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:

CEO, DNCC

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!

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.