We know climate change is real, it’s here, and there’s little time for us to prevent it from turning into a devastating disaster – one that will wreak havoc on some of the most vulnerable communities across our country and the planet.
We need legislation like the Green New Deal and progressive leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to mitigate the worst impacts climate change, create good jobs, and promote environmental justice.
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, who secured the Democratic nomination last week. If elected, Ayala would be the first woman of color and the first Afro Latina, elected to statewide office in Virginia’s history.
DFA previously endorsed Hala in her bid for Virginia’s 51st House District back in 2017 as part of our successful multi-cycle effort to flip the Virginia legislature from Purple to Blue. Ayala went on to win against a four-term Republican incumbent in the diverse and fast-growing suburbs of Prince William County. A Virginia native, Ayala is a powerhouse progressive with a passion for people-powered policies that serve working families.
For over 20 years as a cybersecurity specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, she worked to protect our nation’s information systems and prevent attacks on our national security. From the local PTA and statewide women’s advocacy groups to serving on the McAuliffe Council of Women, Hala has long worked for progress; and seeing millions of women stand up against division and hate during the historic Women’s March inspired her to run for office.
“Ayala is a rising star for the New American Majority and she has the receipts to prove it. She made good on her campaign promises of expanding Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians, raising teacher pay, passing the Equal Rights Amendment, and expanding background checks in order to promote gun safety,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America. “She will be a force for real, progressive change as Virginia’s next Lt. Gov.”
Democracy for America has 33,995 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia and more than a million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed four mayoral candidates running in 2021 to lead major American cities from across the country. The four mayoral candidates that DFA is endorsing include:
India Walton - Buffalo, NY
Tameika Isaac Devine - Columbia, SC
Sharetta Smith - Lima, OH
Joyce Craig - Manchester, NH
This is the first time DFA has backed Walton, Devine, and Smith – all of whom are Black women and would be the first woman ever to be elected mayors of their respective cities. DFA endorsed Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig in 2015, 2017 and 2019, Craig was the first woman elected to lead Manchester.
DFA kicked off the 2021 cycle by endorsing Tishaura Jones in her successful bid for mayor of St. Louis, MO, where she became the first Black woman to be elected mayor.
“As a former DFA-endorsed Black woman mayoral candidate, I know the strength and support needed for a barrier-breaking race,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO. “These four amazing candidates are ready to meet the challenges of their very different cities while also building progressive power in key states critical to the kind of progressive change we need across America. We could not be more excited to stand with Joyce Craig, India Walton, Tameika Isaac Devine, and Sharetta Smith.”
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Aramis Ayala for Congress in Florida's 10th Congressional district for Rep. Val Demings’ seat. While Ayala opted not to run for reelection as the state’s attorney, she seized upon the opportunity to run for Congress while Demings seeks to unseat Marco Rubio in the Senate.
DFA previously endorsed Ayala in her successful and historic bid for state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida where she became the Sunshine State’s first-ever Black state attorney and the first woman to represent her district. During her time as state attorney, Ayala proved to be a stalwart force against the death penalty; refusing prosecutions seeking the death penalty and fighting against it all the way to the Supreme Court. Although she lost her battle in court, she gained national attention as a fierce advocate against the death penalty.
She pushed other progressive policies by leading on criminal justice reform; creating innovative pre-trial diversion programs; police accountability and oversight reforms; and initiatives to support victims of domestic violence.
“Aramis is politically prepared and personally equipped to fight for Floridians when it comes to tackling the deep-rooted inequities in our society because she has faced them,” said Democracy for America CEO, Yvette Simpson. “From her working-class background where she learned the value of workers’ rights and a living wage, to her near-death experience with an aggressive lymphoma when doctors told her she had less than 24 hours to live. She lived the inequities of the healthcare system and understands that policy decisions can be the difference between life and death for millions of Americans.”
“I'm thrilled to have the endorsement of Democracy For America,” said Ayala. “DFA knows what it means to be a principled fighter for economic equality, racial justice, climate change, affordable housing, and healthcare, and I'm looking forward to joining them on the campaign trail. Together, we can take the bold policy reform I began as Florida's first Black state attorney all the way to Washington.”
DFA has 2,690 members in Florida’s 10th Congressional district, 84,109 members in the state of Florida, and more than one million members nationwide.
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) has hired veteran political strategist Christopher Scott to serve in the newly created position of Chief Political Officer where he will oversee the organization’s electoral, political and communications departments. The former national political director for The Collective PAC and Detroit native will also work closely with DFA CEO Yvette Simpson strategically to capitalize on the momentum of the progressive movement by expanding it electorally to move the country forward with people-focused policies and candidates up and down the ballot across all 50 states.
“I have watched Chris be a key player in getting things done for progressive candidates and causes across the country,” said Yvette Simpson. “We are thrilled to have him join DFA at such a critical time in American politics. We are ramping up our work with candidates across the country and now, more than ever, progressives causes and values are what America needs to defend our democracy.”
“Democracy for America is an iconic brand in the progressive movement,” said Chris Scott. “It is the North Star for progressive candidates running for office to receive an endorsement from DFA. I have been fortunate enough in my career to find success doing new things and building new initiatives. It is with great honor that I start my next chapter in a new role with an organization that wrote the book on being bold and moving first.
Christopher has served as the deputy campaign manager for Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney re-election campaign, and executive director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, the nation's oldest legislative Black caucus. Christopher began his career in politics in 2012 both interning for Congressman John Lewis and working on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Christopher holds a B.A. from Bowling Green State University in Film Production and a M.A. from American University in Strategic Communication.
Outside of his career Christopher is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Inc., charter member for New Leaders Council – Columbus chapter, father, and husband.
President Biden has recently asked the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to look into his legal authority to cancel student loan debt.
We already know that he has the legal authority to cancel student debt under section 432(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
In the last three decades, the costs of college have skyrocketed, making higher education essentially inaccessible and unattainable for working people. This has created even deeper economic inequality, and it has worsened the racial wealth gap, which is evidenced by the fact that Black Americans are more likely to take on student debt, have $7,400 more in debt on average, and more likely to default on their loans than white Americans.
Democracy for America has been supporting the movement to cancel student loan debt for years and now we have a real chance at making this happen.
Sign our petition now to demand that President Biden cancel student loan debt.Take Action!
Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have officially unveiled the Green New Deal again.
