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June 29, 2018

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“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” – Baynard Rustin, leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights

Calls to Action

Victories at the Ballot Box

Our Revolution endorsed candidates were successful across the country this month! From New York to Colorado, the political revolution has been relentless in showing that real progressive candidates are the future of the Democratic Party. We send especially warm congratulations to Ben Jealous, former Our Revolution Board Member, for winning the Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland.

A graphic featuring all of our endorsed candidates who won their primaries this month.

Senator Nina Turner on the Road

Senator Nina Turner continued to travel across the country this month, from Oklahoma and Iowa, to Pennsylvania and Nebraska, supporting Our Revolution endorsed candidates, meeting with Local Groups, and building the political revolution.

Senator Turner meeting with Our Revolution members in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Celebrating Pride as Protest

Happy Pride! This month, we celebrate how far we’ve come and continue to demand better conditions and treatment for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride began as a protest, and while queer youth still live on the streets, trans women of color are at such a high risk of violence, and the Supreme Court condones discrimination, we still have work to do.

Superdelegate Reform Wins at the Unity Reform Commission

Our Revolution is leading the coalition of progressive partners to pressure the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee to pass the Unity Reform Commission’s recommendations. The URC’s recommendations are a consensus of many different sections of the Democratic Party into one set of policies to make the party more inclusive, accountable, and transparent. Just Wednesday evening, the Unity Reform Commission scored an incredible victory. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee approved a measure to bar superdelegates from voting on the first presidential nomination ballot in a contested convention.

“This is a huge step towards making our presidential primary process more democratic,” said Our Revolution Board Chair and Vice-Chair of the Unity Reform Commission Larry Cohen. “For those of us involved in primaries or general elections working on the rules, both inside and outside the Democratic Party is as critical to movement building as the candidates we support.” This, and other critical URC measures, will face a final vote at the Summer DNC convention in Chicago.

Jane Kleeb Re-Elected as Chair of Nebraska Democratic Party

Our Revolution Board Member and notorious pipeline fighter Jane Kleeb was re-elected as the Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party this month, alongside Frank LaMere as Vice Chair. “We are proud to lead the party during the 2018 election and as we start planning for 2020,” Kleeb said. “The over 500 Democratic candidates on the ballot are a testament to the enthusiasm on our side to end the one-party stranglehold on our state.”

June Membership Call

Our Membership Call this month featured Our Revolution Board Chair Larry Cohen and award-winning historian Nancy MacLean discussing the perils of big money in politics, how the far right has risen to power in recent decades, and how we can fight back. You can listen to a recording of the call here. Nancy’s new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” is available here, but check your local independent bookstore first!

Supreme Court Delivers Blow to Organized Labor

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned a 40-year precedent to dramatically weaken public sector unions. The ruling in Janus v. AFCME means that public sector workers who benefit from collective bargaining do not have to contribute their fair share toward the union. More than ever, we must build a political movement to expand workers’ rights. Read about this case, and how it’s connected to the right’s agenda against public goods, here in Jacobin.

Engaging With Both Race and Class

Demos, a progressive public policy organization, recently released an ambitious study and report about the dynamics of class and race. To put it simply, we need to address both in order to be successful. Read the full report here.

Transforming the Democratic Party in Texas

Our Revolution Texas members were yugely successful this month at the Texas Democratic Party Convention. They passed the Unity Resolution, declaring the Party’s support for the Unity Reform Commission recommendations, put state single payer on the Party Platform, elected Mike Floyd, a 19-year-old Our Revolution Texas Group Leader who also sits on his local school board, to be Texas Democratic Party Treasurer, elected ten other Our Revolution Texas members to the State Executive Committee, and made “Berniecrats” a majority on the Platform Committee.

Not-So-Happiest Place on Earth

Senator Bernie Sanders recently traveled to Anaheim, California to stand with Disney workers to demand a living wage. A recent survey found that more than three-quarters of Disneyland workers can’t afford basic necessities. More than 1 in 10 reported experiencing homelessness in the last two years. Meanwhile, Disney made a record $9.4 billion in profits last year.

Senator Sanders wrote for The Guardian to describe his experience in Anaheim, saying, “We must create a moral economy which demands that if you work 40 hours a week, you do not live in poverty.” You can read the rest here.

But the community, with the help of a coalition of unions, has rallied around these workers. More than 22,000 signatures have been collected to put an $18 minimum wage in Anaheim on the ballot in November. Solidarity!

Local Group Spotlight

Our Wisconsin Revolution held its second annual convention this month, featuring member debate and vote, candidate forums, workshops, special guest speakers, and more. It was a rousing success!

Our Wisconsin Revolution members gathered for their second annual convention.

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