Tell President Obama: #DumpDebbie

As chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman Schultz should represent Democratic values.

But, she doesn’t. Not even close.

The DNC Chair serves at the “pleasure of the President.” The President should no longer be pleased.

Tell President Obama: Debbie doesn’t represent me! Tell Obama to #DumpDebbie

Wasserman Schultz has used her role as DNC Chair to #DumpDebbie For ANtry and minimize competition for her candidate, Hillary Clinton.[i] She attempted to schedule very few debates at times of low TV viewing[ii] and has been accused of questionable fundraising arrangements with Hillary Clinton.[iii]

We expect better from our DNC Chairwoman. When Sanders supporters attempted to persuade their superdelegates to support the candidate who had won their state’s popular vote, Wasserman Schultz scolded them for “using tactics that border on harassment, that feel like stalking.”[iv] She has referred to young female Sanders supporters of “complacency” because they were born after Roe V. Wade.[v]

Tell President Obama: Debbie doesn’t represent me! Tell Obama to #DumpDebbie

As a congresswoman, Wasserman-Schultz is a member of the “New Democrat Coalition” — lawmakers who take progressive stands on social issues, but are sympathetic to GOP economic policies.[vi] One stunning example is her co-sponsorship of a bill that would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) payday loan regulations.[vii]

Much of the payday loan industry are economic vampires, sucking the financial lifeblood of poor communities with usurious interest rates. The regulations aim to shield families from predatory lending.

The CFPB, created by Senator Elizabeth Warren, is accustomed to attacks by the GOP and corporate democrats who are longtime recipients of campaign contributions from the payday loan industry. And now the industry has a new ally – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Tell President Obama: Debbie doesn’t represent me! Tell Obama to #DumpDebbie

Thank you for joining us in telling President Obama to choose a DNC Chair who speaks for us,

Joshua Grossman, President Progressive Kick, Give Conservatives the Boot!

Progressive Kick is an organization of pragmatic progressives, dedicated to construction of a society that values the needs/rights/responsibilities of all of its members-from the most powerful to the least. Since the most powerful are already being taken care of, our capacity building focuses on the rest of us.

[i] Amanda Girard, “5 Times Debbie Wasserman Schultz Violated DNC Rules and Stacked the Deck in Favor of Clinton,” US Uncut, December 20, 2015.

[ii] Adam Edelman, “Saturday Night 2016 Democratic Debate Gets Lowest Ratings of Any Debate This Year,” New York Daily News, December 20, 2015.

[iii] Mark Hensch, “DNC Head: No Difference on Clinton, Sanders Fundraising,” The Hill, April 20, 2016.

[iv] Alex Griswold, “DNC Chair Suggests Bernie Supporters’ Tactics ‘Border on Harassment,’ ‘Feel Like Stalking’ ,” Mediaite, April 14th.

[v] Ana Marie Cox, “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent,” The New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2016.

[vi] Zach Carter, “You’ve Probably Missed This Key Struggle Among Democrats,” Huffington Post, January 29, 2016.

[vii] Zach Carter, “DNC Chair Joins GOP Attack On Elizabeth Warren’s Agency,” Huffington Post, March 10, 2016.

Tell Your State’s Superdelegates: Don’t Deny Democracy

Over 200,000 people have signed on our general petition to hold the Democratic Superdelegates accountable for their votes. We’re off to a great start, but we need to go further in making sure that free and fair election results aren’t subverted.

Superdelegates are bigwigs, party people and politicians. The super delegates in your state need to hear from YOU, their constituents, not just the powers that be. Signing the general petition is a great first step, but Superdelegates will have to listen harder when approached directly by voters in their home state.

Please join with us in asking your Superdelegates to honor the voters’ choice. In the event of a close race, they MUST pledge to vote with regular voters – not party elites.

As a voter, they have to listen to you if you speak up. Please take a moment to urge them to listen to the people, to listen to you.

Superdelegates could flip the Democratic primary?

Progressive Kick endorsed Bernie Sanders because he is the only real progressive challenger to Hillary Clinton. But this post isn’t about Bernie, it’s about the democratic process of voting itself. DNC Superdelegates could flip the Democratic primary results if they wanted to, ignoring the will of the people. As we emailed about before, superdelegates are party leaders and politicians who get to cast special ‘VIP’ votes for President at the Democratic National Conventions. They’re about 700 people, insiders and party elites, and they get a way bigger say than any one state.

We think this is just plain wrong. So we’re working with Emilijana Ulaj and Rob Akleh of Ready to Fight and Jenni Siri of Women for Bernie to make it right.

Together we’ve gathered over 187,000 signatures from Democratic voters across the country to ask the Superdelegates to do the right thing and vote with the people if it’s a close race. Thank you to everybody who spoke up by signing up. But we need to make sure they get the message.

So we’re taking the next step. Together we’ve built a website with all the superdelegates in all the states and their contact information. Please go to http://superdelegatedemocracy.com/ and take a look.

We have the superdelegates listed for every state, and how to contact the elected officials to make your voice heard. Please take a moment to contact the superdelegates in your state (politely!) and ask them to not deny the wish of Democratic voters with their superdelegate vote. Once you’re done taking action, please share this so that we can keep the pressure on.