This bold resolution would put our country on the path towards a clean energy future including:
- 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030
- A guaranteed living-wage job for anybody who needs one
- A just transition for both workers and frontline communities
- It’s a win-win for our environment and economy, and it’s our greatest opportunity to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
Add your name right now to join DFA, Ed Markey, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in supporting a Green New Deal today.Take Action!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2021
Contact: Kelley Jackson
STATEMENT FROM CEO YVETTE SIMPSON
ON THE GUILTY VERDICT IN THE TRIAL OF DEREK CHAUVIN
(Vermont) -- George Floyd’s life mattered. This has been a long time coming, not only for the family and loved ones of George Floyd, but for the families and loved ones of every Black person that has died at the hands of police.
We are relieved that justice for George Floyd has been served, but there is no justice whenever there is a loss of life at the hands of those who are sworn to serve and protect. Mr. Floyd’s life has served as a sacrifice for the future of Black men and women and children who have faced and will face police brutality and violence and disrespect. We know from the recent murder of Daunte Wright by Brooklyn Center police, just minutes away from where George Floyd was murdered, that the struggle continues and this work is far from over.
As we have just witnessed in the trial of Derek Chauvin, criminal justice should be administered in the courts, by juries, not on the streets by abusive police officers.
Today, Derek Chauvin was held accountable for his actions. We hope this verdict sends a message to law enforcement across the country, that you will be held accountable for your actions, abuse, and violence against Black people.
Sadly, we must continue the public demand and outcry: STOP KILLING US. Keep your knee off of our necks. Black lives matter. We must end qualified immunity now. And we must continue to fight to ensure the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is passed and Black Americans can begin to breathe.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a first, but necessary step forward in re-imagining public safety and holding police accountable across the country. We must take this important step right now to prevent another George Floyd, Daunte Wright, or Jacob Blake from being killed or severely injured by law enforcement.
The bill would set a national standard for use of force by police officers, ban “no-knock” warrants in federal drug cases and the use of chokeholds, and limit the transfer of military equipment to police departments.
It would also expand the Department of Justice’s ability to investigate police departments for misconduct and establish a national police misconduct database.
It’s time for all police departments to hold their officers accountable and for all police to stop the abuse and murder of Black citizens.
DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES
SAM RASOUL FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Sam Rasoul for Lt. Governor of Virginia in the open primary election to be held June 8, 2021. The son of immigrant parents, raised in Roanoke, Rasoul is currently a member of the House of Delegates where he has served for seven years.
His work in the General Assembly reflects his reputation as a solid, trustworthy progressive with broad appeal as he has worked to lower health care costs, pushed for intersectional justice through a Green New Deal, and advocated for good government by limiting the influence of special interests.
“Sam is a composite of the inclusive populism DFA fights for, and the people-centered progressive champion DFA supports,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO, DFA. “He’s bold, innovative and represents the future. He believes in a Virginia-specific Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, and robust infrastructure.
“But the most exciting thing about Sam is the amazing connection he has with such a broad swath of constituents, and his commitment to bringing folks along with him, helping people to understand how government works. It just amplifies his authenticity as a public servant. He is a much-needed breath of fresh air and DFA is excited to back his campaign for Lt. Governor,” she said.
The spirit of the 50 State Strategy spearheaded by DFA inspired me to believe our party needs to run strong everywhere,” said Sam Rasoul. “A DFA endorsement would mean so much and would validate our belief that we must bring progressive values to every corner of Virginia.”
Rasoul is DFA’s third endorsed candidate in Virginia in the 2021 cycle. DFA has already endorsed Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor and Jay Jones for Attorney General. Virginia has been a priority state for DFA’s Purple to Blue Project since 2013 when Democrats swept all statewide races.
DFA has 34,817 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more than one million members nationwide.
DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SENATE
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Malcolm Kenyatta in the 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race. The election will be a decisive one as it will help determine who controls the United States Senate in 2023, Democrats or Republicans.
DFA supported Kenyatta in his 2017 successful bid for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he still serves, becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
In the legislature, Kenyatta has advocated initiatives that would address generational poverty, raise the minimum wage, protect workers' rights, increase access to mental healthcare, and stem gun violence.
“Representation matters. Not only does Malcolm represent the New American Majority, he represents the new American family,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO of DFA. “People need to see themselves in the highest levels of government, and those in the highest levels of government need to look like, live like, speak for, and fight for the needs of ordinary people.
“Malcolm is an ordinary Pennsylvanian with an extraordinary desire to change the world, stop the rise of hate, and make life a little bit better for people like him and his family: those from humble beginnings, those who have faced tough times financially, and those who just want to be treated fairly and get a fair shot,” said Simpson.
DFA has 68,693 members in the state of Pennsylvania, and more than one million members nationwide.
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders has recently introduced the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act which would increase the corporate tax rate by 0.5% for companies reporting a CEO-to-median-worker pay ratio of 50 to 1, and grow to a rate of 5% for companies reporting a ratio of 500 to 1 or higher.
The bill could raise as much as $150 billion over 10 years, thus reducing growing income inequality, while providing the financial resources we need to help millions of Americans still struggling to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Please join Robert Reich and DFA by signing on to be a citizen co-sponsor of Bernie’s bill to increase federal corporate taxes on companies that pay their CEO's an outrageously high amount of money when compared to their median worker.Take Action!
STATEMENT FROM CEO YVETTE SIMPSON
Democracy for America (DFA) CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement regarding Tishaura Jones’ victory in today’s St. Louis, MO mayor’s race:
“Congratulations to Tishaura Jones for her hard-won victory to become the next mayor, and the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis, Missouri,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America. We are proud to have endorsed her from day one and are thrilled to have joined her on this journey to become the city’s chief executive.
“DFA was on the ground with mayor-elect Tishaura Jones this weekend and all day on Election Day campaigning around the city; the energy and enthusiasm was amazing! We are grateful to all the voters who turned out on this beautiful day to send the candidate with the best vision and the most progressive values to the mayor’s office.
“She earned her stripes as the first Black woman ever to serve as Missouri’s House Assistant Minority Floor Leader and the first Black woman to serve as St. Louis Treasurer. And now, she gets to bring her people-focused servant leadership in service to leading the great city of St. Louis.
“A better America begins with leaders like Mayor-elect Jones in cities like St. Louis,” Simpson said.
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Democracy for America is not only who we are, it’s what we do. We work to elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot, all across the country, year after year to ensure American democracy is protected and remains for the people, by the people.
