Thursday, August 6, 2020. New York City – Enough of corrupt Democrat politicians. We need real progressives as Congresswomen, Congressmen, Governors, Council members, Mayors, etc.
Last night (Tuesday, August 4, 2020) was a big night for our movement. Progressive candidates in states like Michigan, Missouri, and Washington faced their primary elections, and many of them were taking on big money interests and the political establishment.
Let me be very clear: we are making great progress because supporters like you are getting involved to make a big difference in these races.
We won a remarkable victory in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District where Cori Bush defeated a 10-term incumbent. Cori is a strong progressive who understands that real change only happens when we all come together to fight for justice. She emerged as a leader in Ferguson following the tragic police murder of Michael Brown, and she knows the struggles facing the people of Missouri because she has lived those same struggles herself. Cori will be a tremendous voice for our movement when we send her to Congress in November.
Rashida Tlaib won a landslide victory in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Back in 2018, Rashida won her primary by around 900 votes, and the same establishment-backed candidate ran against her again. Rashida is a strong leader of our movement and it is important that she continues fighting for our progressive agenda in Congress. She has stood up to the ugliness of the Trump administration and has taken on the greed and corruption of the economic establishment.
Pramila Jayapal was the decisive winner in her primary in Washington’s 7th Congressional District. She is someone who has fought tirelessly for our progressive agenda in Congress where she is the lead sponsor of Medicare for All in the House. She has also led legislation to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour and introduced the College for All Act to ensure all of our people can get the education they need.
Jay Inslee won Washington’s gubernatorial primary by a significant margin. Under his leadership, the state has become a national leader in confronting the climate crisis. That is important – especially at a time when we have a president who ignores the unanimous view of the scientific community that climate change is real and it is caused by human activity.
Up and down the ballot, you have helped progressive candidates win outstanding victories, including Kim Gardner’s victory despite racist attacks in the St. Louis circuit attorney’s race, and state legislative races in Michigan where progressives are growing our movement across the state.
If we are serious about creating transformative change in this country — and if we’re serious about taking on the powerful special interests that want to protect the status quo — we need to elect more great candidates at the grassroots level.
I cannot do it alone, which is why I need to ask:
Our fight to transform American politics depends on electing candidates who will stand with working people and take on the corporate elite. That is exactly what we are doing together.
While last night was a big night for our movement, let us commit ourselves to continuing to do the work required to create a government that works for all of our people, not just the wealthy.
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