The Election Becomes a Referendum on Gun Violence
Aug12

The Election Becomes a Referendum on Gun Violence

In stark contrast to recent Presidential elections, the issue of gun violence has taken center stage in this year’s race. Five years ago, in May 2011, The Washington Post ran an article titled, “NRA tries to keep gun issues alive in 2012 presidential race.” “On the convention floor,” reporter Rosalind S. Heiderman wrote, “amid dozens of stalls exhibiting hunting gear, high-powered binoculars and guns of every size and shape, NRA...

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“Get on the Boat, People”: The Left Is Winning. We Can’t Stop Now.
Aug08

“Get on the Boat, People”: The Left Is Winning. We Can’t Stop Now.

Over a week since the Democratic National Convention ended, I am still hearing ambivalence about it from friends who identify as progressive and left. Writer Maisha Z. Johnson posted on Facebook about her emotional whiplash during the DNC, which resonated so well that it went viral. To a certain extent, I can relate. Like Elizabeth Warren, I have lingering concerns about transparency and accountability within the DNC process, and I...

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Reaching Out to Bernie Supporters: A Primer
Jul30

Reaching Out to Bernie Supporters: A Primer

Now that the Democratic National Convention is over and Hillary Clinton has officially accepted the party’s nomination, millions of people are celebrating the historic event. But not everyone is #WithHer. There are millions more people who still #FeelTheBern and are feeling rather burned by actual proof that the DNC never treated Bernie Sanders fairly. (First tip: Don’t argue this point with Bernie supporters. Even Harry...

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ICYMI: The Most Moving Speeches from the First Two Days of the DNC

Days here at the DNC are long. Caucus sessions happen at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the morning, then the action moves over to the Wells Fargo Center in the afternoon. Speeches begin at 4 p.m. and last until about 11 p.m. Most reactions to speeches I’ve seen on social media respond to the headliners: Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Michelle Obama. But tucked in between party luminaries are smaller...

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The Massive Internal Conflict for Berniecrats Like Me
Jul27

The Massive Internal Conflict for Berniecrats Like Me

Can the Democratic Party be more progressive? Of course we can! We’re working on it. “Love Trumps Hate” signs passed around the hall, acknowledging one of Bernie Sanders’ primary messages. It was nice to hear that there has been more progress on the party platform since the unfortunate reports from this weekend and previous weeks. Take back the Senate. Elect progressive leaders up and down the ballot. I still...

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Hello My Name is Mike, and I am a MOMocrat
Jul20

Hello My Name is Mike, and I am a MOMocrat

We are going to the DNC, to interview and convince delegates and politicians to represent us. Stand for our issues, our families, and most of all our children. We will write what we see and interview those who are there. We will make the voices of mothers known and heard. We are standing for our children, and we are not going anywhere. Mothers are the ultimate special interest group. My colleagues and I in the MOMocrats will be posting updates, podcasts, blogs interviews etc in order to convey a sense of what is going on at the convention.

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