Through our 50-state strategy, proven expansive and inclusive grassroots organizing, and early, deep investment in candidates and campaigns, DFA stays on the frontlines defending democracy. We fight everywhere so we can win everywhere.
Here’s why becoming a DFA Defender is the best way to support our work:
- There is never an off-year for DFA. You help us work with campaigns throughout the year, every year. Elections happen throughout the country every year. Since our founding in 2004 DFA has elected over 1000 people to office, trained over 125,000 candidates, their staff and volunteers, made over 33 million voter contacts and raised more than $70 million for progressive candidates. The work of fighting for change never ends, and DFA makes sure your investment in progressive movement-building goes the distance.
- Become a part of the largest coordinated PAC in America. With DFA, every dollar you contribute goes further. We don't knock on the same doors, talk to the same voters, and do what's already been done. Field operations and phone outreach are coordinated closely with campaigns so we can expand the footprint of each candidate by covering fresh ground. Most importantly the wealth of data we collect is shared directly with the campaign, providing them with navigational assets that would otherwise be unattainable without Big Money. In this way, your contribution to DFA has a ripple effect throughout the progressive movement.
- Help us invest early in progressive visionaries. DFA is often the first to endorse and support a candidate. Early support makes a difference. Just as we endorsed Raphael Warnock in 2020 days after his announcement and Stacey Abrams during her run for Governor before her formal announcement, we have once again led the movement by highlighting the heroes of tomorrow TODAY by endorsing a new slate of progressives for 2021 like Maya Wiley and McKayla Wilkes.
- Let’s keep fighting everywhere so we can win everywhere. Since our founding in 2004, we have always believed in the 50 state strategy and that we need to fight everywhere to win everywhere. DFA is known for supporting races in red, blue and purple states, up and down the ballot from school board to district attorney, and from state legislature to the US Senate.
- Together, we can elect the New American Majority. The progressive movement grows stronger every day because we are powered by the people. We’ve doubled down on our efforts to elect bold, progressive leaders all across the country who represent the New American Majority: people of color and white progressive voters.
- Your contribution helps us sustain momentum with multi-cycle organizing. Our work has always focused on long-term organizing, from our Purple to Blue work over the last 8 years in VA to our work in Georgia since 2017, and so many others, we know that to make a real, lasting impact, you must commit to multi-cycle organizing and expanding the electorate by reaching voters who have been historically ignored.
- You can keep us battle-ready for immediate responses and impact. Your support allows us to hit the ground running when a cause, an issue, or a candidate needs our support. Being early and consistent is how we win.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2021
Contact: Kelley Jackson
STATEMENT FROM DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA CEO, YVETTE SIMPSON, ON REP. DEB HAALAND’S CONFIRMATION AS INTERIOR SECRETARY
Deb Haaland epitomizes everything we envision our country to be -- progressive, ecologically conscious, and resilient, with a vision for clean water, clear air, and clean energy. Her leadership is the balm our country needs at this critical time for our environment.
We rejoice in her appointment and celebrate the history that is being made. As Secretary of the Interior, not only will she make history as the first Native American and first woman of color to hold the position, she will be the guardian that this country so desperately and justly needs, a leader born of 35 generations of indigenous people who are one with the land. This is a win for our country.
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If you would like more information about Democracy for America or about including us in your estate plans, please contact us by phone or email. We are here for every step of the planning process. Please reach out at your convenience if you would like to schedule a personal consultation with you or your estate planners.
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Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement regarding Tishaura Jones advancing to a runoff in the St. Louis, MO mayoral primary:
“Congratulations to Tishaura Jones for not only making it to the runoff for Mayor of St. Louis, MO, but for also leading with appearing on 57% of ballots cast,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO. “We at DFA are thrilled that Tishaura was the top vote getter in this primary election and we will continue to work with her campaign to seal a victory on April 6th. We named her “21 to Watch in ‘21” and it was for this reason -- she’s ready to lead the city of St. Louis.
“St. Louis voters are ready for real change, real progressive leadership, and they know that the best person to lead them during this critical time in their city, and in this nation, is Tishaura Jones.
“We endorsed her campaign when she announced because she is the right candidate to lead St. Louis right now. She is progressive in her values and she showed herself to be bold and unapologetic by enacting a $15/hr minimum wage in the Treasurer’s office and launching the nation’s second-largest children’s savings program, College Kids, which has over 16,300 children enrolled and more than $1.2 million saved for their futures.
“Tishaura has proven time and again that she is a leader working for the people of St. Louis, and St. Louis voters know it.”
DFA has 5,653 members in St. Louis, 23,899 in the state of Missouri, and more than one million members nationwide.
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Mckayla Wilkes for Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District, ahead of her 2022 rematch against corporate Democrat Steny Hoyer. This is DFA’s first endorsement of the 2022 cycle.
A progressive Democrat who was raised in the district, Wilkes seeks to build upon the ground she gained during her first run for the office last year. Since then, she has launched the non-profit Schools Not Jails to focus on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and leverage her momentum as a voice for change. She believes in progressive policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, expanded voting rights, and humane immigration.
“Democracy for America backed Mckayla last year when she shocked Maryland’s political establishment by building a people-powered movement strong enough to shake up a forty-year establishment machine,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO of Democracy for America. “We’re backing her once again and lending our full support to help her deliver a victory to Maryland’s Fifth District constituents.
“She knows the struggles that many Americans face because she’s faced them, too. Her will to serve and work to improve the lives of others is born of her own struggles. That’s the kind of candidate we are here to support. People who want to change the world for the better,” said Simpson.
“I am so honored that Democracy for America has endorsed our grassroots campaign here in Maryland's 5th Congressional District. Last cycle, our movement was able to beat Majority Leader Hoyer in the in-person vote by double digits,” said Mckayla Wilkes. “Working-class people in Maryland and across the country cannot wait any longer for bold action. We need representatives who will fight for racial, economic, and environmental justice. I am prepared and determined to be that representative.”
DFA has 3,151 members in Maryland's fifth Congressional district, 30,326 members in the state of Maryland, and more than one million members nationwide.
FRIDAY: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN BLACK WOMEN
AN ABC NEWS LIVE SPECIAL EVENT
FEATURING YVETTE SIMPSON, CEO, DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA
In Celebration of Black History Month, DFA Hosts Watch Party Tweetup with ABC News LIVE using #BlackHERstory
WHO: Democracy for America (DFA) @DFAaction
Yvette Simpson, DFA CEO and ABC News Contributor @ysimpsonpower
WHAT: In celebration of Black History Month, DFA is hosting a Tweetup. A virtual Watch Party on Twitter during the airing of ABC News Live’s “Conversations Between Black Women” special event.
WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EST (check local listings for show times)
WHERE: ABC News Live and Twitter
Other Info: Participants may follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag
Hosted by Deborah Roberts, ABC News anchor
Other featured panelists:
Leah Wright-Rigueur, Harvard Professor and ABC News Contributor. Angela Yee, host of The Breakfast Club, a nationally syndicated radio show
A violent mob of insurrectionists attempted a coup on our nation’s Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Multiple people are dead. Two Capitol police officers were murdered by the vicious mob. Others were chased, dragged, beaten, or crushed, with more than four dozen officers sustaining injuries.
As we’ve read, some people even brought zip ties, semi-automatic weapons, Molotov cocktails, and pipe bombs. They came within inches of breaching the Senate chamber before officers were able to get it secured.
If we allow Members of Congress who incited and allegedly planned this vicious attack to remain in Congress, it’s only a matter of time before the next assault.
Democracy must be protected. We must demand action. Add your name and make sure seditionists in Congress are held accountable.
"We support the immediate removal of Members of Congress -- both House and Senate -- who are proven to have incited or planned the violent attack on our nation's Capitol on January 6th.
If a Member of Congress engaged in insurrection against the United States Constitution, then that person cannot sit in the United States Congress and must be immediately removed."PAST ACTION
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Jay Jones for Virginia Attorney General in the upcoming primary election on June 8, 2021 against three-term incumbent Mark Herring.
A lifelong resident of Virginia and current member of the House of Delegates, Jones has a deep and authentic relationship with the residents of Virginia and a track record of populist reforms necessary to bring about real change for Virginians.
Jones has fought to expand access to Medicaid, pushed for more robust environmental regulations, and championed the “Ashanti Alert,” an emergency broadcast alert for missing adults that became the federal model. In the state legislature, he has led the fight to end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, end capital punishment, and create a Civil Rights Division in the Office of the Attorney General
“This is exactly the kind of bold, innovative leadership Virginians deserve on the critical issue of criminal justice reform. DFA is proud to endorse Jay for Attorney General as he championsf the foundational values our members support,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America. “He will bring a lifetime of advocacy and a commitment to fair and just leadership to the Attorney General’s office.
“In addition to being extremely qualified for the position he will also bring a moral clarity to Virginia’s executive branch, which has invariably been riddled with scandals and unchecked white supremacy for too long. We look forward to helping him make history as first Black Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia,”
“Democracy for America has been on the forefront of real and equitable justice reform, labor rights, and so many other progressive causes that are central to our campaign,” said Jay Jones, candidate for Virginia Attorney General. “I am honored to have received their vote of confidence and I will work hard to earn the vote of my fellow Virginians as I campaign across the state. I am eager to serve and bring the kind of leadership my constituents deserve as the chief law enforcement officer of the state.”
Jay Jones is Democracy for America’s second endorsed candidate in Virginia in the 2021 cycle. DFA also endorsed Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor in December of 2020. Virginia was also a Democracy for America “Purple to Blue” state from 2013 when Democrats swept all statewide races, until both legislative chambers were flipped to Democratic control during the 2019 cycle.
DFA has 34,817 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more than one million members nationwide.
DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES KAREN CARTER PETERSON FOR CONGRESS IN LOUISIANA’S 2ND DISTRICT
Veteran Democrat Has Track Record of Progressive Leadership, Putting People First
(Vermont) -- Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Karen Carter Peterson in the special election for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. The primary is set for March 20, 2021 and the runoff is scheduled for April 24, 2021.
A New Orleans native, Karen Carter Peterson has devoted her career to advocating for working families, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and underrepresented communities at both the state and national levels.
Peterson worked with the Obama administration to expand access to Medicaid in Louisiana after the Republican governor refused to do so; and because of that, more than half a million Louisiana residents are now covered. She also fought back against a Louisiana version of the "heartbeat bill" as a member of the state legislature, and championed women's right to receive reproductive health care in opposition to a Democrat party leader.
The open seat comes after Congressman Cedric Richmond resigned to join President Joe Biden’s administration as Senior Advisor. If elected, Karen Carter Peterson would become the first Black woman to ever represent her district in Congress if elected.
“We are thrilled to kick off the first day of Black History Month endorsing Karen Carter Peterson for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District,” said Yvette Simpson, CEO, DFA. Carter Peterson is DFA’s fifth endorsement of the 2021 election cycle, all of which have been Black women.
“Although the field is crowded in this open-seat special election, Karen stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of her extensive legislative experience and successes, and her unwavering commitment to the progressive values and issues we fight for every day at Democracy for America.
“She’s a powerhouse, and no stranger to fighting uphill battles and making bold moves. She is exactly the kind of candidate we like to support because she doesn't let politics get in the way of putting people first. She has led on progressive causes in one of the most conservative states in this country and has never backed down. Representation matters in Congress, but so does bringing home results. Karen has proven she is the right person for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana right now.
“In Congress, we know that she’ll be a champion for Medicare for All, a robust response to the climate crisis, and a fierce advocate for racial, reproductive, and economic justice. We look forward to fighting alongside Karen for our shared values in her fast-approaching primary, and in the years to come.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
“I’m honored to have the support of Democracy for America, an organization at the forefront of a movement that will return power back to the people. DFA’s work to train and empower people across the country and right here in Louisiana has been a game changer for progressive action. As Louisiana’s next Congresswoman, I'll always speak truth to power and fight for comprehensive COVID relief for working families, Medicare for All, and access to a quality education for all children. I’m looking forward to working with DFA members as we build a movement and win in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District." -- Karen Carter Peterson, DFA endorsed candidate for Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District.
Peterson spent a decade in the Louisiana State House of Representatives, another decade in the Louisiana State Senate, and served as chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party for eight years, the first woman and only the second Black person to hold the position. Until recently, Peterson served as vice chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection at the Democratic National Committee.
DFA has 3,114 members in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, 10,222 in the state of Louisiana, and more than one million members nationwide.
Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement in response to Biden’s selection of Jaime Harrison for DNC Chair:
“Congratulations to Jaime Harrison for being chosen to be the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair. We at DFA are thrilled that Jaime is President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the party right now, as Democrats and the progressive movement make waves in the deep South and across the country.
