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HOW TO STOP THE ALT-RIGHT'S HATE AND INTOLERANCE AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE RIOTS

Newsweek

The Indivisible movement, created in the aftermath of Trump's shocking electoral victory, announced on Sunday plans for at least 682 "events in solidarity" with the counterprotesters of Charlottesville, writing in a statement to Newsweek that the group will combine with other organizations such as Democracy for America, Women's March and People’s Action "in solidarity with our brave friends in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy." The SPLC and other advocacy organizations also recommend donating to groups on the ground, organizing against the alt-right and responding to such rallies in real time. Interfaith organizations like Congregate C’ville, a Charlottesville coalition that came together ahead of "Unite the Right" and called on nearly 1,000 religious leaders to travel to the city for the rallies and reject the group’s message, are often some of the most vocal opponents to major alt-right demonstrations, notes the SPLC.

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The Campaign For Medicare For All – The Zero Hour

Zero Hour

Richard Eskow, host of The Zero Hour, is joined by Democracy for America’s, Robert Cruickshank, to talk about the groups campaign to push for a Medicare for all healthcare plan.

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Liberals gather in Atlanta to plan Trump resistance strategy

Washington Post

Randy Bryce, an ironworker running a buzzy long-shot campaign against House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), described a packed Friday schedule that would take him from meetings with the election-focused Progressive Change Campaign Committee, to an interview with Samantha Bee’s show, “Full Frontal,” to a happy hour sponsored by the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America. “It’s about building up a network of people who have the same goals as you, and want to win some elections,” Bryce said. “It’s going to be a big help.”

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At Netroots, liberal activists demand full-throttle approach to Trump-Russia ties

Politico

“Not only is it a false choice, it’s a really limited choice,” said Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain of the common refrain that Democratic candidates and groups ought to focus on issues like health care rather than the investigations. “I get it when people are frustrated when they feel like all they’re hearing is, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia…[but] it actually isn’t a distraction: It’s actually critical for our democracy.”

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Rallies and vigils across the nation denounce violence at Charlottesville rally

WSET

Denouncing the white nationalist viewpoints behind the day's three deaths and dozens more injuries, organizers of Sunday's events say they seek to remember those lost and reinforce the values of peace, love and acceptance many feel have been jeopardized. Organizations like Democracy for America, Mi Familia Vota, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, CODEPINK and many others are banding together to coordinate the occasion.

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Democracy for America Holds Solidarity Rallies Across the Nation

Tennessee Tribune

Democracy for America (DFA) members joined Americans across the country to stand against white supremacy and against the deadly violence committed by Nazi groups in Charlottesville. In Atlanta, DFA’s Mondale Robinson and Alejandro Chavez joined civil rights icon Dolores Huerta and hundreds of activists, including DFA members, in a rally that dominated local news headlines.

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Governors press Trump to make ObamaCare payments

The Hill

"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," Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America (DFA), said in a statement.  "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."

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Is Pam Keith running for Congress, or still in Senate campaign mode?

Florida Politics

In a new fundraising email to supporters, Keith – who recently announced a bid for Florida’s 18th Congressional District – flaunts an endorsement from the Democracy for America chapters in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties. DFA is the progressive committee founded in 2004 by former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, which boasts more than one million members.

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Progressive groups urge Democrats to reject anti-abortion candidates

The Hill

"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," Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America (DFA), said in a statement. "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."
 
 

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Hirono takes spotlight with impassioned plea to keep Obamacare

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

On Friday, Democracy for America, a Vermont-based progressive political action committee, endorsed Hirono following “her heartfelt speech (that) helped derail the seven-year campaign by Senate Republicans to repeal Obamacare.” The organization’s spokesman, Neil Sroka, told the Star-Advertiser that Hirono’s “emotionally powerful” speech likely will raise her political profile in the health care debate. “It’s a perfect example of someone who doesn’t just understand people’s lives, but has lived the struggles of people’s lives,” Sroka said. “She has had an increasingly visible role in the Senate over these last six years, and I think she’s only going to become more powerful.

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Democrats please progressives with left-leaning policy agenda

McClatchy

It’s a reminder that even as liberals praise the new agenda from congressional leadership, they still expect more. “Negotiating drug prices for Medicare, we’ve been saying that for 15 years,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the liberal group Democracy for America. “That’s a no-brainer, not bold leadership.”

