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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America celebrates Vi Lyles outright victory in Charlotte mayoral primary

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) celebrated the stunning upset victory endorsed candidate Vi Lyles achieved  in Charlotte's Democratic mayoral primary.  

In the multi-candidate primary matchup, Lyles beat the incumbent mayor by 10 points and  earned over 46% of the primary vote, allowing her to claim the Democratic nomination outright and proceed directly to the Fall general mayoral election against Republican Kenny Smith.  If elected, Lyles will be the first Black woman to ever serve as Charlotte’s Mayor.

Democracy for America was among the first national progressive organizations to endorse Lyles in April 2017, raised more than $10,000 via 1,567 individual contributions, co-sponsored events, and worked directly with the campaign to set up its DFA Dialer calling tool to reach out to voters.  

With Yvette Simpson's surprise victory in Cincinnati, Lyles’ primary victory marks second time this cycle that a DFA-endorsed progressive Black woman with a powerful track record of unapologetic progressive leadership has defied conventional wisdom and won a race against an incumbent mayor in a major city.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Vi Lyles outright victory in the Charlotte mayoral primary:

“Vi Lyles won an outright victory in Charlotte’s Democratic mayoral primary, not by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars airing TV ads, but by spelling out her convictions and talking one-on-one with voters about her bold vision for a more equitable, just, and fair Charlotte. Her victory may be a surprise to the pundits but not to the voters.

“Voters sent a powerful message by unseating an incumbent and putting Vi Lyles in the position to make history in November as the first Black woman to be ever elected Charlotte’s Mayor.

“City governments can no longer be a playground for Wall Street developers, violent and unaccountable police departments, or Democratic incumbents good old boy’s networks. In 2017, voters stand ready to make cities everywhere into bastions of resistance to the Trump regime, by electing bold progressive leaders, like Vi Lyles, who run on and are committed to fighting for racial and economic justice.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA has over 46,930 members in the state of North Carolina.

DFA’s support for Lyles is part of a 2017-18 organizational initiative to invest $500,000 in municipal races across the country that the Associated Press recently described as an attempt “turn the Trump resistance movement into tangible victories.”

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

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 915 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA on growing momentum behind Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill

Over the last 24 hours, multiple members of the U.S. Senate have announced their decision to support Senator Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill which is set to be unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday).

Democracy for America is a strong supporter of Senator Sanders' bill and will be working with our members across the country to build on the rapidly growing support for Medicare for All.

Quick comment from DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the growing support for Medicare for All:

"In the last few days, we've seen the number of U.S. Senators backing Senator Sanders' Medicare for All legislation rapidly increasing and we wouldn't be surprised if this week ends with more than 20% of the Senate Democratic Caucus supporting the bill. 

"The growing momentum for Medicare for All is a remarkable turnaround for an idea that was deemed too radical to even debate eight years ago. However, it's really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Senator Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power.

"Medicare for All legislation isn't going to be passed by this Republican Congress or signed by this President, but the momentum growing behind it right now has already ensured that it'll be a crystal clear goal of any progressive's agenda for years to come." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

 

Development Associate

Development Associate

The Development Associate is responsible for maintaining accurate fundraising records, handling donor correspondence, and executing plans on fundraising strategies. The Development Associate will work closely with DFA’s Chair and Executive Director as well as our entire team to connect with our donors and inspire them to support our work. We are looking for a self-starter, extremely detail-oriented individual who gets excited by both aggressive goals and the minutia of spreadsheets!

Democracy for America is an equal opportunity employer that strongly values and looks to continue developing the diversity of our team. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and gender nonconforming people are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary range is $45,000-$49,000 with generous benefits. While Democracy for America has a home base in Burlington, VT, the majority of our staff telecommute from their own home bases around the country and this position may also telecommute.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Schedule, plan and staff call time with DFA’s Executive Director & Chair
  • Ensuring all donors receive timely and appropriate responses to their questions
  • Execution of all 'snail mail' correspondence with donors
  • Maintaining accurate donation records
  • Assist Senior Development Associate in the execution of massive cultivation and fundraising projects several times throughout the year
  • Writing emails, letters, and proposals to donors
  • Assist Finance Director in maintaining and growing our monthly sustainer program
  • Recruiting and supporting fellow staff in team fundraising efforts
  • Get on the phone to raise critical funds for DFA and speak directly to our members and donors

Qualities we're looking for:

  • Passionately progressive; you believe that people-power can make real change happen
  • An obsession with detail; you take the time to capitalize first and last names within a database
  • A dedication to getting the job done, even when the task isn’t very exciting; you will find yourself organizing lots of lists
  • A spirit and creativity to bring new ideas to the team
; we get excited about innovation for our fundraising programs and we hope to learn from you
  • An ability to speak truth to power with grace and humor; you’ll be tasked with holding leaders within the organization accountable to hitting their goals, and laughing with them helps a lot
     

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]  No phone calls, please.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America endorses Cary Moon for Seattle Mayor

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Cary Moon in the hotly contested race for Mayor of Seattle, WA.

DFA’s support for Moon is part of a 2017-18 organizational initiative to invest $500,000 in municipal races across the country that the Associated Press recently described as an attempt “turn the Trump resistance movement into tangible victories.”

In the past, DFA has helped elect progressive leaders to municipal leadership across the country, including Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton (CA), Vice Mayor Regina Romero of Tucson, Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and City Councillor Helen Gym of Philadelphia. In 2015, DFA endorsed Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien, Kshama Sawant, and Lorena Gonzalez in their successful campaigns for the Seattle City Council.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement of Cary Moon for Seattle Mayor:

“Democracy for America is excited to support Cary Moon for Mayor because she has the vision and experience needed to address Seattle’s urgent needs.  She understands how city government works better than almost anyone else in town, and has a detailed vision for how to work with everyone in Seattle to take on white supremacy, economic inequality, and corporate power.

“Over the last decade, Seattle has become a national leader in the fight for progressive policies and priorities. Electing Cary Moon mayor gives Seattle an opportunity to make it clear that it’s doubling down on that populist progressive leadership -- something that could not be more important in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

DFA has over 75,600 members in the state of Washington.

Moon is a community activist, engineer, and urban planner, who built her reputation as a community fighter by successfully battling to reclaim land and build civic space on Seattle’s waterfront.  As mayor, she’s looking use her experience bringing people together to get big things done to tackle chronic challenges facing Seattle like housing affordability, transit, and racial inequity.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 915 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA RESPONSE: With DACA recision, Trump “is governing like a white supremacist”

Donald Trump's administration just launched its plans to rescind Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) protections for over 800,000 hardworking young people who came to the United States as children.

Here's Democracy for America's response to Trump's disgusting decision to repeal DACA:

"Donald Trump may think he can hide behind legalistic moralizing and briefly kicking the fate of DACA to Congress, but he can't conceal his pursuit of an amoral, bigoted agenda, no matter how cowardly he does it.

