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  • Keith Ellison Just Beat Back a Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom

    Posted: Jul 17 2017
    With support from Muslim groups, the American Civil Liberties Union, and his congressional Progressive Caucus colleagues, Ellison struck a chord in the House, convincing 27 Republicans to join 190 Democrats in opposing the amendment. That meant that 217 House members embraced their oaths to defend the Constitution, while 208 Republicans rejected the dictates of First Amendment. It is, of course, unsettling that so many members of the House cast votes that were in conflict with the Bill of Rights. It is equally unsettling that victories of this sort come in the context of continued assaults on individual rights and civil society. But it is encouraging, in these times, that bipartisan support for freedom of religion prevailed.
  • This Budget Plan Is a Road Map for the Resistance

    Posted: May 23 2017
    The Congressional Progressive Caucus released “The People’s Budget” this week, which it dubs a “roadmap for the resistance.” Maybe the mere mention of a federal budget plan makes your eyes glaze over, but the “People’s Budget” is a dramatic document. It presents a compelling alternative to Donald Trump’s “skinny budget.” Unlike Trump’s fanciful promises, it offers a sensible path out of the hole that we are in. Its values and priorities reflect those of the majority of Americans. The Progressive Caucus frames its budget around the central challenge of our time: how to make this economy work for working people, and redress the savage inequality that is undermining our democracy. It offers a strategy to get there, and a budget framed to support that strategy.
  • “He’s a Charlatan”: Keith Ellison Explains How Trump Tricked the White Working Class

    Posted: Mar 31 2017
    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.
  • Congressman Keith Ellison's statement on Donald Trump's remarks about Minnesota's Somali-American community

    Posted: Nov 06 2016
    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.

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