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Democrats were incensed over Comey's firing, but they're not vowing to fight his replacement

Vox

Not everyone on the left has been happy with Senate Democrats’ support for Wray. The New Republic’s Brian Beutler penned an op-ed last week imploring Democrats to “vote en masse” against Wray. And two progressive advocacy groups, CREDO and Democracy for America, have adopted similar lines. Added Neil Sroka, a spokesperson for DFA: “If Democrats were to vote to approve Wray for FBI director, it would tell Trump he could force out anyone for any time for any reason of his choosing. Our view is you cannot separate Comey’s being fired from the appointment of Wray to his position. Those are not severable.”

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Poll: Americans split 42%-42% on impeaching Trump

USA Today

Liberal advocacy groups have been using calls to impeach Trump to raise money, including $25 T-shirts and $15 travel mugs from Democracy for America that declare, "Unfit to serve." This month, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) formally introduced an article of impeachment, accusing the president of obstructing justice when he fired FBI director James Comey in May.

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GOP health bill nears demise, but Democrats’ unity masks their own dangerous divide

McClatchy D.C.

“We are nearing the point where support is going to become a litmus test, not just for progressives, but for Democrats writ large,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy for America.

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Major progressive group endorses Martha McSally challenger

The Hill

Democracy for America is throwing its weight behind Mary Matiella, a Democrat running against Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who is considered a top 2018 Democratic target. In a release provided first to The Hill, DFA announced it's backing the former assistant secretary of the Army, who faces a crowded primary before she can take on McSally in her Tucson-based district. DFA, which was founded in 2004 by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), touted Matiella’s “populist progressive vision” for the country, with plans to take on income inequality and supporting ideas like Medicare for All, which was championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his insurgent presidential campaign. “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," DFA chairman Jim Dean said in a release. “Mary Matiella is the progressive choice in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District race.”

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Single-Payer Looms as Health Care Rift for Democrats

National Journal

“The only ne­go­ti­ated po­s­i­tion that would be ac­cept­able would be a com­prom­ise to in­clude a pub­lic op­tion in the cur­rent Obama­care ex­change,” said Neil Sroka, spokes­man for the lib­er­al group Demo­cracy for Amer­ica. “In our view, that’s what Demo­crats should be stand­ing for, is Medi­care for all, and if you want to com­prom­ise, the only ac­cept­able com­prom­ise would be the in­stall­a­tion of a pub­lic op­tion.”

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Walker, Drew dive into Connecticut governor’s race

Connecticut Post

In Drew’s travels across the state, including meetings with Democratic Town Committees and liberal groups such as Democracy for America, he has promoted Middletown as an example of economic development, downtown revitalization and educational investment. He has spoken against “austerity budgeting” and called for increases to the minimum wage and collective bargaining protections.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to endorse Jealous in the Maryland governor’s race

Washington Post

Our Revolution is the second national progressive group to throw its support behind Jealous. In May, before Jealous announced his candidacy, Democracy for America said it was ready to mobilize to help Jealous in a 2018 run for governor.

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Democrats Hatch Plans A, B, and C to Impeach Trump

The Daily Signal

MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, and other progressive or “resistance” groups have been advocating for it. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., appears to have gotten the most airtime of anyone in Congress talking about impeaching the president on talk shows and public events.

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A Tale Of Two Staceys: Georgia Governor’s Race Highlights Democratic Party Divisions

Huffington Post

Abrams has already picked up the support of progressive heavyweights like Democracy for America, a liberal online activist organization, and Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution, the legacy group for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  Mondale Robinson, Democracy for America’s electoral campaign manager, vehemently defended the organization’s decision to get behind Abrams at such an early stage, calling her the “most progressive candidate up and down the ballot.” He noted that DFA surveyed its Georgia-based members before making the endorsement and ― based on her support for criminal justice reform, workers’ rights and single-payer health care ― Abrams was the favorite. The group plans to mobilize its members on behalf of Abrams and eventually invest money in the race.

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Angered by Trump, liberals are transforming city politics

McClatchy D.C.

