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More Than 35 Advocacy Groups In More Than 60 Locations Nationwide Will Hold Vigils To Confront Corruption And Demand Democracy Wednesday

Public Citizen

WHO: act.tv, Alliance for Democracy, American Constitution Society, American Family Voices, Blue Future + the Youth Progressive Action Catalyst, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, CREDO Action, Daily Kos, Defending Democracy, Democracy 21, Democracy for America, Democracy Spring, End Citizens United, Every Voice, Franciscan Action Network, Greenpeace, Hip Hop Caucus, Lawyers for Good Government, March For Truth, MAYDAY America, MoveOn, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, Need to Impeach, People Demanding Action, People For the American Way, People's Action, Public Citizen, Represent.Us, Revolving Door Project, Stand Up America, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, The Loyal Opposition, Tikkun & the Network of Spiritual Progressives, Unitarian Universalist Association, United To Amend, Wolf-PAC

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Op-ed: Why we are endorsing Rollins for DA

Jamaica Plain Gazette

Please join members of the Justice for Massachusetts Coalition by supporting Rachael Rollins for Suffolk County District Attorney. You will be joining with a broad coalition of progressive groups including Progressive Massachusetts, the Right to the City Vote Coalition, the Chinese Progressive Association, Mass Alliance, Progressive Democrats, the Real Justice PAC, Democracy for America, and many others. Mark your calendars for September 4th; this primary election is an important one.

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D.C. residents seethe as Council moves to overturn voter-approved wage hike

Washington Post

“In a district where we have limited representation already . . . I’ll do everything in my power to ensure every one of them who supports this initiative to overturn 77 will not have a comfortable political life in D.C.,” said Mondale Robinson, a Ward 3 voter who works for the liberal Democracy for America.

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Op-ed: Why we are endorsing Rollings for DA

Jamaica Plain Gazette

Please join members of the Justice for Massachusetts Coalition by supporting Rachael Rollins for Suffolk County District Attorney. You will be joining with a broad coalition of progressive groups including Progressive Massachusetts, the Right to the City Vote Coalition, the Chinese Progressive Association, Mass Alliance, Progressive Democrats, the Real Justice PAC, Democracy for America, and many others. Mark your calendars for September 4th; this primary election is an important one.

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Sanders Backs Ellison for Minnesota Attorney General

Washington Free Beacon

The endorsement also comes on the heels of efforts by the national Democratic Party to coalesce around Ellison ahead of the August 14 primary. The congressman, who faces four other competitors for the Democratic nomination, has received the high-profile backing of former Vice President Walter Mondale, Democracy for America, and the Minnesota chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America in recent weeks.

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Nation reacts to Brett Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

Chicago Sun-Times

“Donald Trump’s decision to nominate a reactionary ideologue like Brett Kavanaugh and shift the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court even further right represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, and our country’s core democratic values.If Brett Kavanaugh survives the confirmation process, He will rapidly advance a fringe right agenda on the court that will accelerate plutocratic control of our economy and politics, actively undermine the steps our country must take towards greater racial equity, and directly lead to the deaths of countless women with the dismantling of abortion rights.

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Liberals, Democrats riding new wave of optimism before 2018 midterms

Washington Times

Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America, said his group also has seen a surge in grass-roots fundraising since Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s win and a series of late-term Supreme Court actions that liberals didn’t like, including the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

“I think it is just one House race, and it is not going to erase things like these court rulings and Supreme Court fight. But what it indicated to us and so many that the change we are fighting for in Democratic politics and in politics at large is not just possible, but it is on the march,” Mr. Sroka said.

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Schumer faces heavy pressure from left on Supreme Court

The Hill

“We’ll be actively encouraging our members over social media tonight to go to that event and encourage Schumer to whip the caucus for this vote,” said Neil Sroka, communications director at Democracy for America, another liberal advocacy group.

“If you care about the constitutionally protected right for women to choose what happens with their own bodies, there’s zero reason for why you should be voting for Donald Trump’s nominee,” Sroka said.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory shakes Democratic Party establishment

Arab American News

She was an organizer on Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid. PACs linked to Sanders’ bid who supported Ocasio-Cortez included Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats.

Our Revolution, Democracy for America and the New York City Democratic Socialists of America also endorsed her.

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People vs. Money: Socialist beats Wall Street Dem in New York

People's World

Ocasio-Cortez was endorsed by a range of progressive organizations, including Black Lives Matter, Brand New Congress, Democracy for America, MoveOn, Our Revolution, and Justice Democrats. She credits the latter organization with a convincing push for her to become a candidate soon after she returned from protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

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Political pickle: Supreme Court vacancy puts red-state Democrats in a big campaign quandary

Washington Times

Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, said voters are demanding that “Senate Democrats to do everything in their power to reject whatever anti-choice, pro-corporate, enabler of bigotry and hate Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell attempt to force onto the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Kennedy.”