"Two weeks ago, we saw Donald Trump side with Nazis after the horrors of Charlottesville and pardon a former Arizona sheriff who ran a self-described segregated “concentration camp” for undocumented immigrants. Today, the Trump administration begins its efforts to end DACA and destroy the lives of 800,000 hardworking young people who were brought to this country as children.  Simply put, Donald Trump is governing like a white supremacist.  

"To those who spent the last week publicly wringing their hands about the President's impending destruction of DACA, especially those in Congress, it's time to put up or shut up.  Are you going to stand with the white supremacist in the White House who attacks young, primarily black and brown people who've done nothing wrong?  Or are you going to stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who support the DACA program and take action to defend it?

"DFA stands in solidarity with the Dreamers and all immigrants and refugees, all loved and valued parts of our community, targeted by the Trump administration. We will not stand by quietly while the President and his party tear apart our families, target our friends, and destroy our communities.  We expect our elected leaders to join us in fighting back against this attack on DACA and clearly respond with action to the white supremacist governance streaming out of the White House.  With the lives of hundreds of thousands on the line, pointed tweets and artful press statements with empty platitudes and words of concern aren’t enough.  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

 

DFA Action

Sign the petition: Take down ALL symbols of the Confederacy

Charlottesville was about maintaining a false sense of white supremacy that this country was built on. It’s why in 2017 we still have more than 1,500 Confederate monuments still standing, in states all across the country.

We cannot allow these disgusting symbols of bigotry and hate to continue to stand. That’s why Democracy for America is joining Color of Change and CREDO Action to demand that all Confederate symbols be removed.

Sign our petition today demanding that all statues and symbols glorifying the racist Confederacy be taken down immediately.

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DFA Press Release

DFA on “cowardly bigot” Trump’s failure to call out white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville

Following Donald Trump's absurdly disturbing press conference glossing over the white supremacist terrorist attack during today's racist rallies in Charlottesville, VA, Democracy for America released the following statement.

"We don't need to 'study' the storm of bigotry and hate that Donald Trump helped unleashed in this country and, today, killed a peaceful protestor in the streets of Charlottesville.  

"It should be shocking that the President of the United States has refused to call the white supremacist terrorism that occurred today what it is, but it isn't. Donald Trump is a cowardly bigot who openly sought the support of the people carrying torches, running over individuals, and screaming Nazi slogans.

"The brave souls who put their bodies on the line to stand up to bigotry, hate, and white supremacy in Charlottesville represent the very best of our country's values and serve as a model of resistance that we all must work to emulate." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA & Leading Progressive Groups: Democratic Party must stand up, proudly support abortion rights

Leading progressive groups, led by Democracy for America (DFA) and NARAL Pro-Choice America, today released a Statement of Principles when it comes to the Democratic Party and abortion.

Joining DFA and NARAL on the Statement of Principles are MoveOn Political Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY’s List, Working Families Party, Ultraviolet, Daily Kos, Demos, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Indivisible Project, American Federation of Teachers, and Social Security Works.

The Statement of Principles brings together groups that supported Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders in last year’s primary.

"Democrats will fail to retake power in 2018 if we allow ourselves to be forced into a false choice between a populist progressive agenda and reproductive justice,"  said Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America.  "Abortion rights are inextricably tied to the fight against economic and racial inequity, full stop, and until all leaders of our party fully understand that we're going to keep losing."

“Our basic rights and freedoms are under assault daily from the Trump Administration,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “The Democratic Party cannot give an inch in their opposition to this Administration. That is true across the board and especially true when it comes to abortion rights. The Democratic Party cannot and will not win if it turns it’s back on women and our fundamental rights.”

The Statement of Principles are online here and copied below:

As progressives, we know we cannot have a real conversation about economic security that does not include the ability to decide if, when, and how to raise a family; that being able to plan a pregnancy has a powerful effect on educational attainment, career trajectory, and chance to define our own destinies.

As progressives, we stand united in understanding that policies that limit access to abortion and force medically unnecessary procedures are oppressive to women, especially low-income women and women of color.

As progressives, we stand united in the belief that a woman’s autonomy over her own body is not a secondary issue or a “social issue,” but rather a human right and a necessity in order to attain and preserve  economic security in her life.

As progressives, we acknowledge that the current economic system is exceptionally punishing of mothers, single mothers, and mothers of color whose wages, job opportunities, and economic advancement suffer due to the “motherhood penalty.”

As progressives, we stand united in our belief that 21st century economic populism must include an understanding of how race and gender affect our economic reality and our economic opportunity.

As a progressive movement, we recognize that over the last decade there has been a massive erosion of access to abortion and attacks on contraception and we cannot back away from this fight without abandoning people and undercutting core constituencies in our base.

As we always have, progressives share our party with people who personally don’t believe that abortion is an option for them. This includes self-identified “pro-life” legislators up until the moment they seek to impose those personal views on their constituents and the country. If they vote to restrict abortion access or contraception access, they then undercut the party platform and they undercut the welfare of women. We strive for and believe in personal evolution and growth so, if they have voted to do so in the past, the burden of proof is upon them through subsequent votes and/or public statements -- not in the heat of a campaign -- but prior to running for office or re-election.

Thus, as progressives, we know to organize, mobilize, and win elections we must field candidates who understand the integral nature of these core values and bring the full power of our collective base to win.

DFA Press Release

DFA says DCCC’s “profoundly disturbing” comments against abortion rights will hurt Democrats

Yesterday, in an interview with THE HILLDCCC Chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) said that House Democrats would not withhold funds from candidates who oppose abortion rights.

Democracy for America has long held that abortion rights are a core component of any populist progressive political agenda and a requirement in any comprehensive fight against economic and racial inequity.

Today, DFA's Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, responded to Luján's disturbing comments regarding the DCCC's support for abortion rights:

"It is profoundly disturbing to hear the person tasked with helping Democrats take back the House suggest that our party can credibly talk about confronting economic inequity while turning a blind eye to candidates who want to limit women's right to control their own bodies. Abortion rights are inextricably tied to the fight against economic and racial inequity, full stop, and until all leaders of our party fully understand that we're going to keep losing.

"Democrats retook Congress in 2006 because Gov. Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy ensured that the party was equipped to compete across the country and strong opposition to the Iraq war mobilized millions to send Republicans packing. We won in spite of the handful of anti-choice corporatists who ran as Democrats, not because of them. And, years later, it was many of those same corporate and anti-choice Democrats who worked to limit health care reform and water down efforts to restrain Wall Street greed.

"If the DCCC is willing to throw choice out for the sake of political expediency, what other core Democratic values are next? Democrats can and should work to find and support candidates who reflect their districts, but trying to build a congressional majority by selectively ignoring key components in the fight against economic and racial inequity, like abortion rights, is morally incoherent and politically stupid.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

Following stunning healthcare vote, DFA backs Sen. Mazie Hirono for reelection in Hawaii

The day after her heartfelt speech helped derail the seven-year campaign by Senate Republicans to repeal Obamacare, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Senator Mazie Hirono in her bid to continue representing Hawaii in the U.S. Senate.

