Our Revolution is an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The goal is to support socialist candidates for office at all levels.
Nina Turner is the President of Our Revolution.
- Deborah Parker - Native American Leader
- Benjamin Jealous - Civil Rights Leader
- Jim Hightower - Political Leader, National Radio Commentator & Writer
- James Zogby - Arab American Human Rights Leader
- Huck Gutman - Former Chief of Staff for Senator Bernie Sanders
- Jane Kleeb - Environmental and Rural Activist
- Lucy Flores - Fmr. Nevada Assemblywoman
- Larry Cohen - Labor
- Catalina Velasquez - Immigration, Reproductive Justice and Trans Queer Liberation Activist
- Shailene Woodley - Actress and Environmental Activist
- Sam Adaramola - Digital
- Basilisa Alonso - Organizing
- Erika Andiola - Political
- Hamid Bendaas - Media
- Jon Culver - Digital & Organizing
- Giulianna Di Lauro - Political
- Shannon Jackson - Management
- Chris Mabry - Digital
- Kyle Machado - Organizing
- Chandra Paetsch - Organizing
- John Robinson - Operations
- Juliana Terry-Torgerson - Organizing
- Jeff Weaver - Management
- Whittney Wernsing - Operations
Email Blast to Our Revolution Subscribers Oct 30 2017
Our Revolution sent an email blast on October 30 2017 to subscribers announcing a visit from Our Revolution President Nina Turner to Sarasota and Venice Florida on Friday November 3 2017. The email was signed by Arlene Sweeting of Progressive Sarasota and read in part:
- "The 2018 election is critical for Florida and for Sarasota County. We will be electing a new Governor and Cabinet that will decide the direction Florida takes for the next four years. We’ll also have a chance to expand voting rights to 1.6 million previously disenfranchised Floridians. At the county level, we are fighting an attempt by the right wing to take over our local school board.
- "In order to win these fights, we need to be organized and we need to get to work now. You were a part of the political revolution in 2016, as Bernie Sanders showed the country that someone with integrity and ideas could take on the establishment and inspire change. We are asking you to continue to work for a future we can believe in and join us to build a political and economic system that works for all of us."
Communist Party infiltration
- Most members are involved in their communities and in a range of labor, social justice, environmental and peace organizations.
- Among the labor activists are trade union leaders and members of central labor councils, retiree organizations, Jobs with Justice and the Fight for 15.
- Others are involved in feminist organizations including Planned Parenthood, defense of abortion clinics and the new #MeToo movement.
- Many are involved in racial justice groups including Black Lives Matter and the NAACP, immigrant rights, LGTBQ organizations and disability rights groups.
- Members were involved with Bernie Sanders campaign and are continuing their activism in Our Revolution, Swing Left, Indivisible, Working Families Party, statewide groups like the New Virginia Majority and local Democratic Party groups and 2018 electoral campaigns.
- Several members are elected officials.
- Paul Fleckenstein's recent article provided a valuable analysis of the "down-ballot" strategy that Bernie Sanders has supported in his newly launched non-profit organization Our Revolution ("Taking down the revolution?").
- I attended the kickoff night meeting for Our Revolution in New Orleans, and I believe the debate that took place among participants connects directly to the criticisms raised in Fleckenstein's article.
- On August 24, staff, volunteers and supporters from Sanders' campaign for the Democratic nomination organized local meetings across the U.S., inviting contacts and friends of friends from their mailing lists and activist networks to join this new political organization. Each meeting tuned in to watch a LiveStream broadcast of Bernie Sanders giving a speech to a small audience of supporters in Vermont about his goals for influencing politics after losing to and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
- The New Orleans Our Revolution meeting was made up of about 20 people, most of whom had been strong supporters of Sanders' campaign.
- Virtually all of the attendees spoke heatedly before the meeting began about their anger at Hillary Clinton's politics and discussed different opinions about Sanders' endorsement.
- Before Sanders' speech, we had time for a few introductions, and Aaron, who was leading the meeting, asked for an informal poll: "Who considers themselves a socialist?" A majority of the room raised our hands, including the speaker, who explained that he was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)--and later that he was inviting people to join that organization as well as Our Revolution.
- But when we began discussing Hillary Clinton, Aaron made clear that the position of Our Revolution was already decided by the central leadership from the Sanders campaign, and not subject to debate by its membership, which was just about to be formed. Justifying this, he indicated that the organization was committed to supporting Clinton in order to take "an anti-fascist position" against Donald Trump.