“We were proud early supporters of Jaime Harrison’s candidacy in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate campaign in November against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Not only did Jaime shatter fundraising records, but more importantly he changed the conversation about what real leadership means, and what South Carolinians deserve and should demand of their elected leaders.
“Although he did not prevail in that race, Jaime was a force to reckon with and proved he can galvanize people the party seeks to reach. While Lindsey Graham continues to whine about the impeachment of Donald Trump and campaign against his removal from office, the Democratic party and progressive leaders are celebrating Jaime’s new role in the DNC and excited about him working to expand the electorate, prioritizing organizing and engaging the New American Majority, particularly Black and brown voters, and supporting this issues that matter to everyday people.
“Jaime is a breath of fresh air for the party and his talent for engaging people across the demographics of race, age, income status and lived experiences will serve the party and the people well. We look forward to his leadership and service.
“President-elect Joe Biden has said he is ‘building an administration that looks like America.’ With Jaime as his pick to lead the party under his administration, he kept his word. We have always said representation matters; we are glad our voices are being heard.” – Yvette Simpson, CEO
The horror we witnessed earlier this week – as our United States Capitol was breached for the first time since 1814, during a time of war – was an act of domestic terror, committed by traitors who are, and hold themselves out to be, Trump supporters.
What we witnessed shocked our conscience, but was not a surprise. Not to us. Not to those of us in the movement.
We, at Democracy for America, along with many other activists, organizations, and leaders of this country have been sounding the alarm about Donald Trump for years. Aided and abetted by a cadre of sycophants and enablers since he took office has only emboldened his autocratic and fascist behavior and rhetoric.
The violence and destruction that occurred was stoked by our Commander-in-Chief, and it happened because he encouraged and facilitated it; he set the stage, he struck the match and he fanned the flames. The anarchy we witnessed today was a direct manifestation of Donald Trump’s prolonged and unchecked sedition. Since its inception, his presidency has sought to undermine the very democratic foundation of this nation and take power away from the people.
What we witnessed this week was an attempted coup -- sanctioned by the sitting president.
Therefore, Democracy for America is calling on Donald Trump to be removed from office immediately, either by enacting the 25th Amendment or by Articles of Impeachment.
After that, he must be charged with any and all crimes for which he may be guilty and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must also ensure that he can never hold public office ever again.
The United States of America must send a strong message to our enemies, foreign and domestic, that sedition, anarchy, and domestic terrorism will not be tolerated, by anyone, especially our Commander-in-Chief.
We must act now. We must defend our democracy. Donald Trump is unfit to remain in office.
Remove Donald Trump from office immediately. Link to our petition here: http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/remove-trump-now-1-6-21/?t=1&refcode=pressrelease
Democracy for America (DFA) congratulates Jon Ossoff and Raphel Warnock for their historic wins in their respective Georgia Senate runoff races. Their victories are a beacon of hope during a dark week, and a reminder that voters are not only resilient, they are directly rejecting the institutions of white nationalism and authoritarianism that Donald Trump and his supporters have tried to reinforce in this country.
Those dual contests in Georgia were two of the most consequential elections in American history. Their successes will create a significant and essential shift in power in the U.S. Senate under the Biden Administration. With a 50/50 split in the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote on a Senate agenda, determining the majority. It also ends the reign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose leadership is marred with legislative inaction and a blatant disregard for the needs of everyday Americans.
Democracy for America was an early supporter of Rev. Raphael Warnock, a political neophyte with strong progressive values, whose candidacy was championed by Stacey Abrams. Jon Ossoff’s 2017 run against the 6th Congressional District special election in Georgia was inspired by Donald Trump’s failed leadership, and that run ultimately paved the way for his success against incumbent Senator David Perdue this year.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the Georgia Senate victories:
On the same day the South elected its first ever Black, Democratic Senator, and its first Jewish Senator in over 40 years, white nationalists launched a terrorist attack on our nation’s capital. The juxtaposition between these events is not lost on us. In fact, they are an apt illustration of the political divide in America that showed up at the polls in November in historic numbers. Yet, in an act that can only be described as poetic justice, Georgia voters braved the pandemic for a second time and delivered a clear referendum against Republican control and Donald Trump’s racist, divisive leadership.
&With Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the United States Senate, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris now have the power to lead America out of the abyss Donald Trump has left us in and build our country back to a place of respect and responsible leadership that best serves the people, not partisan ideologies.
“Joy is an act of political resistance, and we will not allow our joy over this trailblazing victory to be stolen by the violent and incendiary actions of Donald Trump and his enablers. We are immensely grateful for the Georgians who cast their vote in favor of Warnock and Ossoff in this election, and we salute all of the volunteers, organizers, activists and influencers on the ground, on Zoom, making calls and sending text messages to get out the vote in Georgia and turn Georgia blue yet again!
“We are proud of our work as progressives in supporting candidates who will work for and serve the people first, because they understand you cannot put America first until and unless you put her people first.
“As progressives, our work is just beginning. If this week has shown us anything, it is that our democracy must be defended at all costs. While we continue our fight to remove the knee of police brutality and social injustice off of the neck of Black people, Indigenous communities and people of color (BIPOC), we will keep pressure on the Biden administration to meet and deliver on the needs of the people who elected him. The progressive movement delivered the power to the President-elect so that he could, in his words “build back better.” We look forward to helping him keep his promise." -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 30,244 members in the state of Georgia, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Born and raised in Virginia, Jennifer Carroll Foy was one of the first women to graduate from Virginia Military Institute and has served the Commonwealth as a public defender, a magistrate, and a member of the House of Delegates.
Democracy for America first supported Jennifer Carroll Foy during her 2017 run for Virginia’s House of Delegates as a part of the grassroots progressive group’s multi-year “Purple to Blue” effort to flip Virginia’s legislature to Democratic control. Since her election, Carroll Foy has been a leader in the Commonwealth on critical progressive priorities, including reproductive freedom, strong paid family and medical leave, and the fight to pass the Equal Rights amendment. In 2020, she spearheaded the fight to overturn decades of legislation that harmed working families and teachers, and passed the biggest expansion of labor rights in decades. She also successfully passed legislation banning pregnancy discrimination and chokeholds in policing.
When elected, Carroll Foy will make history both as Virginia’s first female governor and the country’s first Black woman elected governor.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Carroll Foy:
“Democracy for America is thrilled to endorse Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor of Virginia because we’ve seen her fight and deliver for progressive values in and out of elected office.