DFA has 8,197 members in Hawaii and more than one million members nationwide.  

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s decision to support Sen. Hirono’s reelection effort:

“Democracy for America members can't wait any longer to demonstrate our support for Senator Mazie Hirono's re-election after her impassioned speech last night in defense of Obamacare.

“Throughout the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act, Senator Mazie Hirono has stood out as a consistent voice for the voiceless and a steadfast advocate for Medicare for All, the fundamental transformation to healthcare our country needs now more than ever. Even more amazingly, Senator Hirono has waged these fights and spoken out in support of a bold policy agenda, all while fearlessly waging a battle with cancer.

“Put simply: Over the last few months, Senator Mazie Hirono has fought for the lives of millions of Americans at the same time she’s been fighting for her own. That kind of selfless devotion to resistance and persistence doesn’t just make Senator Hirono someone we want in our corner, it makes her someone who should be an inspiration to all those who care about progressive change.

“DFA and its million members are honored to stand with Senator Hirono in her unwavering fight for the people of Hawaii and the big, bold populist progressive ideas that will make our country a more just, equal, and better place for all Americans.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

Sen. Mazie Hirono on DFA’s endorsement:

“Democracy for America and its members are on the front lines of the most important progressive fights in our country. I am honored to receive their endorsement and to fight at their side in the battles to come.” -- Senator Mazie Hirono (HI)

Hirono is the fifth Senate incumbent DFA has backed in the 2018 cycle.  Earlier this year, Democracy for America endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Bernie Sanders (VT), and Tammy Baldwin (WI) in their races for reelection. In 2012, DFA supported Hirono in her first race for the U.S. Senate and, in 2014, the grassroots group backed Sen. Brian Schatz in his contested race for the Aloha State’s other Senate seat.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA endorses Rep. Pramila Jayapal for reelection

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Rep. Pramila Jayapal in her reelection bid in Washington’s 7th congressional district.  

DFA has 74,922 members in the state of Washington and more than one million members nationwide.  

During her 2016 race, DFA began supporting Jayapal in the primary and raised and contributed more than $66,747 to her election.  The average contribution from DFA members was $6.09. 

Jayapal is just the second house incumbent DFA has backed in the 2018 cycle and joins  The one million-member progressive organization endorsed Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) late last month.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots organization’s strong support for Jayapal’s reelection:

“In her first six months, Rep. Pramila Jayapal has not only fought for progressive values in DC, she’s worked with her new colleagues and showed them how to fight.  

“Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the agenda she fights for, and the steadfast commitment she’s demonstrated to that fight are the future of the Democratic Party and its candidates. To say our country needs bold, populist progressive leaders like Pramila Jayapal in Congress is a tremendous understatement and it’s why we’re so excited to get behind her reelection efforts so early this cycle.  

“Democracy for America members were proud to support Pramila in her first race for Congress, but we’re even more excited to reelect her because she’s already proven to be a vital movement ally in the fight to build a Democratic Party and a Congress that’s committed to delivering healthcare, a liveable wage, college, and environmental justice for all Americans.  -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on DFA’s endorsement:

"I am honored to have the support of Democracy for America and its members nationwide. In times like these, we can't just be an opposition party, we must also be a proposition party. That means not only resisting Donald Trump, but also harnessing our power to organize and leverage the grassroots at key moments to fight for healthcare for all, a livable wage, college for all and environmental justice.  DFA continues to be a leader on these issues  and I looked forward to building our movement together." -- Rep. Pramila Jayapal

DFA has also endorsed Manka Dhingra, a candidate Jayapal has also backed, in her campaign for a hotly contested State Senate seat in Washington’s 45th District.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA urges Senate Democrats to vote NO on Christopher Wray FBI confirmation

After yesterday’s disappointingly unanimous vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democracy for America is urging all Senate Democrats to vote NO on Christopher Wray’s final confirmation for FBI Director.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair, Jim Dean, against Wray’s confirmation:

“Democrats can’t claim to be the party of the resistance movement if our own U.S. Senators simply go along and nod through Donald Trump’s hand-picked FBI Director after he fired the last one in a blatant and publicly acknowledged attempt to obstruct justice.  

“Voting to confirm Christopher Wray to head the FBI is essentially telling Donald Trump that Democrats are just fine with him hiring and firing whoever he wants, whenever he wants, for whatever reason he wants -- up to and including taking illegal action to insulate himself from the law.

“Resistance isn’t just a noun, it’s a verb.  Resistance requires action from everyone who claims to belong to it, from those marching in the streets to those trying to fight back in the corridors of power.  

“The grassroots is doing its part by standing up and relentlessly organizing to hold Donald Trump’s administration accountable for its actions.

“We urge Senate Democrats to do their part and actively resist Donald Trump’s lawlessness by voting vote NO on Christopher Wray’s confirmation for FBI Director.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA Action

Stop Betsy DeVos and her attacks on civil rights

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Betsy DeVos is working hard to destroy our public schools -- and now we need to stop DeVos and her aides from destroying key civil rights protections students need.

DeVos is taking aim at the Department of Education's vital Office of Civil Rights, which enforces numerous protections against discrimination in schools. They've even suggested gutting enforcement of Title IX, a critical protection of women's rights in college.

That's the background to the horrific comment made by Candice Jackson, who DeVos put in charge of the Office of Civil Rights. Jackson mocked victims of sexual assault on campus, claiming that "90 percent" of such claims "fall into the category of 'we were both drunk,' 'we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'"

DeVos herself agrees. After meeting with groups of men who have been working to roll back federal investigations of sexual assault, DeVos actually took the side of men accused of these crimes and said their stories needed to be told too.

These are extremely offensive comments coming from anybody. But Jackson is also in charge of federal Title IX investigations of sexual assault on campus. Even though Jackson apologized under pressure, these comments make it clear she's unfit to continue in her job.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray agrees. She's calling on Jackson to resign, saying that these comments "should disqualify her from service in the position of top Department of Education protector of students' right to be safe at school."

DFA stands with Sen. Murray. So do our friends at CREDO Action. Will you help? Sign the petition: Tell Betsy DeVos that Candice Jackson must go -- and the Department of Education must commit to continuing and expanding existing civil rights protections.

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DFA Press Release

DFA: “Tonight, Trumpcare hit a brick wall of people-power” after losing two more GOP Senate votes

A statement from Democracy for America regarding tonight's news that Senate Republicans' most recent iteration of Trumpcare has now lost more than twice the number of Republican votes needed to pass.

“Tonight, Trumpcare hit a brick wall of people-power when it lost two more right-wing Senators for completely different reasons.  

“While Mitch McConnell will certainly try to reassemble the flaming wreckage that is Trumpcare’s hodge-podge of death sentences and billionaire giveaways, tonight is a tremendous victory for millions of grassroots activists who have filled town halls, melted phone lines, and risked arrest at congressional offices to defeat Trumpcare and any effort to dismantle the modest health care reforms delivered by the Affordable Care Act.  