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- DD It really shows a couple of things. It shows to me that what I appreciate about the new DSA, the one post-Trump election, is how still committed it is to being flexible and being willing to work around local conditions. I think that is what is going to make a modern DSA thrive. It is not necessarily having a one-size-fits-all model, but really allowing ... grassroots chapters who are autonomous, to work with national, to do what fits them.
- Sometimes, that meant, "We are going to take on the Democratic machine, like in Somerville and in Lakewood?" Both of those actually succeeded, but sometimes it is just winning the Democratic ballot line that no one wants, like the Lee J. Carter race or Karen Lowe who won the school board. What is really exciting for me ... Khalid Kamau who won, was one of our first nationally endorsed candidates after Bernie, is that we are really focusing on lots of these local races, learning ... good lessons of bad people, seeing how the right wing has built such a great pipeline of local candidates who eventually [became] part of the ruling class and part of the congressional Republicans.
- SJ How does the broader post-Bernie spectrum of groups and organizations fit together in this moment? There were a bunch of Our Revolution endorsed candidates, there were some DSA endorsed candidates, there were other local people who come out of that movement all over the country. I am wondering how you think this movement, such as it is, fits together. Or, where are some of the tensions?
- DD That is a really great question. Actually, similar to how my expectations were exceeded about how well DSA did on election night in November 2017, I have been rather pleasantly surprised about how well the different post-Bernie formations have been doing and working together to keep this political revolution going. I want to give one great example, which is Our Revolution, [which] either locally or nationally endorsed all of our candidates that we endorsed nationally, as well. Not to mention tons of local races. We have a very good working relationship with Our Revolution. We often share information and talk about candidates. We, also, have this affiliation program where DSA chapters can be the local Our Revolution chapter, as well. That is to avoid unnecessary conflicts, duplication of efforts. So, our Knoxville chapter which helped elect two DSA members is, also, the Our Revolution chapter. That is a really great example of keeping this collaboration going.
- Randall Woodfin, Alabama, Mayor of Birmingham
- Kimberly Ellis, California, Democratic Party State Chair
- Vincent Fort, Georgia, Mayor of Atlanta
- Andrea Jenkins, Minnesota, Minneapolis City Council Ward 8
- Jillia Pessenda, Minnesota, Minneapolis City Council Ward 1
- Michela Skelton, Missouri, Missouri House District 50
- Larry Krasner, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia District Attorney
- Elizabeth Guzman, Virginia 31,House of Delegates
- Lee J. Carter, Virginia 50, House of Delegates
- Greg Jones, Alaska 8 State Representative
- Patricia Faye-Brazel, Alaska 10 State Representative
- Adrian Fontes, Arizona Maricopa County Recorder
- Juan Mendez, Arizona 26 State Senate
- Martin Quezada, Arizona 29 State Senate
- Raul Grijalva, Arizona 3 US Representative
- Wenona Benally, Arizona 7 State Representative
- Irvin Camacho, Arkansas 89 State Representative
- Victoria Leigh, Arkansas 38 State Representative
- Ben Choi, California Richmond City Council
- Dean Preston, California San Francisco 5 Board of Supervisors
- Eloise Reyes, California 47 State Representative
- Jane Kim, California 11 State Senate
- Jesse Arreguin, California Berkeley Mayor
- Melvin Willis, California Richmond City Council
- Michael Tubbs, California Stockton Mayor
- Nanette Barragan, California 44 US Representative
- Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, California El Cerrito City Council
- Joseph Salazar, Colorado 31 State Representative
- Morgan Carroll, Colorado 6 US Representative
- Eva Bermudez, Connecticut 106 State Representative
- Josh Elliott, Connecticut 88 State Representative
- Ken Gucker, Connecticut 24 State Senate
- Mary Jane Lundgren, Connecticut 67 State Representative
- Robyn Porter, Connecticut 94 State Representative
- Dwight Bullard, Florida 40 State Senate