Liberals also have had success elsewhere: In Cincinnati, for instance, City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson won 45 percent of the mayoral-race vote in May’s election, earning more support than even the incumbent mayor. Democracy for America, a nationwide liberal group based in Vermont, endorsed Simpson. They also scored a major victory in Jackson, Miss., where Chokwe Antar Lumumba became mayor-elect just three years after narrowly losing the mayor’s race. Lumumba already has a national presence, after thrilling an audience of several thousand liberals gathered last month at a conference in Chicago, where he vowed to govern not as a calculating centrist but as a progressive champion.  The national liberal groups involved in these races say they’re also focused on even more obscure races than those for mayor or district attorney. Democracy for America, for instance, endorsed a candidate in a Library Board race in a western Chicago suburb, arguing that progressives should seek to press their advantage in every race. “I don’t think there’s a position too small to start building progressive power, especially with all the energy you’re seeing among progressives this year not just in opposing Trump, but also recognizing how important it is to push for progressive policies like minimum wage to universal health care,” said Vivek Kembaiyan, DFA spokesman.

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Democracy for America endorses Randy Bryce in Paul Ryan's district

Wisconsin Gazette

Democracy for America on June 28 endorsed ironworker Randy Bryce for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. The endorsement is the organization’s first of a federal challenger endorsement for the 2018 general election. Bryce is running for the seat held by House Speaker Paul Ryan. DFA has 41,971 members in Wisconsin and more than a million members nationwide. DFA chair Jim Dean issued this statement: “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. His 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.”

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Major progressive group rolls out first incumbent House endorsement

The Hill

Democracy for America has endorsed Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), its first endorsement of a House incumbent for the midterm cycle. In a release provided first to The Hill, Democracy for America (DFA) commended Gallego for consistently standing up to President Trump since Trump's November election and praised him for leading the efforts against Trump’s “hateful agenda.” Gallego isn’t considered vulnerable in 2018. DFA plans to make additional endorsements in support of House challengers later this week. “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,” DFA Chairman Jim Dean said in a statement. “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.” (Cont.)

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“I’m a master legislator”: Nancy Pelosi defends herself against mounting Democratic dissent

Salon

In an interview with the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips, Alejandro Chavez, campaign manager for Democracy for America, said that while Pelosi is “not where we need to go,” he also faulted Ossoff for failing to energize Democratic voters with an economic message that was anemically centrist. “If you look at Rob Quist in Montana and James Thompson in Kansas, they ran on a very populist message in their races, like on single-payer health care. And they closed the gap on Trump in those races,” he said, referring to two other Democratic congressional candidates. “Look at Ossoff, who ran in the middle of that. Trump won by 1.5 points against Hillary Clinton, and then Ossoff lost by four,” Chavez said.

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Democrats have reasons for concern

Philadelphia Tribune

“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,” said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America.

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Georgia election a wake-up call for both parties?

News OK

Ossoff didn't make Trump central to his campaign, prompting post-election criticism by some on the left. Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said that defeating Republicans in districts 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.”

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‘Nancy Pelosi is not where we need to go.’ Why Democrats lost Georgia, a progressive story.

Washington Post

Another gut-punch loss for Democrats, another soul-searching moment. Really, Democrats are having the same internal arguments about why they lost Georgia's special election on Tuesday as why they lost the presidency in November. For one side of that argument, The Fix spoke to Alejandro Chavez, Democracy for America's campaign manager, who was on the ground in Georgia. Our conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity. THE FIX: What's your takeaway from why Democrats lost a special election you thought you could win? We cannot continue with business as usual. We cannot continue the same vote-targeting models, we cannot continue the same stream of centralized candidates who don't run on a populist message. We can't continue down these ways that we've seen haven't work for us. We need to change things. And a lot of that has to come from the party's leadership specifically. Meaning spend less on ads and huge TV programs and more on field operations. And we gotta be strong on the message. (Cont.)

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Democrats at a loss for explanation after another special-election defeat

Washington Times

Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee that deployed staff to Georgia and invested $65,000 in the race, blamed “unforced errors” by the party and the Ossoff campaign. Democrats, he said, need to tilt further to the left and take that message directly to voters. “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,” he said. “The same tired centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice.”

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Dem loss in Georgia underscores party challenges

Associated Press (Star Tribune)

"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," said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America.

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Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?

CNN

Democracy for America chair Jim Dean blasted the Democratic establishment's "unforced errors."

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