“Whether this is the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning of this battle, we intend to keep up the fight until Trumpcare is dead, buried, and Congress is focused on enacting Medicare for All, the only truly comprehensive reform that can fix what’s ailing our health care system.” -- Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America

DFA Press Release

DFA backs Mary Matiella in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District

Chair Jim Dean says Matiella is “the progressive choice” in one of Democrats’ top 2018 targets

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed former Assistant Secretary for the Army Mary Matiella in her campaign against Martha McSally in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s top 2018 targets.

DFA has 37,728 members in Arizona and more than one million members nationwide.  In late June, DFA endorsed Rep. Ruben Gallago in his run for reelection in Arizona’s 7th Congressional district, David Garcia in his race for Governor, and January Contreras in her for Attorney General in the Grand Canyon State.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s endorsement of Matiella:

“Throughout her life, Mary Matiella has served the American people and, in Congress, she’ll serve the people of Southern Arizona by fighting for a bold, populist progressive vision for the country that tackles income and equity inequality.

“Not only will Mary Matiella be the first Latina to represent Arizona’s second district, she’s ready to fight to expand Social Security, push for Medicare for All, stop the attacks on immigrants and refugees, and build an economy that works for everyone and not just the elite few.

“Mary Matiella is the progressive choice in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District race.  We can’t wait to help Democracy for America members in Arizona and across the country help Mary build the smart, people-powered, issues-based grassroots campaign we need to defeat Martha McSally.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Mary Matiella on the endorsement:

"We're building a campaign from the bottom up, and I'm thrilled to have the support of Democracy for America, one of our nation's leading grassroots, progressive advocacy organizations. I look forward to working together to improve the lives and increase opportunities for southern Arizonans." -- Mary Matiella

Mary Matiella is a former Assistant Secretary of the Army, a native Tucsonan, and the child of migrant farm workers.  Taught the the importance of hard work and a good education by her parents early on, Matiella graduated from Tucson’s Pueblo High School and graduated from the University of Arizona’s College of Education with the help of a Regent’s Scholarship before going on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University’s Eller College of Management and a Doctorate in Washington, DC.  Matiella’s career in public service took her from top financial positions at the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Develop to a civilian Army position focused on financial management that the Department of Defense ranks as equivalent to a four-star general.  

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

 

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DFA Action

Sign up: 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare

10 Days to Defeat TrumpcareAmericans of all political affiliations are disgusted with Senate Republicans' efforts to force a vote on their Trumpcare bill. The lack of transparency is an abuse of power, and insulting to the 24 million Americans whose health care is threatened by the Trumpcare bill.

Senate Republicans hope to pass the bill as soon as possible. 

DFA members know this is extremely urgent. That's why we're asking you to join other DFA members and commit to spending the next 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare.

Here's how 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare works. A DFA staffer will send you an action to take -- such as contacting Senators, and organizing your friends and family to participate to defeat Trumpcare.

Together we will demand that Republican Senators listen to their constituents and refuse to vote for Trumpcare. We will also encourage Democratic Senators to resist by delaying the votes as much as possible.

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DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Challengers Emilio Huerta and Laura Moser for Congress

Democracy for America today endorsed two progressives running for the House of Representatives against Republicans in 2018. Emilio Huerta is running in California’s 21st District against David Valadao and Laura Moser is running in Texas’ 7th District against John Culberson. The news follows the national progressive organization’s first 2018 challenger endorsement yesterday, of Randy Bryce in his campaign against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District. Democracy for America has raised $1.8 million from its members for Bernie Sanders’ campaign last year, and over $60,000 in just a few months for John Ossoff’s special election earlier this year.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsements:

“This is how we will kick the Republicans out of power in Congress: with candidates like Laura, Emilio, and Randy who are running on their progressive values and using their campaigns to expand the electorate in their districts.”

“Laura Moser didn’t wait until Trump was elected to start mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people across the country to get involved in the resistance. We desperately need more leaders like Laura who have the ingenuity and persistence to go beyond the way things have always been done. Our members are excited to help get her much-needed voice to Congress.”

“Emilio Huerta has been steeped in organizing his whole life, including decades spent empowering communities in the San Joaquin Valley to fight for fair treatment. That experience will be key to turning out people who have traditionally not voted. Flipping this district from Republican control doesn’t happen overnight, which is why we’re glad to stand with Emilio again as he continues the work he began last cycle.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Laura Moser on the endorsement:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have DFA's endorsement -- the grassroots, people-powered know-how from a group like DFA will help ensure that our campaign is an indispensable organizing force in the Texas 7th, with impact in not just Houston but all of Texas for decades to come.”

Emilio Huerta on the endorsement:

"The battle for California’s 21st Congressional District will be one of the most important congressional races in 2018. As a life-long resident of California’s San Joaquin Valley, I am concerned that Washington will further erode economic opportunities and environmental safeguards for Valley residents. Congressman David Valadao (R) recently disregarded the interest of working families and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As a result, more than 120,000 residents in the 21st will be without health coverage. Enough! I will fight for expansion of health insurance coverage for all Americans, income equality, better paying jobs, comprehensive immigration reform, elimination of student loan debt, and safeguards for workers and the environment.  I need your help to stop the reckless and catastrophic policies of Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress."

Laura Moser is a long-time writer and journalist who turned to resistance activism following Donald Trump’s election. She began the activist organization Daily Action in response to the corruption and bigotry she saw coming from Capitol Hill. The organization, dedicated to giving people daily actions to resist the Trump administration, currently has around 300,000 members.

Emilio Huerta is the son of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. His 20+ year career has been spent as a civil rights lawyer as well as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), general counsel of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and a national representative for the United Farm Workers union. During his career he has established primary health care clinics in low-income areas in California and has developed more than $400 million in affordable housing across the United States.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Randy Bryce to Replace Paul Ryan

DFA is First National Multi-Issue Progressive Group to Back the Iron Worker’s Campaign

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed ironworker Randy Bryce in his campaign against House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. It is the organization’s first federal challenger endorsement for the 2018 general election. DFA has 41,971 members in Wisconsin and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s endorsement of Bryce:

“Randy Bryce’s down-to-earth, people-oriented progressivism is a breath of fresh air. While Paul Ryan’s agenda is driven by the lobbyists who can afford to buy his time, Randy’s views on the issues are forged by his time working the iron. He support for single payer health care is informed by his concern for keeping his family covered. His commitment to racial and economic justice is drawn from firsthand knowledge of how they affect his neighbors and co-workers.”