- Vincent Fort, Georgia 39 State Senate
- Kaniela Ing, Hawaii 11 State Representative
- Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii 2 US Representative
- Miranda Gold, Idaho 14 State Senate
- Carol Ammons, Illinois 103 State Representative
- Lorenzo Arredondo, Indiana Attorney General
- Chris Schwartz, Iowa Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors
- Gary Kroeger, Iowa 60 State Representative
- Teresa Meyer, Iowa 63 State Representative
- Tim Kacena, Iowa 14 State Representative
- Anabel Larumbe, Kansas 30 State Senate
- Gabriel Costilla, Kansas 16 State Senate
- Nathan Morguelan, Kentucky Bowling Green City Commisioner
- Troy Jackson, Maine 1 State Senate
- Jamie Raskin, Maryland 8 US Representative
- James Eldridge, Massachusetts Middlesex and Worcester State Senate
- Mary Keefe, Massachusetts House 15th Worcester District State Representative
- Mike Connolly, Massachusetts 26th Middlesex District State Representative
- Pat Jehlen, Massachusetts 2nd Middlesex State Senate
- Ismael Ahmed, Michigan Board of Education
- Paul Clements, Michigan 6 US Representative
- Erin Maye Quade, Minnesota 57A State Representative
- Ilhan Omar, Minnesota 60B State Representative
- Keith Ellison, Minnesota 5 US Representative
- Rick Nolan, Minnesota 8 US Representative
- Zach Dorholt, Minnesota 14B State Representative
- Brianna Lennon, Missouri Boone County Commisioner
- Kari Boiter, Montana 44 State Representative
- Brian Whitecalf, Nebraska 6 Board of Supervisors
- Dan Quick, Nebraska 35 State Senate
- Justin Wayne, Nebraska 13 State Senate
- Larry Scherer, Nebraska 21 State Senate
- Vernon Miller, Nebraska School Board
- Brittney Miller, Nevada 5 State Assembly
- Devon Reese, Nevada 15 State Senate
- Nicole Cannizzaro, Nevada 6 State Senate
- Owen Carver, Nevada 2 State Representative
- Andru Volinsky, New Hampshire 2 Executive Council
- Mark King, New Hampshire Hillsborough 33 State Representative
- Mark Mackenzie, New Hampshire Hillsborough 17 State Representative
- Robert Cushing, New Hampshire Rockingham 21 State Representative
- Peter Jacob, New Jersey 7 US Representative
- Elizabeth Thomson, New Mexico 24 State Representative
- Rudy Martinez, New Mexico 39 State Representative
- Anthony Eramo, New York 20 State Assembly
- Sara Niccoli, New York 46 State Senate
- Zephyr Teachout, New York 19 US Representative
- Deborah Ross, North Carolina US Senate
- Chase Iron Eyes, North Dakota At-Large US Representative
- Marcy Kaptur, Ohio 9 US Representative
- Robert Founds, Oklahoma 25 State Senate
- Brad Avakian, Oregon Secretary of State
- Chris Rabb, Pennsylvania 200 State Representative
- Carmen Yulin Cruz, Puerto Rico San Juan Mayor
- Luis Vega Ramos, Puerto Rico At Large Representative
- Manuel Natal, Puerto Rico At Large Representative
- Jeanine Calkin, Rhode Island 30 State Senate
- Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Rhode Island 5 State Representative
- Justin Bamberg, South Carolina 90 State Senate
- Terry Alexander, South Carolina 59 State Senate
- Clara Hart, South Dakota 6 State Senate
- Jared Cates, Texas Precinct 3 in Nacogdoches County County Commissioner
- Julie Ann Nitsch, Texas Austin Community College Board of Trustees Place 9
- Misty Snow, Utah US Senate
- David Zuckerman, Vermont Lieutenant Governor
- Mari Cordes, Vermont 4 State Representative
- Tim Ashe, Vermont Chittenden State Senate
- Kai Degner, Virginia 6 US Representative
- Jason Ritchie, Washington 5 State Representative
- Noel Frame, Washington 36 State Representative
- Pramila Jayapal, Washington 7 US Representative
- Sabrina Shrader, West Virginia 27 State Representative
- Adam Dahl, Wisconsin 47 State Representative
- David Bowen, Wisconsin 10 State Representative
- Jonathan Brostoff, Wisconsin 19 State Representative
- Russ Feingold, Wisconsin US Senate
- Sarah Lloyd, Wisconsin 6 US Representative
- Thomas Nelson, Wisconsin 8 US Representative
- Charles Pelkey, Wyoming 45 State Representative
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- Founding Statement of Our Revolution Board of Directors, accessed October 27, 2016
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- Truthout, How Democratic Socialists Worked With Sanders Supporters and Grassroots Groups to Sweep November's Elections Thursday, November 16, 2017 By Sarah Jaffe
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