Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why we need Keith Ellison (@keithellison @ellisoncampaign) as DNC Chair

Watch Keith Ellison lay out his vision for the Democratic Party

How will the Democratic Party evolve to meet the unprecedented challenges of the Trump era?
There's an important election happening on Saturday that'll help answer that question. The contest over who will be elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee has become a fight over whether the Democratic Party can serve as an unapologetic ally to the fired-up grassroots progressive movement and become a people-powered alternative to Trump in all corners of the country—or whether it risks failing to meet the moment.
That's why an extraordinary coalition including MoveOn, progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, progressive groups like Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, 350 Action, Working Families Party, labor partners like CWA and the AFL-CIO, supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and many more communities and organizations have all united in support of Keith Ellison for DNC chair.
Keith Ellison's view on what the Democratic Party must stand for couldn't be more clear: "If you don't fight for social justice AND economic justice, you end up with neither one."
We need Keith Ellison as DNC chair. Will you watch this video of Keith Ellison laying out his vision and share why you support him for DNC chair TODAY—to get the word out before the DNC election on Saturday?

Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

The DNC chair is chosen by 447 DNC members from across the country. The Ellison team and allies have been privately reaching out to these members and earning support for months. But there are still dozens of undecided DNC members and the race for chair is going to go down to the wire.
That’s why it’s important to make as much noise on social media as possible ahead of the DNC vote on Saturday. We need to make sure that every DNC member knows that the grassroots of the broad progressive movement in this country supports Keith Ellison—and we need them to hear Ellison's vision to make the Democratic Party a vehicle for an inclusive populist agenda that can take on Trump, take back power, and take our country forward.
Watch Keith Ellison lay out his vision for the Democratic Party, then share the video with your friends and say why you support #KeithforDNC.
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A fight on all fronts ~ Pramilia Jaypal @RepJayapal

As part of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, I'm helping lead the charge in passing bills that help hard-working Americans, and blocking ones that prey on them.

Pramila Jayapal

Sisters, brothers and friends,
Undocumented and documented immigrants. Women. LGBTQ* Americans. Communities across the country are under attack from Trump and his crooked administration. He is attacking minority communities in the hopes he'll distract us from his end goal.
Trump's end goal is rigging the economy even further to help his friends on Wall Street: Millionaires and billionaires who profited off the housing market crash. Trump would rather help his buddies get ahead than help lift up working and middle-class families -- the people who really need a hand.
This is a fight on all fronts. As part of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, I'm helping lead the charge in passing bills that help hard-working Americans, and blocking ones that prey on them.
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I've only been in Congress for a month, and I'm proud of the work my team has accomplished in such a short period of time.
While Trump was giving his first speech during his inauguration -- and picking fights with the press about the size of the crowd -- I was back home in Seattle, hosting a roundtable for immigrants in the district who fear they're no longer welcome in the United States.
I filed a bill pushing back on Trump's unconstitutional and inhumane executive orders, including the Muslim Ban. This bill would provide detained immigrants with access to legal counsel. It's sponsored by Kamala Harris in the Senate, has the backing of over 40 immigrants' rights groups -- including the ACLU -- and nearly 9,000 supporters have already signed on as citizen co-sponsors.
Back in my district in Seattle, I organized one of the largest rallies in the country to protect and expand our healthcare on a national day of action, and collected thousands of stories from Americans about what the Affordable Care Act means to them and their families.
And I've fought back with the Progressive Caucus in Congress against bills that would turn back the clock on protecting the environment for future generations. Rather than allowing dangerous pipeline projects to continue, putting millions of people at risk, America should be focused on leading the global fight against climate change.
My campaign doesn't rely on super PACs or massive checks from billionaires with strings attached: It's always been powered by grassroots donations from supporters like you.
Thanks for standing with me in this fight.
In solidarity,
Pramila Jayapal
Congresswoman, Washington's 7th District



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Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to Forced Evacuation of DAPL Resistance Camps

The Indigenous Environment Network Responds to Forced Evacuation of DAPL Resistance Camps
Media Contacts:
Jade Begay,, 505-699-4791
Nina Smith,, 301-717-9006

CANNON BALL, N.D.-- At  2 pm CT on February 22, 2017, water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp were evicted by the Army Corps of Engineers. Despite efforts from camp leaders requesting more time to clean up the camp, the Army Corp remained firm with its plans to vacate the camp. The Army Corp claims jurisdiction of the land that the camp is located on even though the land is within the unceded Fort Laramie Treaty land and territories.
Individuals who voluntarily left camp prior to 2 o’clock had the choice to take a bus to be transported to an evacuation center, or relocate to other campsites outside of the eviction zone. Water protectors remaining in the camp now face risk of arrest.
There are three other campsites in the area for water protectors to relocate to: Sacred Stone, Cheyenne River, and Four Bands camps.
Various law enforcement jurisdictions were on site including Morton County Sheriff's, North Dakota State Highway Patrol and the North Dakota National Guard and National Park Service Rangers. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement established a traffic checkpoint and barricade on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation land, on Highway 1806, to the south of the Cannonball River bridge.
The following is a statement by Tom Goldtooth, the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network:

"We are appalled by today’s forced evacuations of indigenous people at the Camp at Standing Rock, they are a violent and unnecessary infringement on the constitutional right of water protectors to peacefully protest and exercise their freedom of speech. It hinders the camp cleanup process and creates confusion and chaos that puts the Missouri River at risk of pollution from construction and camping debris.

“Today’s expulsion is a continuation of a centuries old practice, where the U.S. Government forcefully removes Indigenous people from our lands and territories. We urge supporters of the water protectors to continue to resist this travesty by organizing mass mobilizations, distributed actions, speaking out against the violations of the Treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and continuing to source up the capacity for litigation and grassroots organizing against the Dakota Access pipeline.

“Our hearts are not defeated. The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning. They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started. It burns within each of us. We will rise, we will resist, and we will thrive. We are sending loving thoughts to the water protectors along the banks of the Cannonball River, today. May everyone be as safe as can be.

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