Hey DNC: Just Say No (to the TPP)!

TPP-Stop-Sign smallAs progressive democrats, we have a lot to thank Bernie Sanders for, including some positive changes to the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform.

The platform includes a call for an end to the death penalty, a $15 minimum wage, banking reform, broad marijuana law reform, and elimination of tax breaks for Big Oil.

All good things.

Sign the petition and tell the DNC: Oppose the TPP. Block a vote in Congress.

But what does the platform say about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal?

This past weekend in Orlando, the platform committee agreed to language that said they would oppose “trade agreements that do not support good American jobs.”

Well, duh.

Sanders and Clinton both oppose the TPP. So does virtually every labor union, environmental group, and even major religious groups.

The Democratic Party platform should join Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in opposing the TPP and in rejecting a vote on the TPP in Congress.

Bernie Sanders has been pushing for an amendment that says, “It is the policy of the Democratic Party that the Trans-Pacific Partnership must not get a vote in this Congress or in future sessions of Congress.”

The TPP trade deal is a bad deal for Americans. Among other things, it threatens the protection of workers and the environment, and would limit access to critically needed prescription drugs.

The Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on the TPP during the lame duck session of Congress and beyond.

Sign the petition to tell the DNC: Oppose the TPP. Block a vote in Congress.

In just two weeks, the Democratic National Convention will gather and vote to ratify or modify the party platform. Let’s show our support for Bernie’s hard work by sending a strong message to the DNC.

Thank you,

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

As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation. Abolish Superdelegate Voting Dominance Over the Rest of Us!

The Maine Democratic Party recently voted to abolish the influence of superdelegates. Now, other states are clamoring to follow their lead.

Ultimately, to truly restore one person, one vote to our nomination process, the DNC needs to change the rules.

Tell DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Abolish Superdelegate Voting Dominance!

Superdelegates have the “superpower” to choose the party’s presidential nominee irrespective of the voters’ choice.ConventionForPKWebsite

The sponsor of the rule change in Maine, Representative Diane Russell, stated, “The reason that I have put this in is we have heard from people all across the state about how frustrated they are that you can actually have a popular vote where 63 percent of the delegates go to one candidate, and yet superdelegates are not voting in proportion to that.”

The new Maine rules mean Superdelegate presidential preferences will be allocated in the same proportion as voter preferences. The change will take effect in 2020.

If enough states make this change at their state conventions, the DNC will be forced to pay attention. But, change won’t happen unless people make our voices heard.

Tell DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Abolish Superdelegate Voting Dominance!

Maine Representative Diane Russell, sponsor of the rule change, and a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention will be delivering the signatures. Please sign and share.

“It’s really quite simple. If you want to build a fair economy that works for everyone, you must first build a fair election system that works for everyone.” – Maine State Representative Diane Russell

I Agree with Bernie; What Do We Stand For?

Recently, Bernie Sanders challenged the Democratic Party establishment with the following question, “Are we on the side of working people or big-money interests?”

Sign Now if you agree with Bernie; What do we stand for? Let’s start with one person, one vote!

Regular or “pledged” delegates are split according to popular vote, honoring one person, one vote. Superdelegates – with their “superpower” votes – exemplify the failure of Democratic leadership to stand up for fairness and equality. Superdelegates can vote for anybody they choose – ignoring the will of the people which undermines a basic tenet of our democracy: one person, one vote.

That’s not right.

We deserve a fair nomination process, where every vote is meaningful. No one’s vote should count any more – or any less – than someone else’s.

The CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, in a Facebook post a few days ago invited our feedback:

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The convention CEO plans on “opening up the Convention process, and engaging with more people than ever before.”

Let’s engage! Sign the petition and we’ll deliver it!

Sign Now if you agree with Bernie; What do we stand for? Let’s start with one person, one vote!

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