“We need more people like Randy, who reflect and understand their communities, to step forward and run for office across the country. Against the right person running a progressive, issue-based grassroots campaign, no amount of lobbyist and corporate backing can save Republicans in the House from losing their jobs. Our members are excited to prove that by pouring their energy into Randy Bryce’s campaign to replace Paul Ryan.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Randy Bryce on the endorsement:

"Proud to have DFA's endorsement. The backing of an organization that
stands for the progressive values important to so many working people
across our country will help us beat Paul Ryan and carry Wisconsin forward
into 2018." -- Randy Bryce

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, single father, and union ironworker. He was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and went to public schools. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted to Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal. Randy’s father was a police officer, and his mother worked in a doctor’s office. His brother is also a police officer, and his sister is a public school teacher. Randy currently serves as President of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and as Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Veterans Caucus.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses David Garcia for Governor and January Contreras for Attorney General

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed David Garcia and January Contreras in their respective bids for Governor and Attorney General of Arizona. Democracy for America is a million-member national progressive organization whose members contributed more than $1.8 million to Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. The organization has 37,728 members in Arizona. Yesterday, DFA backed Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), the organization’s first incumbent House endorsement of the cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsements:

“With Arizona acting as “ground zero” in the battle against Donald Trump’s hateful agenda, it is more important than ever before that the state has strong progressive leaders who will protect all of Arizona’s residents. Instead, Arizona currently has a Governor and Attorney General who have embraced Trump’s destructive policies, from dismantling public education to backing the Muslim ban.”

“Arizonans deserve a Governor who cares about creating a better future for all of them, not one who is set on selling the state out to the Koch brothers. David Garcia has spent his life dedicated to public education, and his bold vision for tuition-free public college will improve opportunities for generations of Arizonans. That is the kind of progressive change our members are excited to work for, and Garcia will have our full support in his campaign.”

January Contreras has a track record of fighting for the Arizonans who need it most, making her the perfect champion to stand up to the legal nightmare that is Trump’s Justice Department under Jeff Sessions. Our members will have her back in this campaign, so she can protect the residents of Arizona who most need protection from the Trump administration’s bullying tactics.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.

David Garcia was born in Arizona and educated entirely in its public schools. After serving in the U.S. Army infantry, he went on to have a high-profile career as an advocate for public education, holding positions such as Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability, and Director of Research and Policy for the Arizona Department of Education. He is currently a professor at ASU.

January Contreras founded the non-profit legal center Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS) in 2013 to help survivors of sex and labor trafficking, vulnerable children and people in abusive relationships. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant attorney general and as the assistant director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Rep. Ruben Gallego for Re-Election

Democracy for America today endorsed Rep. Ruben Gallego in his re-election campaign to continue representing Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Rep. Gallego is the first incumbent house member endorsed by the million member progressive grassroots PAC this election cycle.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement:

“In the early days following Donald Trump’s election, a lot of Democrats hemmed and hawed about working with him. Ruben Gallego was not one of those people - he instead spoke with bold clarity from the House floor about the threat Trump poses to our country, and has been leading efforts against his hateful agenda ever since.”

“We need more progressives like Ruben Gallego who are not afraid of taking a stand on their principles, especially when they are doing so alone. Progressives lawmakers have a special responsibility for leadership that sometimes involves dragging their colleagues out of the establishment way of thinking that can envelope them in Washington. Our members nationwide are hungry for leadership like Ruben’s, and we are proud to stand with him.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Rep. Gallego on the endorsement:

“DFA is fighting Trump at every turn, and I couldn't be prouder to stand with them. We need bold progressives with the toughness to resist and the leadership to map a new course forward if we're going to take back this country. DFA is fostering that every day and I'll be right there with them for as long as it takes.” - Rep. Ruben Gallego

Rep. Ruben Gallego was elected to Congress in 2014 after he serving in the Arizona House of Representatives and in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He has also led efforts to recall former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was notorious for his racist policies targeting immigrants.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Wendy Carrillo for California State Assembly

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed community advocate Wendy Carrillo in the special election for California State Assembly District 51, a seat currently held by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, who won election to Congress. DFA is a million-member national progressive organization that raised $1.8 million for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential Campaign. DFA has 278,352 members in California.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement of Carrillo:

“In Wendy Carrillo we have a bold progressive with the skills and experience needed to tackle the issues that touch the lives of people in California most, like environmental justice and ending income inequality.

“Throughout her career as a journalist and advocate, Wendy Carrillo has been on the frontlines of countless reform movements fighting for equality, opportunity, and fairness. She has been relentless in her pursuit of a future where every Californian is treated with fairness and dignity. We need unapologetic progressives like Wendy in every corner of the country, and we are looking forward to lending her our support in this important election.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.

Wendy has worked as an award-winning journalist and previously served as part of the communications team that supported organizing efforts for long term care workers at SEIU ULTCW (which is now part of SEIU Local 2015).

Wendy Carrillo made the following statement in response to winning DFA’s support:

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of DFA in my race to represent the hard working men and women in California’s 51st Assembly District. Our state has shown incredible leadership in defending the rights of workers, immigrants, women’s comprehensive reproductive rights, healthcare and the LGBTQ community, amongst many other issues. I’m eager to continue these efforts and ensure that California leads the way in our progressive values.”

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Statement on Ossoff Loss in GA-06 Special Election

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff’s loss over Republican Karen Handel in the special election of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District:

“Tonight’s result is disheartening to everyone who volunteered to help put another Democrat in Congress. The unforced errors by the party leadership and the campaign present an important learning opportunity for everyone who wants to kick Republicans out of power in 2018.”

“Most candidates do not have the luxury of lighting millions of dollars on fire by spending close to $12 million on ads behind an uninspiring message. Defeating Republicans in districts that they have traditionally held requires doing something drastically different than establishment Democrats have done before -- specifically, running on a bold progressive vision and investing heavily in direct voter contact to expand the electorate. That’s what it will take to win districts like this one in 2018 and take back the House. The same, tired centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Its members contributed more than $65,000 to Ossoff’s campaign, and DFA sent staff to the district for the final stretch of the campaign to help Get Out The Vote. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Celebrates Justin Fairfax’s Victory in Virginia’s Lt. Governor Primary

Democracy for America celebrated Justin Fairfax’s win tonight in Virginia’s Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor. The national progressive organization endorsed Fairfax in March, and has 40,265 members across the state of Virginia.

“As we congratulate Justin Fairfax on his hard-fought victory tonight, we also want to make it clear that our members are ready to pour their hearts into making sure he wins the general election. It has never been more important for Virginians to be represented by progressive leaders, like Justin, who will fight for economic and racial justice on behalf of all of them - not just the most wealthy or privileged.” - Jim Dean, Chair of  Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida

Democracy for America today endorsed Andrew Gillum in his campaign for Governor of Florida. The million-member national progressive organization, which raised $1.8 million for Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, has 97,508 members in Florida committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement:

“Now more than ever, Floridians need a Governor who is committed to making the state a place where success is not limited to the most wealthy or well-connected, and where all people can fairly pursue opportunities without fear."