“Whether she was spearheading the Commonwealth’s efforts to finally pass the long-overdue Equal Rights Amendment, beating back the dismantling of core reproductive freedoms, or successfully banning pregnancy discrimination and chokeholds in policing, Jennifer Carroll Foy has been an unrelenting champion for progressive priorities and working families.
“Jennifer Carroll Foy is a leader with a fresh vision for the Commonwealth who has proven throughout her career that she stands with the people of Virginia, not corporate interests.
“Democracy for America members know Jennifer Carroll Foy, we trust Jennifer Carroll Foy to deliver on a progressive agenda that will make Virginians proud, and we are excited to stand with Jennifer Carroll Foy as she seeks to make history in Virginia and our country in this election.”-- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Jennifer Carroll Foy on receiving DFA’s 2021 endorsement:
"Democracy for America has always been at the forefront of building a grassroots movement of working people across the country to make real change in people's lives. Whether it's income equality, racial justice, equal rights, or holding the special interests accountable, DFA has led the way. It's an honor to earn this endorsement.
"These are challenging times that have exposed what's just beneath the surface: in the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world, in one of the wealthiest states in the country, working Virginians don’t have what they need to thrive. They deserve a leader with a fresh vision – a Governor who sees them and will stand shoulder to shoulder with them, not special interests. I have always fought against the status quo that has left us with a deeply broken system, and I'll do the same as Governor of Virginia." -- Jennifer Carroll Foy
DFA has 34,817 members in the commonwealth of Virginia and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Nina Turner in the special election to fill Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s seat in Ohio’s 11th Congressional district.
Turner has been a trailblazing progressive activist and movement leader for over two decades, serving on Cleveland’s City Council and as an Ohio State Senator before joining Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign team as one of his most trusted advisors.
Democracy for America has been a longtime supporter of Turner, backing her run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, and has partnered with her and the Sanders campaign many times over the years to fight for progressive change.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Turner:
“It’s hard to overstate what it would mean to have, not just a progressive champion, but a powerful, experienced, progressive movement leader like Nina Turner in the U.S. House. Democracy for America is excited to endorse Nina Turner in the coming special election in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District because we know that in Congress she’ll continue to be who she’s always been -- a loyal friend, an unyielding progressive ally, and our sister in our shared struggle for progress, justice, and equality.
“In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, it is more clear than ever that we need more fierce change agents in Washington who are committed to fighting for bold ideas like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform that positively transforms real people’s lives. Nina Turner is precisely that kind of unapologetic, fearlessly progressive leader who will also bring with her invaluable life experience as a Black woman in the United States and the hard-fought wisdom that comes with leading a people-powered political movement.
“Democracy for America has always been honored to fight alongside Nina Turner, from her races in Ohio to her groundbreaking work on the campaign trail for Senator Sanders and all the less visible movement work that’s happened in between. We are jumping in with both feet early in her campaign, because we know that Nina Turner will be a transformative leader in Congress and an incredibly strong representative for Ohio’s 11th.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 3,828 members in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, 45,789 in the state of Ohio, and more than one million members nationwide.
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Maya Wiley for Mayor of New York City.
This is the first time Democracy for America has endorsed in a New York City mayoral primary in the grassroots progressive group’s 16-year history.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on DFA’s endorsement of Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor:
“In 2021, New Yorkers have an opportunity to elect a leader who is fearlessly progressive, unbought, unbossed, and ready to make history the very moment she’s sworn in -- and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor.
“A nationally recognized leader in the fight for racial justice and equity, Maya Wiley understands that building-back after the pandemic requires a New York City Mayor who’ll be ready to take on the status quo, confront systemic inequities, and put forward solutions that ensure that every single New Yorker can thrive.
“Going back to the way New York was before the coronavirus crisis or millions hit the street this past summer demanding action on racial injustice isn’t just impossible, it’s indefensible. However, to get a different result, New Yorkers need a leader at the top who knows how to get things done but truly reflects the heartbeat and the soul of New York City in a way that no mayor has who came before her.
“Maya Wiley is a trailblazer and truth-teller. Democracy for America is honored to support Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor because we know she’ll make history and make us proud as an unyielding champion for a more just, equitable, and prosperous city for everyone who calls New York home.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Maya Wiley on receiving DFA’s endorsement:
“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of Democracy For America. Their members understand the power of what is possible when we come together and organize from the ground up and over the past decade and a half, DFA has boosted a number of progressive champions into elected offices around the country.
“This campaign is about ensuring that the people have a voice in City Hall and I am looking forward to working with DFA and their members to ensure New York City is a place that works for us all.” -- Maya Wiley
DFA has 25,351 members in New York City and more than one million members nationwide.
Rep. Lauren Underwood successfully beat back her right-wing challenger in Illinois’ 14th Congressional district after entering the 2020 cycle as one of the GOP’s top targets.
Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Rep. Underwood's reelection campaign in June 2019, after supporting her in her historic 2018 race where she defeated an incumbent Republican to become the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress.
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Lauren Underwood’s reelection win in Illinois:
“Rep. Lauren Underwood won reelection tonight because voters in Illinois 14th Congressional know that now, more than ever, we need elected leaders who put science ahead of politics.
A registered nurse and the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress, Rep. Underwood was putting public health front and center in Washington long before the COVID-19 crisis. In just her first term, she’s brought every part of her life experience with her to Washington and been a driving force in national discussions on critical public health issues like health outcome disparities in marginalized communities and the stunningly high maternal mortality rates for Black women.
“Even as the right poured hundreds of thousands in dark money into defeating her, Rep. Underwood never stopped fighting for her constituents. Rep. Underwood earned the support of voters in Illinois’ 14th Congressional district and Democracy for American couldn’t be more excited to continue working with her as she continues to champion expanded access to healthcare, robust action on climate change, and reproductive rights in the years ahead.” -- Charles Chamberlain, CEO, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) launched a grassroots effort calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with another progressive Black woman in the United States Senate.
DFA’s campaign launched with a grassroots petition encouraging individuals to join DFA in urging Governor Newsom to “honor [Harris’] legacy” by appointing another “powerful, progressive Black woman” to replace her in the Senate. When she was elected in 2016, Kamala Harris became the first Black woman to represent California in the U.S. Senate and just the second Black woman to win a seat in the Senate’s history.
In the days and weeks ahead, DFA will work to add other progressive leaders and organizations to its grassroots effort.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the organization’s calls to Newsom to appoint a Black woman to replace VP-elect Harris in the U.S. Senate:
“In this year’s election, Black women helped make history by making Kamala Harris the first Black woman to be elected Vice President. Today, we’re calling on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with another powerful, progressive Black woman to ensure that a leader with Black women’s unique life experience continues to have a voice in the U.S. Senate.