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The Small “d” Democratic Promise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Bold Win

Nonprofit Quarterly

In addition to the movements she is part of, Ocasio-Cortez garnered support from national progressive groups, including MoveOn, Democracy for America, Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, and Democratic Socialists of America, though some of these came in the last few weeks of her campaign.

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What last night’s big progressive wins mean for the 2018 midterms

Daily Dot

Progressive groups showed their electoral power not only in the case of Jealous and Ocasio-Cortez, but in a number of local races across the country. The Bernie Sanders-backed Our Revolution claimed at least 10 state and local victories Tuesday night. DSA also added a few state house primary wins. Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats, People for Bernie, and Democracy For America all backed Ocasio-Cortez, and most of these groups claimed other victories as well.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset

PressFrom

“What I see is that the Democratic Party takes working class communities for granted, they take people of color for granted and they just assume that we’re going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping these proposals are,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview about why she was running.

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez gathered endorsements from liberal groups like MoveOn, Democracy for America, and People for Bernie.

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Joe Crowley defeated in Democratic primary in New York

The Day

Ocasio-Cortez said in a phone interview last week that her campaign had caught fire in the final weeks leading up to the primary. She was backed by national liberal groups including MoveOn and Democracy for America.

She was originally contacted by the group Brand New Congress to run against Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano, but ultimately decided to challenge Crowley, since she lives in the 14th District. A video detailing her story caught some attention, in which she pointed out that their representation did not reflect the majority-minority district. Forty-nine percent of the district is Latino, 9 percent is black, 16 percent Asian-American, and 22 percent of the population is white.

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Progressives Scored Major Victories in Tuesday’s New York Primaries

Re.Wire

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean, whose organization endorsed Balter and Ocasio-Cortez, said in a statement that Ocasio-Cortez’s win “is the clearest demonstration yet that when candidates welcome the New American majority of people of color and white progressive voters and run on a bold, visionary inclusive populist agenda tremendous change is possible.” Of Balter, Dean said, “All across New York’s 24th District and the country, grassroots Democrats united behind Dana Balter because they know that to defeat a Republican who stands with Trump 91 percent of the time, we need a progressive leader who is willing to fight for the bold, inclusive populist reforms working families need 100 percent of the time.”

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Five Things to Know About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Roll Call

Ocasio-Cortez considers herself a “grass-roots organizer” and turned in nearly four times the number of required petition signatures to get on the primary ballot. The 14th district is 49 percent Hispanic. She has been working with the nonpartisan and nonprofit Voto Latino, and on Sunday went to the southern border to protest President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. The daughter of two working-class parents also got the backing of liberal groups such as MoveOn.org and Democracy for America.

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Stacey Abrams wins more endorsements after Black women push her to victory

Atlanta Daily World

Abrams already has been endorsed by several organizations, including American Women’s Party, Democracy For America, Georgia Equality and Georgia Association of Educators. She also has the support of California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris and an endorsement from Vermont Senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, CNN reported.

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Supreme Court rules against unions in Janus

New Jersey Globe

Democracy for America chairman Jim Dean: “Following yesterday’s partisan 5-4 decisions on Trump’s Muslim Ban and fake abortion clinics, the U.S. Supreme Court has once again revealed itself to be a tool of the fringe-right conservatives in Congress and the corporations, billionaires, and millionaires who control every single breath they take. From the very start Janus was a calculated, political attack orchestrated by right-wing corporate interests to aid the destruction of unions, one of the few institutions in America working people have to take on the powerful corporations who dominate their lives. Rather than standing up for the interests of working people, in a nakedly partisan ruling determined by a U.S. Supreme Court seat stolen by Mitch McConnell and his Senate cronies, a bare conservative majority gave their wealthy and powerful patrons exactly what they wanted. While loss in Janus and the assault on workers’ rights it represents is real, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shocking victory in New York’s 14th Congressional District last night should give progressives hope. While one Congressional district won’t change the composition of a Supreme Court controlled by a stolen seat, Ocasio-Cortez’s victory reminds us that a new generation of inclusive populist leaders is on the march. While the far-right and their corporate masters won today, a path to the real progressive change our country needs still exists through the ballot box in 2018 and beyond. It’s our duty to seize it.”