“As the Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum has stood up to the NRA and made it clear that he will protect immigrants against the Trump administration. He has a vision for the state that includes progressive policies like a $15 minimum wage and ending discrimination against those who have been incarcerated."

“2018 can be the year Democrats take back control from Republican Governors across the country, but it won’t happen without progressive leaders who run on bold platforms like Andrew Gillum. He can count on Democracy for America members to work their hearts out to help him win between now and election day.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Andrew Gillum was born in Miami, where his mother drove a school bus and his father was a construction worker. He was the first in his family to graduate college and went on to become the youngest person in history elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, before later becoming Mayor. As Mayor, Gillum beat the gun lobby in court to protect commonsense gun reforms, stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants, and reduced violent crime in the city by investing in community policing and juvenile justice programs.

Mayor Andrew Gillum on the endorsement:

“I’m deeply honored to have Democracy for America’s endorsement in our campaign for Governor. The stakes have never been higher for Florida. Nearly half of all our households are struggling to make ends meet, wages are down in nearly two-thirds of our counties, and Floridians in every corner of our state are asking why they can’t get ahead anymore. I’m running for Governor to finally provide progressive leadership that will stop the special interests from running roughshod over our state. When I’m Governor, we’re going to rebuild our economy so it works better for everyone, confront our climate change crisis, revitalize public education, reinstitute trades and apprenticeship training in our schools and protect healthcare access for all.” - Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Congress Has What it Needs to Impeach Trump

Democracy for America reiterated its call for Congress to impeach Donald Trump following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday.

“Jim Comey left no doubt  in his sworn testimony that Donald Trump abused the power of his office in demanding the FBI Director’s loyalty and asking him to end the criminal investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Comey’s testimony details smoking gun evidence of a President attempting to obstruct justice and cover-up the truth.

“Congress has a moral duty to show that no American President is above the law, and must immediately begin impeachment proceedings to investigate and remove Trump from office.”

“The American people have made it clear that they believe Trump and his administration have crossed the line, and they are demanding accountability. That will only happen when Congress exercises its constitutional  power to uncover and bring to account the abuses of Donald Trump and his administration. It has never been more important for Members of Congress to put aside political considerations and do what is best for our country.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

A poll released earlier this week shows that Trump’s approval rating is at its lowest yet -- with only 34% approving of the job he is doing, and 57% disapproving. Further, 60% believe Trump did something illegal or unethical. More than 150,000 DFA members have signed a petition calling for Trump’s impeachment since the organization became the first major national progressive organization to call for the step on May 9, following the firing of James Comey.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Celebrates Jimmy Gomez’s Victory in California’s 34th District Special Congressional Election

Democracy for America celebrated the victory of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez in the special election for California’s 34th Congressional District. The progressive organization endorsed Gomez in April, and it’s members made more than 15,000 calls for Gomez in the past week alone.

Democracy for America Senior Electoral Campaign Manager Alejandro Chavez on the victory:

“Tonight, the Latino community stood up to Donald Trump by electing a strong progressive champion, Jimmy Gomez, to Congress. Jimmy Gomez is already known for his effective progressive leadership in California, where he has authored bills for priorities like universal single payer health care and getting secret money out of politics. We congratulate him on his impressive win tonight, and are thrilled to work with him in Congress to resist Trump and enact the progressive agenda we need.”- Alejandro Chavez, Senior Electoral Campaign Manager at Democracy for America and Grandson of Civil Rights leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Stacey Abrams Launches Campaign for Georgia Governor with Nationwide Grassroots Support

Stacey Abrams launches her campaign for Governor of Georgia today with the backing of progressive grassroots organization Democracy for America and its more than one million members nationwide. Two weeks ago, DFA began mobilizing its members to support Abrams if she decided to run, resulting in more than 3,000 people committed to doing their part to help her win from day one of her campaign.

“From California to Maine and all across the state of Georgia, thousands of our members are already committed to doing their part to help Stacey Abrams become Governor. They are thrilled to have in Stacey Abrams a fearless candidate with a bold progressive vision, and a track record of winning battles to make that vision a reality.”

“In the current political environment, progressives are especially hungry to support leaders like Stacey Abrams who will put the government in service of all people, rather than the most wealthy and powerful. With Stacey Abrams on the ballot, Georgians should get ready to see a level of involvement and engagement unlike anything they are used to in governor’s races of the past.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Below are comments from some of the DFA members who explained why they are excited to support Stacey when they pledged to support her if she ran:

“We need strong smart women that understand family problems and can represent the people well. I believe she can! I'm with Stacey.” - Donna M., Mitchell, GA

“She is one of the most concerned reps I have ever worked with in the state. She believes in people power and is not part of the "buddy system" that has run the state in the past and now. People need someone who will address their concerns and not be overlooked or left out of the big picture. Very intelligent, strong woman not afraid to step to the plate or as they say, "bring it on". - Janice C., Decatur, GA

“She is a conscientious representative that understands the real needs and aspirations of my community.” - Leeroy B., Decatur, GA

“She knows how to build power from the ground up.” - Harry K., Quitman, GA

“I personally saw her on the floor fighting for what's right in Georgia.” - Pansy T., Kennesaw, GA

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide. DFA has 32,379 members in Georgia. After the national progressive group endorsed Jon Ossoff for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in March, its members contributed more than $55,000 to his campaign.

DFA Press Release

Ben Jealous Launches Gubernatorial Campaign with Grassroots Army at the Ready

Ben Jealous Launches Gubernatorial Campaign with Grassroots Army at the Ready

More than 3,400 DFA Members Have Pledged to Help Jealous Win

As Ben Jealous launches his campaign for Governor of Maryland today, he does so with the support of Democracy for America’s million members - with more than 3,400 grassroots activists and donors who have already committed to work for his successful election from day one. The supporters are members of Democracy for America who were mobilized beginning three weeks ago in preparation of a potential campaign for Jealous.

“Replacing Maryland’s Republican Governor will require a candidate with strong progressive values who can inspire and mobilize voters throughout the state. There is no one better than Ben Jealous for this task. He is a community organizer who has spent his life fighting for economic and racial justice, and has never shied away from speaking truth to power.

“Our members across Maryland and the nation can’t wait to do the work that helps elect Ben Jealous Governor on Election Day.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director at Democracy for America

Below are comments from just some of the DFA members who explained why they are excited about Ben Jealous:

“I heard him speak about six years ago while he was President of the MD NAACP. I  never  forgot that I considered him a superior leader.  Then I discovered that he was supporting Bernie Sanders for the 2016 primary and was even more impressed  to understand some of his political values. Yes. I  believe he is the  best candidate  for these hard times.” - Marie A., 92 years young, of Solomons, MD

“Maryland needs a proven, progressive leader like Ben Jealous.  His history of successful leadership, including his role at the NAACP, gives him the experience to tackle and solve Maryland's problems, whether they are in Baltimore, the Eastern Shore, the DC suburbs, or Western Maryland. In 2018, Maryland needs to replace Larry Hogan as governor with a genuine leader like Ben Jealous.” - Russell S. , Silver Spring, MD

“Ben is all for racial and economic justice.  He will be a great governor for Maryland!” - Edwin F., of Lanham, MD

“Ben, I have admired your work as one of the most engaged NAACP presidents in recent memory. You are a leader who can make a difference. I will absolutely support you! Run, and help progressive Marylanders save our state and country from the tyranny of the Trump administration! Your time is now!” - Cassandra F.,  of Hyattsville, MD

“He's smart, has ethics & cares about people. He will be fair, seek solutions for people and fight for what is in the best interest of his constituency.” - Carolyn A. of Bowie, MD

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide. DFA has 26,239 members in Maryland and has raised more than $86,000 for progressive Maryland candidates in the 2016 cycle alone.

DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Central New Jersey Progressives for State Senate, Assembly and County Freeholder

Democracy for America today endorsed multiple Central New Jersey progressives, including candidates for State Senate, Assembly, and County Freeholder. The national progressive organization has 45,306 members in New Jersey.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsements:

“The elections in New Jersey this year are an exciting opportunity to build more progressive power in the state. Some of these candidates have earned the respect of their constituents through a strong record of standing up for working families and against corporate power. Others are answering Bernie Sanders’ call by running for office for the first time, using a progressive platform to take on the establishment in both parties.

"The progressive path to power begins with electing more populists to state legislatures and local offices. Our members are excited to support these candidates in New Jersey, who are a model for the types of campaigns and organizing we need to see more of in all fifty states.” - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

The candidates endorsed by DFA today are:

State Senate:

  • Troy Singleton (LD-07)
  • Vin Gopal (LD-11)
  • William Irvin (LD-17)

State Assembly:

  • Carol Murphy (LD-07)
  • Herb Conaway (LD-07)
  • Eric Houghtaling (LD-11)
  • Joann Downey (LD11)
  • Heather Fenyk (LD-17)
  • Ralph Johnson (LD-17)

County Freeholder

  • Catherine Hunt (NJ-17)
  • Atif Nazir (NJ-17)

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Statement on Montana Special Election

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Democrat Rob Quist’s narrow loss over billionaire Greg Gianforte:

“Once again, Republicans were willing to pull out all the stops to eke out a narrow win for another billionaire candidate, pouring millions more than Democrats into a race in a district that Donald Trump won by more than 20 points. Rob Quist’s campaign outperformed the last Democratic candidate by double-digit margins and proved that the way to forward is not to hem and haw, but to run a populist campaign on progressive values.

“That’s the lesson the Democratic party needs to take to heart - that in the current political environment, with more people energized to kick Republicans out of office than ever before, seats like this are winnable -- but only if we get in early, organize and fight to win. We cannot afford for the party to wait until after the November 2018 elections to adopt a strategy that will flip control of the House.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Democracy for America, which has 6,716 members in Montana, endorsed Quist on March 29. Volunteers across the country have been making use of DFA’s call tool to make over 860,000 phone calls to Montana voters, and DFA members have contributed more than $36,900 to Quist’s successful campaign.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Calls on Gianforte to Apologize, Clarify Views on White Nationalists

DFA Calls on Gianforte to Apologize and Clarify Views on White Nationalists He Has a Track Record of Supporting

Also calls on National Republican Congressional Committee  to Withhold Support

Following the reports that Montana Republican Congressional Candidate Greg Gianforte has repeatedly supported multiple white nationalist candidates, Democracy for America executive Director Charles Chamberlain called on him to apologize and clarify his views on the subject:

“White nationalism is not a value Montanans can tolerate in their representative to Congress. Greg Gianforte’s funding and support for these white nationalist candidates raises serious questions about his fitness for that job.

“Gianforte owes the people of Montana an apology and an immediate explanation of why he gave money to these radical extremists. And the National Republican Congressional  Committee needs to pull its ads and support of Gianforte until he does so. There should not be room for these hateful and extreme views in a candidate from either major party.” - Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America Executive Director

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. The organization endorsed Democratic candidate Rob Quist on March 29.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Urges Members to Support Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia

Democracy for America will begin mobilizing its members to pledge their support for Stacey Abrams if she runs for Governor of Georgia. In the event that Abrams moves from exploring a run to entering the race, this will provide her with a ready base of volunteers and grassroots donors to fuel her campaign on day one. DFA has 32,379 members in Georgia. After the national progressive group endorsed Jon Ossoff for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in March, its members contributed more than $55,000 to his campaign.

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Donald Trump won Georgia with less than 51% of the vote. Georgia is on the cusp of turning blue thanks in no small part to the efforts of Stacey Abrams, who founded an organization that registered more than 200,000 voters of color in the state between 2014 and 2016.

“Stacey Abrams is undoubtedly the best candidate to lead Georgia. She has a bold progressive vision of the state which includes ending generational poverty across Georgia. And as the House Minority Leader in the Georgia General Assembly, she has won victories in some of Georgia’s most important progressive battles, like stopping attempts to roll back reproductive healthcare and preventing tax hikes on the poor.

“As a Georgia resident myself, I know how excited our members are by the prospect of Stacey Abrams running for Governor here. Winning the Governorship will require a progressive leader like Stacey who can turn out voters who are ready for a strong contrast to the Republican agenda. If Stacey Abrams enters the ring, she can count on us to be in her corner.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

Stacey Abrams has been the Minority Leader of the Georgia General Assembly since 2011, and was first elected to that body in 2007. She is the founder of the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color in the state between 2014 and 2016. She has earned degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and Yale Law School.   

Earlier this month, DFA launched a similar effort to support Ben Jealous if he runs for Governor of Maryland, with 3,365 people having pledged to pitch in, volunteer, and organize to help him win so far.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 907 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA: Mueller Appointment Doesn’t Change Need for Impeachment

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain responds to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:

“This latest move by the Trump administration is too little, too late. With each passing day, we are learning of new ways in which Donald Trump is placing our country and our institutions in greater danger. Mueller was appointed by the same man who gave Trump cover for firing Comey, and his chain of command leads back to Donald Trump himself.

We cannot afford to have Congress sit back and watch this play out the same way it just did, with Trump and his stooges obstructing another investigation into their corruption and high crimes. Congress needs to act now to impeach Trump, the first step of which is empowering a committee to do its own investigation into impeachable offenses.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America

More than 75,000 DFA members have signed a petition calling for the investigation and impeachment of Donald Trump in the aftermath of his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

Democracy for America Celebrates Larry Krasner’s Historic Victory as Philadelphia’s Next District

Democracy for America celebrated attorney Larry Krasner’s election as the next District Attorney of Philadelphia tonight. The progressive organization, which has 11,391 members in Philadelphia and 62,584 across the state of Pennsylvania, endorsed Krasner on April 21. Since then, DFA’s local affiliated group, Philly for Change, mobilized its members to the polls, to door-knocking shifts and to phone-banks for Krasner’s campaign.

Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director of Democracy for America on the victory:

“It is past time to reverse the damage done to generations of families and neighborhoods that have been destroyed by racist police practices and prosecutors and city officials who turned a blind eye to the abuses in the criminal justice system.

"With Larry Krasner’s election tonight, Philadelphia will finally have a District Attorney who will help do that by stopping cash bail imprisonment, reducing the incarceration rate, ending civil forfeiture, and standing up against the death penalty."

"Democracy for America congratulates Larry Krasner on his huge upset win tonight. Larry Krasner’s grassroots, people-powered victory is a beacon of hope for people across the country who don’t want to settle for prosecutors who are doing more harm than good to their communities.”

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

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

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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In Aftermath of Comey Firing, 65,000 DFA Members Call for Investigation and Impeachment of Trump

For the First Time in its History, Democracy for America Calls for Impeachment of a Sitting President

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced that more than 65,000 of its members have signed a petition calling for the investigation and impeachment of Donald Trump in the aftermath of his firing of FBI Director James Comey -- the first time in its history that the organization has called for a sitting president’s impeachment.

Statement from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Donald Trump has repeatedly violated the constitution by illegally using the government to enrich himself and his family. And by firing FBI Director Comey, he has entered Nixonian territory -- using and abusing his power to obstruct justice and potentially cover up his crimes. This is the third time Trump has fired a high-ranking official who was leading an investigation of his administration.

"Donald Trump has made it clear that he will do anything to prevent the independent  investigation of his illegal conduct, including obstructing justice. Our members are demanding that Congress impeach Donald Trump to stop him from further destroying our democratic institutions before it's too late.

The American people are not ruled by a King. It’s time for our elected representatives to use their power to investigate Trump, hold him accountable, and remove him from office.” - Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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DFA Press Release

DFA Endorses Challengers in Key Virginia House Races

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed six progressive candidates challenging Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates. DFA will be mobilizing its 37,065 members in the state through fundraising, organizing, and volunteering to support its endorsed candidates in the state.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on the endorsements:

“Ending the Republicans’ veto-proof majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates will not happen unless we invest in progressives who are willing to take on entrenched Republicans. With these candidates, we will be expanding the map and channeling the enormous grassroots resistance energy we are seeing in Virginia into building more progressive power in the State House. It is past time for the state’s political leadership in Richmond to reflect the strength, values, and diversity of its people.”

DFA endorsed the following six Democratic candidates running in Republican-held seats in Virginia House of Delegates:

These House of Delegates endorsements are an initial part of the group's on-going “Purple to Blue” Project, a national multi-year effort to build power in state House and Senate chambers across the country, with a focus on making “purple” state legislative seats (like those in Virginia) decisively Democratic. As part of the program, DFA earlier this year endorsed eight incumbent progressives in the House of Delegates, as well as Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of the state. Since it’s launch, the program has mobilized its renowned network of small dollar donors and grassroots volunteers to elect state legislators in battleground states nationwide, with recent victories from Virginia to Arizona, Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, and more.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

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Tell Congress: Impeach Donald Trump

Donald TrumpCongress must impeach Donald Trump.

This shouldn't be a hard ask. There are numerous reasons why Trump should be removed from office. From his unconstitutional and un-American Muslim ban to his numerous business conflicts of interest that are generating personal profit for his family at taxpayer expense, Trump has proven over and over that he's unfit for office.

Today, Trump gave another powerful reason for his impeachment:

In a repeat of Richard Nixon's most notorious actions during the Watergate scandal, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Why did he fire Comey? Trump says it's because Comey held a press conference last summer exonerating Hillary Clinton for her emails. Others speculate it's because Comey is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. "They will put in a stooge who will shut down this investigation," said Jeffrey Toobin on CNN just now.

Let's be clear, General Flynn had to step down because he lied about meeting with Russia. Jeff Sessions lied to the Senate about meeting with Russia. And there have been reports that the FBI warned Trump that Russia may have compromising information on him that they could use for blackmail. And that's only what we know so far.

The FBI investigation into Trump and his campaign's possible collusion with Russian agents attempting to impact the Presidential election is critical to defending our democracy. We have no love lost for Comey, but Trump firing him in order to shut down the Russia investigation is yet another in a long line of impeachable offenses.

This has to stop. Congress must act -- NOW.

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Democracy for America: Ben Jealous Should Run for Governor of Maryland

National Progressive Group Mobilizes Members in Support

Today, Democracy for America announced that it wants to see Ben Jealous run for Governor of Maryland, and began mobilizing its members to pledge their support for the progressive leader in an email. In the event that Jealous does run for Governor, this will provide him with a ready base of volunteers and grassroots donors to fuel his campaign on day one. DFA has 26,239 members in Maryland and has raised more than $86,000 for progressive Maryland candidates in the 2016 cycle alone.

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:

“Replacing Maryland’s Republican Governor will require a candidate with strong progressive values who can inspire and mobilize voters throughout the state. There is no one better than Ben Jealous for this task. He has spent his life fighting for economic and racial justice, and has never shied away from speaking truth to power.”

“When the news surfaced recently that Ben Jealous was contemplating a run for Governor, we heard from our members in Maryland and across the country who are fired up to support him. There’s not a moment to lose in organizing to elect a progressive Governor of Maryland in 2018. That’s why our work starts today.” - Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director at Democracy for America

Ben Jealous began organizing with the NAACP while he was a college student, and in 2008 became the youngest person to serve as its President and CEO. Before taking on that role, he built a track record of fighting for progressive values by exposing corruption as a journalist and fighting back against hate by advocating against the racial profiling of Arab Americans while working at Amnesty International. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he was an early and outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA Press Release

DFA Backs Manka Dhingra in Key Washington Senate Special Election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Manka Dhingra in her campaign for State Senate in Washington’s 45th Legislative District. Dhingra’s election would flip the Washington State Senate from Republican to Democratic control. Currently, Democrats have the majority in the Washington House of Representatives and hold the state’s governorship.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on the endorsement:

“Manka Dhingra has an impressive track record of putting her progressive values into action in service of the community, from her prosecutorial work in therapeutic rehabilitation to founding an organization to address domestic violence to leading an initiative to fight back against hate crimes and Islamophobia.

"Winning this seat and flipping control of the Washington State Senate is the first step in wresting back control of state governments from conservative dominance across the country. Manka Dhingra can count on Democracy for America members to have her back as she leads the charge in one of the most important campaigns in the nation this year.”

Manka Dhingra is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she is chair of the Therapeutic Alternative Unit. She also co-founded Chaya, an organization to end domestic violence in the South Asian Community.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA has 70,996 members in Washington State. During 2015-2016 election cycle, Democracy for America led field trainings in Washington for over 150 local grassroots leaders, embedded field staff for state legislative races, and endorsed 11 candidates in Washington State, including Pramila Jayapal, for whom DFA members raised $67,778.71 with more than 11,000 contributions.

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