“The good news for Californians and Gov. Newsom is that it should be incredibly easy to choose a proven leader who will also continue to bring the perspective of Black women to the U.S. Senate. The Golden State is blessed to have several strong, experienced Black progressive women leaders to choose from, including progressive icon Rep. Barbara Lee and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass.
“When she was elected in 2016, Kamala Harris was the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from California and just the second Black woman in American history to be elected to our nation’s highest legislative body. We hope California Gov. Newsom will honor Californians’ historic choice and make sure the nation’s largest state continues to be represented by a powerful, progressive Black woman who will make her state proud.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
DFA has 153,482 members in California and more than one million members nationwide.
DFA: Biden-Harris win “an unambiguous rejection of Trump’s bigoted, corrupt, anti-democratic” agenda
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were just declared the presumptive winner of the 2020 race for President and Vice President of the United States.
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on the Biden/Harris victory:
“With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s decisive electoral college victory and growing 4.1+ million plus national popular vote lead, America has delivered an unambiguous rejection of Donald Trump’s bigoted, corrupt, and anti-democratic political agenda.
“It’s also important for us to take a moment and recognize that our country also doubled-down on its rejection of white supremacy and institutional misogyny by electing Kamala Harris, the daughter of Black and Asian American parents, to be our first female Vice President. We’ve still got a lot of work left to do as a country, but Vice President-elect Harris' victory tonight is a historic step forward for women of color in our nation.
“After four long years, Americans have delivered a mandate for change in our nation’s capital to competently address the physical and economic suffering caused by the Coronavirus crisis; confront structural racism in our nation; deliver a public health insurance option that gets us closer to Medicare for All; and take real steps towards addressing our climate crisis in working towards a Green New Deal.
“Americans came together in a positive fight for change and rejected the policies of hate, and now Democracy for America members and grassroots progressives across the country are ready to ensure our allies in Congress and the White House deliver on the promise to build back better.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Jon Ossoff ahead of a run-off election in Georgia that could determine control of the U.S Senate.
Democracy for America was an early supporter of Rev. Raphael Warnock, who earned a spot on Tuesday in the run-off for the special election for Georgia’s other U.S. Senate seat.
Statement from DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots group’s endorsements of Ossoff for U.S. Senate:
“With control of the United States Senate on the line, Democracy for America is all-in on the fight to ensure Jon Ossof defeats right-wing extremist Sen. David Purdue in the January 5th run-off election.
“After delivering an historic victory in the presidential contest, it’s more clear than ever before that Georgia is turning blue. Victories for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in their respective Senate run-offs would not only underscore the political revolution that has taken place in Georgia this year, it could save President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda from the brickwall of obstruction that Mitch McConnell is hoping to construct in the United States Senate.
“With so much riding on this vote, Democracy for America members in Georgia and across the country are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win big in January. We urge Senate Democratic leaders to do the same, learn lessons from what did and didn’t work, and focus their considerable resources on the Black and brown communities and grassroots organizers who made the history-making Biden-Harris win possible.
“With these special elections, Democrats have a second chance to retake control of the U.S. Senate and, while we know it won’t be easy, we know that historic, conventional wisdom defying victories are possible in Georgia. We’re ready to fight like hell to send Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock to the U.S. Senate and we hope every part of the Democratic Party will join us.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
DFA has 30,244 members in Georgia and more than one million members nationwide.
Rep. Mike Levin claimed victory in his reelection race for California’s 49th Congressional district, a former Republican-stronghold.
Rep. Levin fended off multiple Republican challengers this cycle, after he flipped this seat in 2018 with Democracy for America’s support as a part of the group’s strategy to flip the House of Representatives. Democracy for America endorsed Rep. Levin for reelection in 2019.
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Mike Levin’s win in CA-49 Congressional District:
“Rep. Mike Levin’s reelection tonight is cause for celebration, both because one of the most steadfast progressives is heading back to Washington and Levin has once again proven that the inclusive populist coalition of supporters he built two years ago is here to stay.
“From making good on his promise to hold a town hall every single month of his entire term, to fighting to keep folks in their homes as we face a deadly eviction crisis during a pandemic, Rep. Levin has kept a laser-focused eye on the needs of the families who call California’s 49th Home.
“Democracy for America was honored to stand with Rep. Levin in 2018, we were thrilled to endorse him again in this race, and we’re even more excited to continue working with him in the years ahead.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Nikema Williams has won her general election campaign for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. Williams, a State Senator and the first Black woman to ever Chair the Georgia State Democratic party, was selected to run for the safely Democratic seat after the passing of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
Democracy for America endorsed Williams’ campaign after the formal announcement of her candidacy on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in an homage to her predecessor and a clear indication that she’s committed to carrying on Lewis’ leadership on voting rights and other major progressive priorities in Congress.
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Nikema Williams’ win in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District:
“Nikema Williams has dedicated her life fighting for civil rights, voting rights, and women’s rights, so it’s no surprise that the voters of GA-05 have chosen her to continue that work in Washington. A State Senator and the first Black woman to Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, Nikema is no stranger to blazing new trails without forgetting where she came from.
“While no one will ever fill the shoes of American hero and civil rights icon John Lewis, Democracy for America is confident that Nikema will carry on his legacy of making good trouble, continuing to stand for voting rights while championing other progressive causes like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Rep. Katie Porter just beat back her 2020 Republican challenger to hold on to the seat she flipped in California’s 45th Congressional district back in 2018.
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Katie Porter's 2020 victory:
“Rep. Katie Porter’s decisive victory in her bid for reelection is a testament to her tenacious advocacy for the working families that call California’s 45th home, and is a powerful example of the role that progressive leaders are playing in flipping and keeping former Republican strongholds blue.
“A champion or progressive causes like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal during her first term in office, Rep. Porter breathed new life into Congressional hearings with her trusty white board and the no-nonsense lines of questioning and brought her desperately needed lived-experiences with her when she became Congress’ only single mom.
“Whether she was demystifying the Democratic process for everyday Americans and shedding new light on some of our country’s most pressing issues, Rep. Katie Porter has made a national name for herself standing up for her constituents and we couldn’t be more honored, or excited, to know that we’ll be able to continue fighting alongside her in Congress.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Sen. Jeff Merkley sailed to reelection last night for his seat representing Oregon in the U.S. Senate.
