September 4, 2015
Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Sen. Cardin's pledge to vote against the Iran Deal:
“After Barbara Mikulski’s bold, game-changing vote to support the Iran deal, it’s deeply troubling to see Senator Cardin betray his constituents and stand in the way of diplomacy. Given his opposition to the war in Iraq, Cardin's short-sighted cave to the moneyed interests' intent on putting us on the path to war is profoundly disappointing.
"Fortunately, enough Democrats have been wise enough to support the deal that Cardin's opposition to diplomacy is likely to carry exceedingly little weight within the Democratic caucus this Fall, and, in the weeks ahead, DFA and its allies will continue to work to ensure that's the case.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
September 2, 2015
Reaction to Senate's support for the Iran Deal from Democracy for America's Jim Dean:
"While it's clear that the Senate now has the votes to stop efforts to kill the Iran deal, we know that the warhawks and moneyed interests intent on setting us on the path to war aren't going to stop here and neither will we.
"Now that the deal is seemingly safe from a veto override, we'll be doubling down on our campaign to ensure Congressional leaders hear from the majority of Americans who support the Iran deal and working to deny Republicans the 60 votes they need to politically attack this historic diplomatic achievement on the Senate floor." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Since the its announcement, DFA and a number of progressive allies have conducted numerous congressional calling efforts in support of the Iran Deal and launched 60DaysToStopAWar.com to help facilitate progressive turnout at Congressional "town hall" meetings over the August recess. DFA is a national political action group with 1 million members nationwide.
September 2, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2015
Contact: Omer Farooque, [email protected], 262-391-2653
BREAKING: Democracy for America backs Regina Romero for Tucson City Council
Burlington, Vt. – This morning, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of progressive champion Councilwoman Regina Romero for Tucson City Council.
Founded by Governor Howard Dean, DFA is a national, people-powered Political Action Committee with 1 million members across the country, including 21,940 in Arizona.
Full endorsement email that’ll be sent to DFA members, below.
Quote from DFA Chair Jim Dean on the national progressive organization’s endorsement of Romero:
“As the first Latina elected to Tucson’s City Council, Regina Romero has taken growing income inequality head on by fighting to open the doors of economic opportunity for all of Tucson’s working families through sensible redevelopment projects and enhanced transportation options in the downtown area.
“Regina is precisely the kind of fearless progressive leader our country needs and, in the weeks ahead, Democracy for America members in Arizona and across the country will proudly do as much as we can to help her continue her fight for Tucson.” – Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
Romero's endorsement is also part of DFA's ongoing effort to build a more reflective democracy by investing in progressive champions at the city level with a proven commitment to economic and racial justice.
FULLY QUOTABLE EMAIL TO DFA MEMBERS
From: "Jim Dean" <[email protected]>
Subject: TUCSON: A fearless progressive leader for City Council
Date: September 1, 2015 at 2:01:51 PM PDT
DFA Member --
When the right-wing extremists who run the Arizona Legislature attacked immigrants, Latinos, and other working people, many fought back. One of the leaders in standing up to the Republican legislature is Tucson's own Regina Romero.
Romero led the way on the Tucson City Council in pushing back against SB 1070. She helped stop local police from asking for the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, and even children in schools -- protecting families from being broken up and deported.
As the first Latina elected to Tucson's City Council, Regina Romero has taken income inequality head on by fighting to open the doors of economic opportunity for all Tucson's working families through sensible redevelopment projects and enhanced transportation options in the downtown area. She supports overturning the legislature's ban on local living wage laws.
DFA is proud to endorse Regina Romero for re-election to the Tucson City Council. Will you sign up to help her campaign reach voters before Election Day?
Regina Romero is precisely the kind of fearless progressive leader our country needs. In the weeks ahead, she'll need Democracy for America members like you to help her continue her fight for Tucson.
Her opponents are already coming after her with everything they've got. You might have seen their billboards in Tucson, funded by a right-wing group that doesn't like southern Arizona's history of independent, progressive thinking.
We've already seen the damage that the far right can do to Arizona. DFA is standing with Regina Romero as she fights back on behalf of the working people and the local businesses of Tucson. Will you help her win this fall?
Sign up today to support Regina Romero, DFA's endorsed candidate for the Tucson City Council.
Thank you for supporting a fearless leader for Tucson.
Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
August 18, 2015
Earlier this morning, new polling showed Donna Edwards possessing an early lead in Maryland's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Democracy for America (DFA) and EMILY's List released statements this morning cheering the exciting new polling results. DFA and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee helped successfully draft Edwards into the Maryland Senate Race earlier this year.
Statement from DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:
"Donna Edwards stands out in this early polling because she presents Marylanders with a unique opportunity to send a leader to the U.S. Senate with the perspective of an African-American woman and proven experience fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with grassroots progressives for big ideas like expanding Social Security." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
Statement from EMILY's List Executive Director Jessica O'Connell:
“Donna Edwards has taken an early lead because she understands the problems Maryland women and families can’t afford to ignore like gender discrimination in pay, our country’s lack of family-friendly workplace policies, and women’s access to health care,” said EMILY’s List Executive Director Jessica O’Connell. “Today, there are no African American women in the United States Senate, and Maryland needs Donna’s unique and important perspective as a single African American mom at the table. The EMILY’s List community of over three million members is committed to keeping this seat in the hands of a progressive Democratic woman and is proud to continue supporting Donna Edwards’ campaign for U.S. Senate.”
Key facts about DFA and EMILY's List:
- Democracy for America is a national progressive political action committee with more than 20,380 members in Maryland and one million members nationwide. Since 2004, DFA members have raised and contributed nearly $43 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
- EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.
August 10, 2015
Statement from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain on Sec. Clinton's higher education plan:
"There's a lot to like about the debt-free focus of Sec. Clinton's plan for higher education. It's an ambitious proposal that demonstrates the Clinton campaign has been listening to grassroots Democrats' calls for big, bold ideas to address our growing income inequality crisis.
"If you had any doubt that the populist, progressive Warren Wing is the driving force in the Democratic Party today, the emerging competition among Democratic Presidential candidates to establish the biggest, most comprehensive plan to tackle student debt should erase it. And that's a good thing for Democrats' chances, up and down the ballot, in 2016." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
DFA was one of the organizations behind the Run Warren Run campaign, a national effort to encourage Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.