Press Releases

DFA backs Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney

April 11, 2019

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Tiffany Cabán in the race for District Attorney in Queens, NY.

A career public defender and Queens native, Cabán has been an outspoken champion for the decriminalization of poverty, ending mass incarceration, combating racist law enforcement, and helping restore communities.

Cabán is the first endorsement DFA has made in a 2019 race for District Attorney.

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DFA endorses Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib for reelection ahead of House anti-hate vote

March 7, 2019

As the U.S. House is set to vote on a congressional anti-hate resolution originally proposed to admonish Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Democracy for America (DFA) announced that it is endorsing Omar and her strongest supporters in Congress -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) -- for reelection in 2020.

These are DFA's very first 2020 election cycle endorsements. The endorsements were made in…

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DFA calls on House Dems to get serious on standing up to hate, not attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar

March 5, 2019

 In response to continued Democratic efforts to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism in light of recent comments made by Representative Ilhan Omar, Democracy for America (DFA) released the following statement:

"The Democratic Party is united in its opposition to antisemitism. Full stop.

"At the same time, everyone paying attention knows that the particular resolution being pushed right now, not to hold Republicans accountable…

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DFA: Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act sets “new gold standard” for vital healthcare transformation

February 27, 2019

This morning, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2019 on Capitol Hill alongside dozens of congressional co-sponsors and grassroots leaders from across the country including Democracy for America's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yvette Simpson.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson released the following statement on the launch of Jayapal's Medicare for All Act:

"The Medicare for All Act is a bold, comprehensive…

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DFA looks forward to seeing Sanders “make the case for political revolution” in different 2020 race

February 19, 2019

This morning, Senator Bernie Sanders announced his 2020 run for President.

Democracy for America's Chief Executive Officer Yvette Simpson issued the following statement following Sanders' announcement:

"In 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders rewrote the playbook of presidential politics and inspired a nationwide, grassroots movement that has helped transformed the range of the politically possible ever since.

"Blessed with a diverse field…

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DFA: “Virginians Need to Clean House,” calls for resignation of Fairfax, Northam, Herring

February 8, 2019

Following the last week of shocking news in Richmond, VA, including the latest allegations of sexual assault levied against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Democracy for America (DFA) is urging Virginia Democrats to push for the replacement of the state's entire executive leadership team without undoing the elections of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Full Statement from DFA's Chief Executive Officer Yvette Simpson:

"Virginians need to clean house.…

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DFA: Abrams’ “passionate future-focused” SOTUS response “stands in stark contrast” with Trump

February 5, 2019

This evening, Stacey Abrams became the first Black woman to deliver an official response to the State of the Union. In response to Abrams' historic speech, Yvette Simpson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Democracy for America, issued the following statement:

"Tonight, Stacey Abrams delivered a passionate future-focused speech that spoke to our shared progressive values, common struggles, and stands in stark contrast with the…

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DFA says Trump’s SOTU speech “reminded us why he isn’t fit to lead a golf tournament,” let alone U.S

February 5, 2019

In response to tonight's State of the Union Address, which marked the second time in US history an address has ever been delayed, Yvette Simpson, Executive Director of Democracy for America, issued the following statement:

"In his speech tonight, Donald Trump reminded us why he isn't fit to lead a golf tournament, let alone the most powerful country in the world. Obsessed with the sound of his own voice, he continues to lie incessantly,…

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DFA calls for VA Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation following release of racist yearbook photo

February 1, 2019

This evening, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam publicly confirmed that he appeared in a racist photo on his individual page in his 1984 Medical School yearbook.

Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America's Chair, issued the following statement calling for Northam's immediate resignation:

"In 2017, we expressed profound concern about the racist campaign that Ralph Northam conducted when he ran for Governor.

"After his refusal this…

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DFA: Harris’ launch “underscores the transformational opportunity” of 2020 presidential race

January 21, 2019

Today, Senator Kamala Harris officially launched her 2020 Presidential exploratory committee.

Democracy for America's CEO Yvette Simpson issued the following statement on Harris' announcements:

"Senator Kamala Harris' announcement today underscores the transformational opportunity the 2020 presidential election already represents for our country. With the wide range of identities, backgrounds, and life experiences, the 2020 Democratic…

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DFA says Gillibrand, Castro entrances have “inched us closer to a historically diverse” 2020 field

January 16, 2019

Tonight, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially launched her 2020 Presidential exploratory committee, while former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro formally announced that he was a candidate for President in 2020 on Saturday.

Democracy for America's CEO Yvette Simpson issued the following statement on Gillibrand and Castro's announcements:

"Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro's…

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DFA on Trump Border Speech: U.S. has “a national security disaster in the Oval Office,” not a crisis

January 8, 2019

In response to Trump's speech on the government shutdown and the self-created crisis at the U.S.- Mexico border, Democracy for America released the following statement:

"America doesn't have a national security crisis on our southern border, we have a national security disaster in the Oval Office.

"The bizarre rant Donald Trump delivered tonight was not only a dangerous escalation of white supremacist fear-mongering, it was a crystal…

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DFA responds to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s launch of 2020 presidential campaign

December 31, 2018

Earlier this morning, Senator Elizabeth Warren became one of the first major candidates to launch a 2020 campaign for President.

Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain issued the following statement following Warren's announcement:

"Our country needs a 2020 Democratic nominee defined by bold, inclusive populist ideas and a vision for the future of the country that wins the support of the New American Majority…

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Bernie Sanders Leads in Democracy For America’s First 2020 Presidential Pulse Poll

December 18, 2018

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) released the results of its first 2020 Presidential Pulse Poll with Bernie Sanders leading with over a third of DFA members encouraging him to run for president. He is followed by Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.

Top five results from the DFA poll (members asked to pick top three):

  • Bernie Sanders, 36.14%
  • Joe Biden, 14.88%
  • Beto O'Rourke, 12.34%
  • Elizabeth Warren,
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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Katie Porter’s (CA-45) inclusive populist win in Orange County, CA

November 15, 2018

Katie Porter just won her race for Congress in California's 45th Congressional District, delivering, over a week after election, yet another victory in the long-held Republican stronghold of Orange County.

Democracy for America endorsed Porter early in her Democratic Primary in January 2018.

DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on Katie Porters's stunning victory in California's 45th District:

"Katie Porter was counted out…

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