Democracy for America eagerly supported Merkley, endorsing in April of this year after a long history of collaboration with the Senator and the group’s endorsement of his initial run for the seat in 2008.
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Jeff Merkley’s reelection victory:
“Senator Jeff Merkley is one of the strongest progressive leaders we have in the U.S. Senate. His easy reelection ensures that Sen. Merkley will continue to be one of the preeminent leaders in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice in our nation’s capital.
“One of Democracy for America’s key objectives this cycle was to take back the Senate, not just by flipping seats but also by maintaining the seats we already have, especially ones held by key allied leaders like Sen. Merkley.
“After Trump’s authoritarian overreach over power which endangered thousands of protestors in Portland and threatened the Constitutional right to speech and assembly, Oregon voters have decidedly rejected right-wing conservatism.
“Instead of choosing hate, Oregonians have opted for a brighter future with a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and robust criminal justice reform. Sen. Merkley is a staunch advocate on the issues our members care most about, and we could not be more excited to continue fighting alongside him for progress in the years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Mondaire Jones was just officially elected to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District.
DFA CEO Chair Chamberlain on Mondaire Jones’ win in New York’s 17th Congressional District:
“Mondaire Jones has won his race for New York’s 17th Congressional District tonight the same way he won his primary -- with skill, grace, and the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda that inspires the New American Majority of Black, brown, and progressive white voters.
Democracy for America backed Mondaire early in this race and worked closely with his team in the primary not only because we knew he’d make history as the first openly gay, Black man elected to the U.S. House, but because we knew he’d be an unrelenting leader for big, bold progressive ideas when he got there.
“An outspoken champion throughout the general election on some of progressives’ top priorities including the right’s attack on the postal service and the desperate need for systemic reform in our criminal justice system, Mondaire has already distinguished himself as a rising star in the Democratic party who all of us at Democracy for America can’t wait to fight alongside for many years to come.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Rep. Rashida Tlaib has triumphed in her reelection campaign for MI-13, in a district so consistently blue it hasn’t had a Republican representative since the 1940’s.
Tlaib was one of DFA’s very first endorsements of the 2020 cycle
and received DFA’s support in her first race for Congress in 2018
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain on Rep. Tlaib’s victory in Michigan:
“Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s victory last night is a progressive win on more than one level.
“Even though Tlaib’s seat was considered to be safe after her primary, her team devoted themselves to continue organizing their community with the ambitious goal of increasing voter turnout by the 21%, a turn-out increase that could have kept Michigan blue had a similar program been run her district alone in 2016 would have kept Michigan blue.
“Democracy for America was honored to work with Tlaib on this effort, just as we have been honored to work with her many times since she’s been in public office.The xenophobia, islamophobia, and straight-up racism that Rep. Tlaib has taken on from many, including Donald Trump, has never deterred her from serving her constituents and creating a better country for all Americans.
“In less than two years in Congress, Tlaib not only became a national leader in the fight for key progressive priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, she also got a Republican president she vowed to impeach to sign a bill she championed protecting pension benefits, successfully passed an amendment to fund the replacement of lead water pipes, and set-up four in-district service centers to directly aid her constituents.
“Rep. Tlaib is a bold and unapologetic leader who will continue to shape progressive politics for years to come, and DFA can’t wait to continue fighting alongside her.” -- Charles Chamberlain, CEO, Democracy for America
-- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America
Today, moments after announcing her bid, Democracy for America (DFA) backed Tishaura Jones for Mayor of St. Louis, MO in the grassroots progressive organization's first 2021 endorsement.
Democracy for America is a proud, long-time supporter of Jones. The national grassroots progressive group proudly endorsed Jones during her 2017 mayoral bid and supported her in the 2020 St. Louis Treasurer race that she won decisively last night.
Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Jones’ reelection bid:
“Throughout her career, Tishaura Jones has been an unyielding progressive champion for St. Louis’ working families. We’ve seen Tishaura take on big fights, deliver on bold ideas, and stand up for those who the people in power too often ignore, and that’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse Tishaura Jones for Mayor of St. Louis.
“As St. Louis’ City Treasurer, Tishaura Jones hasn’t just talked a good progressive game, she has put progressive values into action.
“From her battles to increase transparency in city government, to her efforts to give every kindergartner in St. Louis a $50 college savings account and ensure that everyone working for her receives a minimum wage of $15 an hour, Tishaura Jones has worked to address systemic inequities and create a city that works for everyone who calls St. Louis home -- not just the wealthy few.
“Tishaura Jones is the kind of bold, visionary, and collaborative change agent that a great American city like St. Louis deserves to have as Mayor. Tishaura is building a mayoral campaign that brings everyone in and leaves nobody out, and Democracy for America could not be more honored to be standing with her from Day One.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America
Statement from Tishaura Jones on receiving DFA’s endorsement in her just-launched 2021 race for mayor:
“I’m incredibly grateful to have received DFA’s endorsement in this race! DFA is an organization that fights for progressive causes that improve the lives of working families. I’ll run a race to make them and all of their supporters proud - one that brings together a broad coalition of working people who are eager to create a government of, by, and for St. Louis’ families.” -- Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO
DFA has 5,653 members in St. Louis, 23,899 in the state of Missouri, and more than one million members nationwide.
Reverend Raphael Warnock has placed in the January run-off election for Georgia’s U.S. Senate Special Election -- bringing Democrats one step closer to flipping this seat in the Senate with a strong progressive voice.
Democracy for America endorsed Warnock in February.
DFA Chair Charles Chamberlain Reverend Raphael Warnock’s victory:
“Reverend Raphael Warnock’s clear first-round victory in Georgia’s U.S. Senate Special Election makes for a strong night for Georgia Democrats -- that could get stronger yet as votes continue to be counted.
“Faced with a deadly global pandemic and impending financial crisis, Sen. Loeffler used insider information to profit off the crisis while leaving tens of thousands of Georgians wondering if the Senate would ever get around to pass the second round of coronavirus relief. In the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s brutal and senseless murders, Sen. Loeffler refused to denounce systemic racism and rejected the Black Lives Matter movement.
“A lifelong champion for voting rights, criminal justice reform, and health care, Rev. Warnock won’t just be an improvement over Sen. Loeffler, he’ll be a transformative leader that will make all Georgians proud.
“Democracy for America members could not be more thrilled by the results in this race, and we’re eager to help Warnock finish the job and win this Senate seat for progressives everywhere.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America