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“I WAS STUNNED”: A 28-YEAR-OLD DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST JUST BEAT AN INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT IN A MASSIVE UPSET

Vanity Fair

By now the video has gone viral, and so has Ocasio-Cortez, whose campaign was supported by gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, MoveOn, the Bernie Sanders–affiliated Our Revolution, and Howard Dean’s Democracy for America. The former Sanders organizer, who was a bartender as recently as last November, argued that it was past time for someone like her, a young Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx, to represent an overwhelmingly nonwhite district. She was outspent 10-to-1, spending just $128,140 from the beginning of April to June 6, compared to Crowley’s $1.1 million over the same period. “We have basically, on one side, a multimillion-dollar machine candidate that was never elected, who does not live in the district—he lives in Virginia, his children go to public school in Virginia,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Queens Courier of her opponent. “It’s really kind of the pinnacle of someone who is a little out of touch but very influential.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins as a Democratic Socialist With a 21st-Century Vision

The Nation

While this win is the highest-profile one for a candidate backed by DSA—and, it should be noted, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, MoveOn, and Democracy for America—it was not the first in the period since Sanders renewed the historic American democratic-socialist ideal with his 2016 campaign. Sanders hailed Ocasio-Cortez’s “extraordinary upset victory,” highlighting the fact that “She took on the entire local Democratic establishment in her district and won a very strong victory. She demonstrated once again what progressive grassroots politics can do.”

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The Hill's Morning Report — Wild night of primaries reshapes 2018 midterms

The Hill

“The stakes of the 2018 election were already sky-high and, after today's ruling, got even higher,” said Democracy for America spokesman Neil Sroka. “Donald Trump is succeeding in rotting core institutions of American government from the inside out. This fall's election may be one of our last chances to start the process of saving them."

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Top House Democrat bounced from Congress in primary

Cox Media Group

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning victory tonight is the clearest demonstration yet that when candidates welcome the New American majority of people of color and white progressive voters and run on a bold, visionary inclusive populist agenda tremendous change is possible,” said Jim Dean, head of the progressive group Democracy for America.

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Dana Balter wins Democratic primary for Congress, will face GOP Rep. John Katko

Citizen

While Perez Williams received support from the party, Balter was endorsed by local and national progressive organizations. The groups supporting her include the National Organization for Women, Democracy for America, the national Indivisible movement and Our Revolution. 

"I think what this shows the national party is that we need to return our politics and government to the people — that we should be engaging in politics that builds from the ground up," Balter said. "I think we could not have demonstrated that more decisively than we did tonight." 

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Crowley and Grimm go down: Top takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

Politico

Ocasio-Cortez shocked Crowley with an upset that will reverberate far beyond the five boroughs. MoveOn.org called the result “a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington.” Democracy for America said it “sends a clear message to a Democratic Party that still needs to hear it.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset

New York Times

“What I see is that the Democratic Party takes working class communities for granted, they take people of color for granted and they just assume that we’re going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping these proposals are,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview about why she was running.

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez gathered endorsements from liberal groups like MoveOn, Democracy for America and People for Bernie. 

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Joe Crowley Defeated in Democratic Primary in New York

Roll Call

Ocasio-Cortez said in a phone interview last week that her campaign had caught fire in the final weeks leading up to the primary. She was backed by national liberal groups including MoveOn.org and Democracy for America.

She was originally contacted by the group Brand New Congress to run against Democratic Rep. José E. Serrano, but ultimately decided to challenge Crowley, since she lives in the 14th District. A video detailing her story caught some attention, in which she pointed out that the district’s representation did not reflect its majority-minority population. The district is 49 percent Hispanic, 9 percent African-American, 16 percent Asian-American, and 22 percent white.

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House Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley defeated by Bernie Sanders acolyte

Washington Times

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the army of grassroots volunteers who delivered this jaw-dropping victory tonight didn’t just win a difficult race, they won a primary campaign that most laughed at them for even waging,” said Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, 28, was an organizer for Mr. Sanders and ran on a Sanders-esque platform of universal government-sponsored health care, tuition-free college and a federal jobs guarantee.

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The 28-Year-Old Progressive Hoping to Unseat One of the Top Democrats in Congress

New York Magazine

Ocasio-Cortez has attracted glowing press, as national media outlets cotton to the story of the young woman from Puerto Rican parents, who went to Boston University, worked for Ted Kennedy for a brief time, and started her own children’s publishing business, trying to take an axe to the powers that be, running on a platform of abolishing ICE, a federal jobs guarantee, and “Medicare for All.” Her campaign has grabbed a host of national lefty attention, with the Howard Dean–affiliated Democracy for America, the Sanders-affiliated Our Revolution, MoveOn, and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon all pledging their support. An online ad that featured soaring music over shots of Ocasio-Cortez walking the streets of the district, telling her story and asking pointed questions of Crowley — “But after 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: Who has New York been changing for?” — was widely regarded as one of the best of this campaign cycle from any candidate.

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Campaign Corner: The Real Progressive In The Race

Honolulu Civil Beat

Kaniela is enthusiastically endorsed by progressives: Justice Democrats, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, The Young Turks, Our Revolution.

A true revolutionary stands bravely against the status quo of profits trumping people; is progressive enough to advocate a Universal Basic Income that leaves no one behind in a state with the highest cost of living; is courageous enough to take on special interests, corporate polluters trying to frack our islands, billionaires trying to usurp native lands; is compassionate enough to champion working families, as Kaniela explains, “because I come from one.”

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