In February, one month after President Donald Trump took office, some 400 Democratic leaders convened in Atlanta to assess the damage and elect a new Democratic National Committee chair—a perhaps unenviable job that includes rebuilding a party in disarray. While establishment candidate Tom Perez won the title, he immediately appointed his more progressive runner-up, Keith Ellison, a populist Minnesota congressman and Muslim who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to the newly-created role of deputy party chair. A month later, Ellison is leading the charge against Trump’s travel ban, calling on Republicans to collaborate on infrastructure and tax reform, launching a nationwide “Democratic Turnaround Tour” to bring the party’s message to states it lost in 2016, and, among other things, restarting his podcast. We the People covers how working-class Americans affect the economy. The first episode will focus on women in the age of Trump, and includes an interview with NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue.
“If you look at the podcast in general, it really is about how people outside of the millionaire and billionaire classes experience the economy,” Ellison told me. “It really is about dealing with people who are struggling to get a union or right to work. How people’s faith informs their economic outlook. How money informs politics.” Past episodes have touched on working-class issues such as payday loans and prison phone rates. Here, Ellison talks about the recent health-care debacle, how his party can win back women who voted for Trump, and how to get millennials on board with the Democratic message.
From his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, to his plan to deport 11 million immigrants, to his attack today on Minnesota's Somali-American community, Donald Trump's entire campaign has been built on fear and division. His strategy will fail miserably not only in Minnesota, but around the country because American families know there is far more that unities us than sets us apart.
While Donald Trump was spewing his hateful rhetoric at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport this afternoon, thousands of Minnesotans across the state were knocking doors, making phone calls, and engaging their community about the stakes of this election. For millions of Minnesotans of all colors, faiths, and backgrounds – including the 70,000 Somalis who add so much to our state – the choice could not be clearer. This Tuesday, I'm confident Minnesota will reject Donald Trump and reaffirm our fundamental American values of diversity and inclusion.
Donald Trump has been the loudest voice of the birther movement for five years. In fact, he used the issue to push himself into the national political spotlight. The half-hearted walk back orchestrated by his campaign Friday does nothing to change that.
March with Keith next Sunday, May 7th in the 43rd Annual May Day Parade in South Minneapolis!
We'll be meeting at Noon at Cedar Field (intersection of 25th Street East and 18th Avenue South) and will start marching around 1:00 pm.
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WATCH: Keith speaking at the Nebraska Democratic Party Come Together, Fight Back, Vote Democrats rally last night.
When Democrats are united, Democrats win.
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We are where we are not because we lost just one election, but because we lost a thousand elections. The way we win them back is by reconnecting with the grassroots and competing in every state, every county, and every precinct.
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Huge thanks to the San Francisco Labor Council for having me tonight. Always a blast getting back to California.
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People experience politics in their local communities, not in Washington, DC, so that's where we need to go.
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Great meeting with these incredible young Democrats in Michigan today. The future of our Party is bright!
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Voting for Netroots Nation 2017 is now open! Keith will be co-hosting hosting an exciting panel framing the path forward for Democrats to win back power up and down the ticket and he needs your help to spread the word. Vote today! #NN17
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HAPPENING NOW: #DemocratsLive with Rep. Grace Meng and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue. Tune in ⬇️
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Don't miss DNC Vice Chair Rep. Grace Meng and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue on this week's #DemocratsLive!
Tune in at 8:00pm ET ➡️ live.democrats.org
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An #EqualPayDay reminder:
White women STILL make $0.79 to every $1.00 a white man makes.
Black women STILL make $0.64 to every $1.00 a white man makes.
Latina women STILL make $0.54 to every $1.00 a white man makes.