Post Blog)
Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair (Common Dreams)
Posted on February 21, 2017; Written by Best of the left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1081: Where the Democrats went wrong and how to bring them back